Friday, April 6, 2018

Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen

Book Details:

Book Title: Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen

Category: Middle-Grade Fiction, 174 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Odysia Press

Release date: March 2018

Tour dates: March 26 to April 13, 2018

Content Rating: PG (There is no bad language, but there is one "boss fight" scene.)

Book Description:

Best Friend Ever?

Bullies love to hate Clod. Not just because he’s bigger, clumsier, and uglier than his classmates - he’s also the only student in his school without magic. In a world where all magic is possible and everyone else is born with great gifts to do amazing things, Clod is alone.

Living with his mum in a broken-down cottage on barely enough, the only thing Clod has to play with is the clay she occasionally brings him. Bleak is an understatement. More than anything, Clod wants a friend. The only way that’s going to happen, is to make one himself.

After an angry visit from the worst of the bullies, his teacher Learned Yugen, Clod’s clay sculpture of a little girl comes to life and introduces herself as Ada. For a clay girl barely the size of his hand, she has more confidence and courage than he knows what to do with. Every adventure she leads him on gets Clod into trouble. She may be the friend he wants, but is she the friend he needs?

After many years, and too many pranks, Yugen becomes convinced that Clod is tainted by the evil slowly infiltrating the Kingdom of Pag. Especially when Ada isn’t the only one Clod can bring to life.

Clod Makes A Friend is a bittersweet fairy tale for all ages from David J. Pedersen, author of the Angst series of fantasy novels.

My Review: 5*
Clod is poor, he's different from others in many ways, but mostly he is lonely. In a world where everyone but Clod has some form of magic, he is constantly bullied and has no friends. The biggest bully being his teacher Learned Yugen.

Clod has no one to play with, and the only thing he has to play with is bits of clay his mother brings him occasionally. One day Clod molds his clay into the shape of a little girl and brings her to life, she  calls herself Ada. As time goes on Clod keeps reinventing Ada and reawakening her. Ada gets Clod into all kinds of trouble, but Clod doesn't care he finally has a friend. 

The book follows Clod's life up to age 57. Each chapter showing a Clod at a different age, it also tells the tells the trouble Ada gets him into. Like stealing a cake in the town of Durgoon because Ada wants to taste cake. 

As the years go on, not only does Clod keep bringing Ada to life but he also revives others who have died. He brings a poor little dog who has been trampled by a horse so his owner can say goodbye. He can bring back people as well but only for short periods of time. He is deemed as evil for his gift.  

This book actually has a few different morals for readers but does it in a  subtle way. I enjoyed this book myself and know that children I would say from age 8 to probably 13 would enjoy it as well. 

About the Author:

David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his hometown Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000-foot mountains and marched in The University of Wisconsin Marching Band and written 4 fantasy novels. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Interview with David J. Pedersen
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all of my life, literally on my mom’s old typewriter in grade school. I shared a lot of stories with friends in high school and then wrote boring papers in college. I started publishing books in 2010. It’s a lot of work, but in the best way because I find it to be very rewarding.

How did you do research for your book?
I was bullied in grade school, which gave me most of the experience I needed. I also had very kind and encouraging parents who guided me on the best ways to deal with bullies, and find confidence in being myself.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
My wife says that my Angst series of books is an autobiography. I disagree because I don’t have a giant, magical sword like the hero in the story. But really, my books are a reflection of me. Angst is a 40-year-old who is going through a midlife crisis and wants to be a knight (doesn’t sound like me at all). Clod is a kid who doesn’t fit in and struggles to make friends. Write what you know.

Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?
I do the best writing when I go for a walk during the day and write later that night. I’ll focus on a scene while walking and try to picture it in my mind like a movie. On occasion, I’ll stop and make notes on my phone, then keep walking.

What advice would you give budding writers?
My first and most obvious suggestion is to write. It should be a daily habit. Consider it a form of exercise. If you lift weights regularly, you build muscle. If you write regularly, your writing gets better, ideas flow more smoothly, and you will find that storytelling gets easier (a little).
My second suggestion is to share. I was about a third done with my first Angst novel, the third first novel I had started, and I began questioning everything. What am I doing? Will everyone hate this? Am I wasting my time? I took a step and shared with friends. Some writers will go to a writer’s group to have a strong critique by people who don’t know them. I was looking for something a little more gentle out of the gate. My friends asked for more, and I kept writing.
Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
If coffee can be a snack, that’s what I enjoy most. Specifically, chocolate coffee. Mmmm. When I write at a coffee shop, I’ll drink a cafĂ© mocha, no whip, because it tastes like dark chocolate. I try not to keep cookies and cake around, because I’ll eat them all! (Keep your fingers away!)

Any hobbies?
I’ve been collecting comic books since grade school, and own 5,000+ comics. Last summer I migrated them from cardboard long boxes to legal file cabinets. It’s nice because they are accessible. As one friend said, I can now enjoy them instead of just storing them.

If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
Several readers have posted in reviews that they enjoyed meeting me and I was nice. I really appreciate that because I try hard to get along with everyone. If someone doesn’t meet me, I love to know that at some time my books made them laugh, or at least helped them escape.

Enter the Giveaway!
Ends April 21, 2018

a Rafflecopter giveaway