Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Odd Job Squad by Karl Fields - Virtual Tour and Giveaway

Today we're visiting with author Karl Fields on his tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the middle grade novel, "The Odd Job Squad".

One commenter from each stop will win a box of "Pinks," which are pink fortune cookies that Ander, the main character has a fondness for. One $25 Amazon gift card given to one random commenter at the end of the tour, so comment today AND follow his tour! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. The rest of his tour stops are here.

Karl answered many of my prying questions -- thanks!

What’s your favorite sweet treat?

A chocolate, chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven.

What would you write in a letter to your teen self?

Three things:
Start writing sooner,
Start saving sooner, and
Do NOT blow it with Dianne Star. She totally likes you.

What candy do you give out at Halloween?

Mine is a great house to hit up on Halloween. It varies, but you count on things like Snickers, M&M’s (peanut), Butterfingers, Skittles and Starburst.

What superpower would you love to have? Why?

I want x-ray vision so I can go to the casino and clean up playing blackjack.

What book is on your nightstand currently?

Cory Doctorow’s “Homeland”

Hunger Games or Twilight? Why?

Hunger Games all the way! Dystopian fiction just doesn’t get much better. I think it’s a series that will stand up over time. Sparkly vampires? Not really my thing, I guess.

What reality show would you love to be on? Why?

The Amazing Race. Having done some growing up abroad, I think it would be awesome to visit some of the places they send contestants. And I wouldn’t be one of those people who gets all mopey because the locals don’t speak English. Duh, you’re in another country dude.

Sum up your book for Twitter: 140 characters or less.

Four eighth graders operate an anonymous revenge club at their school, but things get ugly when one of them learns he’s not-so-anonymous.

Favorite pizza toppings.

Whatever California Pizza Kitchen puts on their Thai chicken pizza. I swear, it’ll change your life.

Create an ice cream flavor. What’s it called?

Extra dark chocolate with peanut butter and fudge ribbon

Thirteen-year-old Ander Cartwright is an expert on two subjects: fortune cookies and payback. Especially payback.

When he’s not struggling with algebra, Ander is the leader of an anonymous revenge club that operates within the walls of Marina Middle School. Got a beef with a classmate? Shoot Ander’s crew an email and, if your case if legit, they’ll deliver some retribution on your behalf.

It’s not easy to right wrongs and stay under the radar at the same time. That’s why Ander developed three simple rules designed to keep him and his friends from blowing their cover.

But when Ander spots the opportunity to settle an old score of his own, he ignores his own rules, setting off a chain of events that threatens to blow his cover, and it’ll take all the butt-kicking, detention-dodging skill he can muster to keep a lid on his secret.

Karl Fields is a writer of fiction for teens and young adults. His other interests include jazz, golf and collecting flash drives, the more unusual the better. He was an army brat and by the seventh grade, he had attended six different schools on three continents. His first book, The Odd Job Squad, is about the exploits of three eighth graders who operate an anonymous revenge club at their school. He recommends that you not attempt the stunts portrayed in this book. His second, Instant Preplay, is about a boy who discovers that his DVR records shows before they air. He recommends that you get one of those if you can.
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  1. Thanks for interviewing me. If there are any other "prying" questions, feel free to fire away. And for the record, Diane Star is a pseudonym. Names changed, protect the innocent, and all that.

  2. What a great interview...Terrific questions and fun answers. Karl...I sense a theme of double chocolate! LOL. I'm not a big chocolate fan...which is why I buy a lot of it to give out on Halloween. Kids also like hitting up our house--we give out full-sized Hershey bars...and we had almost 200 kids that night!

    I love the premise of this book and also of Instant Preplay. That one sounds like a hoot!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. Fun interview today. I agree with you about the Hunger Games vs. Twilight. I watched both on Netflix and I enjoyed Hunger Games far more than I thought I would. In fact, I gave it 4 stars.

    As far as Twilight goes, I'm just glad I didn't spend a high dollar to see it in the theater. I would have been very upset about the waste of time and money.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

    1. The second Hunger Games movie hits theaters in November!

  4. I enjoyed the interview. Now I want a hot chocolate chip cookie.


  5. It's my fiance and my life goal to be on the Amazing Race! Who knows, maybe some day we'll be competing against each other :P lol

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Okay but, if it comes down to a footrace to the little map in front of Phil, I'm totally tripping you. Just sayin.