Well hello there! If you’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving then you’ve come to the right place, for you’re about to read of a boy of action. He’s featured in the new novel by K.V. Flynn, today’s featured guest on “First and Fourth Fridays”. Before K.V. answers the “First and Fourth Friday” questions, which she will do while in character, she’s going to tell us a bit about herself and her book.
I’m K.V. Flynn, and I write MG/YA novels for boys. The first in my ON THE MOVE trilogy came out as an eBook in September and is now available in paperback on Amazon. I live in a beachy Southern California town with a big gray dog and when I’m not writing, I’m editing and publishing other writers’ work, usually for artists or experts with a unique story to tell or wisdom to share. I try to skate or dance or do yoga or something sweaty and fun away from the computer every day, too, and catch the sunset at the beach with my hound anytime I can.
My new novel On the Move is about a fourteen-year-old middle school kid named Callum Vicente. He also lives in a Southern California beach town along with his four best middle school buddies, and together they narrowly miss being grounded for life after they sneak out of town on the bus for a great skateboard day just before promotion from 8th grade. Their pal Justice ends up with a wicked broken leg, but their parents soon forget about it because weird, tense things are happening in the news. So Callum, Levi and his bff Apollo are soon deep into their best summer ever at PEAK skateboard camp where they learn tricks from the pros, grind on endless street courses, and careen off one awesome ramp straight into the lake. It is mad fun until the War breaks out: the teens watch major cities blown up on TV, have no idea what’s happened to their parents, and then lose virtually all communication with the outside world.
Stranded, the boarder buddies strike out on their own to find their families, travelling north through all of California and Oregon, following a network of underground message boards and savvy riders who they find holed up in skate parks along the way. They pick up their school buddy Mateo Beltran and hitch a ride with their Native friend Obbie, on his way to safety on his dad’s reservation in Washington state, and even get some surprising help as they try to figure out a world gone crazy while they are “On the Move”.
1. When I think about that bereft feeling of loss at the end of a story, the first thing that comes to mind is watching Iron Giant with a kid friend of mine who was about nine at the time. Maybe because the movie was also about a nine-year-old or maybe because it was just awesome storytelling, but we both watched the film and loved it, walked out into the hall outside the movie theater, and burst into tears. Two guys just standing there blubbering and sad that the Giant had been blown apart… even though, hopefully, his parts were finding one another again and would come back together! We also read The Book Thief together and I know I cried reading the ending, it was sad, too. Really wonderful story. And I keep going back to be in the magical baseball fantasy world of Michael Chabon’s Summerland—otherwise I’d be too sad to leave that one, too.
2. Most loving thing I’ve ever done–well, pretty good, for me!: Okay, so my mom gave my dad a Weimeraner puppy before I was born and it sat on the sofa with her every night, she says, until I came along. Grace was her name, and she was ten months old when I arrived and became officially in charge of me. When we moved to the country a year or so later and I’d take myself out for a walk, she would follow alongside my two-year-old self just making sure I didn’t topple into the pool or get lost in the cherry tomato field next door. She lived to be over sixteen years old, and it was really tough for everyone when she had to be put to sleep. So I asked my stepmother, who is a very cool painter, to silkscreen one of her own paintings of Grace on to a silk lamp for my mom for Christmas that year. She still has it on her desk so Grace can watch over her, now that I’m not around so much.
3. Most loving thing: my mom read to me literally every night before I went to sleep until I basically left for college. Sure, we missed a few evenings, and some nights in middle school and high school I stayed over at my dad’s. But we had a LOT of reading time together. Definitely the best books of my life. Yes, all the Harry Potter books and the Narnia Chronicles, most of which we did not even understand. Hunger Games rocked our world. So did Auntie Mame and Huckleberry Fin and Absolutely True Adventures of a Part Time Indian and Rumble Fish and That was Then This is Now. I can’t list them all but each one was like a magical thing we shared together, and a story that gave me a place to dream into as I fell asleep.
4. Most romantic song?…School’s Out For the Summer…School’s Out FOREVER! It means, tons of straight free time to be with your best buddies, sleep in, and skate until the shadows grow long.
K.V. hopes that moms out there will check out “On the Move” for their teen readers. Especially if they’re skaters! I love to hear from them, too, so feel free to have them talk back! KVFlynnOnTheMove@gmail.com, or check me out on Facebook/OntheMoveBooks or OntheMoveBooks.tumblr.com.
How refreshing to find some boys’ fiction. I’m sure you want to know how to purchase a copy of “On the Move” for the boys in your life.
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