The tales of a school for children with superpowers, a soon-to-be hero with an already heroic and popular best friend and an unimaginably massive dragon are told by University of California student and author Vinicio Murillo in his book Roderick Roach.
When did you first know you would become an author?
I’ve been creating stories since I was very young, but I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in middle school. I found that after reading several books that I wholeheartedly enjoyed, I found that I could MAKE my own book, over subjects that I enjoyed and that was all my own. It was completely mind-blowing, and since then, I’ve been on a constant journey to create my own, unique stories that allowed me to tell the kind of stories that I enjoyed.
As a beginning author, is there any advice that you would give new writers that would follow in your footsteps?
Do your research and know what you’re getting into before you start writing. It is always better to be informed of all the different ways to get your book out there, to become an author as well as mini-entrepreneur, and the best steps in book marketing. That way, you’ll be more likely to sell your book to a grand audience, instead of doing everything at once after your book/blog’s release day and coming up short.
Can you give us a synopsis of your book, Roderick Roach?
Roderick Roach is an exciting new indie middle grade book about an eleven-year-old boy named Rod who goes to a school for children with superpowers, hidden away from the public in a remote mountain range. His best friend is Ezra Stone, a popular and very talented boy who saves the school from a dark menace. Yet Rod gets the chance of a lifetime to be a hero like his friend and idol Ezra, when he must face a dangerous dragon who terrorizes the school. Does he have what it takes to take on a dragon as big as the mountains?
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
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