Tuesday, May 27, 2014
On Wednesday, March 26, the sixth-grade English classes plus a group of at least ten older students at Laing Middle School listened intently as teen author, Joseph Landing, Jr. shared his story of how he started writing at a young age, completing his first novel when he had just turned 14.
Landing told the students about his love of reading even before entering elementary school. He shared how inspired he was by a third grade reading assignment to pick a biography to read and write a report. The biography he chose was about George Lucas, and when he finished the assignment he told his mother he wanted be a film director someday. Telling the students that George Lucas got his start writing a screenplay called American Graffiti, Landing said that always stuck with him. One day when he was only 13 years old, he told his parents he was starting his first novel, and they encouraged him.
By the age of 15, "Tamechactee: Arrow Soul" was released and Joseph began his first official book tour with signings at Barnes and Noble stores throughout the Carolinas. He also spoke to many elementary and middle school classes, in person and even by Skype to one school in Kershaw County. The Laing Middle School presentation in March was actually Landing's second time at that school. After the presentation was over, Media Specialist and teacher Gina Scott called the “VIP Readers Club” to come up to the front to have a picture taken with the author. It turns out, this select group had all read Landing's first novel, several copies of which were in the school library. They wanted to meet the author and hear about the sequel and when it would come out. Finally, the wait is over.
In this sequel to "Tamechactee: Arrow Soul," the world as we know it has been transformed by a sinister being known only as The Maker, and it is up to the Freedom Army under the direction of Marcus Riehl to save Humanity from imminent destruction. The Maker has done everything possible to weaken his enemy, including trying to turn Marcus, the Tamechactee, against his own people. Set in various parts of France including the central valley, the southeastern region near the foot of the Alps, and Normandy, "Tamechactee: Battle for Humanity" tells the story of the Humans and their allies the Lycans as they struggle for survival in the face of nearly unimaginable odds. Can they form a further alliance with another species of evolved Humans in order to overcome the seemingly invincible Maker? Meanwhile, Marcus Riehl's relationship with his friends, including Valerie, Colton, Nate, Ben and Daniel is tested repeatedly now that the Maker has had his way. The profound strength of love and friendship along with the basic goodness of true Humanity is explored and displayed in this highly inspirational story of the fight to redeem that which is evil and free souls to reveal their true destiny.
Landing will host book signings at local Barnes and Noble locations on upcoming Saturdays, May 10th at the West Ashley store, May 24 at the Northwoods store, and May 31 at the Towne Center location. All signings will be from 1 to 4 p.m.
Landing's first novel was named a Finalist in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards contest out of Los Angeles, and was awarded a five star review by Readers Favorite. For additional information, please visit www.tamechactee.com.
Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.