Interview with children’s author Carey Fessler

writer Jeff Bolinger, aka Carey Fessler,
joins me today to chat about his new middle-grade historical suspense book, Foiled.

Welcome, Jeff. Please tell us a little
bit about yourself.
I grew up in a military family and moved around more often
than a gypsy. My favorite smell is green, favorite flavor is mist, and favorite
day of the week is Funday. I wonder if fish wish they could wink and trees wish
they could walk. I think it’s bizarre that your belly button harbors more
bacteria than there are birds in Borneo. I believe biographies are boring and
think it’s fun to speak in silly-sounding sentences with wacky words that start
with the same letters. I live in the city of rain and thunder in the land Down
Under, which is home to koalas, kangaroos, and kookaburras—a kingfisher.
Finally, I believe in exercising your imagination and secretly staying up past
your bedtime.
Please tell us about your current
Foiled is a Middle Grade pacey, page-turning novel set in 1947,
featuring the famed Roswell UFO crash incident near Roswell, New Mexico.
The title Foiled has three meanings:
noun- referring to the ‘magic foil,’ (piece of thin metal sheet) in the story,
which is a piece of alien technology from the crash site of a UFO. On the front
cover, you can spot the girl holding it in her hand. 😉
noun- The two MCs contrast each other and so emphasize and enhance the
qualities of the other.
verb- prevent (antagonists) from succeeding.
What inspired you to write this book?
The idea for
the book came after seeing three photographs of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico
that my brother in-law had showed me. As an author I didn’t care if the photos
were real or not. I just asked myself, “What happens if … in 1947, two Roswell
kids obtain a piece of alien technology and become fugitives?” And that was the
seed for the story.
Excerpt from Foiled:
“You’re the
first real Indian I ever met,” Billy said. “I was kind of hoping you lived in a
“My goat ate
“Where’s your
“I ate him.”
What exciting story are you working on
I’ve just finished
the last book in my sea-island adventure trilogy:
Shanghaied: Escape from the Blackwolf
Shipwrecked: Dragon Island
Sea Raiders
When did you first consider yourself a
The first
time I came out of the closet and told someone other than my wife.
Do you write full-time? Yes.
If so, what’s your work day like? Up at dawn, walk the dog, eat breakie,
and write until noon. Walk the dog, eat lunch, re-write/revise the
previous day’s work until 3pm. Walk the dog, do errands, housework and make supper.
Rinse and repeat.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I listen to
music while I write, either Classical or New Age.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
oceanographer so I took scuba diving lessons in college and then joined the
Navy and served in nuclear submarines, so I came close.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
  1. I use the pen name Carey
    to honor the two people who encouraged me to read as a kid—my
    grandparents: My G’ma’s maiden name is Carey and my G’pa’s last name is
    Fessler … Carey Fessler worked
  1. Adults are constantly telling children what they can
    and can’t do.
I set out to
write a story about an eleven year old stumbling over endless physical and
mental pits, picking herself up, and pushing herself on to discover for herself
what she can do. I also wanted to ask, “Would an eleven-year-old stop at the
established limits set by the grown-up world to save her friend and family, or
would she break those limits?”

  1. I’m hoping to turn kids onto reading by sparking their
    imagination. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is intelligence having
Thanks for being here today, Jeff.

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