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Every now and then, when I’m leading Bible study at my congregation, I like to play a game I call “Stump the Pastor.” I throw open the floor to questions from the participants about anything or everything. And those are […]
| Jan 16, 2013 | No comments |

Every now and then, when I’m leading Bible study at my congregation, I like to play a game I call “Stump the Pastor.” I throw open the floor to questions from the participants about anything or everything. And those are always interesting sessions, because I have to stay on my toes and think fast.

Well, I thought we’d play a version of that today. A little under a year ago, my debut novel, Failstate, was published by Marcher Lord Press. In a few weeks, the sequel, Failstate: Legends will be released (and have you seen the cover art yet? I’m still grinning from that!).

So if you want to ask a still relatively recently published author something or whatever, go ahead and leave your question in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Keep me on my toes, folks.

John W. Otte leads a double life. By day, he’s a Lutheran minister, husband, and father of two. He graduated from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a theatre major, and then from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. By night, he writes unusual stories of geeky grace. He lives in Blue Springs, Missouri, with his wife and two boys. Keep up with him at JohnWOtte.com.

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Kessie Carroll
Member

How many drafts did you work through with each book?

Paul Lee
Member

I gave Failstate to my cousin for his tenth birthday.  I read the first chapter while I had it.
 
What is the common explanation for superpowers in the Failstate world?  Mutations?  Obviously, I assume Failstate sees his powers as a gift from God, but what about physically?
 
Did you specifically intend to write a YA novel?  I wonder if the superhero genre is sort of inherently YA-ish.
 
What would you say if a game designer asked about making a videogame adaptation?  Would you like to participate in scripting/designing the videogame yourself, or would rather let the game people do all the work and cash in on your share of the royalties?

Jason Joyner
Guest

What do you think about Scottish villains in the next Failstate? 😀
Actually, I wondering what the biggest difference you found in writing the second book after establishing the characters and world? What was the biggest challenge and what was something that surprised you with it being easier the second go around?

Bethany A. Jennings
Member

How long was the wait between submitting your full manuscript and receiving an answer?
I have a book submitted right now (at MLP, actually!) and it’s been several months of silence since I emailed it in, so I’m antsy.  😀  I worry my email got lost or something! – but this is probably pretty par for the course…

Kessie Carroll
Member

Do you think you’ll offer your first book for cheap/free as a promo for book 2? *innocent look*