I am super happy to be on the blog tour for Spinning Out, a new book by David Stahler Jr. David Stahler Jr is the author of Spinning Out, A Gathering of Shades, the Truesight Series and Doppelganger. Welcome David to The Book Cellar.
If the characters from Spinning Out got stuck on a deserted island, who would fare the best? The worst? And who would get them off the island?
Probably Kaela. She’s by far the most competent of the bunch. (Girls usually are.) Frenchy’s on the chunky side, so he could go the longest without food. Poor old Ralph is too dumb to survive on his own, so he’d probably be the first to drop. If he could keep it together, Stewart would be the one to motivate on a plan for escape. He could probably engineer a first-class raft.
Describe Spinning Out in as few words as possible.
A sidekick comes into his own.
What was your favorite character to write in Spinning Out?
I have the biggest soft spot for Frenchy. He’s rough around the edges but with a tenderness that’s endearing. He’s not a rock-the-boat kind of guy, which makes his friendship with Stewart so interesting. It was a great narrative voice through which to tell the story. Ralph is a close second—the lovable loser with some of the best lines in the book.
If you could travel back to a point in history for one day, what time period would you choose?
Tough one. Probably Elizabethan England. I’ve got a real thing for Shakespeare and have always dreamed of seeing a production at the Globe featuring the Bard himself. Of course, I’d have to slip backstage afterward for an autograph…
Do you have any writing rituals you like to follow?
I generally spend the first part of the session going back over what I wrote the day or two before, tweaking along the way. Making afternoon tea is a little embedded ritual. When I really need a break, I take my two Siberian Huskies for a walk. Writing a novel is all about discipline, and rituals can either help maintain discipline or serve as distractions. Checking my e-mail/stocks/favorite blogs/sports headlines has become a frequent ritual that’s really threatened my self-discipline. Fighting the enticing call of the internet has become a growing struggle these days…
Thanks for stopping by David! Make sure to check back later today for my review of Spinning Out, as well as a giveaway :)