INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL REARDON BY AOIFE MARIE SHERIDAN  


Can you talk a little about what the book is about? 

It's all about people trying to bring back the dead, or save someone from dying. There's these extremely tough challenges, called the Obstacles, that let you do that. One challenge is fighting a great white shark. The story follows a cowardly doctor competing in them to save a sick child's life.

What message do you want readers to get from reading the book? 

Well, the story follows a very cowardly doctor, that's really afraid of everything, having nightmares almost every night. Throughout the book, his darkest fears come to life, and he has no choice but to face them. A message I want to get across is that, things are never set in stone. Perspectives and experience can change everything in a second.


What are you favorite books and authors? 


The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and the Eragon series are definitely my favorites so far. I really liked how they made you feel involved, or even part of the story. They get you attached to the characters, and you need to find out what happens.

My writing process was never set in stone. I only wrote something if I felt it was worth writing about. If I had no ideas, I would just wait. There was at least a 2 week hiatus at one point. I didn't want to write anything then that I could make better later.

Yes, I had a lot of outlines and it got very confusing, especially when I changed a lot as I went. Eventually, everything worked out.

I always liked imagining stories and thinking about different adventures I could create. But, I never thought I could actually do anything with it. One day, I just decided to write a chapter and see what'd it be like. I was very surprised to find out that I loved writing it! It felt awesome to be able to make anything I wanted happen with the story, and control what the characters would do. So, I kept going and thought, hey! maybe I can actually make this a book! I was just afraid I would get bored or quit halfway through, so I had to tell myself that if I keep going I have to stick with it.


Favorite drink: Dr. Pepper!
Favorite movie: Captain Phillips or Gravity!
Favorite T.V. show: Good Luck Charlie

Reading other people's books is definitely different now. I'm always going to compare different writing styles, and see if I write the same or different as this person. I feel more connected to the author, because I know how hard it is to keep a story going. 


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