The Next Best Thing

THE NEXT BEST THING is a global blog tour started in Australia to introduce and promote great YA fiction. Each week a different author answers specific questions about his or her books and mentions other authors to keep the wave going. It’s a great way to meet new writers.

My turn:

What is the working title of your book?swordandtheflute

Matterhorn the Brave is the name of my 8-book time travel series.
The first book is called The Swo
rd and the Flute.

Where did the idea come from for the books?

The Matterhorn tales started as bedtime stories for my four kids, who loved cliff-hanging adventures.

Which genre do your books fall under?

YA fiction. The main characters are 12-14 years old.

Which actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

Matterhorn the Brave – Jesse Eisenberg
Aaron the Baron – Zac Efron
Nate the Great – Omar Gooding
Princess Jewel – Emma Watson

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your series?

The Praetorians of First Realm—a mirror world of Earth—recruit four youths to keep an eye on the development of civilization. To do this, they time-travel to various places and become adults in the process.

Who is publishing your books?


How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The entire series took about 10 years to write as I could only work on it part-time along with my other writing projects.

Which other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Artemis Fowl; Harry Potter; A Series of Unfortunate Events

Who or what inspired you to write these book?

My four children provided the inspiration for the main characters, who share some of their strengths and character traits. I’ve also done a series based on my grandchildren. It’s called TLC (The Lighthouse Company).

TLC books

Now let me introduce you to my friends Mimi Pearson, an award-winning writer and illustrator, and Julie Bergeron, the artist who worked with me on Lizzy the Leatherback.


Why not introduce the young readers in your life to Matterhorn and his friends today?

2 thoughts on “The Next Best Thing

  1. I can vouch for the great creativity and quality of Mike’s books. I read the entire series to my kids which was a great father/daughter and father/son bonding time. We all enjoyed the stories immensely. Anything Mike does is worth paying attention to… even his wine making 😉

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