The Serpent's Ring Tor Stop :Author Interview

Author: H.B Bolton
Title: The Serpent's Ring
Pub Date: July 29, 2012
Number of Pages: 232
Buy on : AMAZON / B & N
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Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods. Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.


Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

As a child, I would dive into fantasy stories such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and so many others. As an adult, I still feel the thrill and enchantment of such stories. C.S. Lewis once said, “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” My love for adventure inspired me to create my own story, my idea of what a hero should be, and my vision of other realms.
I wanted to include a quest where an average kid could encounter supernatural creatures, trinkets and foods. I considered how to tie multiple books and multiple adventures together. That was when the idea of visiting a land where all of the great myths existed came to me. My characters would be able to visit multiple realms of mythology where they would be able to have many exciting escapades.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Hmmm. I’m on the first draft of The Trickster’s Totem, but I know the story inside and out. I could share a few bits of what will happen.
The Trickster’s Totem has been stolen by the Native American Coyote Trickster, Akanodo. Evan, Claire and Dunkle need to help retrieve it. Evan is surprised to discover the protector of the relic is a dragon named Kehl. Kehl helps Evan navigate through his adventure to find the lost relic and inherit another lost power.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
My least favorite part is the number of times needed to revise and perfect the story … and still not getting it right.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
It’s difficult to choose, but I wish I could have listened to a heated discussion between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. It would be an honor to have either of them mentor me for even a minute.

What book are you reading now?
I’m actually reading a book by Stephen King called On Writing. He’s the man, and I’m continually trying to enhance my writing.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. If you must, set aside your work in progress and try something else: a new story, go visual (create boards on Pinterest), watch relevant videos on YouTube and research (publishing industry, writing and information for your novel).

Fun question! If you could have any superpower what would it be?
To be able to soar through the skies, over the seas and in between rainbows.  
(Best answer ever!!)


Currently, Barbara Brooke resides in sunny Florida with her supportive husband, two adorable children, gorgeous greyhounds, and scruffy mutt. She is actively creating new worlds and interesting characters for the next book in one of her series. Shhhh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write spellbinding, heart-pounding women’s fiction, she also writes books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young adult fantasy story. These particular books are written under the name H.B. Bolton, but that is another story altogether.


  1. Oh I love her superpower answer! I'm very curious about Trickster's Totem, I think it's going to be a fantastic story!
    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour Crystal!

    1. Right? That was the best superpower answer ever! Trickster's Totem does like it will be pretty great!

      Also you're very welcome!

  2. This sounds just like a book my son would love. Also, On Writing is such a good book!

  3. Yay! Do I win an award for having the "Best Superpower Answer?" You are so funny :) Thanks for having me on your blog.


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