Author interview with 12 year old Spencer Brokaw


Today I have an extra special guest interview. Spencer Brokaw is the author of The Impenetrable Spy and he is just 12. Yes, you read that right, 12. Isn't that fantastic?!

Have you ever read a book that made you think 'wow'? If so, what book was it and why did it have such an effect on you?
One of my favorite books is The Series of Unfortunate Events #2. It had such an effect on me because it was the first book I read in the series, and I fell in love. It had such an effect on me that I read all of the books in a week and a half at age 10. I read a book each day and was totally addicted. I don’t think I have ever read so much in a period of time. I loved the dark humor and descriptions. I also enjoyed The Beatrice Letters by the same author.

Who is your favourite author and why?
My favorite author is J.K. Rowling. Her story as a writer is so inspiring and I love the Harry Potter series.

What is your all-time favourite book cover?
This has to be the hardest question for me. There are lots of great book covers but I like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the best. It was also the first Harry Potter book I read. The reason I started with it was because of the intriguing book cover.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I would choose Christopher Paolini because he was self-published at such a young age, Rick Riordan for his amazing Percy Jackson series, J.K. Rowling for her inspiring story and Harry Potter books, Suzanne Collins for The Hunger Games, Daniel Handler for A Series of Unfortunate Events, Tom Clancy for his amazing action books, and Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Who, or what, inspires you?
My dad and family members inspire me.

Where is your favourite place to write?
My favorite place to write is at a desk in my room. It has a built in book shelf, and enough space for me to lay down all of my writing notebooks.

What is your book about?
The Impenetrable Spy follows Zack Carter, a 28 year old CIA agent hunting down a terrorist organization dubbed “The Bad Hounds.” He creates a time machine that can send him back in time when his heart rate stops, making him nearly impenetrable. Wang Bo, the ruler of China runs a terrorist organization that finds a statue with the abilities to make your worst fears come alive. Zack must stop Wang at all costs to ensure the United States remains a war free territory. He travels through an asylum, a war torn D.C., a mansion, and New York City.

Why did you decide to write a book at such a young age?
I decided to write The Impenetrable Spy at such a young age because I thought that writing was fun. I liked being able to sit down and create my own world. I would sit for hours, entertained by what I had written. I then began to take my writing more seriously about half-way through the book.

Is it your intention to become a full time author after you've completed school?
It depends on how well my books do. I can’t become a full time author unless people like what I’m writing. If I am making people entertained and my books have good to okay reviews, then I’ll think about it.

What is your favourite film that was based on a book?
This is another hard question, because almost all movies are based on books. I would have to say The Bourne Identity is my favorite movie based on a book.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the main characters?

I would want Zack Carter to be played by Matt Damon, Davidson to be played by Mark Wahlberg, Jack to be played by Christian Bale, and Sam to be played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I’m only 12 but I love 80’s rock music.

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Matt Damon image courtesy of Nicholas Genin
Mark Wahlberg image courtesy of © Glenn Francis,
Christian Bale image courtesy of Asim Bharwani
Samuel L Jackson image courtesy of Pinguino K


  1. Spencer, Boy! you sound like myself when I was your age. I devoured books then and still do. I hope you continue to write even if your books don't hit it big. With books you can travel anywhere and be anything you want to be. I live to travel and be apart of adventures in every book I read. Believe me, I passed the 12 yr mark moons ago. As long as I can read, I will always become someone else even if only for a day. I may even get to be one of your characters sometime. Keep writing. I believe your day is on the horizon!

  2. Hear hear Romance Girl!! I absolutely agree and hope that Spencer does continue on this road. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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