Interview with Max Elliot Anderson and Book Giveaway!

Enter Book Giveaway: December 1-6, 2013: Make a comment below to enter.

Enter Book Giveaway: December 1-6, 2013:
Make a comment below to enter.

I read this book and I truly enjoyed it and I think that young boys will love to read about the adventures of Sam Cooper and his friends.  It’s an exciting book with strong morals and family values.  I asked one of our young library patrons to read it and tell me what he thought.  He liked the book and I asked him if he would be willing to write a short book review for this post.  What he did was write an excellent book report, worthy of an A+ from any English teacher!  I’m going to include clips of that report here (so as to not reveal the whole story to a young person who may be reading).  I imagine though that our blog is read by adults with children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and y’all won’t mind knowing the whole story.  But for the sake of spoilers and in respect for the author, I’m going to just selects a few lines.  If you are interested in reading Mac’s complete book report so you will know for sure that your young boy will enjoy the book, just put that in your comment and I’ll be happy to email it to you.

I Read Captain Jack’s Treasure (report done by Mac Wages)

I would like to start off this review by simply saying this: “Captain Jack’s Treasure” is a great book! In Captain Jack’s Treasure, Tony, Sam, and Tyler get hired by a old sea captain to help him fix up an old dilapidated boat. They help him completely renovate the boat….

The boys finally fix up the boat now named “My Treasure” by Captain Jack. Sam thinks that Captain Jack is going treasure hunting and will desert them. Little do the boys know that Captain Jack’s family has long been gone due to him wasting his life on failed attempts at treasure hunting….

a violent storm rips apart the shores but Captain Jack manages to keep himself alive and the boat intact….

(You can read my review of this book on this blog under “Book Reviews”.  There are a lot of twists and turns in the book and Mac did a great job of describing all that was going on…but, for now, we don’t want to know how the story ends, just that you’re son will enjoy the adventures!)

Max Elliot Anderson

Max Elliot Anderson

Max, thanks so much for being our featured author this month.  We are so excited to have a man that writes books for our young children.  I read Captain Jack’s Treasure myself and I enjoyed it and I know lots of young boys will enjoy the adventures of Sam Cooper.

When did you start writing?  And have you always written for younger kids? 

My writing began many years ago, although I didn’t think of it as writing at the time. As part of my video production business, I wrote hundreds of client video scripts and TV commercials. Writing for publication began about twelve years ago when I decided to focus on adventure and mystery manuscripts for young readers. I had always enjoyed the dramatic films I’d worked on for kids, and books for that same audience seemed like a natural next step. I’ve also written shorter pieces that have appeared in places including Guideposts magazine and a Guideposts book, some Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and several other anthologies. I write two monthly columns as well.

How many books are in the Sam Cooper Adventure so far?  Do you have plans to continue with more books with Sam?

Currently there are three books in the series; Lost Island Smugglers, Captain Jack’s Treasure, and River Rampage. The series was planned to continue. Book #4 was to be This Property is Condemned. Sadly, the publisher decided to make a major change in direction, and ended the series as far as they were concerned. I’m currently discussing the potential of another publisher to continue the Sam Cooper Adventure series so we’ll have to see what happens there.

How do you come up with your adventures?

Much of my life has been an adventure. I shot my first dramatic film, in Germany, when I was just sixteen years old. That happened because the cinematographer on the project severely injured his foot on a piece of broken glass and couldn’t continue the project. But it was easy for me to step into this new role because I’d spent countless hours hanging around my dad’s motion picture production studio as a kid.

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My film production work has taken me all over the world. It isn’t unusual to find many of those experiences in the pages of the books I write for kids today. Some of the stories, characters, and settings come directly out of these projects.

In this photo, Max and his father, Ken Anderson are working on a dramatic film in New Guinea.

In this photo, Max and his father, Ken Anderson are working on a dramatic film in New Guinea.

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Other ideas come from the news or magazine stories, crime reports, and reading the newspaper.

Do you write books for boys only, or do you have books specifically geared for girls also?

Something I learned in those film production days is that girls would watch an adventure movie with boys as the main characters, but boys were not interested in stories about girls. I decided to use that same template in writing my books. I don’t exclude girls, often they are included in the cast of characters, but the stories feature boys primarily. Part of the reason for this is we are in an epic battle to get boys interested in reading. More often they’d rather be outside playing, or glued to their electronic devices and video games.

I have written one manuscript recently that’s a girl’s story but it’s not ready to be sent to a publisher yet. This one could easily become a series.

Books by Max Elliot Anderson

Books by Max Elliot Anderson

I think these books would make some good, clean movies for families to have for their boys to watch.  Have you ever thought about that?  It would be great!

Again, given my background, I would agree with you. In fact, as I’m writing each one, I see it as a feature film, in my head, even as I write. For me it’s like watching as a film develops on the screen in front of me. I don’t write to an outline, so I’m often as surprised as anyone when certain characters show up or when certain things happen. I think visually and write visually, so it’s not difficult to see these stories as potential films one day.

What are your future plans?  Are any new books in the makings?

I have contracts for 9 more books right now. Six of these are with an educational publisher in Toronto. The books are intended to reach reluctant, struggling readers. This publisher has their own representatives across Canada who sell directly to schools and public libraries. I have very high hopes for what may develop. The publisher is also exploring the market for a collection of short stores I’ve submitted to them recently.

One of my publishers has three more of my books planned in the months ahead, with plans for additional titles. And I still have sixteen other finished manuscripts available. With that much completed material, I spend most of my time in marketing and promotional activities, writing shorter pieces, and columns.

You write such great adventures, I think you must have enjoyed reading as a young boy also.   Did you?

That’s the irony of my story as an author. I grew up hating to read. I’d rather be outside doing it, or have someone explain how to do something, rather than to read about it in a book. Even more ironic is the fact that my dad published over seventy books during his lifetime, and I never read any of them growing up. In the past couple of years, I’ve begun to dust off some of his kids books from the 1940’s and 50’s and read them.

What types of books do you enjoy reading?  And who are your favorite authors?

I’ve read a couple of books lately. The first was Happy Happy Happy, the Duck Dynasty biography by Phil Robertson. And a book I would recommend to anyone in the church or in non-profit ministry, The Evangelical Recession by  John S. Dickerson.

What did you think of Mac’s book report he wrote about Captain Jack’s Treasure?  I thought it was wonderful.  I bet, as an author, it makes you happy to hear how these young boys enjoy your books.

Yes, I love to read the thoughts and reactions from the readers of my books. If I were a teacher, and Mac had handed in his report, I would have given him an A+. It’s obvious he read the book, understood its purpose, and identified with the characters.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you?

I think we’ve covered everything. I’d just like to say that adults hold the keys to getting kids interested in reading. Reading should be modeled in front of kids by adults, especially by men. If boys think it’s cool to read, it’s likely they’ll become readers, too. And as I like to remind kids when I speak in their schools, readers are the leaders others follow.

Thanks so much for being with us Max.  We look forward to reading the comments to this post and drawing a blessed winner for our book giveaway of Captain Jack’s Treasure.  It would make a great Christmas present for some young man, wouldn’t it?

Here’s what a couple of other writer’s have to say about Max:

“Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting andextra-ordinary adventures!” Bill Myers – Author 

 “Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries.” Jerry B. Jenkins, Author

Let’s meet Max:

Max Elliot Anderson

Max Elliot Anderson

Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a struggling reader. After surveying the market as an adult, he sensed the need for action-adventures and mysteries, for readers 8 and up, that he would have enjoyed as a boy.

Using his lifetime of experience in the production of dramatic motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, Mr. Anderson brings that same visual excitement, humor, and heart-pounding action to his stories. Young readers have reported that reading one of his books is like being in an exciting or scary movie – good scary and not dark.

He writes monthly columns about middle grade readers, and short stories for young readers. His work has appeared in Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others.

Readers compare Mr. Anderson’s books to the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, a modern day Tom Sawyer, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.

Links that I highly recommend you checking out.  Max’s website is amazing!:

Max Elliot Anderson’s website:

Amazon Author Page


My Youtube Videos

Ok, I’m totally blown away by this author and all his experiences and his family background. I hope you take the time to visit these links, especially his website!  So, now for the giveaway.

Now for the autographed book giveaway:

Make a comment between Dec. 1-6, 2013 to be entered in the giveaway. The winner will be selected on Dec. 7th and be contacted by email.

Enter Book Giveaway: December 1-6, 2013: Make a comment below to enter.

Enter Book Giveaway: December 1-6, 2013:
Make a comment below to enter.

  1. You must be 18 years or older and be a U.S. resident.
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  3. We will randomly compile a list of everyone who made a comment and will draw a name.  We will then notify you by email giving you further instructions on collecting your free book.  DO NOT include your personal mailing address in your comment for security reasons.
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12 responses to “Interview with Max Elliot Anderson and Book Giveaway!

  1. Looks like quite the “boy book”…thanks for the interview and book ideas!

  2. have a boy that loves to read and know he love this one thanks

  3. Thought this might be good to add to Bryan’s classroom!

  4. Tanya McKiver

    I have a 13 yr old son that would love this book

  5. Susan Robinson

    Looks like a good book for when Carson grows up.

  6. Carmen

    Loved this interview and Mac’s review of the book. Max, I am glad that you are writing books for boys. As a former School Library Media Specialist, I know how difficult it is to find good books for boys. I hope you find a publisher for the 4th book in the series.

  7. Thank you for your comments. I appreciate each of them.

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