Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my two week book tour for The Bennu Project by Tyrone Givens. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs November 23-December 6, 2017. Follow the tour here. Book your own tour here WNL
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi
About The Book
On a dangerous run to scavenge supplies from a remote excavation site in the Meza Ruins, Azubuike and his friends encounter a unique piece of technology left by their ancestors. Once exposed to the device, Azubuike’s reality is altered in ways that could unravel his mind. The team has no way of knowing the danger—or benefit—posed by this ancient technology which triggered a series of events forever changing Azubuike and his friends. Has he unlocked the secret to end the alien occupation of his world or will this device result in the extinction of his people?
The Bennu Project is a genre-defying novel with the suspense of mystery, metaphors of science fiction and accuracy of historical relevance depicting the rise-and-fall of several Nile Valley civilizations.
About The Author
Fed up with the stereotypical caricatures used to falsely portray the Black culture, Tyrone Givens is committed to creating heroes and heroines as positive images for our children. To reverse the less-than-flattering qualities that diminish self-esteem, self-worth and cultural value, this master storyteller entertains readers with science fiction plots infused with historical facts often omitted from school curriculums.
Givens, a homeschool educator whose high school-aged children are attending college, is a multi-lingual, federally-licensed airplane pilot. The Bennu Project is the culmination of his passions: empowering Black children, accurate depiction of our history and rebuilding our community.
Welcome Tyrone, Tell us how did your life as a writer begin?
As I homeschooled my two teenage sons, finding books with historical African facts of interest to high school students was a challenge. I created a lesson plan ranging from pre-colonial Africa to current events. After completing the plan, I put the information in a book—The Bennu Project—to share with parents who struggle with teaching certain historical topics to their children.
Tyrone, how did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I was unsettled by Gods of Egypt which released in 2016 because the indigenous people were not correctly represented in the movie. The history lesson I created covered relationships between Ancient Egypt, Greece and other nations in the region. A similar pattern of misrepresentation occurred in others movies: The Last Samurai, The Great Wall and Exodus: Gods and Kings. The blatant discrepancy compelled me to write The Bennu Project to help our children understand that they are descendants of great leaders and royalty.
Tyrone, everyone has a writing process, tell us about your writing process. Do you outline or are you more of a seat-of-your-pants type of a writer?
I am absolutely a seat-of-the-pants type of writer. Writing comes easy for me. In college, I realized I could write a term paper in the parking garage on the due date. Instead of outlines and other mechanisms, my process for writing my first two books started with imagining major points. When I had enough scenes, I wrote storylines to support them.
Tyrone, what is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
This question is difficult because I have several favorite scenes. If I had to choose one, it is the scene that introduces The Kandake. Her likeness was modeled after Njinga Mbande, a 17th-century queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola, and one of my personal heroes. Queen Njinga Mbande was an iconic person so I transferred some of her qualities into this character.
Tyrone, who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
I would love to have met the late Dr. Chancellor Williams. As an African-American sociologist, historian and writer, he is noted for his work on African civilizations prior to encounters with Europeans. His book, The Destruction of Black Civilization, changed my life. I encourage readers of The Bennu Project to read his book.
Please share with us Tyrone, what do you have in store next for your readers?
I plan on writing The Bennu Project as a trilogy followed by a possible prequel trilogy.
Tyrone, is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
The Bennu Project is a science fiction metaphor for actual historical events with relevance to pre-colonial Africa. By infusing historical-based fiction with current events, the book is a favorite among home-school teachers and inner-city educators especially for history classes. For a complimentary download which highlights some of the fact-with-fiction elements, visit TyroneGivens.com.
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