JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Rachel Unwin

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Rachel Unwin

 

 

 

Tell us about yourself:

I currently live in Tasmania, Australia with my two awesome kids. I’ve been forced into early, early retirement due to illness and wanted to stop my brain from turning to much. I’ve wanted to be an author since I was ten years old and have been building and writing my book in my head since then. I’ve worked since I was fifteen years old so not being able to now is extremely painful for me. Being able to call myself an author has given me back some of my pride if not fulfilled a dream.

 

 

Tell us about your book:

Proxy is set in our galaxy and focuses on an abandoned child, Ceridwen, growing up with no control over her own life because the most powerful being in the galaxy, The Deciden, wants her unique ability for himself. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but not all leaders are evil. Looking back on our lives, we can see that everything has happened to get us to the point we are now.

 

 

What influenced you to write your current genre?

I only read scifi or fantasy so it’s easy to see why I write it. I’ve taken all my dislikes and likes of other people’s work and put it into my own. My biggest pet peeve is that most scifi novels have the universe or galaxy populated by earth humans, as though we are the epitome of life.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors?

Raymond E Feist, Jean M Auel, Orson Scott Card, Terry Goodkind and Melanie Rawn.

 

 

What are your favorite books?

Clan of the Cave Bear, Magician, Daughter of the Empire, Dragon Prince and Enders Game.

 

 

Who are your favorite literary characters?

Pug from Magician, Mara from Daughter of the Empire, Ayla from Clan of the Cave Bear and Rohan from The Dragon Prince

 

 

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

It’s all in my book; my thoughts and opinions, my beliefs and ideas. I hope that they inspire some people and make others think along lines they haven’t thought about before.

 

 

Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

I have a facebook page for fans at https://www.facebook.com/Jeddasw/?modal=admin_todo_tour

I also write a blog at http://thougthsonourworldtoday.blogspot.com/

My book can be bought on any Amazon platform at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1097836304

 

Thank you for interviewing me!

Sincerely, Rachel

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My Thoughts on Topics of Conversation The Dialogues: Book One: On The Existence of God by Cris Pasqueralle

My Thoughts on Topics of Conversation The Dialogues: Book One: On The Existence of God by Cris PasqueralleMy Thoughts on Topics of Conversation The Dialogues: Book One: On The Existence of God by Cris Pasqueralle

 

This was a very well written book about a very well discussed topic. The existence of God.
Now, in my own opinion, the two doctors kept missing the obvious point, the same point that was never addressed in Origin by Dan Brown. The proof of creation with the lack of an Almighty Overseer does NOT negate the existence of God.
It simply means that you have to change questions (which neither side of the argument ever seems willing to do). For, as any theologian would agree, God may work using natural laws. While I found that the two doctors kept circling the same issue, lack of proof does or does not prove the existence of God, and the two doctors never, to me, really took the time to create a persuasive argument by seeking to understand one another’s point of view, the writing of dialogue was well done.
My main critiques are the same I have whenever I hear the same style of dialogue from real people. The faithful in God & the faithful in science always say the same things over and over again in different words without actually listening to one another. And for portraying that, I applaud the author. The author shows a fundamental understanding of the dialogue between Creationists & Evolutionists, and (at least to me) shows the flaws in the ongoing dialogue between the two groups.

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes K.M. Jenkins

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes K.M. Jenkins

 

 

 

Tell us about yourself:

I am a stay at home mom to two awesome twin monsters. They mean the world to me and keep me busy. When I’m not chasing them around and playing with them I find myself writing. I love to write fantasy, PNR and soon being adding is horror. My life is pretty normal/boring living inside a small city. I’m a native to Iowa living in Sioux City, where nothing ever happens. One day I would like to be able to say hey I’m a big time author from Sioux City. Or, better my kids do something amazeballs and put our city on the map. Talk about high goals for the future.

 

 

Tell us about your book:

My upcoming release is Bonds of Betrayal. It tells the story of dragon ryder Shogun and his dragon Zeima. This story is a powerful one that showcases the moment Shogun falls from the bath he believed himself to be on. He comes to realize that he will face the world alone and has to deal with the rage of loss within himself.

 

 

What influenced you to write your current genre?

Right now all my works are fantasy. I have loved this genre since I was a kid. Probably, read over several hundred fantasy books in my lifetime. After awhile I started to get my own ideas and that is where my writing took off. I of course can’t just stick to one genre I love to dabble in others as well.

 

 

Who are your favorite authors?

Growing up I fell in love with Kristen Britain, Mercedes Lackey, Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, and Elizabeth Kerner. These were the first authors I read from the traditional line of publishing.

Now that I am older I have found myself drawn to different lines of authors. The ones that stand out to me are: Stephanie Ayers, Tim O’rourke, Aidy Awards, Allison D. Reid and Renee Scattergood.

 

 

What are your favorite books?

My favorite book of all time is Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner. Fell in love with this books when I was a kid and have re-read it several times throughout my life. I would share more books but I would ramble on for hours.

 

 

Who are your favorite literary characters?

The number one character that comes to mind is Tasslehoff Burrfoot from Tracy Hichman and Margaret Weis’ dragonlance books. I find his sense a freedom exciting and interesting.

My other favorite character that I just recently fell in love with is Kiera Hudson from Tim O’rourke’s Kiera Hudson series. She is a powerful woman that isn’t afraid to step up and take what is hers.

 

 

Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

As a writer I am always trying to improve my craft. I look forward to seeing what my readers think of my books and stories. This is why reviews are always important, it helps myself and others learn from our mistakes. That is why after you read a book you should leave a review. You don’t have to write much just what you thought of the book itself. Every review matters and is a big help.

 

 

Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

You can follow K.M. Jenkins at the follow links:

Webste/Blog: https://kjmag

Classic Titles

So I am listening to a couple classic literature titles, and I cannot help but think that these titles, the masters of literature, are too slow paced, and too full of somewhat nonrelated descriptive details too be published today to the same popularity their stories deserve.
Do you agree or disagree with me?

My Thoughts on The Gathering Storm, Wheel of Time Book 12

My Thoughts on The Gathering Storm, Wheel of Time Book 12

 

It took 12 Books, but I finally have a favorite character in the Wheel of Time!

Verin Mathwin, Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah.

 

I am HUGE fan of Brandon Sanderson’s work, so when I was excited when he took over the mantle of The Wheel of Time and finished out the series after Robert Jordan’s death.  While listening to Sanderson’s preface, I love how he said “Imagine this book as the product of a new director working on some of the scenes of a movie while retaining the same actors and script. . . . This is not my book.  It is Robert Jordan’s book, and to a lesser extent, it is your book.”

I found this book to be the most engaging of all the books in the series up to this point, not because it was directed by Sanderson, but because I did not feel like any of the plot-lines were dragging.  Sure, some of the events described herein were so well foreshadowed that there were very few surprises, but I felt the storyline moved more fluidly, less sluggish.  And I think that has more to do with the plot, and what needs to happen before the last battle, and nothing to do with the difference in director.

Robert Jordan set up Book 12 beautifully.  I am grateful that my friend who initially challenged me to read The Wheel Time had the foresight to make me promise to read all the way through the series, despite the slowness of the middle books (paraphrasing his words not mine).

JQM Literary Chat Welcome Margaret Skeel

JQM Literary Chat Welcome Margaret Skeel

 

We did something new this time, we recorded the interview and posted the interview on YouTube.  Check it out, and if there are any authors out there who would be interested in doing a recorded Skype video interview in addition to the blog post, all you need do is ask.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWO4-bgrlr0

 

 

 

As promised here are the link to learn more about M E Skeel:

https://www.facebook.com/M-E-SKEEL-Author-196291694412197/

www.skeel.world