Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Q&A With Russ Grimes, Author of "The Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero"

Editor's Note: Click HERE To listen to an interview with Russ Grimes on "The Author Inside You Podcast" 

Move over Superman and Captain America, The Middle-Aged Man Superhero is back! 

MANA Author Russ Grimes'  has released his second book, Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero, which is a continuation of his first book, The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man, published in 2012. 

His first book tells the story of Randy Grames, a 41-year-old electrical design engineer who has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 17 years. The couple have two children, 10-year-old Alexandria, and 7-year-old Bradley. Although he loves his family, Randy desperately wants more excitement in his life. One Friday, after a long week of work, Randy comes home depressed, due in part, to his mundane life. With prompting from his wife, Randy went outside to plant a flower garden. While digging in the soil, Randy unearths a silver box with ancient-look designs and language. He opens the box and saw a silver coin, which he later would discover contained magic from Grigard the Wise.  Through this magic, he gains his super powers. From there, he goes on adventures saving others. 

In a Q&A with MANA, Russ Grimes explains what's in store for readers in his second book, Continuing Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man: Unsung Hero

Q. What type of adventures does Randy Grames, embark upon in this book? 
A. Multiple secret agent-style action adventures.

Q. Why the subtitle: Unsung Hero? What does it mean? 
A. The main character, Randy, goes on adventures to protect the country and his friends and wants nothing in return, no fame or recognition for the great things he does, just the satisfaction that he helped other people.

Q. Why do the other characters in the book need to believe in this hero? 
A. Randy would do anything for his family and friends. He always tries to take the high road and do the right thing. He doesn’t use his powers in a bad way, whatsoever, so everyone that works with him always knows they can count on him and trust him.

Q. How did you originally come up with the character, Randy Grames? 
A. As funny as it sounds it started as a dream I had one night and I started thinking about it more and worked it into a book.

Q. How much of Randy Grames is a part of Russ Grimes? 
A. Randy is an alter ego of me. He is what I wish I could become and not just having his special powers but to be a totally honest and trustworthy person.

Q. What are you working on now? Another book in the series or a manuscript with new characters? 
A. I am currently mulling around the scope for the third book of the trilogy, but basically a continuation of Book 2 with a few new twists.

Q. Who are your writing influences (writers, books, teachers, family, friends)? 
A. I enjoy reading and watching all types of action adventure books and movies. I enjoy watching the vast quantity of superhero movies and TV shows that are currently out now. My favorite author to read is R.A. Salvatore and his character series featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, the dark elf.

Q. What do you want readers to get out of your new book after they read it? 
A. I want readers to be able to take a break from reality and enjoy a good fantasy. I want them to be able to use their imagination to picture Randy in his adventures.

For more on Continuing Adventures of a Middle Aged Man: Unsung Hero, click HERE to go to  Click HERE to find out more about The Adventures of a Middle-Aged Man.

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