Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Interview with Adam Glendon Sidwell

Adam Glendon Sidwell
author of Evertaster
Welcome to Adam Glendon Sidwell, author of the tasty new middle grade novel, Evertaster.

Christy: Evertaster has so much food and gastronomy reference, I just wonder, do you have a background in the culinary arts?

Adam: I actually don’t. That’s the funny thing is that I just might be a Nevertaster. I usually eat whatever I can, and even eat bugs in times of necessity (like while camping). But I was fascinated by the gourmet world, and really wanted to know what makes connoisseurs tick, so I did a lot of research, and out came Evertaster. Oh, and my wife went to cooking school for a brief time, so she helped with some details during the revision process.

Christy: What pushed you to make the decision to self-publish?

Adam: Ultimately the decision came when I had very good run with two of the top NY publishing houses, and they were in love with my manuscript. In the end though, 1 was concerned that it was a little too quirky to sell. The other was a done deal, until the editor suddenly left the company, and the whole deal fell through. When my agent Alyssa Henkin of Trident Media Group offered to put Evertaster out through Trident’s new ebook department, I jumped at the chance. It was an easy decision, because as a writer you have to get your work in front of your audience or you eventually shrivel up and die. So now Evertaster is out on Kindle, Nook, and in paperback, and it’s doing really well. It even hit the Amazon overall top 100 bestseller list!

Christy: In your opinion, what is the ultimate food?

Adam: Well, see chapter 23 for the answer to that -- no spoilers! But the story aside, I really love ice cream. It just amazes me every time I eat it. It can have chocolate, it can have fruit. You can top it with marshmallow. There are endless flavor combinations! If only I could eat it for dinner! Oh wait, I’m an adult. I can!

Christy: What do you hope that readers will take away with them after reading Evertaster?

Adam: I hope that readers will think about the power of food. It surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds us together. It’s a connection point in families. Mostly, I hope readers won’t try to eat the pages until after they’ve read the whole book.

Christy: What advice to you have for those who wish to self-publish?

Adam: I’d say do it now! There’s no reason to wait! Either your book will be terrible and no one will read it, or it will be good and you’ll find an audience. If you can, publish it on strawberry flavored paper, since I think that will help people get interested. Thanks Adam! We will be looking forward to more culinary adventures in the future. Purchase Evertaster on Amazon here.


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