{Guest} James T Cochrane

Max & The Gatekeeper by James Todd Cochrane

For me, writing is an adventure.  I am one of those authors who knows pieces of a story but not how the whole thing fits together.  It must be the way my muse likes to toy with me.  Give me a little information so that I have to start writing to see what happens.  So, when I write the rough draft, it’s as if I’m reading the story for the first time.
As a young adult author, I have had a chance to visit with over seventy schools in eight states.  Meeting with people who like your books has to be the second best thing about being an author.  The students are who have motivated me to keep writing.  I’ve actually had a couple of classes help me develop characters that have been incorporated into my stories.
Currently, I am working on The Dark Society (Max and the Gatekeeper Book IV).  I am hoping to have it ready for spring or early summer of 2013.  This has been the hardest of the four books to write as I am tying in current events happening around the world into the story.  This added with the fact that I have a lot more subplots in this story are making it a complex book to write.
I have ideas for five books in the Max and the Gatekeeper series.  I have several other stories which are unrelated to Max and the Gatekeeper rattling around in my brain.  I hope to start on one of those in the next couple of months.  One is a science fiction that wasn’t intended to be a young adult novel, but I have thought of a way to make it for young adults.
I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin and am taking sailing lessons.  I am know wondering if I can think of a pirate adventure or maybe some kind of horror at sea.  Water can be dark and mysterious but also life giving and full of promise.   There are lots of stories waiting to be written.

Author Bio

James Todd Cochrane was born in Fremont, California.  He received his BA from Utah State University, where he majored in Business Information Systems with a minor in German.

A writer since elementary school, he published his first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, in 2007.  The sequels, The Hourglass of Souls and The Descendant and the Demon’s Fork, followed

He now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he writes part-time while working as a computer programmer.

His first novel, Max and the Gatekeeper, is on the Accelerated Readers List and was a 2010-2011 Alaska Battle Book.

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Max & The Gatekeeper

A war has been waging for centuries; a magical and technological battle between good and evil. This conflict will affect life everywhere, but not everyone is aware it exists. When twelve-year old Max Rigdon is sent to stay with his grandfather for the summer, he unwillingly enters the fight.

The day Max steps off the bus he is marked with an evil curse and immediately becomes the target of evil men and creatures with designs on ruling the universe. Not only does this curse cause Max physical pain but it allows his enemies to track and find him. He soon learns that the reason for this unwanted attention is because his grandfather is the keeper of a gateway; a powerful machine that makes travel to hundreds of strange unknown worlds possible. The enemy will do anything to gain possession of this power in their quest to control all worlds.

With the help of his friend Cindy and others, Max must quickly learn the necessary skills to survive if he is to avoid the deadly trap that has been planned for him and his grandfather. A trap that has been decades in the making with Max as the missing piece. If successful it will change life as we know it.

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About Bek Harrington

Writer, author, vampire fan and historical enthusiast. You'll often find me crusing the internet under the guise of my alter ego, 3000 year old vampire "Bektamun"

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