Spotlight & Interview: Bran Hambric by Kaleb Nation

Posted September 21, 2010 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

Today, we’re featuring another great YA author coming to Wordstock Festival in Portland, Oregon October 9-10th. Check out Bran Hambric: The Specter Key by Kaleb Nation:

In Bran Hambric: The Specter Key, while sorting through the same vault where he was found as a child, young mage-in-secret Bran Hambric discovers an old deposit box left in his deceased mother’s name. Unable to open its enchanted lock, Bran is suddenly haunted by strange messages from invisible spirits who call themselves the Specters. Bran discovers that the Specters have been enslaved by magic, and that there are those who will stop at nothing to take control of their dark powers.

Learn more at the official Wordstock Festival website. And now, check out our exclusive interview with Kaleb about Wordstock & Bran Hambric!

What are you most looking forward to at Wordstock?

My favorite part about literary conventions is getting to meet other writers! I like the feeling of knowing that everyone in a giant hall is there because they love reading and writing. I feel like I’m amongst family.

What can Nationeers expect from you at Wordstock?

I want to do everything I can to help inspire others to write. Especially for unpublished writers who dream of having a book deal, I can remember exactly how it feels to write day after day without promise that it will be worth anything. I’m one of those writers who thought it would never happen, but somehow it did. My goal is to motivate and give hope to as many writers as I can.

Besides more magic & gnomes, what can readers expect from Bran Hambric: The Specter Key? How is it different from The Farfield Curse?

Things get a lot darker in Bran Hambric: The Specter Key. Bran gets to explore more of the world that we didn’t see in the first book. He finds out a lot more about his past and how the Farfield Curse came to be. He also finds out what happened to his father after his mother disappeared.

How has writing the Bran Hambric books changed for you since the first book was published?

Immensely. There were a lot of places cut from the first book, so I’ve learned how to be less wordy and say what I mean in less space. I spent so many years on the first book that writing on the second one was like revisiting people I already knew — I didn’t need an introduction and could get right into forming their story.

If you met someone in a bookstore, and they were thinking of buying your books, what would you say to convince them?

I’d have them imagine that magic was alive in our world, but we lived in a city where it was illegal. What would you do if you had these great powers but it was dangerous to use them?

Besides, who can turn down a book with gnomes?

And now, the traditional Novel Novice Flash Questions:

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be & why?

Shaycarl. He’s a vlogger and my idol. I want to be him!

Last movie you saw?

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World! Awesome movie.

Biggest TV addiction?

Lie To Me! It’s my upgrade from the Law & Order SVU I used to be addicted to.

Guilty pleasure?

Reese’s Pieces

Fruits or veggies?

Fruit if it’s berries, veggies if its carrots.

Karaoke song?

Hoedown Throwdown? (did I really just type that?)

Favorite childhood toy?


Special thanks to Kaleb for answering our questions — we can’t wait to see him in action at Wordstock!

Meanwhile, he’s counting down to the October 10th release of Bran Hambric: The Specter Keywhich is incidentally the exact same day he’ll be appearing at Wordstock! — with daily videos. Be sure to check them all out on Kaleb’s blog & on his YouTube! Here’s the first one to get you started:

Sara | Novel Novice

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