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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interview & Giveaway! Travis Thrasher ~ Author of Solitary!!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Travis!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?

I live in a suburb of Chicago with my wife and our three daughters (five years old and 20-month-old twins). I've been a fulltime writer for over four and a half years. Fortunate to be able to do what I love doing every day!

What is Solitary about?

A junior in high school named Chris Buckley moves with his mother to a small and creepy town called Solitary, North Carolina. He falls for the wrong girl. That's his first mistake. First of many. It's a four-book series.

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you? 

That I'm actually quite funny in real life. (If they judged strictly on my books, they might think I'm a dark, melancholy soul).

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In third grade.

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite?

I've had over twenty books published (I've written a lot more). My favorites are Sky Blue, Ghostwriter, 40, and The Solitary Tales.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Oh, I have many writing quirks. I try everything out. I'm not sure if this is a quirk, but I love italics and use them often.

Where do you like to write?

I have an office and that's where I write. I love writing there. But to be honest, there's no bad place to write. Planes are great to write on. You're stuck there in a seat for a while, so why not use that time?

That is so true! What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I'm a big music and movie fan. I've come to realize those influence my writing more than other writers and books. Since having the twins, we haven't seen as many movies as we'd like to. I love seeing movies or going to concerts. Or just hanging around with the family.

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?

Good question. I grew up in places like Germany and Australia, so I want to go back to those places because I didn't fully appreciate them when I was young. I'd love to visit Aruba because it's been about since 2004 that my wife and I took a real vacation together!

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?

Are you kidding? Just one? No way. But one favorite song is One by U2. It's such a perfect song. One favorite movie is The Shawshank Redemption. 

What is your favorite dessert?

Probably a warm brownie with nuts and ice cream.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 

One of them is Luke 23:43. When Jesus tells the thief on the cross "Today you will be with me in paradise."

Thought I'd ask a few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms?

Snowstorms in June. Thunderstorms in January.

Tea or Coffee?

Sweet iced tea and Dunkin Donuts coffee.

CD's or LP's?

I still buy cds sometimes. One day I'm going to start collecting LPs.

Early-bird or Night-owl?


Cats or Dogs?

Dogs are wonderful. Cats are evil.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?

Are you kidding? Is a toddler messy? Are twins a lot of work? Yes, always working on something new. Right now (as of May 2012) I'm working on a project that is my version of The Hunger Games (not kidding). Also working on another collaboration that is a beautiful love story.

That sounds like it's going to be a great book! Thanks so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web? 

Thanks for having me. It's hard NOT to find me on the web! :) My website (www.travisthrasher.com) has links to my Facebook and Twitter pages. I love interacting with fans and readers. Thanks for your time!

Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Solitary by Travis Thrasher! This giveaway is only open to the US.

You can read my review of Solitary here.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter below (here is a tutorial, if you aren't familiar with Rafflecopter). The mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this blog post - after you do that, the other entries will become available.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Great interview! I haven't read any of Travis Thrasher's books yet but I really want to! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I've read Ghost Writer and loved it, so I would love to try another book by Travis Thrasher.

    1. I've read Ghostwriter, too! :) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  3. I always love getting the chance to learn more about authors and their books! That said, nice interview! I had been wondering what kind of stories Mr. Thrasher (awesome name btw) wrote, and now I'll be sure to point his books out to my customers at the bookstore where I work at because he, and his stories, sound quite interesting. Looking forward to adding The Solitary Tales to my TBR pile! =)

    1. Glad you liked the interview!! Thanks for entering the giveaway, Sarah!

  4. Great interview! Sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Solitary is really good! (I read it last year) Thanks for entering the giveaway!! :-)

  5. Fun interview, and Thrasher's book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. The book looks good. I'm interested in finding good new to me authors.

  7. Enter me!!

  8. Fun! I have never read any of Travis Thrasher's books. Definitely need to check them out!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  10. Love the interview... I can hear Travis' humor in the answers! Glad he's not so melancholy and dark. :)

    Would love to win!!


  11. Thanks for the chance to be included for your giveaway.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  12. Your book looks super interesting! I hope to win and am grateful for the opportunity to win a copy of your book.



  13. Haven't read any of your books yet but have read the reviews. I really look forward to reading some of your books.

  14. Would love to read your version of "The Hunger Games." When do you think it will finally appear on the shelves?

  15. "The Next Target" contains a lot of information on the Muslim religion? Congratulations to the author for including it. There seems to be such prejudice these days against Muslims. I think it's primarily because we know little about the religion. People probably won't expend extra energy just to find out, either. This way, anyone who reads this book will gain a lot of insight. Great idea!

  16. A side of Travis we don't always get in an intervie; fun to read.

  17. Thanks for the interview (and of course, the contest). I like getting insights into the author behind the books. Good to know there are other work-at-home, night-owl, brownie eating writers out there!

  18. I'm always on the lookout for good books for teens and young adults. I love that I can come here to find them. Solitary looks like a great series.

  19. This is the second contest I've entered on your website. This book sounds even better. Hope I win. maryemerrell.com Mary Merrell

  20. Love to win a paperback copy of the book 'Solitary' by writer Travis Thrasher....sounds very religious...and a book I am gonna read.......babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

  21. i love that you have book giveaways. i am an avid reader.

  22. this book sounds like a great read. Thanks Gale pgan427@yahoo.com

  23. I have never read any of Travis Thrasher's books. Now I can't wait to read one.

  24. Wonderful interview and this book sounds like a great read :) thanks so much for this giveaway.

  25. this sounds like a very interesting book, and thanks to the author for telling a little about himself
    thanks for the giveaway

  26. sounds like a great book i hope i win!

  27. "Cats are evil":-)
    Great interview. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Great review! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  29. I heard about this series when it first came out and still want to read it. That Hunger Games idea sounds cool and will have to read it. Thanks for the giveaway and interview. That was fun.

  30. Sounds like a great book. I like the authors sense of humor and I would be interested in reading his version of The Hunger Games.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  31. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!


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