Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love."Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods."--Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine
Let’s start with, how are you this find day?
I am absolutely wonderful, and quite giddy if we’re being real. I am so excited about this book being released into the world.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My ideas come from a lot of different places. I observe people constantly. I pick up on things in the news. But mostly I write stories that I would’ve read in high school. I write for the reluctant readers out there.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I began writing in 2006 when I was 36 years old. Late bloomer, I know.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When not writing, I coach my daughter with soccer or play video games with her. Or read. Or binge watch Marvel shows.
What does your family think of your writing?
My family is very, very supportive. I’m grateful for this.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How much frickin’ hard work it is to put out a good story. I never thought it would be easy, per se, but I’m not sure I was quite prepared for how difficult it would be. It took me nine years and six manuscripts before I published my first story.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written three short stories and nine or ten full novel manuscripts, many of which may not see the light of day. I can’t really say I have a favorite. That’s like asking someone who among their children is their favorite. Haha.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I hear from some readers, and they have all been positive. I do read my reviews. Some say that you shouldn’t. But I have a pretty thick skin. And I do learn from even the reviews that aren’t five stars. They can’t all be five star, amiright?
Have you even been sent fan art?
I actually have only received one piece of fan art. It was fabulous!
What do you think makes a good story?
Everything begins with the characters. The most exciting plot means nothing if the reader doesn’t care about the characters. But after that… a story can never go wrong with a quest, a mystery, and a countdown.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Lordamercy, I just knew I was going to be a high-powered entrepreneur and make my first million by age thirty. Yeah, that didn’t exactly happen.
What is that one weird quirk about yourself, that no one else knows?
I must eat Skittles when I revise. I can’t think clearly without them.
If you had your time back what would you tell yourself about writing?
Are you sure you really want to do this? Haha. Just kidding. I love how far I’ve come. It’s been tough, but I wouldn’t change the journey.
Last but not least,
Do you believe in ghost? Or have you ever had an encounter with the other kind?
I can’t say that I believe in ghosts. But I’m not exactly unafraid of the dark. So, there’s that. Haha.
Thank you for answers my questions
Thank you so much for having me. ☺
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now. After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and
earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
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