Born to… Fight?
Ike Rupert Hollingsberry is haunted by the past because complete strangers won’t let him forget that his famous father died on the set of The Fighting Dragons, a cult favorite that still has people talking. But when he’s attacked by a large locust, like the one that killed his dad, Ike is helped by the geekiest nerd of all, Elmira Hand. Killing the giant locust is only the beginning of the surprises in store for Ike as he is whisked away from New York City to an isolated Florida compound to assume his role as the next in line to lead the Royal Order of Fighting Dragons—that are NOT supposed to exist—and learns his dad’s death was a cover-up for a far greater purpose…
Praise for THE ROYAL ORDER OF FIGHTING DRAGONS
“…a fast-paced, entertaining story with appealing characters, a healthy dose of action, and a dash of humor.” ―Publishers Weekly
Dan Elish is the author of nine novels, including The School for the Insanely Gifted, The Worldwide Dessert Contest, and Born Too Short: Confessions of an 8th Grade Basket Case (Simon & Schuster), which was named a New York Public Library “Book for the Teenage” and a “Young Adult Choice for the International Reading Association.”
Dan co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical 13with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, which premiered on Broadway in 2008 and is slated to be a movie by CBS Films. Dan is also a TV writer who has worked on shows such as Cyberchase (PBS) and Jo-Jo’s Circus (Disney). Dan has received fellowships and scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and is represented by Matt Bialer at Greenburger Associates. He lives in New York with his wife and children.
What is on your nightstand?
Oh, there is a large pile of books on my nightstand. Most are for adults. But I always have a kids’ novel or two that I’m hoping to read. One that is always there is CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – I like having it nearby. I also have a copy of my first novel published, THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST.
What author would you totally fan?
Well, if we can include the non-living, it would definitely be Dr. Seuss. Even though I don’t write picture books, I adore his work. I try to get some of his zany spirit into my books. He was also supposed to be a nice guy. It would have been a fantastic honor to have met him.
What makes you cringe?
Fingernails on a blackboard, melodramatic prose, asparagus and certain politicians.
Do you plot everything out or go with the flow?
A little of both. I need to have a good central idea and some idea of what happens in the beginning, middle and end but when I get to the individual scenes and character development I find myself going with the flow. I like to see where my imagination takes me in the moment.
Is there a word you love to use?
The right ones for the right spots. J
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