Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Lair of the Serpent": Interview and Giveaway with T. Lynn Adams

"A young adult series destined to become Hollywood's next major motion picture trilogy. A must read." Kevin Buxbaum, Associate Producer, Life of Pi

Kevin Buxbaum is talking about the fast-paced Tombs of Terror series by author T. Lynn Adams. The next book in the series, Lair of the Serpent, is now available.

“The shock of the assault caught the men off guard, and they struggled to control the American. They wrestled him to the ground, pinning him there, holding him fast, as Sang stood up from the ground. Cursing in Khmer, Sang pointed the gun at Jonathon’s head.”

Lair of the Serpent
Jonathon can’t wait to surprise Delia for her birthday. With a little help from Delia’s brother, Severino, he plans to visit them in Cambodia where his friends are both working as humanitarian volunteers. But Jonathon arrives only to learn that Delia has been kidnapped.

Determined to find her, Jonathon and Severino plunge into the world’s most heavily land-mined jungle. Hidden deep in a tangle of ancient ruins of western Cambodia, they encounter the frightening legend of the Nāga and a deadly gang known as the Black Snakes. Now, the only way to free Delia is for the friends to steal an ancient, sacred stone and use it to lure the criminals out of hiding. If Jonathon and Severino fail, all of them will die or be consumed by the brutal world of human trafficking.

Lair of the Serpent seamlessly blends intense action and suspense with family loyalty and tender romance. The rich setting and colorful characters will ignite your imagination, while the twisting plot and elements of fantasy will satisfy every adventurer’s thirst for exotic quests.

“Lair of the Serpent is full of adventure, memorable characters, and enough suspense to keep you at the edge of your seat.” Heather Ostler, author of The Shapeshifter’s Secret

More information can be found at the author’s web site

An Interview with T. Lynn Adams
Is writing a full-time career for you? If not, how else do you spend your work day?
I am blessed because I do have a full-time writing career but not as a book author (yet). I write for a tri-state agriculture newspaper and I get to write from home! What a dream!

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer? Have you been able to overcome it?
Believe it or not it has been my husband’s support. He loves that I do write and is very proud of what I have accomplished but it took me a while to learn that he really does not like to ‘see’ me write. Between my job and my passion I am on the computer a LOT! So I have learned to try and write during the day and walk away from the computer in the evenings. (That is actually more difficult than it sounds. Good ideas for novels or deadlines for work don’t always fall in the 9-5 time frame.)

What inspired the idea behind your book?
Movie director Kevin Buxbaum (Life of Pi, Avatar) loved my first book, Tombs of Terror, and optioned a movie trilogy. So I took the characters from Tombs of Terror and threw them into new places and adventures. Tombs of Terror is set in Peru. The Lost Curse takes place in the United States, and Lair of the Serpent follows them to Cambodia. Each book involves very real places and real legends.

Do you have a favorite character in the Tombs of Terror series? Who and why?
Like my readers, I swing between Jonathon and Severino. Jonathon is bold and a bit in-your-face while Severino is quietly observant and street smart. No matter who is in the scene, both will risk everything for the people they love.

Tell us about your favorite character in this book!
In the third book, Lair of the Serpent, Jonathon really comes forward as the hero. There is also a new character, a young orphan named Chey. Readers have really connected with him and his freshness.

What message do you hope readers take away from the book?
Lair of the Serpent takes a look at a very heavy topic—human trafficking—and I hope readers become aware that slavery still exists in all its evil. Maybe, because of my book, one reader will start to think about it more and, as their life moves forward, be prompted to write or do something to change it.

What is your favorite scene in Lair of the Serpent?
It’s the scene where Jonathon gets burned. It was a tough scene to write and it stays with you, but it is vital since it connects Jonathon to Keo in a powerful way. There are a lot of parallels between Jonathon and Keo throughout the book.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
All my books are based on fact…even the legend parts. In Lair of the Serpent the legend of the Naga dominates. The legend has been around for over 3,000 years and is one of the oldest in the world! One thing I like to do is pull real facts into the legends to make people think it has a basis of truth. There are some interesting historical and scientific facts behind the Naga legend that will surprise but you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Do you have to be alone or have quiet to write?
I have six children so if I waited for a quiet or alone time to write I would never get anything done! Right now two of my children are watching a video, the washing machine is running, another one is listening to music, and the cockatiel is whistling.

What is one trait you despise in people that you tend to give your villains/protagonists?
I don’t like smiling evil.

Tour Giveaway
The author and publisher are offering a release giveaway…the entire Tombs of Terror series to one lucky winner, all three books, either as eBooks or in print. To find out more about the giveaway, visit the author's web site at

Connect with the Author
Twitter: @TLynnAdams

Enjoy an Excerpt

“If I committed a crime, tell me but don’t keep me here if you have nothing on me.”
The officer frowned and leaned toward Jonathon. “Maybe in America they release criminals, but in Cambodia I can hold you without a charge for seventy-two hours and that is what I plan to do. That will give my men plenty of time to find evidence to prove your crime.”
Irritated, Jonathon rolled his eyes. “So, basically, in Cambodia you’re saying I’m guilty until your monos can dig up enough lies to make it true.”
“Your attitude tells me a lot. Criminals always call the evidence a lie.”
Tu fuerza policial es una burla y tu eres patán,” Jonathon rumbled.
Unfazed by the Spanish he did not comprehend, the officer turned Jonathon’s computer to face him. “I want your password.”
Vete al—
The officer spoke again with more force, cutting him off. “I want your password.”
Jonathon’s tone taunted the officer. “And I want a lawyer.”
“You don’t need a lawyer until you are officially charged.”
“Then you don’t need my password until I am officially charged.”
The answer annoyed the officer. “Do you think is a joke?”
“Not at all. You haven’t made me laugh once.”
Two pairs of eyes locked and held—one older and challenging, the other young and defying. Perturbed, the officer broke gaze first and looked at two nearby policemen. “Get him out of my face!” he snapped.
The officers stepped forward and hauled Jonathon out of his chair. With his hands still cuffed behind his back, Jonathon struggled to catch his balance. “Where are you taking me?”
“But you can’t! I didn’t do anything!”
“I can do whatever I want for the next seventy-two hours.” Then he leaned over his desk. “And that’s not a joke.” Impatient, the officer snapped his fingers several times to quicken the pace. “Take him away.”
Two men hauled him out of the interrogation room, dragging him through the outer office littered with metal desks, worn chairs, and overstuffed files. Waiting on a wooden bench, Severino saw and heard the commotion and came to his feet. “Jonathon, what’s going on? What’s happening?”
“They’re taking me to jail!”
“What? Why?”
On the far side of the room, Jonathon strained against the officers. “Because it’s the only thing this cobarde can do!”
Furious and concerned for his friend, Severino stepped toward them. “You can’t put him in jail. He’s didn’t do anything!”
Beyond anger, the commanding officer turned and pointed a finger at Severino. “You will join him right now if you step any closer.”

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the blog, and thank you for sharing a bit of your story with the readers! I don't normally read YA books, but I thoroughly enjoyed "The Lost Curse" and I believe my nephew will enjoy reading this series.