Broken Pieces

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Author Interview – Arthur J. Gonzalez

Saturday, August 31, 2013


What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? For me I have a habit of writing multiple stories at the same time. So it’s easy for me to forget the small details. But these small details are just as important as the huge issues because they are essential to the character you create.  Even with real people, it’s the little details that make us who we are and differentiate one person from the other.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? It proved to me that I could do it. That I was capable of anything I genuinely pour my heart and soul into. That goes a long way.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I sure hope so!

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Oh yea. Its not that I go blank completely, it’s that sometimes I go nuts because I don’t think a certain idea is good enough. Usually, I go running outside and my mind becomes fluid and ideas come easily to me.

Can you tell us about your main character? Gavin is a character consumed by guilt and self-hate. But at the core of him is a naturally nurturing person who only wants to be a part of something.

Will you write others in this same genre? Yeap. I’m writing three separate YA series as we speak.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Never give up. Never ease your hope. At some point, we ALL find our way.

What contributes to making a writer successful? I think a successful writer needs to know their audience and connect with their readers. On a technical side, a writer should feel confident about their work, but also be flexible and open to suggestions.

Photo Traveler

Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father.

Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.”

Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC.

When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he learns that they—and he—are part of something much bigger, and more dangerous, than he could ever have imagined. Something that has always put his family at risk and that will now threaten his own life, while forever changing it.

He learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can travel through time and space through images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want!

His adventure will take him to past eras, like The Great Depression and the Salem Witch Trials. Gavin will have to discover who he really is and must make choices that spell the difference between life and death for himself, for the relatives he now knows and loves, and for the girl he will come to love.

For Gavin, life will never be the same.

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Genre - Young Adult Science Fiction

Rating – PG

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