Chris Grabenstein and the John Ceepak Novels

Okay, I’m having a real fangirl moment here. Seriously.

I just stumbled on Part 1 and Part 2 of an interview with author Chris Grabenstein at M.J. Rose’s Buzz, Balls & Hype, as part of Gregory Huffstutter’s The Ad Man Answers feature.

Thanks to Beth Fish Reads, my biggest reading “find” of the year so far has been the John Ceepak mystery series, authored by Chris Grabenstein – I was so hooked after listening to the first book in the series, Tilt-A-Whirl, I promptly bought the rest of the books in the series and indulged in a reading blitz (or reading listen, I guess, since I listened to all the books in audio, narrated by Jeff Woodman, one of my favorite audiobook narrators). I reviewed Tilt-a-Whirl here.

In the interview, Grabenstein talks about his 20 years of working in advertising before he started writing novels (James Patterson was his boss at one time), writing the Ceepak novels, and a little bit about marketing books. And I learned that the sixth Ceepak book, Rolling Thunder, is due out in May, 2010!

It’s a great interview for writers and readers alike. Here’s what Grabenstein says about book trailers (which he thinks are definitely worth the effort): ‘We do not watch TV or book trailers and think: “Isn’t that nice, they did the best they could with no money.”  We see a movie, we either like it or think it sucks.’

Chris Grabenstein Interview, Part 1

Chris Grabenstein Interview, Part 2

I hadn’t realized until reading the interview that Grabenstein also writes YA/MG novels. I’m adding The Crossroads, the first book in a middle-grade ghost story series, to my TBR.

6 thoughts on “Chris Grabenstein and the John Ceepak Novels

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Thanks for sharing that interview! I find that knowing something about the author can add a lot to the enjoyment of reading her or his work. For instance, when I found out that Agatha Christie worked in the dispensary of a Voluntary Aid Detachment Center during World War I, I gained a lot of respect for the way she used her knowledge in her novels (especially the ones in which the victim is poisoned).
    .-= Margot Kinberg´s last blog ..Caught in the Web =-.

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  2. Angie Muresan

    Hi Belle! Thanks for dropping by my site for a visit and leaving a note. I love sites about books as I love to read. By the way, just got back from a day at a literary festival where I listened to readings by Jeannette Walls, James Ellroy, and Scott Westerfeld among others, and afterward got to meet them and share a few words. I was in heaven!!! But also a bit nervous. Tomorrow I’ll be seeing Julia Glass and Jaquelyn Mitchard, and I can’t wait! Thanks again, and have a good rest of the weekend.

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