Author visit ‘sparks’ inspiration

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 4, 2015

 Nineteen-year-old author Kyle Prue, who wrote the young adult fantasy novel “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy,” visits Parcells Middle School Oct. 30.

Nineteen-year-old author Kyle Prue, who wrote the young adult fantasy novel “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy,” visits Parcells Middle School Oct. 30.

Photo provided by Kelly (Clark) Prue

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Author Kyle Prue has a way with words.

As part of his everyday routine, the 19-year-old Naples, Florida, resident makes sure he writes 1,000 words per day. 

Prue is the author of  the young-adult fantasy novel, “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy.” He talked about his writing process and much more when he visited Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System Oct. 30. 

“The Sparks,” which is part of a trilogy, was released in February both online and in Barnes & Noble bookstores. “The Sparks” tells the story of the Vapros family, the Taurlum family and the Celerius family. The three dynasties are bound by an ancient promise and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. 

Centuries of fighting, however, have turned the families against each other. A powerful emperor now rules, and each family has suffered heavy casualties in the feud. As the story unfolds, 16-year-old Neil Vapros wants to become an assassin in order to impress his overly critical father. Despite a failed mission, Vapros learns of a new sinister threat that has awakened. 

Prue spoke during three separate presentations and inspired the students to read, write and follow their dreams. After the assemblies, Prue posed for photos and autographed books.

Prue is on a book tour that will travel throughout Michigan in October and November. The book, the first of the Feud Trilogy, has won state and national awards for best book and best fiction for young adults. He recently won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Best Young Author. 

Kelly (Clark) Prue, who is a 1984 graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School, has been accompanying her son on his travels. 

“It’s exciting,” his mother said. “The book tour has been amazing.”

Kyle Prue once attended Trombly Elementary School in the school district. He and his family — including his older sister and older brother — moved from the Grosse Pointe area to Naples when he was 10. It took a while for Prue to adjust to his new surroundings.

“I went to a new school in fifth grade,” he said. “I didn’t know anybody. Everyone knew each other.” 

He did meet one student, a girl who told him she was “the best reader in the school” and that she would win the schoolwide reading contest every year. But that year, a new winner was crowned when Prue was victorious in the reading showdown. In the process, he also discovered something about himself. 

“I learned I really liked to read,” he said. “With all those new thoughts, I wanted to write.”

Prue began writing “The Sparks” at the age of 16. It all began one night while the teenager had insomnia. An idea came to him that he could write a novel. Prue is currently working on the series’ second book, “The Flames.”

“I hope it comes out in the spring of 2016,” Prue said. 

The event also included a question-and-answer session with Prue and the students. One student wanted to know how long it took Prue to write “The Sparks.” He said the draft version took three months, and from there it took about one month to get published. 

Prue has been accepted to the University of Michigan, but has deferred for a year due to the book tour and to have time to finish the next two books in the series. 

Parcells eighth-grade students Henry Rozewicz and Sydney Brumme served as Prue’s assistants and gave the author a tour of the school. They enjoyed his presentation. 

“It’s been really cool,” Rozewicz said.

“It was funny,” Brumme said. “He does improv. He dances. I think it’s really cool he’s doing this at such a young age.”

Rozewicz said he has read the first chapter of “The Sparks” in English class.

“It was interesting,” Rozewicz said. “It was something that I would read, definitely. It’s pretty inspiring to see him at a young age writing books and doing what he loves.” 

While becoming a writer, Prue has started the nonprofit organization Sparking Literacy Inc. to provide books for children in need.  

Along with writing and promoting literacy, Prue has done theater work, improv and stand-up comedy. He treated the Parcells students to several impersonations, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush; Batman; Patrick Star, of “SpongeBob SquarePants”; Miss Piggy; Elmo; and Scooby Doo. 

Learn more at www.sparkingliteracy.org. For more information on Kyle Prue, visit www.kyleprue.com.

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