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FIVE QUESTIONS . . . with Jason Offutt

Welcome to FIVE QUESTIONS. In this feature on my blog, you'll learn about new and exciting books from the author's themselves. You'll hear about the book, their characters, the inspiration behind the book, and other insider details. All through five simple questions.


Today, we are hearing from Jason Offutt about her new novel THE BOY FROM TWO WORLDS, available now.

THE BOY FROM TWO WORLDS by Jason Offutt

Of all the characters in your book, which one to do you relate to the most, and why?

That’s easy, Thomas Cavanaugh. As the main character in THE BOY FROM TWO WORLDS, Thomas is partly me. In the first book in this duology, THE GIRL IN THE CORN, Thomas has an idea of what he’d like his life to be—unfortunately, he’s unmotivated, and spends years letting life’s current carry him along, until reality forces him into action. That was a bit like my life (without all the murder, fae folk, magic, and such). In THE BOY FROM TWO WORLDS, Thomas has his $%#@ together. I’d like to think I’m there, too.


What do you hope the reader takes away from your book?

I don’t write for any deep philosophical meaning. If I write about a character wearing a red parka, that’s just because it’s cold and I thought, at that moment, that red would look nice (by the way, I’ve never written about a red parka…yet). I only want the reader to enter my world and have a great time.


What was the hardest scene to write?

I’ll say scenes. The love of Thomas and Marguerite. I can kill fictional characters with glee, but showing love without being cheesy? That’s tough.


Which is your favorite minor character and why?

The nurse Elizabeth. She’d already had a hard life with a divorce, and an awful second husband, then the supernatural enters and takes over? She dealt with it in an unhealthy (and completely understandable) way, but her redemption is awesome.


Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one? (What makes your book stand out from the rest?

My characters. They’re as real as fictional characters can be, as vulnerable, as angry, as weak, as strong as you’d hope—and then some. If you can’t cheer for (or hate) a character, the book’s not worth reading.


THE BOY FROM TWO WORLDS is available now, and can be purchased at the following retailers.


Bookshop.org - Supporting Local Bookstores

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