Welcome to my tour stop for the Zimmah Chronicles by Scott King! This is a middle grade fantasy series. The tour runs December 1-11with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Zimmah the djinn isn’t evil. He simply thinks the world would be more fun if everything was made of desserts. So when ten-year-old Karim Jacobs makes a wish to fix his parent’s marriage it’s not Zimmah’s fault that he twists the wish. He couldn’t help himself. Candypunk airships and cupcake castles are cool!Of course Karim isn’t happy about his wish going astray, specially when running into fantastical creatures like gummy-grizzly-bears and rock candy beasts; and although he desperately wants to go home, he finds himself in the middle of a war between the Cupcake Kingdom and Brownie Kingdom. With his parents lives in danger, its up to him to stop Zimmah and restore the world to normal.
Zimmah the wicked djinn thought he was so smart. He thought nothing could stop him, let alone a mere child. That was until he met Whitney, a devilish girl who used his own powers against him.A wish gone wrong sends Zimmah, Whitney, and Karim to The Otherworld, a magical land where Mermaids and Unicorns are caught in an epic war. All Whitney wants is to save her sick mother, all Karim wants is to get home, and all Zimmah wants is revenge on the children who have tricked him.
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Almost three years ago we moved to Texas for my wife’s work but before we did I was a college professor who taught digital photography/production classes and writing classes. Currently I’m working as a writer & board game photographer. So about half my day is spent writing and the other half is spent doing photography. Publishers send me board games to photograph and then they use my photos for Amazon, other online stores, sell-sheets, and general marketing.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I always wanted to be a writer. However I’m highly dyslexic and never thought I could be a novelist. So instead I went to school and focused on screenwriting, comics, and teaching writing. It wasn’t until the past few years until I finally got the confidence in my voice and abilities to be able to write novels. Turns out that as long as you have a decent copy editor then its possible to be a dyslexic writer.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
Jeff Smith, Neil Gaiman, and Lloyd Alexander are some of my favorite writers/creators. I don’t know if it’s so much that they have influenced my writing as much as they helped inspired my desire to create. I grew up with a sick parent and spending time in their worlds helped me deal with things so much so that I knew that one day I hoped to do the same for others.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I get up in the morning and take the puppies out. Then I make breakfast and wake Lisa, my wife. We eat breakfast together and then she gets ready for work while I feed the pets and make her lunch. We head out by 6:30am. She heads to work and I head to the local cafe. I’m generally there till about 10-11ish writing or rewriting. At that point I run any errands and then head home to eat lunch. at about noon-ish I do an hour of walking either on the treadmill or when the weather is nice outside at a park. My afternoons are then dedicated to publishing/marketing junk or photography work. Lisa usually gets home between 7-8. As soon as she does I switch out of work-mode and relax with her. We eat dinner, and either watch a TV show, play a game, or spend some time reading. At this point it’s a pretty-set schedule but at the same time no day is the same and it’s great because it keeps me from ever being bored.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
Originally “Cupcakes vs. Brownies” was supposed to be a book about a brother and sister coping with their parents divorce. I had it outlined and the whole thing took place during a food fight at school. The problem is that I always lean more to fantasy and magic so I just wasn’t happy with it. So I added in some fantastical things, while still keeping the food-fight setting and it evolved into what it is.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
I have cupcakes fighting brownies and unicorns fighting mermaids!
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
All the characters are pieces of me in a way but my favorite by far is Zimmah, the djinn. He’s mischievous cause his wants and desires are never straight forward. Plus he’s kind of a smart-mouth jerk which is always fun to write.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
My favorite scenes where the ones where the two main protagonist Karim & and Whitney had any conflict for Zimmah. Not necessarily physical but verbal. Little zingers to full fledge arguments or philosophical discussions were always entertaining for me.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
Depends on the readers and what they are going through. I hope that anyone who can directly relate to Karim, Whitney, or Zimmah find some comfort and realize they aren’t alone. For everyone else I hope they simply have fun and for a few hours get to escape any stress or drama that they might have in real life.
10) What do you have in store next for your readers?
My next series is an epic fantasy series I’m calling “Dragon Lotus.” I’m in the middle of re-writing the first book and the next two are outlined. My plan is to release the trilogy next year with each book coming out a month apart. It’s got dragons, shape shifters, and crosses over slightly with “Zimmah Chronicles” as well as my comicbook “Holiday Wars.”
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