Prodigies of Young Adult Authors: Erin Callahan and Troy H. Gardner

Five great authors of four great books have brought their books together in a intriguing collection, Prodigies of Young Adult. Erin Callahan and Troy H. Gardner, authors of Wakefield agreed to come visit the Dragon’s Lair and talk about their book. Other authors including Margaret Fieland and N.W. Harris as well as myself are the other others represented in the bundle and will be featured in the upcoming weeks.
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Now Myrria would like to introduce Erin Callahan and Troy H. Gardner.
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Wakefield Blurb

Orphans Astrid Chalke and Max Fisher meet when they’re sent to live at Wakefield, a residential and educational facility for teens with psychiatric and behavioral problems. Astrid’s roommate cuts herself with anything sharp she can get her hands on and Max’s roommate threatens him upon introduction.

Just as Astrid and Max develop a strong bond and begin to adjust to the constant chaos surrounding them, a charming and mysterious resident of Wakefield named Teddy claims he has unexplainable abilities. Sometimes he can move things without touching them. Sometimes he can see people’s voices flowing out of their mouths. Teddy also thinks that some of the Wakefield staff are on to him.

At first, Astrid and Max think Teddy is paranoid, but Max’s strange recurring dreams and a series of unsettling events force them to reconsider Teddy’s claims. Are they a product of his supposedly disturbed mind or is the truth stranger than insanity?


Character Interview

Here is our first interview with one of the Mad World characters. The authors had the chance to sit down with Max Fisher at a picnic table in the Wakefield courtyard and ask him a few questions.

Hi, Max.

Um, hi. *scratches absentmindedly at the mole below his right eye*

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us.

It’s cool. It got me out of self-esteem group.

Excellent. We’re going to base this interview on the ten questions James Lipton always asks his guests on Inside the Actors Studio.

Oh, okay. That guy’s facial hair scares me.

Yes, he is a little eccentric, but we like his questions.

Cool. Shoot.

What is your favorite word?

Wow, there are a lot of words. I’ll go with “yes,” I guess.

What is your least favorite word?

That’s easier. I find most words for body parts equally horrible.

Interesting. What word for a body part makes you cringe uncontrollably?


What turns you on?

Uhhhhh…I’ll go with kindness.

Aww, that’s cute. What turns you off?

Being the center of attention.

What’s your favorite curse word?


Wow. What do you like about assface?

It brings to mind a really hilarious visual image.

What sound or noise do you love?

Classic rock.

Do you have a favorite classic rock song?

It depends on my mood. Right now, I’ll go with “Freebird.”

Nice. What sound or noise do you hate?

Alarm clocks. Also, the sound of my door clicking open and clicking shut when the staff check on us at night.

What profession would you like to attempt?

Hmm. Something where I don’t have any homework and I get to work in a cubicle.

What? Seriously? Because we’ve both done that and…

It looks like fun on The Office.

Okay, fair enough. Do you prefer the US version or the British version of The Office?

There’s a British version?

Nevermind. What profession would you not like to attempt?

Prison guard.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Your mom and dad are waiting for you.

Adorable. Thanks Max.

Thanks for getting me out of group therapy.


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Erin’s Bio
Erin grew up by a small glacial lake in New Hampshire and, after brief stints in Colorado and Rhode Island, she settled in the granite state with her husband. As a small child, she told her mother she’d defaced a wall with crayons because she’d been possessed by an imp. She’s convinced that same imp drives her to write. When she’s not at her day job or cranking out novels on her laptop, you can find her soaking in the new golden era of television, stalking her favorite musicians on Twitter, trying not to embarrass herself on the volleyball court, and reading books of all sorts. She loves the color red, hates the phrase “no offense,” and thinks birds are creepy. A year after graduating from law school, she found herself unemployed and took a job at a facility similar to the one featured in Wakefield. She lasted only a year, but the kids she met there will forever serve as a well of inspiration.

Troy’s Bio
Troy grew up in New Hampshire and graduated with a B.A. in English/Communications with a dual concentration in film and writing from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He spent ten years working in the banking industry dreaming up numerous stories to write. When not working on his writing, which is seldom, Troy conquers video games. For more, check out

Kai Strand Visits

Hey everybody, my name is Kai Strand. I was unpacking books at a signing and came across a copy of King of Bad with a torn cover. Bummer. I can’t sell that! But my loss is your gain. Because I can hold a giveaway instead!

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Along with a slightly damaged copy of King of Bad, I’m also giving away several sets of character trading cards. These cards have been specially designed for book one in the series. There will be a separate set of cards designed for each book – so be among the first to own a set.


About the book: 


Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.


He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?


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Excerpt: Trading Card


[Pyro] swung the door open with a flourish and indicated for Jeff to go inside. Jeff stepped into the doorway and stopped. They were in some sort of gymnasium. Kids ranging from about 12 to 18 years old were hard at work testing their athleticism in a freak show sort of way. A girl did chin-ups at twice the speed of a top Olympian. A boy ran across a high wire. The most beautiful girl Jeff had ever laid eyes on leaned against the wall across the room. Jeff tore his eyes from her when an oddly shaped ball soared over the heads of the kids. Two boys enjoyed a game of catch. At least Jeff thought the sneers on their faces indicated enjoyment. Suddenly a head popped out of the ball.

“Come on, you wimps, get further apart.”

Jeff’s stomach lurched when he realized the ball was a contorted girl.

In the far corner of the gym a couple of kids were involved in extreme wresting. Jeff watched one kid leap six feet off the ground and pile drive the other kid into the thick stack of mats. He thought they’d have a future in WWE if the super villain thing didn’t pan out for them. Jeff’s gaze wandered back to the beautiful redhead. She smiled at him and his stomach fluttered.

Pyro nudged Jeff into the gym and let the door close. “Each S.V. has at least one prominent ability. Most of us are faster and stronger than the average human, but there are a few that are faster or stronger than the average S.V. There are also those of us who have fire as well as those who have ice. You can usually find an S.V. with a complementary ability to yours.” Pyro pointed at a dark haired girl standing in the center of the room.

The girl had a large bucket in front of her. Her face was contorted with concentration, but Jeff couldn’t see anything happening. Then all at once a geyser of water burst toward the ceiling and it fell back down on the assemblage in a misty rain. The girl’s face broke into an exultant smile as the dripping kids groaned and grumbled around her.

“Wow, that’s really hard to do,” Pyro said, “break an element into so many little particles. She’ll have a headache later.”


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I found myself falling in love with all the characters in the book. I loved the different abilities each one of them have. Kai did an outstanding job writing this book. I could not put it down. It is filled with lots of action and even some romance. Everything you want in a book. Victoria for Page Turners Blog


Can’t wait for the sequel! – Christopher White for Amazon




When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website,

Katie Carroll Stops By

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YA fantasy

by Katie L. Carroll


Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.


It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.


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About the Author: Katie L. Carroll

Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote ELIXIR BOUND and the forthcoming ELIXIR SAVED so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app THE BEDTIME KNIGHT and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at and follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll) or Tumblr.