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Book Banter EP 88: Otto Schafer Interview

Hello My Happy People,

If you are on TikTok's #Booktok at all, you have probably seen our guest today. Otto Schafer is the author of the award-winning YA contemporary fantasy God Stone series. His first book, The Secret Journal, was a winner in the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project and his second book of that series, The Keepers of the Light, was selected as a Semi Finalist in 2021.

Like many authors, Otto uses his own life experiences to fuel his writing. He grew up in a small historic town in central Illinois which he featured in his God Stone series. You can find many locations mentioned in his books if you find yourself visiting Petersburg, Illinois.

Otto lives in a log cabin which he shares with his wife, tucked away in a quiet area of the woods. Otto can often be found out in nature, running forrest trails near his home when not working on his books.

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Halloween is coming, time for some more spook-tacular jokes ...

Q: When do zombies stop trick or treating and go home?

A: When they are dead tired.

Q: Why shouldn't a witch take her broom trick or treating?

A: If she gets mad she might fly off the handle.

Q: What do ghosts use to take off their Halloween?

A: Vanishing cream.

Q: How did the zombie become so good at trick or treating?

A: He was Dead-icated.

Q: What is a vampire's favorite candy?

A: Suckers.

Q: Why don't the other ghouls want to go trick or treating with Vampires?

A: Because they are such a pain in the neck.

Q: Why don't skeletons ever eat their Halloween candy?

A: Because none of them have the stomach for it.

Q: What do birds give out on Halloween?

A: Tweets.

Q: What is the easiest costume for a turkey to put together for Halloween?

A: A goblin.

And last but not least ...

Q: What kind of car does Dr. Frankenstein drive?

A: A monster truck.


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Book Banter Magazine is Now Available!

Out launch went off without too many hitches and came out as planned on Oct. 1st. Our premier issues has loads of non-fiction and fiction including mystery, thrillers, scifi, horror, and anything that goes bump in the night kind of books for young readers, young adults, and adults, all to celebrate our favorite holiday, Halloween! Plus, we have a crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of our authors and their Books. We even have a cookbook author with tasty Halloween recipes. Check it out by clicking HERE.

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Support Our Book Banter Buddies (2023 Guest Interviews):

Otto Schafer, Award-Winning YA and Adult Fiction Author (EP 88: Oct. 18th)

Lynne Golodner, Author, Coach, Marketing Entrepreneur & Podcaster (EP 89: Oct. 25th)

Debbie Weiss, Memoir Author & Entrepreneur (EP 90: Nov. 1st)

Michele Di Pietro, SOUPified Cookbook Author (EP 91: Nov. 8th)

Mary Carroll Moore, Women's Fiction Author (EP 92: Nov. 15th)

Leah Ann Brown, Middle Grade Fantasy Author (EP 93: Nov. 22nd)

Faith Kramer, Jewish Global Kitchen Cookbook Author (EP 94: Nov. 29th)

Brian Kaufman, Textbook and Fiction Author (EP 95: Dec. 6th)

Michelle Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker™ & Publicist (EP 96: Dec. 13th)

Season Two Ender - Holiday Special (EP 97: Dec. 20th)

Season 2 Past Guest Interviews (2023):

LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes (EP 51: Feb. 1)

LeRoy A Peters, author of The Edge of the World Series (EP 52: Feb. 8)

C. D'Angelo, Author of The Difference and The Visitor (EP 53: Feb. 15th)

Val Collins, author of the Aoife Walsh Books (EP 54: Feb. 22)

Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller/Artist (EP 55: March 1st)

Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, Author of Diamonds in the Sky Series

(EPs 56/57: March 8th/15th)

David Gibson, PhD FRSB, Author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes.

(EP 58: March 22nd)

Linaya DiNoto, Science Fiction Author of Lithaflora: The Chrysalis: The Forever After Series (EP 59: March 29)

Kelly Florence, Screenwriter/Podcaster and Co-Author of 5 books in The Science of Series

(EP 60: April 5)

Stephanie LaVigne, Cozy Mystery Author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

(EPs 61/62: April 12/19)

Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), horror author/actor/musician (EP 66 & 67: May 17 & 24)

Benecia Ponder, author coach and bestselling author (EP 68: May 31)

Diann Floyd Boehm, Children's Book Author/Educator/Podcaster (EP 69: June 7th)

Angela R. Hughes, Historical Epic Fantasy Author (EP 70: June 14)

Donna Edman, Photographer/Visual Storyteller/Author (EP 71: June 21)

Wendy Jo Cerna, Inspirational Author (EP 72: June 28)

Sabrina Hammonds, Kingdom Connections Podcast and Media Agency (EP 73: July 5)

Ann Charles, Mixed Genre Mystery Author (EP 74: July 12)

Natacha Deen, YA, Adult, and Non-Fiction Author (EP 75: June 21)

Kammy Wood, The Modern Wordist, Creative Writing Consultant (EP 76: June 26)

Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author (EP 77: August 2nd)

Reenita M. Hora, Author, Creative, Entrepreneur (EP 78 & 79: August 9th & 16th)

Christopher (Chris) Denmead, Comic Book Author/Podcaster (EP 80: August 23rd)

Carole T. Beers, Contemporary Western Mystery Author (EP 81: August 6th)

J.C. Fuller, Mystery Author and TikTok Queen (EP 82: September 6th)

Meliza Farndell, Author, Coach, Speaker (EP 83: September 13th)

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Dianne Burckhardt, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, & more (EP 84: Sept. 20th)

Mikel Melwasul, Epic Military Fantasy Author (EP 85: Sept. 27th)

Liz Shipton, Part-Time Author, Full-Time Pirate (EP 86: Oct. 4th)

Sagit Schwartz, Suspense Thriller Author (EP 87: Oct. 11th)


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