Adam Glendon Sidwell Author Interview


You know when you stumble across a person who just seems, like totally cool? Well, this happened right here. I was given the chance to interview author Adam Glendon Sidwell and he's a great laugh! Read on for more...

Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
Evertaster: The Buttersmiths' Gold is about battles! It's about blueberries! It's about bovines! It's the next installment in the Evertaster series. This time though, it's about a pair of Vikings who are so good at making blueberry muffins, everyone wants to steal those muffins.

What inspired you to write it?
Vikings did. The horned menaces are really delightful bakers, so why not give them their own book? Kids and teachers alike always told me, "I love the part with the Vikings in Evertaster," so I went ahead and wrote a whole book about the two big fellas, Torbjorn and Storfjell.

Is it part of a series?
Yes! The Evertaster series. You first meet Torbjorn and Storfjell in the book Evertaster, when Guster and his  brothers and sister are scouring the globe in search of the legendary taste. Those adventures will continue in the next book, the Delicious City. Right now I have 5 books planned: 3 novels and 2 novellas. 

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I'd take William Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln please. Though they might be otherwise indisposed. 

What made you want to become an author?
I like to create things! Worlds! Bridges! Pretty pictures! This was a great way to go about it. Usually, I'm busy making movies like Tron and Pirates of the Caribbean. But sometimes you just want to tell your own stories. So I started writing. 

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?
I really love The Secret Zoo Series Book covers. Justin Gerard does them, and he's very good. I have a picture hanging on my wall of some of his Hobbit paintings -- also very good. I haven't even read the Secret Zoo series yet, but I still love his work. I also have to say I love what Goro Fujita and Seth Hippen did with the Evertaster series covers. They're really amazing in my opinion, and I was lucky to get them as cover artists. 

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
The Man Who Was Thursday. It's not a kids book, but it is a powerful story. I was mesmerized by how silly and thoughtful it was. It tricked me almost seven times, even though I knew it was going to try. It's about a bunch of anarchists at the turn of the century in London, all named after days of the week. What clever writing it was! A story that made me love and loathe anarchy and order, all in the same moment.

Who, or what, inspires you?
Adventure. The Himalayas. The Amazon. The jungles of the Congo. 

Where is your favourite place to write?
Somewhere new, where he excitement of the day is ever-present and the distractions of normal life are out of reach. A different state preferably. But those aren't always available. My second choice is wherever I am at the moment.  

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Princess Bride. In many ways I think the movie is better. It's shorter, cleaner, and retains the wit of the book. 

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
I love Douglas Adams for his wit. I might have some disagreements with him though if I saw him. I also like Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I'd more likely agree with him, because I love his thoughts. 

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, since I'd want to grill him with this question: "The Greeks, are they really that big of a deal?" I'd let him squirm a bit, then say "Yeah, I'm just kidding man. I think they're great." Then I'd ask him to tell me everything.   

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I once spent 10 days alone in the wilderness.  

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
It's Los Angeles. There is a donut shop just down the street, and squirrels in my neighborhood run across the power lines over the road at top speed.

Thanks, Adam! 
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The Buttersmiths' Gold
Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you'd want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you'd want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you'd stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He's a Viking through and
through – he's thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That's what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan's muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.

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About The Buttersmiths' Gold
The Buttersmiths' Gold is a spin off novella in the Evertaster series that tells the story of two Viking brothers and their adventurous past. The Evertaster series (Book #1 released June 14, 2012) is about Guster Johnsonville, who goes searching for a legendary taste rumored to be the most delicious in all of history. Along the way he meets a slew of mysterious characters, including two Viking brothers Torbjorn and Storfjell. The Buttersmiths' Gold is their story. 124 pages. By Adam Glendon Sidwell. Published by Future House Publishing.
Evertaster, Book #1:
A legendary taste. Sought after for centuries. Shrouded in secrecy.
When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.
Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late.

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Author Adam Sidwell
 In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.
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