Author Spotlight: John Buhl - Dorrance Publishing Company

Author Spotlight: John Buhl

Name: John Buhl 

Hometown: East Haddam, Connecticut

Book: Banished: A Band of Rebels

Genre: Fantasy/Fiction

  1. Describe your book in 10 words or less. A man rebels against a tyrannical empire
  2. What made you want to write Banished: A Band of Rebels?  I am a fan of R.R. Martin and C.S. Lewis
  3. How long did it take you to write your book? I started the book when I was 12 years old. Two years.
  4. How do you choose the names of your characters? The names need to have a ring to them and they need to be relatable to what will be planned for them in the story.
  5. What do you do when you have writer’s block? I am yet to have writer’s block.
  6. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? The first chapter was my favorite because it kicked off the whole idea of the rebel.
  7. If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why? 
    1. One character from your book:  Clovis because he is a natural leader.
    2. One fictional character: Robinson Crusoe because he would help me survive.
    3. One famous person: Bear Grylls because he has the skills and talent to survive.
  8. Besides writing, what are your other interests? Hiking and swimming
  9. Do you keep a journal? No.
  10. How did you celebrate the publishing of your book? This is in the process but it will most likely be a small family party.
  11. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters? Chris Evans
  12. What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing? The efficiency of their process while taking the time to understand the goals of the writer.
  13. Five favorite books of all time?  Live and Let Die, The Godfather, The Harry Potter Series, The Stranger, The Great Gatsby
  14. One sentence of advice for other writers? Have patience and pace yourself. Good ideas come with time.

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