Book Tour: Outside Nowhere by Adam Borba | Author Interview

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Outside Nowhere by Adam Borba. This looks like such a whimsical read that I can’t wait to pick up! As part of the tour, I was lucky enough to get the chance to interview Adam and find out more about him and the book! You can find the interview after author and book info. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Thank you, Adam, for taking the time to answer my questions.

Meet Author

ADAM BORBA is a writer and filmmaker from California who helps develop and produce movies for Walt Disney Studios. Outside Nowhere is his second novel.

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About The Book

Title: Outside Nowhere
Author: Adam Borba
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: October 18th, 2022
Page Length: 272
Genre: Contemporary
Age Range: Middle Grade
Synopsis:

From the author of The Midnight Brigade, this heartwarming and humorous middle grade novel follows one boy’s summer adventure at a peculiar farm in the middle of nowhere. 

Charming and funny, Parker Kelbrook can wriggle out of anything he doesn’t want to do. So when he’s forced to take a job at the local pool—a threat to his beach-filled summer plans—he comes up with the perfect prank to get himself fired.

Once Parker’s father catches wind of his latest scheme, he decides enough is enough, and Parker is sent halfway across the country to work on a farm alongside five other kids who aren’t his biggest fans. As Parker learns to roll up his sleeves and keep his head down, strange things start happening. And after he awakens one morning to find a seventeen-hundred-pound dairy cow on the roof of a barn, he suspects that something magical and mysterious is growing in the farm’s fields.

Adam Borba presents a whimsical new story about a boy’s discovery that mistakes and miracles can have serious consequences.

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Content Warning: death of a parent

Author Interview

In up to 9 words or emojis, without spoilers, what can readers expect from Outside Nowhere?

Heart, Humor, Magic, Cows, Surprises, Enemies, Friends, Mistakes, Redemption.

Without spoilers, which scene did you have the most fun writing?

The story’s main character, a boy named Parker Kelbrook, wakes up one day to find a seventeen-hundred-pound dairy cow on the roof of the farm’s barn. I loved having Parker and the kids put their heads together to get that cow down.

If you were to spend the day on the farm with Parker, what would you do?

I am going to be honest with you. When it comes to manual labor, I am lazy to an impressive degree. Parker gets that from me. I’m also clumsy. Not in a funny way. More like a sad, wait-is-that-guy-okay way. And I’m very aware of the (secret) stakes on the farm, so I wouldn’t want to accidently derail anything. Maybe I’d help Molly, the farmer’s niece, answer the phones in the office? I’m pretty good on the phone. Especially cordless phones (I’m less likely to trip). Really, I’d do my best to stay out of the way until dinner, when everyone gets together to eat and tell jokes. Hopefully I can visit on barbecue night— the Farmer’s specialty.

What was the inspiration behind this whimsical farm? Does this farm, in it’s slightly less magical version, exist – and can you share pictures?

About ten years ago, a friend told me about an organization called WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It’s a loose network of thousands of farmers in dozens of countries that offers young adults (or WWOOFers) the chance to do agricultural work in exchange for food and lodging. Almost like the Peace Corps or Teach For America, but participants are placed on farms that need a little help. So, for a little manual labor, you can “see the world one rutabaga farm at a time.” The concept got me thinking about how something like this might work with much younger participants and wondering what secrets or magic might be hidden on one of those farms.

I wish the actual farm existed. Especially the magical version. The world could use it. The idea for the farm was a beautiful, green Victorian style home on a spacious property with a classic red barn surrounded by blue fenced fields.

The book’s cover artist, Mercè López, and illustrator, Sam Kalda, nailed the look and feel:

As a producer for Walt Disney studios and a filmmaker in general, can you recommend a movie for someone who loved Outside Nowhere? Is there another middle grade novel you could recommend too?

I grew up in the 1980s loving books by Roald Dahl and movies like E.T. and The Goonies. Stories driven by heart, humor, and a bit of magic. This is a story about kids learning to get along and navigate problems together and growing up (but just a little).

In terms of movies, I think The Sandlot has a similar “kids on their own against the world” for the summer feel.

And as far as books, you can’t go wrong with anything by Louis Sachar. Holes is probably the closest as far as story. They share elements of kids being sent away and forced to work together. And it’s a perfect book.

Was there anything you learned after writing The Midnight Brigade that helped you write Outside Nowhere? Was there anything you learned from both experiences that will help your writing in the future?

Great question! I think writing is one of those skills that improves the more you do it. And the more you read. I like to think that each book I write has the potential to be better than the last. 

The more I write – and read – the better I’ve become creating characters readers connect with. And developing character arcs that are easy to follow – how a character learns, grows, and changes. I continue to become stronger at creating emotional themes that feel clear and universal – the underlying messages of my stories. Or creating tension to keep readers turning pages. The more you write, the more you learn what’s important and figure out what approaches work best for your style.

Writing is equally affected by the moments in front of a keyboard and the ones you have in real life. The more you live and do, the more you’ll be able to draw from. The more tools you’ll have to tell your stories.

I couldn’t have written my first book, The Midnight Brigade, it if I didn’t meet and fall in love my wife. She’s from Pittsburgh, and that’s where that book is set. I fell in love with the city on the yearly trips we take to visit her family. 

Pittsburgh has over 400 bridges. And they’re stunning. On one of our trips, I was staring at a bridge, and I thought how much fun it would be to find a troll under there. And then I thought about how much fun it would be to keep that troll a secret with your friends. And that’s the jumping off point for The Midnight Brigade.

The main character of that book, Carl Chesterfield, is a quiet kid. Like a lot of young readers, he’s an introvert. I definitely was as a kid. I’m often still now. Carl is all heart and he’s constantly observing and worrying about other people, but he keeps things to himself. 

In Outside Nowhere, the main character, Parker Kelbrook is an extrovert. He’s funny, and charming, and talks a lot. He’s the opposite of Carl. And that was an intentional choice. I didn’t want to repeat myself. And I thought it would be fun to have a main character without a filter.

When Outside Nowhere starts, Parker is more concerned about himself than other people. In terms of a character, he has a lot of room to grow. And when he eventually does, magical and mysterious events start happening and he discovers that things on this farm aren’t as they appear.

I’m really proud of Outside Nowhere and The Midnight Brigade. And the work I did and lessons I learned on The Midnight Brigade (and the life experiences I had along the way), absolutely made Outside Nowhere stronger.

Hopefully, my next book will be the strongest yet, until it’s topped by my fourth book. That’s one of the wonderful things about writing, you can love all of your projects and your next one always has the potential to be your best.

I hope everyone gets a chance to check out Outside Nowhere and The Midnight Brigade. Thanks so much for having me!

Tour Schedule

Blog Schedule

October 10th
Stuck in Fiction – Interview
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post

October 11th
TheGeekishBrunette – Promotional Post
Book Notes by Athina – Promotional Post

October 12th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
Boys’ Mom Reads! – Review

October 13th
Kait Plus Books – Interview

October 14th
Writing Rose Reads – Promotional Post
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

October 15th
The Bookish Coven – Promotional Post
Justice For Readers – Promotional Post

October 16th
Nine Bookish Lives – Interview
Emmamustread – Review & Favorite Quotes

Instagram Schedule

October 10th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
dreaminginpages – Review

October 11th
jacleomik33 – Review
thegeekishbrunette – Blogger’s Choice
booknotes_athina – Blogger’s Choice

October 12th
get.outside.and.read – Review & Favorite Quotes
justa.gal.andherbooks – Review

October 13th
gryffindorbookishnerd – Review

October 14th
mulberryreads – Review
writingrosereads – Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

October 15th
kmo.reads – Review
hodophile_z – Review

October 16th
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
emmamustread – Blogger’s Choice

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