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Jon Bragg Blue Essence follows a group of teenagers in a small town who are caught in the middle of a hunt for demigods. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
My wife and I grew up in an even smaller town in Iowa (Lincoln, IA) so I have firsthand experience with a lot of what was described from my youth. I tried to provide a good mix of my memories and present day to make it as believable and realistic as possible. I also played a bit on my past with names. For instance, I went to school in Gladbrook, IA and the story takes place in GrinWell, IA. So for the folks that grew up in that area they also know Gladbrook was also nicknamed HappyCreek. I’m sure you get the idea, just some fun trivia like that is scattered throughout the story.
Jon is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
For as long as i can remember I have been somewhat similar to Jon from a philosophical perspective and also always had a passion for poetry. I really wanted to incorporate a cerebral character like that into a main character. I wanted him to be the type of guy that is okay with himself as he is and is okay with having a close circle around him. He knows his limitations and he knows his strengths and with that comes the confidence to live life on his own terms. Even with what happens to him we get the feeling that it won’t change his demeanor or how he will interact with others.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
So I wanted to incorporate a few positive values into the book. The main focus was around family and the way they care for each other (including Grandpa). I think having a close, caring family like what Jon has is an important aspect of the book. I also wanted to portray bullying from different perspectives whether it was Marc and Jon or Dustin’s take. In general I wanted to have the story told from the perspective of the protagonist and antagonist throughout. I also wanted to bring Bragi more into the mainstream with a bit of a twist on Norse mythology while still mentioning Thor and Loki. I think Bragi, while controversial, is very well suited for a series.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Speaking of that and Bragi above, it will be the next two books in the Jon Bragg series. I have quite a bit planned for this group of teens. I don’t want to let out too many details but you can certainly see the development of a couple of storylines throughout this first book in the series.
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Jon Bragg Blue Essence by Kenney Myers is a thrilling adventure story filled with Norse mythology. The story explores the life of teenager Jon Bragg and the links his community has with the Norse God’s; Thor, Loki and Bragi. Jon is a regular, if not introverted, sixteen-year-old, with a passion for reading and poetry. His world is tipped upside-down when ‘Coach’ and his son Dustin move to Grinwell.
Jon Bragg’s Blue Essence is set in the town of Grinwell Iowa, in the present day. There are vivid descriptions of the cold and bitter winter conditions on Grinwell. The detailed clothing descriptions and music and technology choices all give the time setting an authentic feel. It contrasts well with the Norse mythology that is embedded in the story. The vivid descriptions immediately draw the reader into the story and make the setting feel authentic.
There are a handful of intriguing main characters in this novel, Jon, his parents, sister Jill and best friend Marc and Dustin, his father – Coach. Minor characters include other school mates and schoolteachers. The main characters are well described, in what they wear and their physical attributes. Jon’s small frame contrasts with Dustin’s athletic prowess. Their personalities are also well described, and also contrasting in unique and interesting ways that play off of one another well. Jon is quiet and reserved, Dustin is confident and self-assured. The dialogue differentiates each of the characters with vocabulary choices matching each character colorful persona. The relationships between the characters is interesting, as author Kenney Myers highlights the different social strata in high school and the differing relationships children and parents can have.
Although the story is told from numerous points of view, it is easy to differentiate as the characters are well developed and individual. The character names are indicated at the top of each chapter. The story immediately draws you in, beginning with Jon’s sixteenth birthday. This book is of particular interest if you enjoy reading about Norse Gods. Although mythology is an integral part of the story, the myths weave in and out of the story, combining modern day living with Norse mythology.
Jon Bragg Blue Essence is a riveting young adult fantasy novel that draws on Norse mythology in uniquely compelling ways to tell a rousing story that will keep readers fully engaged with this memorable book.
Pages: 197 | ASIN: B08VKSR87S
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