I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell that is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was really excited to also be able to interview the author for this book!
How would you describe Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell in one sentence?
It’s the story of a seventeen-year-old gaymer who joins the cast of a local production of Chicago—where his overbearing mother is playing the lead role—for his one shot at true love.
Can you introduce us to the main character(s) of Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell?
The protagonist, Noah, is a self-proclaimed loner who spends all his spare time playing online fantasy role-playing games. He’s nerdy, intelligent, witty, and self-deprecating. He uses sarcasm as a defence mechanism, but hidden under his sometimes-prickly exterior is an all-consuming desire to be loved.
The other main characters in the book are Noah’s somewhat self-obsessed mother, Rose, who’s playing Velma Kelly in Chicago; MagePants69, Noah’s online best friend/secret crush, who is funny and kind and adorable in every way.
Do you know from the beginning how your books will end or do you let your characters decide their journey?
I’m a big planner, so I know exactly how the story is going to end, right from the outset! Sometimes characters have a mind of their own, though, so my plans often change course while I’m drafting.
Do you have a favorite scene, moment, or quote from the book?
I have many favourite scenes, but there’s a particular moment that takes place in a hotel room that was incredibly fun to write. Without giving too much away, the scene basically sums up the teenage awkwardness (or maybe just my teenage awkwardness) that comes with navigating love, romance, and physical intimacy for the first time.
What is something readers will find in Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell that they may not realize based on the synopsis?
Hopefully lots, as synopses don’t give writers much of a chance to tell the people anything at all! The book is most definitely a rom-com, but readers will find it also has a big focus on family and friendship, with lots of heartfelt moments.
What’s something you hope readers will take away from Take a Bow, Noah Mitchell?
I hope Noah’s story will remind readers that everyone is worthy of love, no matter who they are or what they look like or how they choose to live their lives.
What are three books you would recommend if someone enjoyed Take a Bow, Noah
Is it cheating if I choose my first book, Anything But Fine? Three authors I’d recommend (because three books just isn’t enough!) would be Becky Albertalli, Phil Stamper, and Robbie Couch. I adore all their books!
ABOUT THE BOOK
There Are No Cheat Codes for Showmance
Seventeen-year-old gaymer Noah Mitchell only has one friend left: the wonderful, funny, strictly online-only MagePants69. After years playing RPGs together, they know everything about each other, except anything that would give away their real life identities. And Noah is certain that if they could just meet in person, they would be soulmates. Noah would do anything to make this happen—including finally leaving his gaming chair to join a community theater show that he’s only mostly sure MagePants69 is performing in. Noah has never done anything like theater—he can’t sing, he can’t dance, and he’s never willingly watched a musical—but he’ll have to go all in to have a chance at love.
With Noah’s mum performing in the lead role, and former friends waiting in the wings to sabotage his reputation, his plan to make MagePants69 fall in love with him might be a little more difficult than originally anticipated.
And the longer Noah waits to come clean, the more tangled his web of lies becomes. By opening night, he will have to decide if telling the truth is worth closing the curtain on his one shot at true love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tobias is an author and editor from Sydney, Australia. His debut young adult fiction novel, ANYTHING BUT FINE, is out now in Australia and New Zealand (Penguin Teen), and coming to the US 25 January 2022 (Page Street YA).
Originally from Ballarat, Tobias worked for ten years as a performer, touring Australia and New Zealand with musicals such as Mary Poppins, CATS, Singin’ in the Rain, and Guys and Dolls. In 2019, he edited and published UNDERDOG, the first #LoveOzYA short story anthology for previously unpublished Aussie young adult fiction writers. Also in 2019, he wrote the cabaret show Siblingship, which played to sold out audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. Tobias is a passionate member of the #LoveOzYA and LGBTQ+ communities, and currently works in publishing as a Digital Marketing Executive and YA Publicist.