The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Book Title: The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 300 pages
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: April 18, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 20, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes - suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)
Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.
When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.
Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.
Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.
On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.
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How To Combat Writer’s Block
I have found that Writer’s block typically comes from not knowing what comes next in the story.
This is a common problem with writers that write “by the seat of their pants.” They see where the story flows naturally. The story direction develops organically from the character and his or her motivations and the obstacles tat form. These types of writers are affectionately called, Pantsers.
Plotters, on the other hand, plot their story points out like they’re plotting points on a graph. These writers always know what’s coming next, so Writer’s Block is far less likely. The downside that some may have with plotters is that perhaps their stories are predictable or formulaic. This isn’t always the case, though.
I happen to be a hybrid of the two styles. I love to plot out basic milestones and turning points, including the beginning, ending, and inciting incidents. Then, I pants my from point to point. That way, the story doesn’t feel so rigid.
The best ways to combat writer’s block are… 1) Always have a general idea of where the story’s going and 2) Just put some words down. You can always revise later. You can’t revise an empty page.
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Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult novel. The second book in the series is set to release in 2018.
He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.
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