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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Mary Dean

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Mary Dean

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am first a book lover. Been reading since a young age and haven’t put books down. Don’t we all start as readers? I started blogging for Rabid Readers Book Blog in 2017. Since I was a child I had been writing stories. A friend encouraged me to submit my favorite story I wrote to Kingston Publishing Company in 2019 and they accepted it and published it. That was The Secrets Within. That started my author journey. I now have 4 of my own books, one coauthor book, and three anthologies. And there are 4 more to come out this year! Book promo to me is a hobby. I love to blog about books, I always post a review. I also love supporting other authors. I don’t believe we are competition. I just love all things books! Outside of reading and writing, I am a step mother to the raddest 12 year old girl, married to amazing man who is a hazmat truck driver, and a full time medicial biller, and part time author PA for a few great authors. I love being outside and true California girl. You’ll always fine me reading, writing, watching a movie, hanging out with my dogs and cat, rocking out to music, or listening to an audiobook.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Life to be honest. Which is funny because my books are paranormal romance. But there is also real life to them. There is a part of me in every story. And ideas just hit me and they grow from there. My love for stories is my true inspiration. Sometimes the ideas are so loud in my head I just have to get them out.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Stephanie Nichole, K Bromberg, Lisa Jackson, Jenn D Young, Luna James, Ariana Rose, Tegan Hunter, Amanda Siegrist, Catherine Cowles… As you can tell that’s a pretty mixed group. I love all things romance from paranormal romance to rom com to contemporary to mystery. I respect and love their different writing styles. I can jump from a vampire romance to a romance that could happen full of epic emotion.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

What a loaded question. My favorite book changes every week, no lie! You can pretty much choose a book from my favorite authors and I’ll talk your ear off.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I love strong characters. That doesn’t mean they can’t be flawed. Sure they can frustrate me with their choices. But that’s real. None of us are perfect. I do love the alpha bad boys, but I also like the sweet good guys. I love a character who surprises you. I love a female who takes charge of her life. The more strong, the better. I also love when a character starts out as one I can’t stand and at the end of the story I love them.

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

Write! Just do it. Ignore the negative thoughts in your head. Just write it out. Then give it to someone you trust for their feedback. And don’t be afraid to grow. Put your story out there is scary, but so 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?

I would love Witch House (written with Stephanie Nichole) to be a movie. I think it would be really fun since it’s a young adult paranormal mystery. But I’ll be honest I wouldn’t want famous actors and actresses to play the characters. Also I wouldn’t want famous musicians to make the soundtrack. I would want up and coming indie actors and actresses to be casted. I also would want to smaller bands still playing the local scenes to make the soundtrack. I love supporting local. Nothing against those in the entertainment industry signed, but I also want to make room for those who need to be seen too.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Hit me up! I love to talk about my books and other books with others. If you like stories with romance, magic, plenty of drama, and humor then you’ll love my stories.

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

My books are on Kindle Unlimited https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Dean/e/B07NVYVPJ9

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Marie Gin

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Marie Gin

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve been writing since I was around 11 and started with poetry and short stories. I wrote my first book at the age of 15 in French (that book went on to become The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret). I also have a dozen beginnings of stories I’d like to continue once I’ve finished writing my series! I’m a full time Marketing Manager with a Bachelor of Interactive Media and did one year of Law School. My series has a contract to be adapted into an international box office film that will be in cinemas worldwide one day!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Writing is my escape. It takes me into worlds where I get to be in control of the outcome and even though I will write in challenges and loss, I can still give my characters a happy ending and most importantly, a purpose they can fight for.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Anne Rice has always been my favourite Author. She was one of the first I read (at a younger age than I should have), after JK Rowling (Harry Potter) and C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia). Anne was the one who made me discover a love for immortals and dark fantasy.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I have too many to count! If I had to pick my top 3: I loved Pandora from Anne Rice because it follows a strong female protagonist and it’s set in the very distant past. I loved The Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas as well as the Folk of the Air trilogy by Holly Black (The Cruel Prince), which has introduced a love for the faerie in my life.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I’ll have to say Jude from the Folk of Air series, because she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and it wasn’t all about finding someone to love. She fell down so many times to get straight back up, even if she was bleeding. She never gave up.

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

Never stop giving yourself unrealistic goals, because you’ll work towards those goals and your actions may get you to reach them even though people said they’d be impossible to reach. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation – It’s up to you to put yourself in the right place at the right time and make things happen. Also, write for yourself, not for readers. Don’t write in scenes you personally hate just because you think your readers will enjoy 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?

Well this is already turning into reality as we are about to start working on the script and hopefully going into pre-production at the end of the year! My dream cast would be: Emily Rudd, Cody Fern, Henry Cavill and many others! I can’t wait till we get to auditions!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? *

If you like fantasy books set in the past with new immortal beings, portal worlds, elemental magic and original creatures, then this book is for you!

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

https://mariegin.com/

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Anne C. Miles

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Anne C. Miles

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve been a graphic designer since 2001. I live in Kentucky. I successfully avoided writing fiction for years by blogging and extensive journaling. However, one day, I logged into a writing site and scribbled. I kept going, and now cannot stop. My book, Sorrowfish, was named Best Fantasy of 2019 by Indies Today. When I’m not working or writing, I play violin badly and spoil my grandchildren.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

There are always stories in my head. If I am at the store I will make up stories about the people I see. I call it writer brain and thought everyone did this. I didn’t know it meant I was a writer until I actually started writing.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis. Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey and Raymond St Elmo. Tolkien because of his beauty and symmetry in his writing, Lewis because of the planets and the way he wove them through the Narniad. Robert Jordan for his tenacity and detail although I still disagree with him about infinity. I got into an argument with him about it once. Anne McCaffrey for her dragons. I love her dragons. And Raymond St. Elmo for his quirky style and love of Borges.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I love Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon because it blends magical realism and horror in such an uplifting way. That sounds contradictory but if you read the book, it isn’t. The book is incredible. And of course I love the Lord of the Rings and the Narniad. There are untold layers to those books and I am still discovering them. I also absolutely adore Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising Series. She captures the essence of magic and wonder in her work.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I love Edmund from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe because he had to be forgiven and he taught me that I could be forgiven as well. Mat from the Wheel of Time is one of my all time favorites because of his wit and his gifts and his rogue-ishness. Hadrian from Michael J Sullivan’s work because he is just perfect. Royce is too black but Hadrian is loyal and kind and strong and I think he’s magnificent.

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

Read a lot. Follow your heart in your writing wherever it leads you.

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?

Trystan is Jake McDorman. Sara is a young Carey Mulligan, Dane is Ian Somerhalder, Gisle is a young Tommy Lee Jones, Tabor is John Simm. I actually have all the characters cast but it’s just for my reference. 🙂

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

There are little puzzles and easter eggs hidden throughout my writing.

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

https://www.sorrowfish.com

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Brand J Alexander

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Brand J Alexander

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

In am a 40 year old fantasy author who lives in small town Indiana. I grew up on a steady diet of books by Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Raymond E. Feist, and Melanie Rawn, and those authors helped to inspire the type of fantasy I like to write. I am disabled, so I don’t get out a lot. Instead I spend most of my time visiting the fantasy worlds in my mind, or putting those worlds in words to share with others.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I love writing and coming up with new fantasy worlds and tales. But more than that, I love sharing those worlds with others. I don’t really need inspiration to come up with new stories, my brain does that on its own nonstop. However, it is the chance to share those stories with other people that inspires me to write them down.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Robert Jordan is on the top of my list. The Wheel of Time was one of the first large fantasy series I encountered on my father’s bookshelves, and I have followed it since the early 90s. The series and the characters have been with me for a large portion of my life. They are familiar friends. I love his style of worldbuilding and the detailed cultures. Jordan also influenced me in another way. His passing is a big part of what pushed me to complete my first fantasy novel. The fear of not being able to tell all of my stories drove me to finally embrace my dream and start writing. Being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer shortly after was the final catalyst I needed. And I have been writing ever since. Terry Brooks is another author who I have followed since I was a young teen. I love his books because they feel a like a part of me. Something that I have counted on for enjoyment for most of my life. Melanie Rawn is another one of my favorites. I love dragons, and her Dragon Prince series is a beautiful interpretation of dragons in cultures.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I have a lot of favorite books for a lot of different reasons, so this is hard. The obvious answer for me is my own. My Tears of Hatsunae series is a piece of my heart and soul. Nothing can really compete with that. Where the Red Fern Grows. It was the first book that ever made me cry. The Eye of the World because it was my first introduction to Robert Jordan’s world. Elfstones of Shannara is another book that affected me emotionally. I have yet to read it without getting teary eyed. And Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy because no one makes me laugh like Douglas Adams.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Sioned from Rawn’s Dragon Prince series. She is the embodiment of strength and determination, no matter what pain she must bear to accomplish her goals. I always loved Rand al Thor from WOT, although not because of the character. I loved the raw power at his command and the things he could do with it. Allanon from the Shannara series. I loved his dark mystery. He is my favorite Druid of Paranor. And then there is any dragon in any book I have read. I love dragons, and they are always my favorite part of books.

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

I always seem to give the same simplistic advice, but it is the best I have. Write. Keep writing until it is done. It seems like a silly thing, but it is a big lesson I had to learn. I began numerous books over my lifetime, trying to fulfill my dream of being an author. But I let things get in my way. When corrupt files or computer errors destroyed my work, I would just give up. When life got in the way, I let it. It wasn’t until Jordan’s passing combined with the cancer brought clarity to just how limited our time is that I finally sat down and wrote until my book was finished. It was one of the biggest goals in my life, and for most of it, that goal seemed insurmountable. But once I finished my first book, I realized how possible it was. It no longer seemed insurmountable. And I have not let anything stand in the way of finishing my stories since.

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 honestly do not have a dream cast or composer. I haven’t really considered the music aspect at all. And as for actors, I can only think of one who fits the mold for a character. Although, he would definitely be my first pick if Fall of Tears were made into a movie. Tom Ellis who plays Lucifer would be my dream pick to play the villain Sah’Zahrek. Everything about his demeanor and arrogance in acting speaks to that part. He even has the look. Although, he would need longer hair.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Everything in my worlds is connected. My first novel, Rise of Tears, includes, at its beginning, the literal genesis of my universe and all the worlds that will come to exist within it. Each piece builds on what begins there. I am very big on the history of the worlds and why they were created. Those factors influence a lot of what comes after. I think a few people, unfortunately, shy away from my writing due to that beginning prologue. But everyone who has given it a chance and delved deeper into the story beyond the initial prologue has told me that they fell in love with the world and characters and were completely caught up in the story. I hope that more will follow their lead and give it a shot. If you are looking for deep lore and world-building, then hopefully I am the author for you. I have a list of books in the works to continue the larger story that includes all others and would truly love to have more readers come along for the adventure.

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

My website offers glimpses into my different worlds and several free samples of my writing. You can also find various pieces of universe lore there.

https://brandjalexander.wixsite.com/website

You can find all of my published work on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B07KBDBRQC

And if you just want to see the kinds of things I share or chat to get to know me, you can check me out on social media. I am a very accessible author.

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/BrandJAlexander

Twitter- https://twitter.com/BrandJAlexander

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Leslie Swartz

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Leslie Swartz

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a forty-year-old poet turned novelist with three kids and a pretty serious Dr. Pepper addiction. I write urban fantasy and horror with plans to jump into sci-fi at some point. I’m loud, funny, and I prefer the term “eccentric”.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I’ve been writing since I was four, so I can’t tell you why I write. I just always have. It’s a compulsion like if I don’t get the characters and their stories out of my head, I’ll go insane. That being said, music plays a huge role in how I write. Certain songs get me in the right headspace to write specific scenes or act as a character’s theme. I make playlists for all of my books during the outlining process so I can quickly get my mind right when needed.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Shakespeare, Poe, Dickens, Anne Rice, and Stephen King. Shakespeare because it gives me all the feels. Poe because his work is so hauntingly beautiful. I have a strange feeling of kinship to Dickens even though our styles are completely different. I find him to be relatable as an author. I started reading Stephen King when I was nine or ten and I found his books gripped me in a way others didn’t. I think I fell in love with Gordie from The Body immediately because he was so much like me at the time. It made me feel seen and not so alone in the world. Anne Rice I didn’t discover until the movie adaptation of Interview with the Vampire came out. I was thirteen, I think, and I sat in that theater absolutely mesmerized. The next day, I went to the library and checked out every book in the Vampire Chronicles and read them all over the weekend. I loved the darkness of it and the romantic quality with which she writes. I think it was the first time I read a vampire story that was more complicated than just vampire=monster.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

My favorite book right now is The Hecatomb by J. Edward Niell. It’s a super creepy horror compilation told in a cyclical fashion where you don’t know in what order the events of the intertwined stories take place. I loved it mostly because it made me think about it for days after I’d finished it.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I still really love Gordie from The Body by Stephen King. For those unfamiliar, it’s the novella the movie Stand By Me was based on. Will Wheaton played Gordie and he did a fantastic job. I related to Gordie so strongly and the character has stuck with me over the years as kind of a building block of who I am. He was incredibly influential in my development as a writer and gave me the encouragement to believe that I could accomplish something with my work, even if no one else at the time thought it was worth pursuing.

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

There are two pieces of advice I think are important to hear when you’re just starting out, the first being, write what you want. People will say, “Write to market” or “Nail the tropes”. I have no idea if that strategy works as far as profitability goes. It very well could. But, if you have a story in your head that you feel like you need to tell, just write it. Write it the way you want to. If you come across an agent or publisher that wants something changed later, it’s up to you whether or not you’re willing to make those changes. It could be totally worth doing. It could make your story that much better. However, don’t begin from a place of compromise. Don’t muzzle your own voice before anyone’s had a chance to hear it. The second piece of advice is maybe even more important. EDIT. Edit, edit again, edit a few more times. Horror story: Before the release of my first novel, I hired an editor that turned out to be a conman, fake name and all. He butchered my manuscript, put periods where commas should have been, changed words, and not only missed typos but added new errors. I made the mistake of trusting that he knew what he was doing and published it that way. I got several negative reviews dinging me for editing issues. It’s been fixed but who knows how many sales that has cost me. So, vet your editor, go over your manuscript yourself at least three times, use Grammarly or some other proofreading software, and when you think it’s done, read it aloud. Take the time to make it as polished as you can because believe me, those negative reviews sting.

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 muse for “Wyatt”, my MC, was Tom Pelphrey, so if I could somehow convince him to play the part in a TV adaptation, I would be thrilled. Joseph Morgan is “Lucifer” in my head. I’d love to see Dylan O’Brien as “Will”. I think he’d be amazing. Adore Delano would be my choice for “Hart/Hartley”, mostly because her personality just fits so perfectly. As far as the soundtrack goes, assuming I couldn’t just use the playlists I’ve made for the books, I’d love Trent Reznor or Billy Corgan to take a stab at it. They’re both brilliant and I think their styles would mesh well with the series.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

The Seventh Day Series is officially complete. All seven books are available on Amazon and free to read on Kindle Unlimited. It’s a dark and funny urban fantasy series with lots of twists that I hope to adapt for TV in a year or so.

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/LESLIE-SWARTZ/e/B07T8QXVV9

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/89742.Leslie_Swartz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leslieswartz333

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeslieSwartz333

IG: https://www.instagram.com/saffie138/?hl=en

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Sean P. Valiente

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Sean P. Valiente

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was raised in Maine and grew up reading fantasy and dreaming up imaginative worlds. By day, I’m a finance and accounting professional and by night, I’m a storyteller where I’m drafting more books for my series! I love all things geek and nerd and also sports.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Writing is an outlet for me to get lost in worlds from my imagination. I love stories and TV shows and movies and when I write, it’s like I’m watching a show for the first time. I get lost in the characters and plots and small little easter eggs I leave in there.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

My favorite author is Brent Weeks. His Night Angel Trilogy I devoured when I was in college and his Lightbringer Series is one of my favorites. His pace and plotting are amazing and his books can be very dense, but it’s like being fully immersed inside the world he’s created.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Growing up, Tolkien was the top of the mountain, and I read through the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings like a madman. But when I got to the Silmarillion, that’s when I feel in love with the worldbuilding of Tolkien’s universe. That book is one of my favorites for many reasons, but mostly because it’s a collection of short stories that you can tell are a bit unfinished, but still have so much potential.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I love Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. He brings all the best parts of what it means to be a quote/unquote “man” but without the toxic masculinity. He slays bad guys and fights Nazgul in one moment, and sings songs and recites poetry the next. He’s not afraid of his feelings and shows love to all his friends, without the need for feeling “unmanly”. He’s pretty dope.

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

Write, write, and write some more. The hardest part of writing a book is sitting down and doing it. At least, that’s what it was for me. I had these ideas in my head forever, and would never actually start writing. But once I did, the words just came out of me like the breaking of a dam.

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?

My dreamcast is a collection of a bunch of different actors with different backgrounds and ethnicities. The soundtrack would definitely be done by Ludwig Göransson, who did the soundtracks for Mandalorian and Black Panther.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

This book is the first in a long planned series. My promise to you as a reader, is that you will get a finished series and I will do my best to make it memorable!

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

My book, The Lighting Knight, is currently for sale online wherever books are sold: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0960038108

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Barbara J. Gilbert

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Barbara J. Gilbert

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was born in Ft Jackson SC. I have lived in numerous locations around the U.S to include Ft Hood TX, Bonner Montana, and Kennewick WA and now Easton, MD. I graduated high school in 1985 from Kennewick High and entered the United States Air Force in July 1985. My USAF career started as an Administrator, then Information Manager, to Aerospace Systems Warning Operator (tracking missiles and other threats). After a medical retirement I worked at RadioShack, then moved over to an IT position at a Marketing company supplying condiments to the US Commissary Service World Wide and finally opening up my own computer consulting, sales, and service company with my husband. As a spare time project while running an IT department and family consulting firm I had two boys. While still running the family business I was offered a teaching position at a Charter High School. Changing career tracks, I became a teacher of English, computer apps, computer repair, consumer math, principles of business, physics, and earth science. In the Public-School System, I taught computer apps, business, E-commerce, and Web Design. Moving back to my spiritual home in Montana I again taught Earth Science and Computer Applications (MAC), until a second medical disability ended my teaching career. My hobbies in (prize winning) photography, painting, Ham Radio, SCUBA Diving, and a host of other interests keep me busy on Good Days, and I manages to get by on the bad ones. Writing got started with a NaNoWriMo challenge to my sons and seems to have led me to yet another success.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I like telling the stories that are begging to get out of me.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Terry Brooks – Love his Shannara series, Tom Abrahams – Fell in love with his “Traveler’s series”

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Shannara series – I love that good wins over evil The “Traveler’s” series – I enjoyed following the main character’s struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. “The Reverian Series” I love the idea of dream traveling. This series hooked me and I enjoy listening to more from the author.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Allanon from Sword of Shannara. I like how he seems to crop up in all of the shannara books and is a strong character. Marcus Battle from the Traveler’s series. I like how he overcomes his struggles while trying to survive in a post-apocalptic world.

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

Find a good editor and book cover designer. These two things will help you present your book well. Also, the best advise I received was to learn to show more and tell less in my stories.

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?

Paulette Brown would be played by Alexandra Daddario, Greg Moretti would be played by Tom Welling. Susan Ross would be played by Judy Greer. Thomas Hallslee would be played by Noah Wyle. Oliver would be played by Keifer Sutherland. Gwinn Belarus would be played by Sarah Paulson. These are the main characters. I would have the Trans-Siberian Orchestra play the soundtrack.

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

https://bjgilbert815.wixsite.com/syfyauthor

https://www.facebook.com/Author-Barbara-Gilbert-437430910129464

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Julian Soriano

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Julian Soriano

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I first started out as a visual artist but later started writing. I live in New Jersey . The place ironically called the garden state despite the high amount of pollution from landfills? I hope that would be the last place to start a garden but that’s another story. When I have free time outside of writing I like gaming ,dancing, and reading .

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I first fell in love with the thought of writing when I was a child reading fantasy and mythology books. Video games like Japanese rpgs also heavily motivated me. I would often draw characters then start mapping out stories for them. Ancient epics, historical military battles and, astronomy inspire me the most presently.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Horace Warpole , D.K. Holmberg, Rob Blackwell, Madeline Miller, Shinji Yamamoto, Yuichiro Tanaka, Katsura Hashino , Kazushige Nojima

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The pretender by Rob Blackwell, The Dark Ability by D.K. Holmberg , The People’s Necromancer by Rex Jameson. The dark setting, dynamic characters , complex magical systems and unique twists on common tropes make these books very fun to read.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Soren Chase from Rob Blackwell’s series, Rsiran from The Dark Ability. I love the complexity of the Soren character. His dark past and morally grey nature make him as interesting to watch as an antagonist. The lore behind Rsiran’s abilities and his cursed nature are well thought out and I just naturally root for the rebel in dark fantasy stories.

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

Never accept no for an answer when It comes to your ultimate success in doing what you love. The only thing that beats failure is trying.

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 go with the composer of Final Fantasy’s “Maybe I’m a Lion” , “Fate in Haze” songs Nobuo Uematsu and Castlevania’s “Silence of Daylight” composer Kenichi Matsubara. Iphigenia – Chloe Grace Moretz Orpheus – BRANDON LARRACUENTE Califia -Zazie Beetz Myrlo – Aubrey Joseph Gabriel – Ross Butler

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

If you love an Epic Fantasy story with a complex magical system , great battle choreography , and strong characters with progression based abilities, then my series is for you.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Christiane Joy Allison

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Christiane Joy Allison

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a multi-award-winning author, public speaker, and activist. My first book “Where is Uncle?,” the first children’s picture book for children experiencing the wrongful conviction of a loved one, won five Honorable Mentions in the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. In 2018 I was also honored to be awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award as well as a Lin Halterman Memorial Grant from the Alaska Writers Guild. I now serve as President of the Alaska Writers Guild while writing and publishing my current dystopian cyberpunk novel series, The Infinitus Saga. The memorable characters of the saga include a disabled family inspired by my life-long battle with chronic illness, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). Infinitus, the first full-length novel in the series was published this year. Sometimes I walk with a cane, sometimes I ride in a wheelchair, and sometimes I need neither. My disability is as unpredictable as my life. After years of heartbreaking struggle, my husband was wrongfully convicted in 2015, and endured four and a half years of wrongful imprisonment before his conviction was overturned in 2019. These events launched me and my family into the battle against injustice, and inspired my award-winning series of children’s picture books for kids impacted by the adverse childhood experience (ACE) of the incarceration of a loved one. So as an activist, I fight for criminal justice and prison reform and aspire to give prisoner families a voice. In addition to writing, I also enjoy cooking, canning, home brewing and other DIY food projects. I also love reading, watching movies and television, and crocheting blankets and toys for my numerous nieces and nephews.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I love to observe how the world works in a social and systemic way. For The Infinitus Saga, much of the inspiration from my books comes from looking at various aspects of society today (technology, independence, genetic experimentation, etc.) and pushing those aspects as far to the limit as I can see to create a take on the evolving global society. I also found inspiration through various science magazines, articles, and documentaries that came across my path as I was writing. Then I threaded my genetic illness, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), into a couple of main characters to allow the reader to explore the adventure from a body that’s not up to the challenge. I have also written children’s books that have grown out of my family’s experiences, particularly the children’s experiences, with the injustice of the American justice system.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Suzanne Brockman, Linda Howard, and Steve Alten. I love authors that write good relationships, action and suspense.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I love the relationship dynamics in this book and the analysis of what is human based on the connections between people and their emotions. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. After my experiences with the criminal system in America, I sympathize with the characters of this series very strongly and the adversity they’re trying to overcome. The Meg series by Steve Alten. This was the first major novel series I ever became hooked on. I love the details woven in about the Megalodon, and the theories put into the book. This series developed my life-long love of sharks. Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher. This chapter book had a profound impact on me. It’s written from the perspective of the oldest of five children, and I also happen to be the oldest of five. I loved the family dynamics and the book gave me a solid perspective on overcoming grief, which served me well later in life.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I don’t have any favorites among what most people would consider the classical literary characters. In popular fiction, I tend to have favorite relationships more than favorite characters. I love the relationship between Katniss and Peta in The Hunger Games. I love the relationship between Wanda and Ian in The Host. I am a pushover for romance and love stories, but I love them all the more if they give me more to read and explore in the relationship as it evolves.

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

Join a local writers group! I started out attending the annual conference for the Alaska Writers Guild and I am now President of that organization. I’ve also been a member of the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the national Independent Book Publishers Association. These organizations have provided me with a wealth of information on the craft of writing, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and other important topics. They also provide a means of connecting with other writers and authors in your area, and networking with a group of support people who will help you through your writing journey.

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 don’t have a lot of specific people in mind for my “dream cast,” but I have a couple. I would love for Benedict Cumberbatch to play the role of the arrogant, intelligent Dr. Alexander Reginald Pennington in The Infinitus Saga. I’m also torn on whether Hawk Warrenson would be best played by someone like Oh Ji-Ho (South Korean actor) or someone like Markiplier (Youtuber). As far as the soundtrack, I would have to request it from STARSET or Les Friction. My current author playlists include “Who Will Save You Now” and “Firewall” from Les Friction, and “TRIALS” and “Carnivore” by STARSET.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS? *

The world of The Infinitus Saga mixes many of my favorite themes into a single story. First, the main characters from the Mallorey family have my genetic condition, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). Their story is drawn from real life experiences of struggling with disability and persevering. The story gives the reader the perspective of what it’s like to live in a body like that and connects with those of us who live with the condition. The story also takes place in a society where such people are put away or hidden by the government, putting the characters at additional risk. Secondly, I love stories with characters that are a mix of human and animal. The world of Infinitus is full of a colorful cast of chimera characters that are human-animal hybrids born from reemerging genetics from Old World super soldier experiments. You get to see both their advantages and disadvantages. Thirdly, the world explores the relationship between people and technology. In the world of Infinitus, people are literally wetwired to the world’s computers and their brains are used as temporary servers. Think about what it would be like to close your eyes and dim the lights or turn up the temperature in your apartment. What would it be like to have an AI that was attuned to your every whim? What happens when there’s no tactile form of money? All of these amazing things and more are explored in the story. Finally, even though this is not a romance novel, there is romance, and other significant relationships. The story explores the draw and connection between these characters in a world where all long-term relationships are feared as mental illness.

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

You can learn more about me and all of my books on my website at http://www.AllisonPublishing.com. You can also connect with me through social media through: Facebook – @ChristianeJoyAllison (https://www.facebook.com/ChristianeJoyAllison/) Instagram – @ChristianeJoyAllison (https://www.instagram.com/ChristianeJoyAllison) Twitter – @CJAllison7 (https://twitter.com/cjallison7) LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/christianejoyallison YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfhZFmh7GBUzkNTqVbA8w2w

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Kevin Buckner

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Kevin Buckner

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a medical laboratory scientist who writes in his free time. I have published one novel, have completed the first draft of another, and am about halfway through the first draft of the second book in my series. I currently live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area with my wife and two children. I enjoy listening to and playing music, playing games with my family, and knitting.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

My writing is inspired by role-playing game campaigns I have run and dreams I have had. I write because I think I have good stories to tell, which other people will find interesting.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

David Eddings because I like the characters he writes and the way they interact with each other. I also like the creativity he shows in his works, with defining how magic works in his worlds and that he doesn’t rely on the same races most people expect from a fantasy novel (elves, orcs, etc.) Alexandre Dumas because he wrote compelling books that kept (and still keep) the reader engaged, not wanting to put the book down. Edgar Allen Poe because his style was similar to mine. There’s a darkness in his stories and poetry that is also present in my works. In high school, my English and Creative Writing teachers called me a modern-day brooding romantic.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Les MisĂ©rables because it is a classic work encompassing a wide variety of literary themes and archetypes. I appreciate its complex story and all the different story lines woven throughout the work. The Belgariad (series) by David Eddings because of the wonderful world building and the characters. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings because of their masterful construction. Tolkien can be a little dry at times, but he was a master at painting mental pictures with words. It’s fascinating to me how he built an entire world with unique cultures, languages, and histories in order to create a cohesive fantasy story that has more than held up to the test of time.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Drizz’t Do’urden from the Dark Elf Saga by R.A. Salvatore. I like that he was a high-born noble who could have lived in relative luxury, but chose to give it up and live a life of exile because of what remaining in the society he was born in would mean. He rejected the scheming, dishonest, murderous ways of his people to become a good and honest person. He’s an example of someone choosing to be different from what you would expect and he’s very good at what he does. I find that I identify with him in a lot of ways. Jean Valjean because his is a tale of redemption. He dedicates his life to helping others and improving society, in spite of the things he had done in the past. He chose to leave behind a life of crime in the pursuit of being the best person he could be.

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

Never give up. Keep writing. Keep improving. When you ask yourself whether it is worth it, always answer “yes”.

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?

Henry Cavill as Rogen, Andy Serkis as ZĂłn, Gina Carano as Callista, Natalie Portman as Amilla and I haven’t thought much beyond that. For the soundtrack, I’d probably ask Howard Shore to work with Al Pitrelli and Paul O’neill.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’d like everyone to know that I am confident that anyone who likes fantasy will enjoy my series. I think a fair number of people who don’t particularly like fantasy will enjoy it as well. It has been a labor of love for me. It took me a year to write the first book and another five years of editing and rewriting before I felt like it was good enough to publish, and I have been my own worst critic.

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Advent-Zon-Book-One-Cudomerie/dp/154873828X/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KevinBucknerAuthor

I am @LordZombitten on twitter and instagram, but haven’t been as active on those platforms as I should be.