Interview with Edward Yatscoff

Author of Ransom

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Quick description of the book for a new reader - what should they expect?
  • A harder edged novel where boys fight and have attitude. Plenty of action and colorful characters
What was your inspiration for this book?
  • My boyhood, where my parental leash was almost non-existent
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Carmen Amato Dan Fesperman Their imaging and suspense are great
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • The lush Niagara Peninsula. A large industrial park existed beside the the Union Carbide plant. It was our playground despite the fence around it and 'keep out' signs,
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Don't think about someday writing--write. The hard work is editing. Join a writers group for feedback
Could you talk a little about your writing process?
  • My story chapters are treated like acts and scenes in a stage play. Much of it is worked out in my head before being written
Which character has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Squirt is an unassuming boy who must rise to the occasion when his best friend is in trouble, captured by a gang.
If the book were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye ?
  • One of the kids in Stranger Things
How have readers responded ?
  • They like the grit and reality, however trying to get them to post a review is like finding hen's teeth.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • Adult thriller of murder and abduction in the Colombian jungle
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Three friends face off against a rival gang in a suspenseful story of integrity, bravery, and friendship in a territorial battle. Out manned, out-sized, and outsmarted, they attempt to turn the tables and are shocked when Big Bill, their strongest and bravest, is captured and held for ransom by the imposing Fat Harold and his gang.