Monday, 6 May 2019

Free Pizza by G C McRae + #Giveaway + Guest Post

Free Pizza by G.C. McRae

Category: Middle-Grade Fiction, 360 pages
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Publisher: MacDonald Warne Media
Release date: May 1, 2019
Tour dates: May 1 to 17, 2019
Content Rating: PG (No sex or drugs, just mild expletives such as "hell" and "damn".)

Brian McSpadden is always hungry. Does he have a disease? Worms? Does it have something to do with his being adopted? He spends his days at his crazy friend Danny’s house, hoping for snacks, but nothing seems to fill the void.

​Then Brian receives a mysterious birthday card that says, Free Pizza. He soon discovers the card has nothing to do with food and everything to do with the big questions in his life: where did I come from, why did my mother give me up and is there anyone out there who will like me the way I am?

To read reviews, please visit G.C. McRae's page on iRead Book Tours.

The Myth of Inspiration by G.C. McRae

Kids are constantly asking me where I get my inspiration. They’re obviously coached by their teachers to ask questions that will help them in their own writing. No problem. But after the twentieth time, the persistence of the myth of needing to ‘being inspired’ gets to feel like a game of whack-a-mole.

“Where do you get your ideas?” The question is asked as if fiction writers receive ideas like Moses being handed the Ten Commandments, fully formed, from on high. When it becomes plain that characters and situations aren’t birthed from the chubby thighs of the godhead, the immediate assumption then is that my children inspired me or some event I witnessed in my past delivered me the idea like a waiter bringing me an entree, complete with an ideal wine pairing and a basket of artisanal bread.

The truth is, when a writer needs an idea, they use the only tool available to them -well, other than plagiarism - the gray matter between their temples. And it isn’t just a concept for the main arc of the story that sparks a piece of fiction. Very often, the spark is for a character, a place or even a vital smell. It is something powerful enough to cause them to close their office door on their family and launch into months or years of composition.

And once the main ‘inspiration’ has kick-started the tale-telling, you still have to generate ideas for the substance and style of every word, every sentence, every relevant bit of your character’s behavior throughout the tale. Fiction is a black hole for ideas. As long as you are in the midst of constructing that novel, that black hole will happily absorb them. Of course, on the other side the black hole you are building an entire beautiful world with as much care and attention as you can muster. But while you’re writing, the story will eat ideas as fast as you can generate them.

OK, I know, if I told children that, it would probably scare the wits out of them. Don’t think it doesn’t scare the wits out of every writer who ever stared at a blank piece of paper. We know where it will lead.

Meet the Author:

​G.C. McRae is the bestselling author of two young adult novels, three illustrated children's books and a collection of original fairy tales. His writing is fall-down funny, even when the theme is darker than a coal miner's cough. McRae reads to anybody at any time, in person or online, for free, which probably explains why he meets so many people and sells so many books.

In his latest work, Free Pizza, McRae spins the highly emotional themes from his decidedly unfunny childhood into a brilliantly comic yarn. After being given up for adoption by his teenage mom back when single girls were forced to hide unplanned pregnancies, his adoptive parents didn’t exactly keep him under the stairs but, well, let's just say, there were spiders.

A lot has changed since then. McRae’s own children have now grown and he runs a small farm with his wife, who is herself an award-winning writer.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ LibraryThing

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Two winners will receive a print book.
Three winners will receive a print book + $20 Amazon GC and 10 winners will receive an ebook copy of Free Pizza (open to USA & Canada / 15 winners total)
Ends May 25, 2019

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful, heartfelt read for all children!

    1. Yes, I like that McRae is using his own experiences to explain a difficult subject to children

  2. thanks sounds like a great book