MEET ARTHUR BUTT
Arthur is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Florida State University. Arthur worked as a police officer and plant manager before he became a prolific writer. A native Long Islander, Arthur now lives in Florida with his wife, two puppies and SnoopyCat. Arthur has published fifteen books and short stories, and is a kindred coffee drinker and fellow Solstice author.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK.
This is part of a series. THE RETURN OF The Girl Who Rode Dragons is a continuation of THE GIRL WHO RODE DRAGONS, about a girl who pretends to be a boy to ride a dragon. In this one she must find the villain who wants to destroy her kingdom and kill her and her husband.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?
Actually, paraphrasing E.R.Burroughs TARZAN series – Tarzan, The Return of Tarzan, etc… Authors do that a lot, usually from Shakespeare or the Bible. In one of my books, VALLEY OF SHADOWS, I borrowed From Poe – “…over the mountain of the moon, and through THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS. Ride, boldly ride, the shade replied….” It fit the story line of the book.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? IS IT PART OF A SERIES?
Yes, as I said, this is part of my dragon series. Writing the third in the series – THE DAUGHTER OF The Girl Who Rode Dragons. People seem to like dragons, so why not. Was tweeting with a person on twitter who loved dragons so I said, one day I’ll write a book about a girl who rode dragons, so I did.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR BOOK IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES OR THOSE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
Don’t know if you or your readers ever saw the TV movie “She’s the Man,” but this is a cross between that and “Cinderella.” Didn’t plan it this way, but that’s how it turned out.
WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH WENT INTO WRITING YOUR BOOK?
This series has a medieval theme, so I’ve found myself researching words, terms. In THE RETURN OF The Girl Who Rode Dragons, she travels to The Empire of the West (Holy Roman Empire) so that must be researched approx. 800 a.d. (food, weapons, cities, names) and then she goes to the land of the Rus (Russia) again researching peoples, customs, living conditions.
WHAT CRITERIA DID YOU USE WHEN SELECTING THE COVER FOR YOUR BOOK?
Criteria? Well, obviously, needed a girl and dragon. Also, book covers looks look better as a portrait (up and down) rather than as a landscape (side-to-side)
WAS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR BOOK THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CONVEY?
You can do anything you put your mind to.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BOOK?
There are always things you’d want to change after rereading what you’ve written, but this one is good like it is.
IF YOUR BOOK WOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE LEADS?
Ha! Wouldn’t care who plays the leads as long as it’s made into a film. Could be a cartoon and use Mickey Mouse as far as I’m concerned!
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BEGIN WRITING?
Always wrote. My first published book – WINDOW TO THE PAST, was published in 1995, but then I was busy with working so I didn’t get back to writing until 2015. Why did I begin writing? Love reading (I used to be a book-a-day reader) and if you read enough you want to write, I suppose.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST CONSIDER YOURSELF A WRITER?
Anyone who writes is a writer. I always considered myself a writer, maybe not a very good one, but I try.
DESCRIBE YOUR WRITING STYLE.
I really don’t have a “style”. I write in so many genres, I write for the genre I’m working on at the time.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?
Rewriting. It’s fun to write, think up different scenes, but then to rewrite, and rewrite again, three or four times. It’s boring and tedious.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE AS A WRITER?
Like many people, finding the time to write. I praise the women (and some men) who are working, raising children, housework, yard work, and then writing in between everything else.
NOT INCLUDING FAMILY, WHO SUPPORTED YOUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
Can’t think of any. For me writing, sending work out to agents and publishers, is a solo operation.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Made a mistake on my first book and went for a pay-for publisher. Word for new writers, don’t do it. Waste of money.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?
Don’t have a favorite writer. Some of the writers I love are Burroughs, Kipling, Heinlein, Norton and London, to name a few.
WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?
Nothing right now. Busy writing. When you write you don’t have time to read.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Usually when a character dies or gets hurt. In one of my books, B.E.V. Bev (AI, a talking tank that likes shoes. Think movie, comic book, tank girl, but the girl is a tank) stops talking after saving the town and the other two main characters. “She never spoke again.”
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES?
Hmm… 1776, Harry Potter series, Star trek series, ha! All the cheerleader and gymnastic movies.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?
Usually folk songs, but if it tells a story, any type of music.
WHAT DO YOU WANT WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE?
Don’t plan on dying anytime soon so I never thought of it. Maybe – “He tried his best?”
By Arthur Butt:
Dragonkiller – Solstice Publishing
The Girl Who Rode Dragons – Solstice Publishing
The Return of The Girl Who Rode Dragons – Solstice Publishing
Gail is Gaea – Solstice Publishing
Troubleshooter for Earth – Solstice Publishing
30 (short story) – Solstice Publishing
2050 (short story) – Solstice Publishing
The Ultimate Weapon (short story) – Solstice Publishing
The Girl Who Love Unicorns – Solstice Publishing
A Kingdom By The Sea – Solstice Publishing
B.E.V. - Clean Reads Publishing
Rod of Reality (Fairyland Series) – Clean Reads Publishing
Goblin War (Fairyland Series) – Clean Reads Publishing
World’s End (Fairyland Series) – Clean Reads Publishing
Valley of Shadows – Clean Reads Publishing
All Jackie wanted was equal treatment and to ride a dragon. When her cruel brother-in-law takes over as head of household, and makes her quit school, she is forced to do all the chores, and collect wood in the forest. Jackie finds a dragon's egg, and although law forbids girls to ride dragons, she secretly hatches the egg, and dons boy's clothes. After she brings the gift of fire to the dragonriders, she becomes an accepted member of their band.
Civil war breaks out, pitting dragonrider against dragonrider. Jackie leads the loyalist faction against the rebels. The stakes: the fate of the kingdom, her life and the life of the man she has grown to love.
An escaped rebel leader bent on recapturing his throne.
A looming invasion from the Empire of the West.
Dressed as a boy, Jackie sets out on her dragon to recapture one and halt the other, before these two forces can destroy her homeland. Only her strength, courage, and the friendships she’s made can stop the approaching chaos. She doubts they will be enough.
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