Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on July 15th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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"Intense, original, compelling . . . bristles with attitude. So cool. Just read it."--Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone and BZRK
In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.
The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.
And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.
". . . gritty nonstop action."--School Library Journal
Stone Rider was an intriguing mix of both thrill, romance, and mechanics. I found it to be an interesting book that I would most certainly enjoy reading a second time. While the plot of the story is very captivating, I found the character development throughout the book to hold most of my attention, and I soon became attached to the characters and the way that they gradually became more and more fascinating.
Stone Rider is a great story and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a book about thrill, adventure, and love.
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
Great question. I think I find the last line the hardest. The first line always seems to pop into my head. It might be edited and changed multiple times but it’s there right from the start. The last line of the book is never something I go into the book knowing. It emerges in the process and boy does it shift. It’s like trying to trap water in your hands. And then, wham! You know you have it. But it takes time.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
The content always comes first. In fact I think I must have written ten chapters of Stone Rider before I landed on the title. But I always start with a provisionary title. Something that captures the spirit of the book. I always know the title before the midway point of the novel. Once you have the tile the themes and core ideas grow.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Character names are very important. I wanted names that expressed who they were, their individuality. I also wanted names that felt congruous with the world and had an Old Testament feel to them. I chose Adam for the lead character because he represents humanity to me. Kane means warrior and again this name has a biblical reference and tells you more about his nature.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I usually start with a scene and explore what’s happening in the scene. I follow the characters. I write organically. Then I plot afterwards. I write down the bones of the story. I get a feel for the mid-point and the ending and I settle on the major theme. I find if I plot too much I tend to overthink and that’s when I lose the feeling for the story. I have to find the middle ground between organic and plotted.
What is your favorite aspect of writing?
The creative aspect. Inventing new worlds. And dialogue. I love the way dialogue can reveal characters.
If you could use 3 words to describe STONE RIDER, what would they be?
Hi-octane, post-apocalyptic madness.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Having a kid. Writing at least ten books. A house near the ocean.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is something you never leave home without?
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell Oh, what a novel. Epic read. Deepwater by my friend, Lu Hersey. All about myths and selkies. And The Year of the Rat by another friend, Clare Furniss. Read it and weep and then feel joy.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Outsider. Creative. Searching.
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset. I like the idea of darkness coming.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. Every time.
Hot or Cold?
PC or Mac?
By Land, or by sea?
Half-empty or Half-full?
Autumn or Spring?
Spring. Hate the cold.
Summer or Winter?
Summer. See above.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
Printed book. Nothing beats a real book in your hands. Nothing.