I would like to thank John Goode for taking the time to talk to us about all things Foster High Check out my review for 151 Days here. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Your latest release is 151 Days, the 3rd novel in the Tales From Foster High series. What can you tell us about it?
It is the story of the last six months Brad and Kyle have in Foster and how he keeps his promise from the last book to change Foster for the better. Of course life being life has completely other plans for them.
I recently had the pleasure of reading 151 Days (along with the rest of the series) and, as you know, I loved it. Everyone, of course loves Kyle and Brad. But of the secondary cast of characters, which is your favorite and why?
It has to be Tyler, he is so sad and so mournful which is so attractive on someone like him. You just end up aching for him to be happy because he deserves it.
The original 3 novellas are available from individually from Dreamspinner Press as well as in a Young Adult compilation from Harmony Ink Press. Can you tell our readers what the difference is in the versions?
In the Dreamspinner novellas they are some sexually explicit scenes that I think were not needed for a YA version. Nothing story wise though, just wording actually.
You have said that this book completes Foster’s story, which I completely agree with, but you have also said that you are not finished with our boys. What do you have in store for Kyle & Brad?
They go off to college and they figure out who they are as adults, which we all know is a trying time. The next story is really about their growth and the men they will eventually end up becoming.
I can think of a few characters who still need their own happily ever afters. With whom else are you not you finished from the Foster-verse and have you started planning their stories?
Well Robbie’s story is plotted by the real life Robbie and there I would like to do another Matt and Tyler story is the desire is there for it.
Anyone who has read the Fosters series knows that the movies of John Hughes had a huge impact the series. If you could be any of the characters in a John Hughes film, which one would you choose and why?
If I could be any? Jake Ryan of course, I mean who wouldn’t? Nice, sweet, down to earth, incredibly cute, drop dead body….I HEART JAKE RYAN. Ahem, did I scream that last part?
Complementary to that question, if you, as yourself, could DATE any one character from a JH film, which one would you date and why?
Jake Ryan. In fact most of the answers to a John Hughes question for me is Jake Ryan lol
Okay one last question about 151 Days and the Foster series in general. As you got further into the series, the secondary characters played a bigger role, both in the story itself and in the narration of said story. How did that come about? Will we continue to see that style in future offerings or do you think you will go back to the more limited single person narratives?
I did that in 151 Days to show the camera panning back slowly. The first book is just Kyle and Brad, and then second you see friends show up…this one I really wanted to expand it and show the whole town was changing because of the boys. I don’t know if I will do it again, it would depends if the story called for it.
Okay I lied, I have one more Foster question. With so many Foster High books and versions available, can you tell the readers which ones they need to read (and in what order) to get the full story to this point?
Tales From Foster High, End of the Innocence, Taking Chances, 151 Days with the free stories whenever they want to binge.
You also have a fantasy YA series, Lords of Arcadia, and, if I am not mistaken, you recently finished the 3rd book in that series (or were working on it or something). What do you want to tell us about the series and the latest installment?
It is the story of a boy who thinks he is completely normal who meets a fairy prince who is running for his life and how he ends up getting caught up in the adventure. It is the fantasy story I wanted to read as a teen where the boy gets the boy and no one cares if they are boys. It is full blown fantasy with nine realms, an ice barbarian, a clockwork girl and a talking ruby. If those words don’t excite you then it might not be your kind of book. But if you like full out fantasy with adventure, Lords of Arcadia is it.
Of course I am interested in reviews (shocking, I know), so I have to ask… Do you read your reviews and if so do you take criticism under advisement for future works? Also, what’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
I do read them because I write for the public and I like knowing what the public is saying. I do take what is said seriously, one person said they were not fond of the last part of Tales from Foster High because there wasn’t enough Brad and Kyle time, and she was right. So in Innocence I wrote the date scene just for her. I really wanted to send her a email saying, HEY LOOK! I WROTE THIS FOR YOU. But she might not like people yelling at her so I didn’t.
The thing I like most about what people say is that the books made them think and made them feel like they were back in high school. That my words took them to a place they hadn’t been to in a while, that is a great feeling to know.
One final question. What book do you keep by your bed and/or what book are you currently reading?
I just got done reading These Are The Voyages, a comprehensive telling of how the first season of Star Trek was made including ratings, pre production notes and everything. I am, if you have not noticed, a complete nerd.
Where can readers find more about you and the boys on the web?
I am @fosterhigh on Twitter and the facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/TalesFromFosterHigh
From the Publisher:
Sequel to End of the Innocence
Tales from Foster High: Book Three
With just 151 days left until the school year ends, Kyle Stilleno is running out of time to fulfill the promise he made and change Foster, Texas, for the better. But Kyle and his boyfriend, Brad Graymark, have more than just intolerance to deal with. Life, college, love, and sex have a way of distracting them, and they’re realizing Foster is a bigger place than they thought. When someone from their past returns at the worst possible moment, graduation becomes the least of their worries.
About the Author
John Goode is a member of the class of ’88 from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, specializing in incantations and spoken spells. At the age of fourteen, he proudly represented District 13 in the 65th Panem games, where he was disqualified for crying uncontrollably before the competition began. After that he moved to Forks, Washington, where against all odds he dated the hot, incredibly approachable werewolf instead of the stuck-up jerk of a vampire, but was crushed when he found out the werewolf was actually gayer than he was. After that he turned down the mandatory operation everyone must receive at sixteen to become pretty, citing that everyone pretty was just too stupid to live, before moving away for greener pastures. After falling down an oddly large rabbit hole, he became huge when his love for cakes combined with his inability to resist the commands of sparsely worded notes, and was finally kicked out when he began playing solitaire with the Red Queen’s 4th armored division. By eighteen he had found the land in the back of his wardrobe, but decided that thinly veiled religious allegories were not the neighbors he desired. When last seen, he had become obsessed with growing a pair of wings after discovering Fang’s blog and hasn’t been seen since.
Or he is this guy who lives in this place and writes stuff he hopes you read.
John Goode has kindly offered an ecopy of 151 Days to 1 lucky commenter. Please answer the following question: What is your favorite 80s movie?
Contest ends 25 Mar 2014 @ 11:59pm CST. Must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited.
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