Interview with YA fantasy-adventure authors Grant Reed and Gary Reed

I have an interview today with Grant, one of the
pair of authors of the YA fantasy-adventure novel, Funny Fruit Grant Reed and Gary Reed.

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Bios:
Grant Reed has a background in business
management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather
be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and exploring the lakes in
his back yard of Canada. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife
Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan.
Gary Reed, his wife Kerry and their two
children, Hannah and Kailey also live in Lively Ontario, Canada. And yes, he
spends his time exploring the countryside too. Photography, fishing, and
playing with his girls are amongst his interests.

Welcome, Grant. Please tell us about
your current release.
Funny Fruit is a comedic fantasy
following the exploits of the children Garrett and Azilda as they are trained
by the two old masters – Fonn and Yarl- to be protectors of the realm. It is a
light hearted read and aimed at a younger audience, but it contains some adult
humour in it too. It’s a novel that some have referred to as whimsical fantasy.

What inspired you to write this book?
Funny Fruit was written by Gary and I
back in 2003. I had just completed my first novel “Shadow of the Makarios”,
which is a darker epic fantasy. I think Gary was reading a Terry Pratchett
novel at the time, and after reading my novel, he said we should try to write
something “Funny”. I didn’t have any interest in writing something “Funny”, as
I wanted to write action, suspense etc…but when he produced the first few
pages, I must admit I chuckled and I was onboard. Then it became sort of a
game, and we would work on different sections and then swap, to see if we could
make the other guy laugh. It was a fun time.

We
went on to write a sequel “The Cassadian Chalice”, and then while Gary decided
he was more into photography and his university studies, I took the characters
and advanced the storyline by 20 years and set out to write a series of mystery
books with the same characters. The result was the three book “Vellian
Mysteries” series.

Excerpt from Funny Fruit:
When the arrow punctured the straw man’s lower left lung, the crowd
went even crazier than last time. Swallowing his anger, Heindi waved to the
crowd and pretended to cheer with the rest of them, though both Azilda and
Garrett could make out his curses.

Heindi allowed the
man several more bows and a couple of blown kisses to his fans before he
stepped up to the sharpshooter and leaned in beside him. “What are you doing?”
he raged, though he kept his smile in check. “Quit showing off and finish this
thing or I will banish you from my property and keep your bow to pay off your
debts.” Heindi patted the man’s bottom and waved to the crowd, which had
somewhat quieted with the fear that something was wrong. “Good show,” said
Heindi, his pearly white teeth visible behind his grin.
Willie stood straight
and flipped his eye patch over to cover his left eye. Switching the bow to his
left hand, he found his last arrow and made his way to the shooting line again.
“Crap,” whined Yarl.
“You’re in for it now; he’s going with his good eye. Do something,” he urged
his brother.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

I have switched gears this year, and I am currently working on the graphic novel
version for the first Vellian Mystery book – “Welcome to Deep Cove.” I’m not
sure why I have undertaken this task as reading graphic novels has never really
been an interest of mine, but I do love working on the art. Issue one has been
completed, and is available online. I will be the first to admit this is much
harder than writing (for me) and the hours invested to produce a chapter or two
has been staggering (128 hours for 24 full color pages).

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I
think in the last few years I have come to consider myself a writer. It’s what
I have always wanted to do, but a small part of me has always held back calling
myself that. I guess that I thought I had to make a living at writing to
consider myself a writer (in my younger years), but now that I have completed
six novels and the ideas keep churning, I am comfortable calling myself a
writer. I have produced a body of work. Whether or not I am ever financially
successful with these novels, has no bearing in my mind as to whether or not I
am a writer.

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?

I wish I could devote my time to writing full time, but like everyone else, I
have bills to pay! I have in the last few years allowed myself the benefit of
only working a part time job, so as to have that writing time. My wife has been
very understanding on this- so a BIG THANK YOU TO ROBIN!

As
an example of how I split my time up, this past month I worked a little over
100 hours at my real job…and 128
hours on the graphic novel. Work at the casino drags by slowly, but a 10 to 12
hour day working on my graphic novel, flies by!

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

When
I finish a novel, I watch Misery. LOL!!…Corny, but true.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

I
remember thinking at the age of 12 that I wanted to be a writer. I had my dad
buy me a typewriter when I was in high school (I know…what’s that?). Eighteen
years has flashed by since the completion of my first novel, and I still want
to be a writer.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

Fun Fact: Gary and I are identical twins. My mom is an identical twin too!


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