I grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco, and caught the creative energy of that city at an early age. My career has followed an oddly diverse path since then: a singer/songwriter, Disneyland magician, and feature film animator for the big Hollywood studios. I now live in Southern California with my wife, three rescued cats, and a backyard teeming with wild critters.
How long have you been writing?
I wish I could say I was a literary prodigy who picked up a pen at the age of five and never put it down, but that's not me. I chose instead to pursue artistic expression through music and art. In a way, I've always been a teller-of-tales. I'm just now telling my stories in books.
Do you have a favorite place to write?
I write behind a small desk in an office that doubles as my production studio. Given my druthers, I would steal away to some isolated retreat to do my writing. A mountain cabin, a seaside cottage, a hacienda beside a rambling brook. Any of those would do.
Why did you decide to write The Age of Amy series?
I believe that artistic endeavors should be pursued with some purpose in mind. Writing merely to entertain is all well and good, but offering readers a fresh perspective on life is even better. Amy sees things as they are--sometimes hopeful, sometimes tragic--but her adventures always end on a positive note. The world is in disparate need of an attitude overhaul, and there's no better way to convey optimism to young adults than through fantasy fiction.
Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone else to do that for you?
I'm a self-editing author, although I know I shouldn't be. I have found that most story problems tend to reveal themselves over time. Using text-to-speech to read back my material helps to find some of those hidden irregularities. It's a bit of a crutch, I must admit, and can quickly turn into a bad habit. I wonder if there's a rehab center for that.
Please tell us what you're working on at the moment.
I am happy to announce that a box set of The Age of Amy books 1-3 will be available in September. With the upcoming presidential debates, I will be promoting book #2 in the series--The Thumper Amendment, where Amy reveals the absurdities in campaign politics. I am also actively developing book #5, tentatively slated for release in late 2016.
Title: The Age of Amy: Behind the Fun Zone
Author: Bruce Edwards
Genre: YA Fiction
Are you a Jimmiehead, or are you still using one of those old-fashioned smartphones?
Jimmies are tiny microchips, that when painlessly implanted into your brain, magically transform your eyes and ears into the ultimate hands-free device. No more fumbling with fragile phones, loose earbuds, or clumsy controllers. Watch movies without looking at a screen. Take photos through your eyes. Text with your brain waves.
Everyone wants a Jimmie—except 16-year-old Amy, who detests technology in any form. But when thousands of teenage Jimmieheads mysteriously vanish, only she can save them. Immune to Jimmie’s influence, Amy embarks on a quest to find the missing teens, ultimately revealing an ominous connection to a spooky, old amusement park that’s been dark for 50 years!
Award-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.
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