Tuesday 13 January 2015

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway - The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil by Connor Boyack

The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil
by Connor Boyack

Book Summary:

In this second book of the Tuttle Twins series, Mrs. Miner leads the twins and their classmates on a fun field trip to learn how pencils are made using parts from all over the world—and how in an economy, people from all over the world work together in harmony to produce helpful products that improve our lives. Teach your kids about the free market with a fun story and bright, engaging illustrations!

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I want to change the world, one person at a time. While I can often have great discussions with people on a personal level, or speak to audiences, I can leverage my time and energy so much more effectively if I organize my thoughts and publish them online or in a book.

2. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
This is my sixth book so I've had some great experiences! Perhaps one of my most rewarding is when a mom sent me an email emphasizing how she couldn't put into words how grateful she was for the Tuttle Twins books so she can expose her children to the principles of liberty. It's easy to point to the bigger stuff and the accolades, but I often ponder the smaller influences that may lead to something much larger down the road. We really don't know how much our influence will change things, and even something simple like a conversation between mother and child can impact the entire world at a future date.

3. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
1984 by George Orwell. I'm a fan of dystopian fiction and this one has impressed me profoundly. Orwell was a cynic, but he had reason to be. The book is eerily similar to society today, albeit in different shades, so I'd love to pick his brain and ask him about the thought process behind 1984.

4. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Not needing sleep. Oooooh man, that would be amazing.

5. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Children aren't being taught this information in school, and it's imperative they (and we) understand how the free market works, and why it's important, so we can continue to innovate and build a prosperous, peaceful society.

6. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes! We'll end up with 8-10 books total in the Tuttle Twins series over the next few years; this is the second book. I have another book that came out last month for the general market. Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do to Stop Them.

7. Do you write as you go or do you have the book planned before you start the first draft?
Yes. :) I have a general framework that I follow, but then I go through a lot of revision to really refine the ideas and get it right. It's a long, laborious process… good thing it's so rewarding in the end!

8. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Honestly I've been so focused on my own projects that I have no idea what movies or books are coming out this year!

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I'd love to end up in a Spanish-speaking tropical country like Costa Rica. I really appreciate the laid back atmosphere, the ambiance, and the weather!

10. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
No, but Ethan and Emily (the Tuttle twins) are patterned after my son and daughter.

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About the Author
Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a public policy think tank in Utah. He is the author of several books on politics and religion, along with hundreds of columns and articles championing individual liberty. His work has been featured on international, national, and local TV, radio, and other forms of media. A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.

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About the Illustrator
Elijah Stanfield is owner of Red House Motion Imaging, a media production company in Washington. A longtime student of Austrian economics, history, and the classical liberal philosophy, Elijah has dedicated much of his time and energy to promoting the ideas of free markets and individual liberty. Some of his more notable works include producing eight videos in support of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential candidacy. He currently resides in Richland, Washington, with his wife April and their five children.


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