I’d like to introduce you to young adult novelist Alan Oakes. He’s here today to talk about his book, Between Micah and Amos.
This is just one of many tour stops Alan has and he will be awarding gift cards to 3 randomly drawn commenters during the tour. The
characters are always going to Sonic, so Alan is giving away gift cards in the
names of the main characters. Grand prize: Billy-sized $25; 2nd prize:
Manuel-sized $15; 3rd prize: Ashleigh-sized $10. If the winner
prefers, he or she can get either an Amazon or BN.com gift card instead of the
So, if you want to be entered for a chance to win a gift card, leave an e-mail address with your comment below. And if you want to increase your chances of winning, leave comments at other tour stops.
High School. He has served as Associate Pastor of Saint Austin Catholic Church
and Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at UCLA.
Alan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from
the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and a
Master of Arts degree from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.
He is a featured writer for Green Building and Design magazine
and a contributor to numerous other publications.
Please tell us about your current
the story of Ashleigh Mae, a seventeen-year-old high school student from Micah,
Texas. She lives in a rundown motel with her momma. Her boyfriend Billy calls
her a wild child and her momma thinks she is out of control.
of the night, they both move in with her momma’s old boyfriend, Casey. He lives
in a junked out trailer just outside of Amos, Texas.
What inspired you to write this book?
living in Central Texas. I work in a Texas high school. I see kids every day
come in with all sorts of challenges that would just blow your mind. Some of
their struggles are self-created. Other times, they were just dealt a really
the obstacles in their lives or will they get caught in the undertow of life
the park, going on the scary rides, eating corn dogs and cotton candy. Along
the way, it seemed like a lot of folks knew Manuel. She was introduced to more
people than she could remember. Ashleigh was relieved to just be away from her
mother and Casey. Two hours flew by as the two boarded the Ferris wheel. In
seconds, they were swept up into the sky, overlooking all the rides and
so pretty, isn’t it?” Ashleigh said looking down at the fair.
turned to Ashleigh, “You know what else is pretty?”
Manuel said. He reached for Ashleigh’s hand and held it. She felt so cared for,
so appreciated by Manuel. She never felt this way before.
like the way you look tonight,” Manuel said still glancing at Ashleigh.
turned away and smiled.
know, I hope you don’t mind me saying it,” Manuel began, “but when I first saw
you in class, I thought you were beautiful….But I looked at your eyes, and
there was a lot of sadness there…Tonight, looks like the sadness has gone
away…And all I see is a beautiful girl sitting next to me.”
smiled and turned back at Manuel.
about the sweetest thing anyone’s ever said to me,” Ashleigh said looking into
Manuel’s brown eyes.
kissed Ashleigh’s tender lips. She kissed Manuel in a way she never kissed
Billy. When their lips met, all the longing inside her heart felt like it was
being released. She felt this boy cared for her like nobody she ever dated
before. She wanted his light to cover her like a blanket, cover all the
darkness and make it go away.
What exciting story are you working on
I just finished a novella called Crossfire.
It takes place four months after the ending of Between Micah and Amos. It follows what happens next to Ashleigh’s
boyfriend Billy. And I am working on two novels after that – but they are SECRETS – Shhhh!
When did you first consider yourself a
essay I wrote – and not one cotton pickin’ word was lifted! I was so cheezed!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
the high school I work in get their research papers done on time!)
words, which is a full-time pace.
trained for a marathon and then got injured right before the race. But that
training just clicked something in me. I built up my ability to write the same
way I built up my ability to run long distances. I started with 500 words a
week, pushed myself to write more, and before you know it, I popped it up past
10,000 when I’m completing a book. It just takes lots of discipline.
What would you say is your interesting
typewriters. Not me! Load me up on Diet Coke and watch those fingers fly!
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I didn’t care as long as I could make it onto a talk show! The people on talk
shows always looked so happy and had so much fun!
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I think this world can be exceedingly cruel to young people. Just remember
that you matter! Screw the haters!
Thanks for stopping by, Alan! Readers, don’t forget about the multiple giveaways. Leave an e-mail with your comment below for a chance to win!