Goodreads.com gives us the most random book recommendations (isn’t that the good part?) So when Goodreads recommended Ask The Dark by Sir Henry Turner, I know my TBR pile is going to be one book higher. And I know not putting this book on your TBR pile will be one of the biggest mistakes you’ll ever do in your life.
I just had the amazing opportunity to meet Sir Turner while working at Barnes & Noble in Glendale. I also had the chance to interview him, but before that, let’s see what his debut novel, Ask The Dark, is all about.
Sir Turner’s Debut Novel
Click Here to visit the official Ask The Dark Website
Billy Zeets has a story to tell.
About being a vandal and petty thief.
About missing boys and an elusive killer.
And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth.
Gripping and powerful, this masterful debut novel comes to vivid life through the unique voice of a hero as unlikely as he is unforgettable.
The book sounds cool? The book will be available for purchase April 7 (Tuesday). But why just get a copy when you can meet the author and get your book signed?
Where: Barnes & Noble at The Grove. 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Google Maps)
When: April 7 (Tuesday) at 7:00pm
Wristbanded : No, it is not a wristbanded event.
Fearless_Kurt: How did the idea of Ask The Dark come to you?
Henry Turner: I started writing stories about Billy Zeets, defining his character and finding his voice. He’s a complicated kid, full of contradictions and conflicts, both good and bad, depending on how you look at him. To sort these conflicts out, I realized he would have to experience circumstances that would put him under maximum pressure.
Fearless_Kurt: What can readers expect from Ask The Dark?
Henry Turner: It’s a thrilling ride, with lots of incredibly scary ups and downs, in which you hang on to hope with your last ounce of strength. I think the best thing the reader will find in the book is Billy. I made him as real as I possibly could, so in reading what he has to say you feel you’re meeting an actual person. I’ve had readers tell me they felt like they weren’t just reading, but actually experiencing the story firsthand. I found that incredibly complimentary. It made me feel I’d created a character readers could truly relate to, and feel themselves inside his skin.
Fearless_Kurt: Billy is an unlikely hero, but as the author of the novel, would you call Billy an unlikely hero?
Henry Turner: Heroism can’t be predicted, and happens only as a last chance for survival. And that’s just what happens to Billy. Everything in his life has fallen apart and he has come up against a vicious killer. He has no choice but to stand his ground and fight – and by fighting, he reveals sides of his character no one ever believed he had – least of all himself.
Fearless_Kurt: Since we’re already on the topic of heroes, how would you define a hero?
Henry Turner: A person who hangs on and does what must be done and what is right, regardless of the odds.
Fearless_Kurt: Let’s talk more about you, sir Turner. Who are your favorite Authors?
Henry Turner: I love classic authors like Twain, Stevenson and Jack London. At Askthedark.com you can find a longer list of writers who made an impact on me.
Fearless_Kurt: ASK THE DARK is a thriller carried by an in-depth study of its main character, and I can certainly see myself doing more of that. However, I’m also interested in fantasy/science fiction and historical YA – as well as Middle Grade stories with fantasy twists.
Fearless_Kurt: One last question; what do you think is the perfect song for Ask The Dark?
Henry Turner: I’m not exactly sure. All I know is it would have a lot of loud guitar. Maybe you can put this question out to your followers… I’d love to see what they come up with!
Yeah. What do you think is the perfect song for Ask The Dark? let me hear on the comments below. If you haven’t read the book, just make a little prediction, then come back after reading the book to see if your prediction is still cool.
About The Author
Henry Turner grew up in Baltimore Maryland, in Roland Park, an old neighborhood heralded, on a historical plaque outside its local shopping center, “The oldest planned Garden Suburb in the United States”. He went to public schools. He was always interested in storytelling in one form or another, and as a teenager he started making films with his brother and neighborhood kids.
Henry wound up making five feature films, writing and shooting and cutting them. When his films won awards and attracted some attention he moved to Los Angeles, after getting a call from a movie production company that was looking for scripts. He stayed in L.A. and helped build a fledgling film festival that has since become well-established. He also wrote much freelance entertainment journalism, interviewing well-known filmmakers such as George Lucas, Brian Grazer, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, and many others. All along he was writing stories.
During a year spent in Greece he made a total commitment to writing fiction. Returning to Los Angeles, he met his future wife, who encouraged him to study fiction writing with a novelist he admired – John Rechy. Henry stayed in Rechy’s private writing group for a number of years and also studied privately with Hubert Selby. Since that time he and his wife have had a son, Hugo, who is now nine. Henry Turner is now writing a new novel.
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