Join Karen Pokras Toz, author of the middle grade fiction book, Nate Rocks the World (CreateSpace, June 2011) as she virtually tours the blogosphere from December 5 – 16, 2011 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
About Nate Rocks the World
Nate Rocks: Part Super-Hero, Part All-Star Athlete, Part Rock-Star… Part Fourth-Grader?
Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous – what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth-grader appears to be completely doomed.
Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things.
Follow the adventures of ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge as his cartoons and adventures come to life
Q: Do you work from an outline?
Not at all. When I start writing, I have a very general idea of what the story is about and where it is going, but that is all. I like to let my characters direct me. I love when I’m writing and suddenly everything pulls together. I suppose having an outline to work with would make the process easier, but having those “ah-ha” moments is half the fun for me.
Q: Biggest Career Surprise
That I’m a writer!! My entire life I’ve been a numbers person. Although I’ve always loved to read, English was never my strong subject. I grew up with the mindset that you are either a math person or an English person. I was a math person. I became an accountant… end of story… or so I thought. At some point a few years ago, the writer in me came to life. I sat down with a blank page in MS Word on my laptop, and the words just started flowing. That manuscript is still sitting on my hard drive waiting for some tlc, but I have been writing ever since!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Well of course I hope I am still writing! I haven’t decided just how many books there will be in the Nate Rocks series just yet, but there will be at least three. Then, I’d like to work a little on the manuscript that started it all and get that published. After that, who knows – I can’t wait to see what ideas and characters pop into my brain!
Q: What’s next for you?
I am currently about half way through the second book in the Nate Rocks series – Nate Rocks the Boat. Nate goes off to summer camp! I hope to have it ready by the beginning of summer 2012. I’m having so much fun writing new adventures for Nate – I can’t wait to share them with everyone!
Q: Where do you write from? (location and description)
I have a laptop, so I like to move around a lot. But I need to be comfortable. My favorite place to write is on the living room couch that sits in front of our big picture window. I also love to write while sitting up in bed, but only if I can get the pillows just right. We are in the process of converting one of our spare bedrooms into an office. I’m looking forward to having that completed and hope all our hard work proves inspirational!
Q: How did you feel holding your book in your hands for the first time?
The feeling was crazy! It’s hard to describe really. During the entire writing process, you just have a Word document that keeps growing and growing. Then it gets a little closer to looking like a book when it’s converted to the formatted pdf version, but still, you are staring at it on a computer screen. Then one day, it arrives in your mailbox – as a book – with a cover and a spine and pages and of course, I took a picture of myself holding it and plastered it all over the Internet!
About Karen Pokras Toz
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife, and mom. Karen grew up in the small town of Orange, Connecticut and graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Finance. She also attended the University of Richmond, where she studied law and business, receiving both a JD and an MBA. Karen has spent the last several years working as a tax accountant, writing in numbers. She recently discovered a passion for writing with words. Nate Rocks the World is her first book.
Karen is a member of the Association of Independent Authors, Independent Author Network, and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the 2011 Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run Honoree for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter. Karen enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children.
For more information, please visit www.karentoz.com.