The Tower is essentially a YA Fantasy superhero novel. Linden Lampkin, a fifteen-year-old teen, is mortally wounded in a mugging. He’s then taken to a parallel universe where he falls in with a group of superheroes, lives and works among them, fights crime on Earth, falls for one of them–Oriana, a supreme badass superheroine–and finally finds that the people he’s been living with aren’t who they say they are.
Does he reveal the secret or not? As the catch line goes, there’s a choice to be made, and a price to be paid. Linden may have to pay the ultimate price.
While that sounds standard, it differs from the usual superhero fare in that the action is seen from the viewpoint of the MC, Linden, rather than from the viewpoint of the superheroes themselves. There are twists in the novel–actually, two of them–and a terrific ending, one that you will NOT see coming. If you’re into superheroes, humor, and romance, The Tower has all three!
What inspired you to write the book?
The Tower was my first novel. My older son had seen something about talking trees on television, and he mentioned, “Papa, wouldn’t it be nice if trees actually talked?”
As ridiculous as that sounded, it gave me an idea. I’ve always loved reading about superheroes and watching the movies, and The Tower was born from those two sources. I love action and happy endings, and my novel has both!
What is your target audience for the book?
Well, the novel which is the “The Tower” is geared for readers from the age of fourteen and up, but I’ve had many adults say they loved reading it. It moves quickly, has a lot of humor, subverts tropes, and it’s good, clean fun.
What do you hope readers could get out from your book?
One of the themes in the novel is building self-confidence, something that a lot of teens have trouble with. I certainly did, at that age.
Our MC, Linden, isn’t the typical “I’ve got this” kind of guy. In fact, at the outset, he’s physically weak, clumsy, and has zero clue of what to do. But he finds it within himself to develop the qualities needed to not only survive but also to thrive, and that’s something I think all teens can relate to.
What are your future goals/plans for the book?
Well, naturally, I’d love for more people to buy it! (That’s a given). But I’ve always had the dream that it would make a terrific movie. Sure, it’s family fun, but it’s got a bite to it, and it raises some issues that people can relate to. All of my novels are very visual ones, that is to say, they read like movies. As someone once put it, it’s like reading a movie in a book.
I was born in Toronto, Canada, many moons ago, and I moved to Japan when I was twenty-six to teach English as a Second Language (ESL).
I’ve been here ever since. I teach English during the day and then write novels at night, go on Twitter and Facebook to advertise my wares, and hope for the best.
It’s very gratifying when someone says, “I bought your book and I love it!” Sure, we’d all like to make millions of sales and be famous like J.K. Rowling, but realistically, that isn’t going to happen. Lightning in a bottle and all that. My goal is write a good, entertaining story,, and if people remember me for that, then that’s all I can ask for.
Finally, thank you for the chance to write this article. I hope that people will give The Tower a try!
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