Author: Chris Ledbetter
Publication Date: June 5, 2015
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.
After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.
To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.
If he fails… they both die.
Interview with Author Chris Ledbetter
- What made you write a book about art?
At the time I generated the idea for Drawn, I hadn’t seen or read any stories of or relating to art. And since I’m an amateur artists myself, I just sat around thinking what would happen if sketched pictures were to move and come alive? And what would happen to the sketches if I closed the book and they descended into their own world?
- In the book, your main character, Cameron, has lost his mother due to cancer. Did you write this from personal experience?
Yes and no. My parents are both still alive, thank goodness. But I have lost a mother-in-law and a close family friend to cancer. It sucks. And it’s awful. Because of my proximity to these events, it was difficult to write the scenes where Cameron talks about his experiences.
- How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for about eight years now. I began writing in December 2006.
- What genre do you write and why?
I have written historical fiction. Now, I primarily write contemporary stories, but I always have a twinge of fantasy involved. Fantasy gets my writerly juices flowing. It’s where I live.
- In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
When I first began writing, I wrote mostly on paper, and then transcribed it to computer later. I love the feel of longhand. My ideas actually seem to flow better. But it just takes so much longer. Now, I do write straight to computer to save time.
- What’s your favorite food?
It’s a tie between pizza and a Greek salad… with anchovies.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He's worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.
He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.