A few years ago I first saw the cover for Solitary by Travis Thrasher (click the title to see my review). It was simple and intrigued me. And when I read the book, it totally sucked me in! I kept thinking, “Christian teen horror? Who knew?”
But then the book made me mad. (I may have thrown it once.) And in the end, it left me so puzzled that I needed to read book two, which left me dying to read book three to the point that I actually pre-ordered the thing. And now I’m a Thrasher Head, counting the days until January.
“Hey, Travis… I don’t suppose you need any endorsements for Hurt?”
Yeah… I figured as much.
At least I got to talk with Travis a little in the meantime.
I’d like to say that this isn’t a series you want to start in the middle. If you haven’t read Solitary, go buy it right now. Or enter to win below. Travis has graciously offered to give all three books to one of my blog readers.
So enjoy the interview, enter to win, and if you don’t win, go buy Solitary! You will be entertained.
In regards to the picture above, look how fabulous Hurt looks there on the end with the creepy ol’ church on the cover. Oh, Hurt! How I long to pluck you off the shelf and read all of your pages.
Okay… Jill’s losing focus here.
An interview! Yes. That was the plan. (Why do I feel like Doctor Who today?)
Without further randomness, I give you Mr. Thrasher. *applause*
Travis, when you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since third grade, and that has been the one constant in my life.
When did you decide to try writing books?
I’ve always been reading and writing but I wrote my first novel in ninth grade. I still have it. It was written in pencil on notebook paper and it was called The Adventurer. It was pretty bad.
Was it hard work?
Writing is the easiest thing in the world to do. The hard part is writing something that is well written!
What was your biggest obstacle as you learned to become a writer?
Self doubt. I think that’s one of the biggest obstacles for any writer. Writing is such a personal and solitary craft. You’re left alone to your own habits and hangups. It’s easy to have insecurity about every part of the writing process. The key is plowing ahead even if or when you know the writing is awful or simply mediocre. I think I’m the most persistent writer out there. Not the most talented, but the most persistent.
What do you consider one of your biggest life adventures?
I live on a bloody battlefield. Except the blood is colored pink, and there’s lots of toys littering the field. As the father of three girls (a five year old and two 17-month-old twins), my wife and I are currently on an amazing adventure. Trying to do this while supporting all of us by “living the dream” (see question #1) can be tough. But doors continue to open to writing projects. I never know what adventure will be coming next!
Temptation is book three in the Solitary Tales. Here is the storyline:
It’s a fabulous book. But, again, if you haven’t read Solitary and Gravestone, read the series in order! Travis, in your Solitary books, Chris has to move to a strange town that’s far away from anything. What advice would you give teens that are forced to live in places they don’t want to live? How can they make the best of things?
Keeping a positive attitude is the best thing you can do. I know that sounds trite–I find it hard at times to keep positive myself. Life doesn’t always go the way we hope or expect. Moving around was hard for me–I went to four different high schools. At the same time, I wouldn’t change anything because it made me who I am now.
The older I get, the more I realize that every single day we have is a gift. When you’re a teenager, you think you’re going to live forever. You think that forty-years-old is over the hill. You sometimes can’t wait to be a grownup. Relish those times of being a teenager regardless of the circumstances.
Any real-life adventures planned for the near future? If not, what is one dream that you’ve yet to live?
I’m starting to look ahead to the future in terms of family plans. I’ve always looked ahead when it came to my writing, and I still do that. But now, with these three little ladies in our house, I’m looking through a different set of lenses.
What new fictional adventure are you working on now?
My next book is an eBook only release of a story called Teardrop that is part of seven other stories in the 7 Hours project released by Tyndale House Publishers. It comes out in May. Then in September, a novelization I worked on for the movie Home Run will be released. The movie is a tremendous story about a professional baseball player who is forced to go to rehab and ends up finding hope and redemption.
Thanks so much for the interview, Travis! I look forward to your new writing projects, and obviously, to Hurt. Here are some places to find Travis online:
Travis’ website: http://www.travisthrasher.com/
Travis’ blog: http://thejourneyiseverything.blogspot.com/
Travis’ Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Travis-Thrasher/13427461109?ref=ts
And to enter to win Solitary, Gravestone, and Temptation, leave a comment and/or “like” Travis’ Facebook Page. May the randomest entry win.