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3rd place
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The Legend of Koolura


Michael Thal 

Like many preteens, Koolura has doubts about herself. She and her father have relocated so often that she has few community ties.


Now, at her new school, she begins feeling "right at home" for the first time, ever. Soon she'll find out she has KOOL psychic powers. These allow her the ability to dematerialize at will and reappear wherever she chooses. She can move objects with her mind and even defy gravity. Will these powers be of any use in stopping Neb, a stalker, intent on her destruction? Neb wants the KOOL and he won't hesitate in hurting Koolura or her friends if they get in his way.

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Michael Thal 

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Michael Thal is the author of five published novels—Goodbye Tchaikovsky, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom, and The Koolura Series—The Legend of Koolura, Koolura and The Mystery at Camp Saddleback, and Koolura and the Mayans.

Moving from the frigid Northeast to comfy Southern California in 1973, Michael taught elementary and middle school for 28 years until a freak virus left him deafened at the age of 50. He reinvented himself as a writer composing over 80 published articles in print magazines as well as novels for middle grade and high school-aged students.

You can learn more about Michael Thal on his website and blog at www.michaelthal.com. His books can be purchased on Amazon.com and on his website. Please check out his blog at http://www.michaelthal.com/blog and sign up for a FREE subscription.

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Interview With The Author

When did you start writing?

I started writing full-time in 2001. 

What makes writing your passion?

It's difficult to motivate myself to sit down and write, but when I do, I hit the ZONE fast and won't stop writing until I'm finished with the chapter or short story. Writing is my super power.

We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

First, I make a commitment to myself. "I'm going to write this book." It's a promise to self. Then I organize and brainstorm ideas, which takes a few weeks. Once I have enough ideas in place, I begin writing. I make sure I complete at least one chapter per month until the book is complete. I give myself a year off to prepare the book for publication and marketing and once its self-sufficient, I'll begin the next one.