Welcome to a another Novel Publicity Review Tour! Today, we’re helping Author Jeff Altabef launch his new book Red Death!
We’ve been with Jeff from the start, and we love helping him launch his latest titles. He and his daughter just finished launching the last of The Chosen Series, Scorched Souls, and now it’s time for something new!
To celebrate, we’ve got prizes, sales and more! Check it all out below, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of Red Death. If you love action packed YA adventures, or Jeff’s other YA books like the Chosen Series, we know you’ll love this title too!
We’re excited to bring you an exclusive interview with Jeff Altabef. find out more about how Red Death Came to be, and what Jeff’s inspiration to write it was.
JA: The Red Death series is an epic grand adventure. It took me five years to get this book to the point where I love it. I don’t think I could have spanned that time frame with another author. The story also involves some neat world-building, and it’s super hard to combine worlds from two imaginations. Still, I didn’t write Red Death on an island. A book like this one takes a village, so I had help from great beta readers and friends.
JA: I hate outlines. Just thinking about doing one makes my head hurt. I fall in love with my characters and let them take the story where they want. After all, it’s their story. Before writing I’ll know where I want the story to be in segments, but the rest is up to my characters. Often I’ll wake and they’ll want to take the story in an unpredictable manner and that’s really when I have the most fun. If I don’t know what’s going to happen next, I expect that my readers won’t as well. I tried to write using an outline once and found myself jamming the story into place. The story didn’t breathe, so I tossed the outline and never looked at it again. Sorry brother!
JA: Red Death would make a great movie! If anyone knows a producer, just… Okay, enough shameless pitching. Aaliss ia a total badass character. I think, someone like a cross between Jennifer Lawrence from The Hunger Games, and Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys from Game of Thrones would be perfect. Dylan O’Brian from the Maze Runner would be a good choice for Eamon. He’s smart, funny and can wield a sword if necessary. Kit Harrington who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones would be a great choice for Dermot. Perfect. Okay, I’ve gone heavy with Game of Thrones actors, but that series along with The Hunger Games was a bit of an inspiration for Red Death.
JA: I’m a storyteller. It’s in my blood. I’ve always enjoyed telling stories, and now I get to do it on an unimaginably big scale. People all around the world read my books and that’s super cool. I want every reader to experience something unique in my writing and characters, so that drives me. To be honest, I have a few stories that are fluttering in my head that I have to write just to release them. One, in particular, has been nipping at my subconscious for years. After I finish The Ghost King, I might give that story a try. Red Death fans will have to excuse a little break before getting to Book 2, although….
Thanks for joining us today Jeff! We always love getting a chance to talk about writing with you, and congratulations on finishing the series!
Interested in knowing a little more about Red Death? Check out this exclusive excerpt:
Chapter 3 – Piers
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About the Book
What happens when everything you believed turns out to be a lie?
Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close.
Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother, Wilky, discovers a cure to the plague, her world turns upside down. Branded as traitors by the corrupt High Priest, Aaliss and Wilky are forced to seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders only a few years older than her.
Aaliss yearns to return home, but when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed. Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or… might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?
About the Author
Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres.
Jeff is very happy and proud that his co-author for the Chosen Series is his teenaged daughter, Erynn Altabef. Wind Catcher, the first in the Chosen Series, has won the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Coming of Age Novels, the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best YA Fiction and a Mom’s Choice Award.
As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those who like telling stories.