Blog Tour - Author Interview and Giveaway: The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Have you notice something peculiar today? You just did! Today on Mr. Book Wonder, Stefan Bachmann author of the children's book The Peculiar, is stopping by for an amazingly peculiar interview. This is in collaboration with HarperCollins, National Book Store, and Pinoy Book Tours. Before you go on and read the interview, check out a special message from Stefan Bachmann announcing the Philippines blog tour for The Peculiar. By the end of this blog tour, don't miss out a Twitter party that will be held in honor of The Peculiar!

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
RELEASE DATE. September 18, 2012
PUBLISHER. Greenwillow Books
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SYNOPSIS. Don’t get yourself noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings—Peculiars—and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley—Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he’s noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann’s riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Stefan Bachmann is a writer and musician. He was born in Colorado and now lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland, where he attends the Zurich Conservatory. He began writing THE PECULIAR in 2010, when he was sixteen years old.

Was it hard to get The Peculiar published? Can you tell us about your publishing experience?
It was mostly hard to find a literary agent. At least, it seemed hard at the time. You have to send out queries and I sent them out one at a time over the course of a year, which felt like forever. Once I had an agent, though, everything went insanely fast. We had our first offer within 24 hours, other offers throughout the week, an auction a week later, and then it had sold to the awesomeness that is Greenwillow. And that was that! It was exciting!

Do you read reviews of your book? Why or why not?
Sometimes I do. (I will read yours!) And of course I read the big newspaper ones like The New York Times review because, you know, New York Times . . . . But I don’t read Goodreads reviews or Amazon reviews or any of those. Not because I think they’re less-important, but because I don’t think it’s particularly helpful to have all those different voices and opinions floating around in my head while I write. This sounds bratty, but in the end I need to write a book that I’m happy with, and that my editor is happy with; trying to please everybody usually ends in pleasing nobody.

What are your thoughts about negative reviews?
Actually, if people take the time to write a review at all, I think that’s great. No one’s obligated to like my book. A while ago, before the book came out, another author told me, "Google any one of your favorite books EVER and look at all the negative reviews it has. That’s life." And I thought that was really helpful. Everyone’s different, everyone likes and dislikes different things, and that’s the way it should be.

What is next for Stefan Bachmann?
Revisiooonnnsss. I’m hard at work on The Whatnot, trying to get it in shape for fall 2013. It’s a bit of a different book from The Peculiar, less of a fairy tale and more of a big old adventure. Definitely larger in scope.

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