Saturday, November 14, 2015

THE FANTASTIC FABLE OF PETER ABLE: Kindle Teens Certainly Think It's Fantastic!

The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able by Natalie Grigson hit the number 2 spot in the Teen & Young Adult section of the Amazon Kindle store on September 26th. It's her debut novel, and she's currently at work on book #2 of what she plans to be a trilogy. Read on to find out more about her e-pub success.

First, tell us what your book is about.

The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able is a fantasy novel—with a twist. You see, Peter is a Boy Wizard, albeit, an 18-year-old Boy Wizard who lives in the World of Fiction. His author has abruptly concluded his series, which leaves Peter free to explore his world liberated from the almighty Plotline. Of course, the transition into free will isn’t exactly an easy one, and (as it goes in Fiction), there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

This is a book as much about the life of an ex-boy wizard as it is about the landscape of Fiction itself. You’ll see plenty of familiar faces from literature throughout, as well as many new ones, like Peter, the charming Randy, and of course, a ficus tree named Bob—who let’s be honest, doesn’t really have a face.

Tell us about your path to publication: Traditional or independent? Recently or further in the past?

Peter was “born,” of course, when I first wrote him about two years ago. Since then, he’s visited various literary agencies and many a publisher’s office, but finally found his home at Kindle Press. I entered the Fantastic Fable of Peter Able in the Kindle Scout competition, not really expecting much, but ended up winning. With that, Kindle Press published the book on June 30, 2015. Here we are just three months later and things seem to be on the up and up for Peter.

Some studies say children reading e-books are reading more, while other studies say they comprehend less of what they read. What’s your opinion or experience?

Personally, I think that no matter what format—be it on a printed page, an e-reader of some kind, a chalk on a board, or writing on a wall*—reading is reading. I, myself, used to swear I’d never buy an e-reader. Oh, the sanctity of books! Oh, the feel of the page! And yes, I do still love books, but once I started traveling a lot, a Kindle became necessary. Now, I read almost everything I can on it, and unless your e-book happens to be on a glaring, bright white screen or littered with puppy videos, I don’t see why comprehension should be lessened.

*Don’t write on your walls. Your parents will send me angry emails, and I’m busy watching puppy videos.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?

Peter Able is a book for booklovers. Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, or even just Fiction in general; the story is dotted with literary devices and, to a degree, “in-jokes” for those who love to read.

The e-book format is perfect for this audience, because if you’re a person who simply can’t read enough, you probably have an e-reader of some kind. And if you don’t, well, you should. You’ll save a ton of money.

What does your writing schedule look like? What are you working on now?

These days I’m finishing up the final edits to the second in the Peter Able trilogy. As far as a schedule goes, I’ve found that my writing seems to flow the best upon waking up—before thinking all that much, before talking to anyone, but definitely after tea. From there, I generally just write until I get to a good stopping point, or simply can’t sit still any longer. Either way, it’s generally about three to four hours of non-stop writing. And then I go out into the real world and expend all of my pent up energy like dog on wheels, and do it all again the next day.
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