Blog Tour: Max and The Spice Thieves + interview

Hi humans! How’s it going? I actually wore shorts yesterday, which is crazy! Anywho, welcome to my spot on this blog tour. Thank you to xpresso book tours for this wonderful opportunity!

Book Info:

Max and the Spice Thieves
by John Peragine
(Secrets of the Twilight Djinn #1)
Publication date: April 20th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas.

Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy.

Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world.

With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows.

Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…




Author Info:

John Peragine is an author of over fourteen books. The Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series was written as a bedtime story for his son Max to cope with medical issues he was facing as a little boy. John is a full-time ghostwriter who lives with his son, wife, and a menagerie of animals on his vineyard overlooking the Mississippi River.

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  1. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer, and why?

I was a latchkey kid in the 70s and 80s. I spent a lot of time at the library, especially during the summer. I’d ride my bike around three miles one way, and would grab books and read for hours. I decided I wanted to be a writer, when I ran out of things to read and I was ready to create a world of my own. It only took about 30 years to make it a priority and then a reality in my life. 

  1. What part of the book was most fun to write? (give us a tease without spoiling too much!)

The scenes of Captain Cinn in his kitchen aboard the Saucy Pig, were my favorites. These scenes remind me of my childhood with my mother, who cooked all the time. She would often say to me- You can’t say you don’t like something until you have tasted it- and she was right. Captain Cinn holds that value very strongly in his character. 

  1. Where do you get your inspiration from?

My greatest inspiration for Max and the Spice Thieves comes from my nine-year old son. I wrote this book for him, and then he reminded me and pushed me to complete and publish it. Without him- there would be no- Max Daybreaker or Captain Cinn. 

  1. Do you think you and the main character would get along?

Since Max is really a reflection of my son Max, I’d say very well. Some people are incredulous that Max is as smart and has such a big vocabulary- but my Max does. He is a joy to listen and talk to. Max in the story is older than my Max, but they share some of the same thoughts about family and morals. The Max on the page is how I imagine my son to grow up to be- confident, skilled, loyal, and loving. 

5. Do you have any advice for beginner writers like me?

Just write it, and then be prepared to tear it apart a few times until it is right. I have rewrote the book almost entirely twice. Get a good editor- this might cost a couple of dollars. Shy away from favors from friends as they will love your book because they care about you. Expect perfection from your book- from the cover to the interior. I actually used two different artists for the cover, because I was not satisfied with the first one. Don’t compromise. Lastly, take your time. Unless you are on a deadline with a traditional publisher, give your book time to be perfect and then give yourself a few months before you release it. Get reviews, and make changes before it goes live. Build your fanbase- you will thank yourself later. 


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