CSFF Blog Tour – Interview with a 13-year-old Boy with Patrick Carr

My son and I decided to read this series together. He’s 13 years old, homeschooled, and an avid reader. One of his favorite series, even through the ups and downs, was Eragon.  Even though the Sword and Staff series has no dragons, he tells me that he likes this series more!

So what does a thirteen-year-old ask when given the opportunity to interview one of his new favorite authors? Four simple questions. And thank you to Patrick for humoring us.

1. If Errol could choose any three flavors in his own batch of Neapolitan Ice Cream, which would they be?
Patrick: That’ a tough one. At the beginning of the story I would say the flavors would be ale, wine, and beer. At the end it would probably be honey, vanilla, and chocolate. Actually, that last one is mine. I love chocolate. It’s one of the ways I know God likes me.
2. Would Sven ever consider becoming a sumo wrestler?
Patrick: Absolutely. Sumo wrestlers get to eat as much as they want. I think if Sven knew there was a job out there that paid him to eat and throw his weight around, he’d probably do it for free…as long as someone else paid for the food.
3. Do you have any experience fighting with a staff? Because one thing I wonder is how a sharp sword doesn’t cut through or at least weaken the staff in battles?

Patrick: I don’t have any first hand experience with a staff, but I grew up on a farm and I have a TON of experience with an ax. Polished hardwood is tough to cut through even with an ax and the force behind a sword stroke wouldn’t be enough to break it unless it was a two-handed broad sword (which my characters don’t use). That being said I probably should have had Errol swap out staffs more often.

4. In Hero’s Lot (Book 2), how did Rohbe survive in the ruins for so long? Could you give us a hint?
He had access to the river where he had fish, water, and the occasional fruit tree. He’s pretty far south so the climate wasn’t too harsh. This is backstory that got cut in the interest of book length. I would have liked to keep it. My impression was that the final version had nice pace, but could have used some expansion in places.
Now that’s a backstory both Jimmy and I would love to read sometime. Maybe Patrick will post it as an extra on his website sometime (hint, hint).


Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.




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