In 1999, inspired by volunteer work with local schools, Dom Testa began writing what would become the beloved Galahad series. The first novel in the series, The Comet's Curse, burst onto the scene by winning an international grand prize from Writer's Digest Magazine and an EVVY Award for Best Young Adult Book. Published by the popular imprint Tor Teen, the Galahad series continues to garner critical acclaim and an adoring fan base of all ages.
His love of writing led Dom to work with students, and to the creation of his foundation, The Big Brain Club. Working in conjunction with The Big Brain Club, Dom helps teachers and parents learn how to better reach a generation that is increasingly ambivalent about the importance of reading and writing.
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2. What was the hardest scene to write in the series?
4. Do you have a favorite sci-fi author? If so, who is it and why?
We provide technology for schools and libraries (Smart Boards, iPads, iPod Touches, etc.), and we also professionally publish the creative writing of students. It's one way that we help students to become the best version of themselves. All the info can be found at www.BigBrainClub.com.
6. Were you the nerd in school? Was your head always stuck in a book?
So, yeah, I was a nerd, but it didn't keep me from doing the cool stuff and having lots of fun. Again, pop culture tells kids that if you use your brain you have to have Coke-bottle glasses, wear pants that are too short, have a skin condition, and act like Napoleon Dynamite. Well, that's garbage. My foundation is turning around the image of the smart kid.
We need more fathers to encourage reading, and to read with their sons. Male teachers in elementary school would be nice, too. But, according to surveys, many male educators intentionally stay away from elementary school out of fear of being unfairly labeled "a predator." That's not me saying it, it's male teachers who say it. They would love to teach young boys, but they live in a world that has them living in fear of being suspected of some horrible behavior. How sad for all of us.
8. What advice would you have for future writers out there?
9. Are you writing any new novels right now? Can you give us any hints :)
I've also written two books for slightly younger kids (likely grades 3-5), and I'm editing them now.
I'm also finishing a non-fiction title that deals with the issue I discussed about education. It's called "Smart Is Cool," and it's targeted to parents and educators. It covers the problem of students dumbing down, and how to combat that tidal wave of ignorance.
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