{Young Adult Fantasy}



Aquifer: Truth Lies Just Below the Surface

So without further ado, welcome Jonathan!!

MBA&M: Welcome! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

JONATHAN: Good to be here! Well, think 6’5’’, really bald, with Tourette syndrome. So I’m usually on the move and really easy to spot in a crowd.


MBA&M: What called you to write fantasy for Young Adult readers?


JONATHAN: The story. I never set out to write a fantasy, certainly nothing as ambitious as Aquifer. I set out to know Luca, and the more I found out about him, the more I realized that he would function best in a big, dystopian world. I literally followed Luca into this future land. It was cool.


MBA&M: Who was your greatest influencer in writing?


JONATHAN: Cec Murphey and Lauraine Snelling. They both write with very different styles, but they both encouraged me more than I can say.


MBA&M: If you could visit one person, in the world, real or fictional, who would it be and why?


JONATHAN: Anyone from Nepal. I would really like to visit Nepal.


MBA&M: Now, pertaining to your title: JonathanTell our readers some of the challenges in writing Aquifer?


JONATHAN: Whenever you build a world, it is a challenge. So that world-creation aspect took time. But my biggest struggle was in the writing of Luca. I needed to connect with him myself before I could write him, and I found that connection in the fact that we both have experienced a profound sense of being “other,” feeling different than everyone else in this world. As the world of Aquifer is an unfeeling world, writing characters that readers can connect to emotionally also became the challenge.


MBA&M: Which character in Aquifer do you most identify with and why?


JONATHAN: Seward. Absolutely. He’s a skeptic with a big heart. He trusts few, but when he does connect to another, he’ll stay loyal to the end.


MBA&M: What is your favorite aspect of being an author?


JONATHAN: The variety. No day is like another. One day I’ll write. One day I’ll speak. One day I’ll be marketing or setting up engagements. That change of pace is a wonderful thing. Also, I love my commute: fifteen steps from my bedroom to my office. No traffic, unless the kids are trampling through the hall. Who can beat that?


MBA&M: What is something that scares the “Heck” out of you and why?


JONATHAN: I’m a raging claustrophobic. Why? I’m big, tight spaces are small. We don’t go together.


MBA&M: Who is your real-life hero,why?


JONATHAN: My daughter. She lives with Diabetes and Tourette’s, yet she carries herself with such grace and poise. Amazing.


MBA&M: What is your life’s passion, besides writing of course?


JONATHAN: My passion? I don’t want anything to go to waste. Painful experiences, health problems, etc. I want the struggles of my life to be useful, to touch others, to encourage others. Right now, writing is one avenue by which that can happen.


MBA&M: What are some of your comfort foods, and what do you listen to while writing if anything?


JONATHAN: I have no comfort foods to speak of, but when I write I need to have the noise of my family in the background. Boys racing around. My daughter writing at my side. My lovely wife working the garden. Home sounds: they are what I want to hear. They calm me.


MBA&M: Have you always wanted to write the Young Adult genre?


JONATHAN: No. I haven’t always wanted to write, period. I don’t know if I’ll still be writing in ten years. That’s not my personality. I do know that I am thoroughly enjoying it now. When the joy leaves, I’ll look for something else.



MBA&M: What author would you say influenced your writing career the most?


JONATHAN: A. A. Milne. I wouldn’t be writing without the brilliance of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today! We would like to take this moment to wish you all the best in your future endeavors!!


A bit about the author…..

Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.


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acquifer.pngAQUIFER book trailer:

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Blink (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310731828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310731825

Only He Can Bring What They Need to Survive. In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart. But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~Aquifer by Jonathan Friesen

(Sponsored by the publisher)

We wish to first of all thank, Katie at Blink for her generous offer to sponsor a giveaway. Now to the goodies, we are offering 2, yes 2 lucky commenters a chance to win a print copy of AQUIFER by Jonathan  Friesen. Yes 2 winners, 1 each will win a print copy of Aquifer. Sorry open to US residents only! Giveaway will run from September 8 until September 15,2013.




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  1. What a scary but believable story since water is scarce in many areas of the world.
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  2. Aquifer sounds like a fascinating book. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great interview!
    I really like the blurb and the fact that I can share it with my teen son. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to read it.

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