As a pediatric nurse, I want there to be a love of books among children. But, how do we capture a culture that is obsessed with instant gratification? I don't want to lose the next generation of readers, particularly boys, to movies and video games.
Eddie has some interesting thoughts on these aspects and he's released an inspirational novel geared toward boys that deals with spiritual issues. He even offers advice to aspiring authors at the end of the interview.
Dead Man's Hand, with Zondervan.
First, it’s a fun, fast read aimed for middle school boys, but we’re also getting nice reviews on Goodreads from teachers and mothers. But my aim is to give boys a book they can enjoy, one taps into today’s fascination with the occult. This is the first book in the Caden Chronicles series and each story involves one element of the supernatural. Book one explores the concept of ghosts, spirits and what happens to our souls when we die.
In high school my youngest son lost several friends to driving accidents. When another friend recently died, we asked how he felt and he replied, “I’m numb to it.” I fear that’s what we’re doing with our youth: desensitizing them to the horrors of death. In Dead Man’s Hand, Nick and his family discuss spirits and ghosts and the afterlife because I think it’s important for teens to wrestle with these questions before they’re tossed from a car and found dead on a slab of wet pavement.
You're passionate about getting boys interested in books. Why do you feel it's so important to get boys reading fiction at an early age?