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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BLOG TOUR with Guest Post: Jane Blond by Brianna Schatt & Stan Schatt

Jane Blond International Spy
By- Brianna Schatt & Stan Schatt
Genre- Middle Grade
Publication Date- October 19th

Fourteen year old Jane thought getting through high school was difficult enough with her dad in prison and her mother dating. Throw in being bullied by the popular girl who has everything- it’s completely unbearable. But when terrorists kidnap a boy she cares about, she knows she is the only one who can save him. International Spy, Jane Blond, must prevent terrorists from blowing up her school during the President’s visit. She’ll need all of her courage along with the help of a teen with CIA secrets, a friend with Asperger’s and a parrot with an attitude.


Topic- How did Jane Blond come to be?
by Stan Schatt

Interesting question. I have co-authored a novel with my grandson. Journey to a Different Dimension was a juvenile novel that focused on the world that my grandson Demian loved--the world of the game Minecraft. I collaborated with him closely because I didn’t know anything about that game while he was an expert.

Brianna, my granddaughter, approached me and said that she also had an idea for a novel. She had the title-- Jane Blond International Spy--- and the plot. She even had the list of characters. She insisted that one major character be a parrot by the name of Gertrude. It turned out that the parrot has a major role in this novel. Brianna loved the old-fashioned sound of the name Gertrude.

The two of us collaborated on the novel. I blocked it out, following Brianna’s plot and characters. Later she went through the dialog of the teenaged characters and changed it to reflect the way real teenagers talk. Since she is the same age as Jane Blond, Brianna certainly knows that world a lot better than I ever will.

And so the creation of Jane Blond international Spy was truly a collaborative effort. The novel required both of us to work closely together. I enjoyed the experience immensely.

About the Authors-
Dr. Stan Schatt spent many years as a futurist responsible for forecasting future technology products and markets for Fortune 500 companies. He served as a Fulbright Professor and taught at Tokyo University, USC, and the University of Houston. He is the author of over thirty books ranging from science fiction and paranormal mysteries to young adult novels. Schatt is a technology expert who has been quoted in the New York Times, Fortune, and BusinessWeek as well as CNBC.

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