Arthur Slade is one my favourite Canadian authors and it not just because he’s a writer of compelling historical fiction, creepy horror, thought-provoking YA, and, his latest venture, a Steampunk series for young readers, The Hunchback Assignments. It is also not because he’s loves 1970s classic rock, or that one of his favourite books growing up just happened to be written by the same author my brother was obsessed with, Lloyd Alexander, or that he also loves Star Wars. It is also because he’s genuinely invested in the community. He was one of the first to participate in ours and is always available for a Q&A. He's also open about his e-tailing findings, describing his experience with the treadmill desk (something that I’m “thinking” of trying) and speaking alongside War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo and Canada’s own Deborah Ellis at the international conference, From the Garden to the Trenches this past Spring. Always ready for the RT and thank you, Slade is also open to his mass Twitter and Facebook followers.
He is a gem of a gentleman who I had the pleasure to meet last year when he spoke at the Lillian H. Smith library. With his gadgets in hand, Slade took us through his creative process and why he’s become so involved in the digital age. “I must adapt,” he had said. “I must evolve.”
So, it seems fitting that he would show us his creative digital ingenuity by making us this exclusive video talking about the last book in his The Hunchback Assignments series, Island of Doom. Ten seconds of this video will tell you why I became kind of a giggly fan girl when I met him.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Arthur Slade.
*I would like to extend a hearty “Thank You” to Harper Collins Canada and Arthur Slade for making this video for us.