Today I am interviewing Neal Chase, author of the new middle-grade fantasy novel, Worthy of Song and Story, first book in the Stain the Viking series.
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DJ: Hey Neal! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Neal Chase: The easiest way to sum me up is that I’m an author, lawyer, basketball coach, and PS4 player extraordinaire. I’m married to my wife Karen and have two sons, who really inspired me to write Worthy of Song and Story.
DJ: What is Worthy of Song and Story about?
Neal: It is about a twelve year old boy named Stian who wants to be the greatest Viking ever. Unfortunately, a couple things stand in his way: he is too young to go on Viking raids and he may be the son of Loki, the same Loki who is foretold to bring about the end of the world. Stian sets off to find out the truth, the only way he knows how, by freeing Loki from the gods’ prison. If he succeeds, he’ll become the world’s greatest Viking, but if he fails, he’ll fall victim to the gods’ merciless justice.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Worthy of Song and Story?
Neal: My two sons are probably my biggest influence in writing Worthy of Song and Story. With all the electronic distractions in the world, it is real hard to get them to sit down and read, especially the older one. If they are going to read something, it needs to have action and get their attention right away. Other than the big name block busters, it was hard finding books that did that, so I decided to write one. Continue reading