Welcome to #Drew-vember here on Textual Love. This month’s Author Spotlight falls on Drew Hayes. We’re going to be having an interview with the Author himself as well as Character Interviews from some of your favorite books as well as reviews of all of his books plus a giveaway or two throughout the month.
Most people would be overjoyed to win $50,000 and the chance to star in a nation-wide commercial, even if it was just for a fast food joint like Camelot Burger. Then again, Clint Tucker has never been like most people. Ushered to the tropical paradise of Kenowai, he and the other winners undertake an island tradition for the cameras, one meant to free a local imprisoned deity. One with very specific requirements that have yet to be met. One that might just be a bit more authentic than any of them expected. One that will begin a journey fraught with danger, excitement, and more beer than is wise or healthy.
***I own a copy of this book. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
So what do you get when you have an over-achieving college student, a hippie, a professional scapegoat, and a jargon speaking frat boy? One crazy adventure, that’s what! We follow Clint around and realize this guy wants nothing. He is paid well to take the blame for others mistakes. He lives in a nursing home by choice, and generally speaking is quite the loner. Then we wins $50,000 from a burger joint. Only one thing, the only way to get the money is to go to Kenowai, attempt to free the local god Kodiwandae, while being filmed for a commercial. Sounds really easy. We soon find out that nothing in life is easy and sometimes you find yourself in extremely unusual circumstances and yet find it to be the time of your life.
I know that sounds like a mouthful, and it really is. But this is these characters find themselves in some VERY bizarre circumstances, and instead of checking into an asylum, or throwing their hands up and saying “EFF this!” they did exactly as they set out to do, and the hilarity ensues from there.
I will say that I enjoyed all the main characters in this story. From April, the over-achieving student to Thunder…BUAHAHAH!!!! He kills me! I will admit there were some lil plot twists I didn’t see coming, and that (along with Thunder’s outbursts) made this book refreshing and kept me giggling throughout.
Mr. Hayes novel about possession of the divine nature, a feline island king, and glowing pears is truly a wild ride. To be honest, this man’s imagination completely baffles me. How does he come up with the things he comes up with? I’ll never know. Mr. Hayes has this ability to flesh out characters to not only make them feel real, but make them feel larger than life. Almost like that great friend who always has the best stories. I can’t wait to read more from him, and share him with the rest of all of you. This story is good for anyone into Mature YA on up. (not due to violence or nookie, but just thematically speaking.) I would very highly recommend this book!
Drew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. You can read more of his growing work at his website, http://www.drewhayesnovels.com, send him mail and movie offers at Novelistdrew@gmail.com, or just follow his twitter: DrewHayesNovels. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.