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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Astrid V.J.

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Astrid V.J.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I grew up in South Africa during the transition from Apartheid to Democracy. My mom, especially, fostered in me a love of reading and her love of the Fantasy genre rubbed off. By the time I was 14 we’d read all of Tolkien’s works, Ursula Le Guinn, JV Jones, Phillip Pullman and Rowling had become our new favourite author. I started writing Fantasy novels in my early teens, inspired by my dissatisfaction with the overwhelmingly Western-culture representation in the genre. I wanted to express the cultural diversity of my lived experience in Fantasy and my very first writing project was an African Occult Urban Fantasy series (as yet unpublished)

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Life, the universe, and everything

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

This is one of those really tough questions because I’m not only widely read, but also fluent in several languages and that has influenced me profoundly. I’ll try to keep it concise… In English fantasy, I’ve already mentioned several of my favourite and most influential authors. I need to also add fairytale retellings author Gail Carson-Levine whose “Ella Enchanted” inspired my first retelling of a lesser-known fairytale. More recently, I’ve fallen in love with Guy Gavriel Kay’s writing style. He writes Fantasy of a literary quality I’ve rarely send and his cultures are incredibly diverse. I strive every day to write as beautifully and with as much depth as he does. I am also a huge Jane Austen fan and many readers have commented that they’ve seen the influence this incredible author has had on my writing.

From the German (which is my second First Language), my fantasy reading included all books by Michael Ende (most famous for The Neverending Story) and Ottfried Preussler. Both have undeniably influenced my writing.

Other authors I love from a range of different eras and written languages are: Stefan Zweig, Cornelia Funke, Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Mary Stewart, Charlotte Brontë, R.L. Stevenson, Johnathan Swift, Charles Dickens, Paolo Coelho, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Henning Mankell and Viktor Rydberg.

Since coming across the indie book scene, I’ve also found some all-time favourites there. By genre, my top indie authors are: Fantasy: Alice Ivinya, S.L. Mason, Lucy Tempest, Sky Sommers, Skye Horn, David Combs. Romance: M.L. Broome, C.L. Stewart, Brooke Gillespie-Trout and Kitty Cook. Dystopian: Xander Cross. Satire: Lawrence J. Switzer. Historical Fiction: Elizabeth Bell. Sci-fi: Paul James, Leonora Meriel

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

This is even harder than listing my favourite authors. I think I’ll mention the most influential on my writing to keep the list within limits. “Momo” and “Jim Button and Lukas the Locomotive Driver” by Michael Ende have been immeasurably influential. “His Dark Materials” trilogy by Phillip Pullman “Emma” by Jane Austen “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë “Little Women by Louisa May Alcott “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien “The Little Witch” by Ottfried Preussler “The Baker’s Boy” by J.V. Jones “Sailing to Sarantium”, “Tigana” and “A Song for Arbonne” by Guy Gavriel Kay “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho “The Maddaddam” series by Margaret Atwood “The Choice” by Edith Eger (non-fiction) “The Lucifer Effect” by Phillip Zimbardo (non-fiction) “12 Rules for Life ” by Jordan Peterson (non-fiction)

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY? *

Emma from Jane Austen’s novel of the same name. Lyra Bellacqua from Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings. They are loyal, try to do what they believe is right, and grow immeasurably.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Only you can write the story that’s in your head. It it yours to tell. As a social anthropologist, I’ve come to believe that storytelling is what sets us humans apart from animals. Being able to take abstract thought and then it into lessons to share with others is something unique to our species. Language, music and many of the other distinguishes previously postulated have been proven false by science. Dolphins and Elephants have language. Dolphins, Whales and other sea mammals make music the way we do. But telling stories, science hasn’t yet found another creature that does this. It is uniquely human. Embrace that. Your story is important, not only to you, but also to those who your message could reach. Please get your stories out there!

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I’d be beyond thrilled if Yoko Kanno would create the soundtrack for a movie version of any of my books. Her diverse musical creations are inspirational to me from all the anime soundtracks she’s produced. I absolutely adore her switch from choral (Visions of Escaflowne) to jazz (Cowboy Bebop). Actors I’m less set on. As long as the actors are picked from the correct ethnic group for the book, I’m happy. I’ve paid lot of attention to using looks from many different ethnic groups and would insist that film versions of my books respect that.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’m also a transformational life coach and this calling has heavily influenced all my writing which, even if it’s Fantasy, focuses on our human capacity for transformation and potential to achieve success in the face of adversity.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

www.elisabethandedvard.com

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR John Coon

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR John Coon

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a sports reporter and novelist. As a reporter, I cover NBA basketball, college football, and college basketball – primarily for the Associated Press and Athlon Sports. As a novelist, I’ve written three novels: Pandora Reborn, Under a Fallen Sun, and Alien People. My fourth novel, Dark Metamorphosis, is scheduled for publication this summer.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I love creating and sharing stories. It’s so much fun to build fictional worlds and invite people to come visit those worlds.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I always loved classic authors when I was a child. Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis. They wrote stories that grasped my imagination in fun and exciting ways. Their fiction opened my mind to new possibilities and offered an escape from the troubles and drudgery of the real world. As I’ve grown older, I’ve enjoyed fiction from many other authors, including Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Grisham.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

My favorite books growing up were the Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve always loved animals, so the idea of a world filled with talking animals and mythical creatures always intrigued me. Narnia is a place I would have wanted to visit.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

That’s a tough one. So many good characters to choose from. One of my favorites is actually an animal. Buck from Call of the Wild. It is startling to see his transformation from kidnapped pet to feral dog over the course of the narrative. Jack London does a good job of putting the reader inside Buck’s mind so we feel like we’re making the same journey.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Find your own voice and create fresh original stories. People will encourage new authors to “write to market” and crank out a quick by-the-numbers story in a trendy genre. That’s terrible advice in my opinion. Write the story you want to read and put the best possible effort into making it a quality story readers will enjoy. A finely-crafted, engaging story will always find an audience in the end.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I’d like to discover lesser-known actors and cast them in the parts for my novels. They could make the character come alive without the baggage of it being compared to a previous major role. As far as soundtracks go, it depends on the novel. For Alien People, for example, I’d opt for John Williams or Michael Giacchino or Ludwig Göransson. For Pandora Reborn, I’d want someone who could do a haunting theme like Clint Mansell.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

The next book in the Alien People Chronicles series, Dark Metamorphosis, is set to be released later this summer. It will be available to pre-order in June and July. If you’ve read and enjoyed Alien People, you won’t want to miss this next chapter in the series.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

My author website (johncoon.net) has all the latest news on my stories. You can follow me on social media in multiple places. I’m on Twitter (@johncoonsports), Facebook (@jcoon), and Instagram (@jcoon312). I also have author pages on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub.

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Cross of Roses: A Fantasy Thriller from the Realm of the Light COVER REVEAL

Mornin Friends!

How was your holiday season? Mine had a bit of rocky start with my family being sick Thanksgiving, but Christmas was wonderful in the Meservy household. New Years Day was a refreshing start to the new year.

I am so incredibly excited to share the cover of Cross of Roses with you. It is another Alicia Scarborough creation, and I think it fits the story perfectly.

Cross of Roses, A Fantasy Thriller by James Quinlan Meservy

Miranda Hunter has no where to run, except into the comforting arms of her parents. Pregnant and heartbroken, Miranda hopes to find peace in her hometown nestled in the Rio Grande Valley.

However, she soon discovers the quaint town of Santa Isabel has dark secret. As friends and neighbors commit suicide or just disappear, Miranda forgets her own problems to solve the mystery.

While searching for answers, she could also be brushing up against the love of her life. Will she recognize him or the danger she’s opened up?

Danger, thrills, and a dash of romance make Cross of Roses a fast paced read that’ll keep you wanting more.

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Now available for Pre-Sale. Releasing on March 1st, 2022

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Sidney Williams

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Sidney Williams

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve been a writer for a long time, working mostly in the speculative realm including fantasy and horror. My early work was published by Pinnacle Books. These days I am published by Crossroad Press under a couple of their imprints. My short work also appears in several Camden Park Press anthologies. Recent titles include Disciples of the Serpent, which is probably of the most interest to your readers. It’s a dark fantasy adventure set in contemporary Ireland. It features cover art by Bob Eggleton, but I like to say what’s on the cover is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a race against time and against cultists and a bigger conspiracy to stop the re-awakening of what Patrick really drove out of the Emerald Isle. Other new books include Fool’s Run, a thriller set in New Orleans with speculative elements, and Dark Hours, a thriller with a few slasher undertones. I also have a novelette in the gothic and paranormal romance collection Love Among the Thorns and a hopeful post apocalyptic story in Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I like stories as a reader, and my real goal is to put a few good books stories into the stream to find their way to others. I’ve always had an inclination to tell stories, and I just have a drive to put new words and characters on paper.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I like a wide variety of authors. I love the sheer poetry of Ray Bradbury’s work. I enjoy Harlan Ellison, Matthew Hughes, Raymond E. Feist especially Faerie Tale, and many more writers.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

In the fantasy realm, starting with the benchmark I love The Lord of the Rings, which, along with The Hobbit, was one of the first things to capture my imagination in fantasy. I also enjoy the Weather Warden books by the late Rachel Caine for the fun and imagination evident. Faerie Tale that I mentioned is really engaging and imaginative. I like the Nightside books by Simon R. Green for their touch of noir. Dave Jeffrey is a great, imaginative writer and super nice human being. There are many, many more.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

On the fantasy front, you have to love Bilbo for all he presents.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Put writing first. Carve out time to work and be diligent about it. Get words on the page and polish. If you can keep moving forward, you get something finished and that’s the foundation. Keep working until you have the whole project polished and pristine.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I’ve had some experiences in that realm on one of my YA books, but things never got as far as casting. It was all about basics. “Look, you have this great water tower sequence, but do you know how much it’s going to cost to put that on the screen?” Imagine that said in a crisp, New York accent. But moving forward, going big, the ideal on Aileen O’Donnell, of the Irish police force from Disciples, would be someone like Carey Mulligan. You could go a lot of ways with Geoffrey Bullfinch, adventurous folklorist. Bill Nighy could be interesting. Ralph Fiennes might be fun. There are a lot of ways you could go with him. His age is kind of indeterminate. We have a couple of tiers of antagonists as well, sort of an anti-Aileen on the side of the bad guys. Jodie Comer of Killing Eve could capture the fanatical devotion to the cause. Ruth Wilson would work as well, or she could be Aileen!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’m an eclectic. I work in various speculative realms. Look around for my work and you might find something you like.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

SidIsAlive.com, facebook.com/SidneyWilliamsBooks, @Sidney_Williams on Twitter

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TB Wayne

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TB Wayne

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a Military Brat who ended up joining the military. I moved 13 times before I finished high school and have visited 27 different countries. Bali Rocks. I met my wife on Feb 15th 1992 and got married three months later. We have two children, a boy and a girl. Our son Jake is graduating high school and heading off to college in a couple of months. I don’t talk about my regular job and like to keep that low key but I am a Certified Forensic Interrogator and a handwriting analyst. I am a specialist in neurolinguistic body language and have conducted over 2500 interrogations. I was told in college in 1996 that my writing was so fantastic that it could not be mine as a dumb Marine could not have written what I wrote. My professor accused me of plagiarism and I stopped writing that day until Aug 7th 2020.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I have always read, loved stories and been a gamer. I was bullied as a youngster pretty consistently so I have a thing for the underdog or tales of vengeance. My inspiration to begin this series was a question I heard on television in August last year, “Do you think Sauron (from LOTR) knew he was the bad guy?” This fascinated me as my MC, whom I created in 1986 was what you would call an antihero or a villain and he most certainly wouldn’t have seen himself that way. The begged the question…”How do you become the bad guy and not know it?” Therein began the need for an Origin story. I started my first novel Aug 7th and published on Halloween.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Terry Brooks. The way he connected his two series, Shannara and The Word and the Void absolutely blew my mind. Mark Lawrence because Prince of Thorns is considered the first of the Grimdark Genre and its acceptance kind of “gave me permission” to write my novel as dark as I needed to.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Elfstones of Shannara will always be a favorite, Prince of Thorns obviously. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss…just amazing world building and development. The Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne for mixing the mythology the way he did. Fantastic

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY? *

King Arthur. While Tolkien started the Genre for me Arthur started my fascination with ancient times.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of it. Accept the critiques and the criticisms. Use them to get better. Don’t quit.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

Sound Track is Two Steps From Hell…The Cast…Esra Miller is Arawn. David Stakson is Mackai and Jannlin is Rose Namajunas the UFC fighter.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

This is a dark story about how someone falls into darkness. The themes are mature, dark and not for everyone. I do everything I can to show the reader why this “hero” takes the small steps he does. Having said that this book is not for every one. I think if you have a past that has abuse or trauma in it you should be cautious diving in. I wrote this book to exorcise some of my demons and for me it has been cathartic but I recognize that this book is going to be challenging for some.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

Oh gosh. I have a webpage http://www.tbwayne.com and that has links to my bio, upcoming projects, continuation of this story and a sample of my next.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Ron L. Lahr

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Ron L. Lahr

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I write epic fantasy with a healthy dose of sarcastic humor, as well as humorous science fiction and just plain old humor. So far I have only published the first two books of the Kathaldi Chronicles, which is epic fantasy told by Dirk, a sarcastic thief. An ancient evil has returned and Dirk and his friends fight it in an attempt to save the world. I also love reading, gardening, cooking, baking and restoring old cars. I try to sneak in some sleep every now and then.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Many things inspire me. I’ll find myself thinking about something and then wondering what if this happened? Pretty soon there’s a story ready to get out onto the page. For the Kathaldi Chronicles it went a little something like this: What if we didn’t have to rely on faith? What if God had revealed him/herself to us and their was no denying it? Would atheists still resist worshipping him/her? Then a fantasy setting crept in and it progressed from there. The bad guys in my trilogy, the Kathaldi, took the place of the hypothetical atheists and their fight against the Gods became the backbone of my story.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I love Robin Hobb, Jim Butcher, Steven Brust, Douglas Adams, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, L. E. Modesitt, Isaac Asimov and thousands more. Anyone that creates characters and stories that I care about and hate to put down. Fantasy may be my favorite genre but I love many books from others.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

This is a really tough one because there are so many. The World According to Garp by John Irving is one I’ve read many times. It’s funny, compelling and has characters that are unique and memorable. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb just draws me in and makes me cry each time I read it because I get so caught up in Fitz’s troubles. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov is just so smart and well done. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is so funny and unique. The reasons for each are somewhat different but the result is that I strongly respond to them in some way that is memorable. I can tell something is one of my favorites when I want to read it again.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I love Vlad Taltos from Jhereg by Steven Brust. Harry Dresen from the Dresen Files by Jim Butcher. They’re both sarcastic protaganists and I have a bias towards those, I guess. With my other favorite books I am drawn to any character that is so well defined that you feel that you know them, even after just a few paragraphs. They resonate in some way.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Sure! Get that first draft done! Try to hold off on rewriting and editing until after you’ve got the entire story out. Even if you know you want to make changes, unless they are massive. Our minds seem to try to distract us with new story ideas when the writing gets tough and you can’t let your mind win!

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I could see Tom Felton or Paul Dano as Dirk. Also, Josh Hutcherson or Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Dirk’s best friend Thilos is a super nice guy that Nicholas Hoult would be perfect for. Jade, Dirk’s love interest in the second book, Assassins of Kathaldi, would be perfect for any actress who is good at portraying smart, sarcastic characters like Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, or Kaitlyn Dever. Kaitlyn is my dream choice, I think.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I wrote the first draft of Children of Kathaldi around twenty-five years ago. It was a straight forward epic fantasy novel written in third person with Thilos as the protagonist. I liked the basic story but I didn’t love the book as a whole. I tried rewriting it a few times over the years but always had trouble. It wasn’t until I switched to first person with Dirk telling the story that I LOVED it. It felt different and fun. I finally had a story I wanted to share with readers! Thank goodness my children grew up and moved out so I had the time to work on it.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

Amazon series page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089GW4FVW

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Children-of-Kathaldi-Audiobook/B08KHSZXRG

Website: www.Kathaldi.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kathaldi

Twitter: @LahrRon

Email: RonLodellLahr@gmail.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8508877.Ron_Lahr

To join my email list: https://bit.ly/39FIcSu

Patreon: www.patreon.com/RonLahr

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Jason DeGray

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Jason DeGray

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was born on a blustery September afternoon in Roswell, New Mexico. People say that on that day, the sun rose in the west, the north wind blew south and the Rio Grande bubbled like a hot springs.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I’ve always had a very active imagination and I want to share the worlds I create with other people.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Philip K. Dick because he was a genius and visionary. He also had a way of writing “the little guy” that is unparalleled. Robert E. Howard because of his robust voice and hard hitting narrative style. He is a great example of action-packed writing.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book is brilliant and contains so much depth without being over complicated. It’s genius. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick. The story really pulls you in and the characters are so well-written it is stunning.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Conan the Barbarian. People have stereotyped this character into the “dumb warrior” trope, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. He certainly has that side to him, but Howard really added a level of humanness to him that we don’t see in these characters. Timothy Archer from TMoTA. This character is so broken, so genius, and so charismatic that I am in awe of him every time I read.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Stick to the story. So many authors get caught up in details and these minutiae become the monsters that block their process. None of the small things are really important unless they are driving the story. So focus on that.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

I would love Ryan Gosling to play Jacob Riley in 3vE. I think he is Byronic enough to pull it off. 3vE would have to be played by Sasha Luss from Luc Besson’s “Anna.” I’d ask Mike Patton to create the soundtrack because he is quirky and diverse and could really capture the weirdness of it all.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Reading a book is getting a glimpse into the author’s inner world. We put a lot of ourselves, our hopes, fears, dreams, nightmares, etc, into every word we write. So remember this as you read. It’s not just a story, it’s a shared experience. And whether you like the experience or not, it is still valid because it came from someone who put blood, sweat, and tears into bringing this world to life.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

I have a Facebook page @jasondegrayauthor, Twitter: @infinityjones Insta: @trmnovels

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Anthony Tonelli

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Anthony Tonelli

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Anthony was born in Rio Piedras, PR but grew up in New York City. He now resides in New England with his wife and two minor children. He is a student at Arizona State University, where he majored in history with a focus on the American Revolution. He has loved science fiction and horror since childhood and finally wrote his first feature film entitled “Legacy” and released it in April 2021. His idea of ​​what science fiction can be takes the genre in a completely different direction. Some of his favorite sci-fi elements are time travel, the multiverse, historical fiction (in a sci-fi setting), artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial life, planetary exploration, and dystopia (with a focus on science fiction). poly-science fiction). He is an avid fan of baseball and also cooking (especially barbecue). He worked as a professional mixologist for over 25 years and has taught mixology for 14 of those years. Fun fact: as of January 1999 he was a professional wrestler who participated in his last match in January 2020.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

My love of storytelling especially in the written word.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Stephen King because of his ability to write horror. Rod Serling for the out of the box sci-fi writing in which the story always has an amazing turn. Isaac Asimov as an amazing sci-fi writer who kept me hooked in a seven book series.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Foundation Series. The multi generational, multi world story incorporates space flight political science and sociology, specifically stratification. Not the books I like but by far my favorites.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Hari Seldon (Foundation). His intellect and integrity. Dracula (Dracula). His mystery and supernatural appeal. Jake Epping (11/22/63). His commitment to right a wrong in the past.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Don’t give up. I’ve learned a lot through trial and error but in the end it was well worth it.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

Graham McTavish as Cleon Strong Ron Pearlman as Claudius Allie Ioannides as Annabelle Prince Sophie Turner as Diana Lee Pedro Alonso as Trujillo Hashim Tawfiq as Stuart Young Sophie Skelton as Miss McGuire Zoe Saldana as Ishtar Hayley Orrantia as Minerva Danny Pino as Ceasar Orlando Bloom as Malcolm Christian Lee Navarro as Rodrigo de la Torre Diego Tinoco as Raymond As far as the soundtrack, the Vitamin String Quartet or Apocalyptica. The majority of the story takes place in the 18th century so modern music wouldn’t work as well.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Legacy started as a short story and is now the first book of at least a trilogy, maybe more.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

My website which is anthonytonelli.com I’m still creating content for it but it is up and includes an exceprt of Legacy as well as my writer’s blog.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Jonathan Pembroke

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Jonathan Pembroke

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Regular, run-of-the-mill middle-aged guy. I spent twenty years in the US military as a meteorologist (or, as I like to call it, a professional liar) and I’m now semi-retired and living in the desert southwest of the United States. I’ve been married a couple decades to my wonderful wife Lisa who supports my passion for writing. When I’m not writing, I read a lot, play some video games, and work in my garden and around our acreage. My first book, Pilgrimage to Skara, had a mixed reception but was still a finalist in Mark Lawrence’s third edition of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. I just completed my first trilogy, The Holly Sisters, in March 2021. It’s about a faery named Sydney and her older sister Marla who together run a criminal gang. And I have a few other ideas percolating in the pipeline. Oh, and I cook a mean omelet.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Getting the stories out of my head and because frankly, I enjoy the hell out of it. Producing a finished tale, knowing that I built it bow to stern, is a heady feeling. It’s an accomplishment and it’s something I can share with other people, who may enjoy it too. As I’ve gotten more into the business and now have a few books under my belt, I think I’m even more excited about it than when I started. I feel blessed that my personal and family situation have given me the chance to indulge in something I really enjoy doing.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Old-school favorites are Stephen King and Michael Moorcock; the former for sheer productivity and vivid imagination, the latter for the epic scale of the intertwined universe and memorable characters. I’d love to enjoy just a fraction of their success in those areas. More contemporary, I very much enjoy Ilona Andrews; I’m not a giant fan of typical urban fantasy but something about Andrews’ work really works for me. And among indy writers, Rob Hayes is a gem. His work is consistently on par, or better, than much of the traditionally-published fiction I’ve read.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

From the folks mentioned above, I have to say the Elric Saga by Moorcock was a foundation for my writing today. It was my introduction (years ago) to the sweeping, world-spanning epic but also my first non-classic literature exposure to a tragic hero. The lessons of that have stuck with me a long time. Similarly, King’s book The Long Walk (written as Richard Bachman) might be the best novella of any genre I have ever read. Haunting and hard to put down. I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Redwall books and have revisited them several times over the years. And last, I loved John DeChancie’s Castle Perilous books. For slapstick fantasy, these stand out for me.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

If we’re talking classic literature, I found Ulysses tragic and compelling. Ditto Rama from the Ramayana epic. These are characters I really wanted to root for, who are really trying to do right by their family, in the face of the world fighting them. From more modern times, I have to say I love Frank Miller’s depiction of Batman in the Dark Knight Returns. It’s a perfect case of someone fighting what they think of as the good fight, while struggling with demons of regret and self-doubt.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

I hate to sound trite, but persistence. It can become a slog. It can become frustrating. If you have a publisher, you’re going to have delays and headaches. If you self-publish, the learning curve is steep. You’ll be rejected. You’ll get bad reviews. But keep at it. Get words on paper. Take a break when life interferes but if you really love it, don’t give up, even if you’re not successful at first. Think about it like this: how many times have you heard someone say they have an idea for a book? Many times, probably. I suspect that for every thousand people that do, maybe a hundred will ever write the first words of it. Maybe ten will finish and of those ten, maybe one or two will publish or self-publish. You have to be willing to stick with it and put in the work … but it’s so rewarding if you do. Other than that, get out there and learn. Join writing AND reading groups on social media or (conditions permitting) in real life. Listen to other authors who have gone before and learn about what worked for them.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

Oh, wow. I think Karen Gillan would be just about perfect as the protagonist Sydney; she can project the proper amount of both naivety and pragmatism. Krysten Ritter would do well as Sydney’s sister Marla, since she has down the spunk and ruthlessness for the role. I love Rene Russo and would work her in there as either Brigid (Sydney and Marla’s aunt) or Dana, (the gang’s mother-figure, advisor, and confidante). As for the soundtrack, it would be hard to say no to Alan Silvestri, just because of his phenomenal track-record … though Mark Knopfler’s work on the Princess Bride makes a good case too.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

If you check out The Holly Sisters, I would love to know what you think–whether good, bad or indifferent. Feedback is so critical and I don’t know any writer who thinks they get enough. The series starts with Rumble in Woodhollow and the trilogy is complete, available on Amazon in paperback/Kindle, and on Kindle Unlimited. The story itself is, on the surface, about faery gangsters running drugs and loansharking, but underneath, it’s about the protagonist (Sydney) overcoming the bitterness of her childhood and finding her place in the world. Also, I tried to depict a healthy sibling relationship between two sisters, which is something I don’t think we have enough of in fantasy. I don’t know if I’ve succeeded unless readers tell me. And last if you do read (and I thank you in advance) and you like it, the good news is that I have more books planned in this world with the same characters … the ones that survive, anyway!

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

Best place to connect with me is my author profile on

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009256903028)

or on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15560461.Jonathan_Pembroke).

Thanks for having me here. Cheers!

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Ryan D. Meier

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Ryan D. Meier

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a fantasy author born and raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Myself, my wife, and four children love to hike, garden, and have lots of laughs.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I can never give adequate examples of inspiration because it comes from all around me. When I write, I try to incorporate as much of my human experience as I can. My inspirations come from the people I know (and have known), raw emotions and pain, empathizing with others, and nature. I try to leverage those things to make my writing feel real.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Weis & Hickman, Sanderson, Butcher, and many, many others.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Way of Kings. I read that book at the exact right time in my life – right when I needed it. It was one of the sparks that got me serious about writing a novel.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Kaladin Stormblessed – Despite all of his struggles, he refuses to allow himself to sink far enough where he won’t protect the people who need it. Tanis Half-Elven – Half man, half elf – his struggle with fitting in was a character arc I loved. And Game of Thrones Jaime Lanister? Has there ever been a better redemption arc?

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FELLOW AUTHORS AND/OR ASPIRING AUTHORS?

Stay focused on your day-to-day routine, but remember that a career in writing is the long game. We need to measure our early success by our growth.

IMAGINE ONE OF YOUR BOOKS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A FILM OR TV SHOW. WHO IS YOUR “DREAM CAST?” AND WHO DO YOU ASK TO CREATE THE SOUNDTRACK?

The Kept King would (will) make a great movie one day. King Thomas would be played by a young Ethan Hawke (think Great Expectations) and Kate would be played by Kristen Stewart. The antagonist (no spoilers!) would definitely be played by Pierce Brosnan.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Now is a great time to dive into my work. My latest novel, The Kept King, is a standalone fantasy / mystery that will keep you engaged. My debut, Shadows of Creation, is book 1 of a trilogy. Read that one second, because book 2 is coming this summer.

WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?

http://www.ryandmeier.com