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Friday, October 28, 2011

Boo Bash Giveaway & Guest Post with Stephanie Sanders

Stephanie Sanders is on the blog today talking about her Middle Grade book, Villain School. This is a super cute book that will sure to be a great read for kids and adults alike!

About the Book

Rune Drexler, Big Bad Wolf Jr., and Countess Jezebel Dracula are students at Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains. It's like military school for the children of famous villains; it's where you learn to be bad. But Rune is failing at his villainous studies, so when he lands himself in detention (again), Master Dreadthorn assigns him a Plot. In one week, Rune and his friends must find a henchman, steal a baby, kidnap a princess, and overthrow a kingdom. There's only one problem: Rune's not very evil. In fact, his behavior seems suspiciously heroic. . . .

This hilarious adventure stretches across a fairy tale world where the mistakes of famous villains become valuable lessons for our heroes-er, villains. The mix of familiar characters and a wholly original Plot will delight young readers.

Villain School was one of those stories that just seemed to write itself. It all started when I woke up early one morning and jotted down a few words in a notebook. (FYI, authors should always keep notebooks next to their beds for just this purpose!) I wrote:
Villain School. Hero School. Villain father is angry his son is questioning evil ways.
Just those few words sparked a story. Shortly afterward, I came up with the idea of sending my main character, a young villain warlock, on an evil Plot. I thought to myself, "What do villains do?" Then I came up with four tasks: find a henchman, steal a baby, kidnap a princess, and overthrow a kingdom.
So, I had my plot, but I really needed to think about my characters and who they were. I knew they would be kids, but what kind of kids? I started thinking about villains from stories and fairytales and it all fell into place. These kids were children of famous villains who didn't quite meet their parents' expectations.
For instance, one of my characters is the son of the Big Bad Wolf, aptly named Wolf Junior. Poor Wolf made the mistake of saving a human child from drowning and so he was sent to Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains. Likewise, Count Dracula's daughter, Jezebel, is a vampire who prefers chocolate to the usual vampire diet. I pictured Dracula as a snooty aristocrat who was embarrassed to have a wayward villain for a daughter. Despite this, Jezebel continues to want her father's approval and even displays some of his high-and-mighty attitude.
Then there's the main character, Rune Drexler. His father is Master Dreadthorn, the school's principal. Poor Rune tries to be evil, but he just can't seem to manage it, to his father's eternal disappointment. And to top it all off, Rune has to compete with is half-brother, Chad, for his father's approval. (Chad's mother is the Gingerbread Witch from the Hansel and Gretel story.)
Although the kids in Villain School don't quite live up to their parents' villainous reputations, I think I'll forgive them. After all, it is their "flaws" that make them worth writing about.

About the Author

Stephanie S. Sanders grew up on an Iowa farm. She published her first poem in a local newspaper at the age of eight and knew, even then, she wanted to be a writer. Currently, Stephanie lives near Newton with her husband and two daughters. Villain School: Good Curses Evil is her first published book. She is currently working on several writing projects, including a sequel.
Book website: www.villainkids.com

The Giveaway!!

Stephanie is giving away a SIGNED copy of her book, Villain School along with a bookmark! To Enter, leave a comment below with your email address and tell us whot your favorite villain is! Contest ends Nov 5th at Midnight.


Margaret said...

My favorite villan is from Disney's sleeping Beauty Malificiant. Thank for the giveaway!


Tore said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Jafar from Aladin. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Yto said...

mr. scrouge and the grinch - they are cute ;)

witchvela at web dot de

kimyunalesca said...

Professor Moriarty :D
thank you so much this is so cool!


marybelle said...

My favorite villain would have to be Delores Umbridge from Harry Potter.


Julie said...

My favorite villain is Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter! Thanks for an awesome giveaway :)

jwitt33 at live dot com

sheri said...

Looks like a wonderful book that i can read with my 7 year old daughter. she is always interested in the books i am reading that i cant share with her. glad to see one that i finally can share with her.
sheri from creson,

Angie said...

Ursula from the Little Mermaid :D
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

Denise Z said...

The favorite villain has to be Snape - of course we all know the truth about him by now, but I will not give anything away just in case LOL I know a young girl who would love this book and if I won it would certainly pass it on to her; after I gently read it of course LOL (don't tell). Thank you for the awesome post and giveaway opportunity.

Anonymous said...

My favorite villian would be the Grinch. He's my daughters favorite also. Thanks for the giveaway.

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