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Friday, January 28, 2011

Lost On Spirit River Blog Tour- Character Interview

By Tommy Batchelor
Published by Mirror Publishing
Released on November 8th, 2010
Thirteen-year-old Tony's parents are in the middle of divorce, his mother sends him to his Grandpa's along the banks of the Flint River in Southwestern Georgia. With his younger cousin Kathryn, they set out to look for a Christmas tree for the holidays, along with Grandpa's aging beagle, Sally. The three become lost in a snowstorm, which has not hit Georgia in three hundred years. Finding shelter in a hidden cave, stumbling upon Native American art. Now the adventure begins...(quoted from Goodreads).

We'd like to introduce you to Tony, one of the main characters from Lost on Spirit River.

How would you describe yourself in the beginning of the story? How would you describe yourself now?

In the beginning, my Dad came home took all of his belonging and never spoke with me on the divorce. I was angry, hardheaded, became violent with friends. I didn’t need or want anybody’s help with anything. I would handle any situation that came along by me.

Now, I have control over my angry, and when something has me down. I ask for help! I’m able to sit down and talk with my parents about anything that troubles me.

What advice would you give to kids who have gone through a similar situation (a divorce)?

Ask your parents to sit down with you and explain why they can’t live together, or why the divorce. Most children blame themselves for the divorce, which is not TRUE. Do not blame yourself and do not take it out on others, they are your friends and relatives, they just want to help you cope. You need your friends and family in your life!

Your Grandfather's land sounds beautiful and is full of rich history. What is something you've come to respect about the land and its history?

Yes, it’s great! I love to visit Grandpa and Sally and the Flint River is backed up almost to the front porch. We’ve discovered to honor nature each day, what you see today, may not be here tomorrow. We must remember, we are only here for a short time in history. We forget who the real founding fathers of this great state are, the Native American tribes were here thousands of years before the first English man or Spanish soldiers arrived. It shows nowadays in the history books, as the Native American are being squeezed out of America history. They do not need to be forgotten!

Your cousin Kathryn is a pretty strong character, as even against her better judgement she didn't leave you behind when the storm started to approach. How would you describe her in 3 words?

Independent, courageous, funny!

You guys have been through quite a lot. What is something good you've taken away from this experience that you can apply to your life to help you through tough situations?

Even when I’m alone, I’m never really alone! My friends and family members will be close enough to help talk it out with me. If not, I do not get angry and I work it out from within me, finding the answer now comes from my heart and soul.

Thank you Tony for visiting with us today!

1 comment:

  1. Loved Tony's answers!! Especially the one about his cousin, Kathryn. Nothing like a strong girl!!!