Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter?
Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter?
by C.L. Colyer
GENRE: Middle Grade Action Adventure
Nothing frightens Atticus Everheart more than monsters, thanks to his older brothers, who often threaten to feed him to the beastly creatures.
Fearing that’s what they will do if he doesn’t replace the book he accidentally ruined, he takes a job tutoring a boy in his neighborhood.
Although nervous about the job, Atticus soon discovers there’s a lot more in store for him than teaching. Never in a trillion years would he have imagined he’d be hiding from monsters, working with ghosts, or searching for werewolves and witches. He’s not brave, and he has no plans to change.
Until he’s forced to.
“These came for you,” said Abigail, the oldest of his younger sisters. At eight, she was already smarter than him in many ways. She turned the envelope upside down over his bed. A pair of prescription, steampunk- inspired goggles tumbled out. Still ignoring Atticus’s prior demand, she settled on the window seat.
“I thought they’d never get here!” His previous statement forgotten, Atticus sat up and took off his glasses. He then slipped the leather strap of the goggles over his head and pulled to tighten them to a perfect fit. He raised his chin, wise and prepared, able to spot danger in a single glance.
“How do I look?”
“Like a weirdo.” Abigail pulled her honey-brown hair into a high ponytail. “Or a praying mantis.”
He should have known she wouldn’t recognize functional accessories if they stared her in the face.
“Did you have to get green frames?” she asked.
“I like green.”
“I think you look smart,” said Evie, the youngest of the Everheart children. She was a miniature version of Atticus, from her curly brown hair, round cheeks, and scrawny arms, right down to her bulbous big toes and curious nature. “Why are there round thingies sticking out from the side?”
“Those are monocles.” Abigail opened the newspaper to the comic section. “They magnify things.”
“These aren’t ordinary monocles,” said Atticus. “I can’t believe you think I’d want goggles if they didn’t do something spectacular. I’ll have you know these are the most advanced pair of monster-seeing goggles available, able to cut through the mundane to reveal beasts and demons, ghosts, and goblins.” At least, that’s what the ad had said. Atticus flipped down the crimson lens. “This one’s for flesh-eating monsters.”
“Oh, they’re way cool!” Evie inched closer and asked, “Do you see any?”
“Yes!” Atticus lunged forward and grabbed her, tickling her waist.
About the Author:
C.L. Colyer found her love for writing in first grade when her class was sent to the library and asked to find a book for their first book report. While she doesn’t still have this book report, she’s very proud to say she got an A on it. Her favorite thing about the book was that it had no words. That’s right, not one! That gave her the freedom to interpret the pictures in any way she wanted and write her own story.
This sparked her love for writing essays. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat down and penned her first novel. This story has a special place in her heart because it’s the story that helped her discover her passion for writing. She has since written several books, many of which may never see the light of day, but all of which helped her learn to combine her passion for writing with her fascination with all things mythical. You’ll find examples of this in her novels.
Q&A With the Author
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
It’s hard to pick just one thing. I had so much fun writing this book. Two of the things I enjoyed were watching Atticus and Drago go from being strangers to friends. It doesn’t happen right away. In fact, Drago isn’t at all happy to think of a human as a friend. Then, I wove a lot of small details into the story that fans of the classic monster movies will recognize and even some they may miss.
Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?
Yes! But this one is a companion novel for my contemporary paranormal romance, Merry Little Wishing Spritz, and I have another middle-grade fantasy novel I want to revisit.
Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?
As I hinted to above, I hope to write another story with Atticus and Drago. Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor and Monster Hunter? is a standalone novel. But as I was writing it, other ideas came to mind of new mysteries Atticus could solve. I just need the time to work on them.
And then I’m working on a few more ideas for my witch friends, Cassie and Peyton, who we met in Merry Little Wishing Spritz and Salted Caramel Bliss with a Wedding Kiss.
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first middle-grade novel in the mid-2000s. I’d written it for myself because I had a story idea percolating in my head for a long time, but I enjoyed writing so much I kept at it. I’m glad I did. I now have nine traditionally published books: two middle grade, five young adult PNR, and two adult contemporary paranormal novellas.
Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I enjoy hearing from readers, so drop a comment below or reach out to me through the contact form on my website: https://cheriecolyer.com/getintouch/,
Thank you, Literary Gold, for having me on your blog!
You’re quite welcome! Best of luck to you on this tour!
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