Interview with Andrew Joyce, Author of Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer
Posted by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie on March 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm
What ever happened to those little boys, Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer? They grew up that’s what. In the spring of 1860, General Beauregard fired on Fort Sumter and the now twenty-four year old boys can’t wait to sign up to fight the Yankees.
In the first battle of the war Tom is wounded and Huck brings him back to Missouri. But along the way they run into trouble and Huck ends up saving the life of a sixteen-year old Yankee soldier who deserts and travels to Missouri with the boys.
Once in Missouri the Yankee, whose name is Jed, leaves for California. A month later Huck and Tom set out for San Francisco where Tom hopes to catch a ship headed for China. Huck goes along to keep Tom company, but plans on returning to Missouri when Tom sails.
Jed never makes it to California, Tom sets sail but never reaches China and Huck never sees Missouri again. Twelve years later they come together in the town of Redemption Colorado to fight a greedy rancher and his army of hired guns.
They are not boys anymore. They are now men doing what men have to do. Huck is now a famous lawman, Tom a widower and Jed is the infamous Laramie Kid, a notorious gunfighter.
REDEMPTION is an incredible sequel to HUCKLEBERRY FINN, intertwined stories that take place between 1860 and 1873. They are stories of growth and learning, stories of change as told through the reminiscences of a sixty-year old Huck Finn. They are also adventure stories that dovetail together for the climax.
* Check out Redemption (which currently has 50 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 stars!)
Andrew Joyce lives on a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his dog Danny.
Andrew Joyce, Keep Calm & Answer These 25 Questions
1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I love words and knowing where they come from.
2. What is your favorite color? I like all colors. I don’t discriminate.
3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Born and reared in Miami, Florida
4. What is your favorite football team? I don’t follow sports.
5. Who is your favorite author? John Steinbeck
6. What is your favorite book? Grapes of Wrath
7. What do you do when you are not writing? Read
8. Do you have a day job as well? No . . . I make my living writing.
9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? #1 Write and #2 be true to your vision (that is unless all your reviews are one star. Then you might want to rethink your vision).
10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Being a writer is the best thing ever … until you get to the editing process.
11. Where do you write? On my boat.
12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? I must have quiet!
13. What do you typically drink while writing? Vodka
14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Finding an agent – that took two years – and editing. Don’t get me wrong, I think every word I write is pure genius, but after reading them for the fifteenth time … well …
15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? Depends on what book we’re talking about. My current book REDEMPTION took two months to write, it just flowed. But then, seven months later, I was still trying to perfect it in the editing stage.
16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? My agent has placed REDEMPTION with a Hollywood producer and things might work out. To your question: Matthew McConaughey as Huck and Leonardo Decaprio as Tom.
17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? He doesn’t think of me at all. And no one wants to hang out with me, not even my dog.
18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? Contacting book bloggers and begging for reviews. BookBub worked really well for me.
19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? Actually, I don’t mind criticism. One thing that did kind of get to me was when I asked for a review, and the person accused me of sending her spam. She gave me one star without reading my book just to teach me a lesson.
20. What has been the best compliment? These two excerpts from professional reviewers:
“What I loved about this book were the admirable morals and values of the main characters, they each had a real down to earth, genuine, true ‘good’ heroic nature about them. Witnessing their characters mature, grow and develop throughout the story was inspiring.”
“Through page after page, I read with amazement on how this could not be considered a companion to the Twain’s 1876 and 1884′s respective works. In a nutshell, they work together as a trilogy to complete the saga, from the imagination of two tremendous writers. Well done Mr. Joyce!” (Both full reviews are on Amazon)
21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? The subtext is all from my experiences and limited knowledge. The story itself is all imagination.
22. How did you come up with the title? I reckon I have Mark Twain to thank for that.
23. Will there be a sequel? My agent wants one, but I’m working on something else at the moment.
24. What project are you working on now? A historical novel about the true story of the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.
25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? You didn’t ask for my phone number. Whenever I speak with a beautiful woman, I always get a little insulted when she doesn’t ask for my phone number. By the way, it’s; 1-800-555-Huck. (jk)