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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 Misérables 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 Zón, 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.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Kayelle Allen

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Kayelle Allen

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m Kayelle Allen. I’m a science fiction author, a US Navy veteran, I’m married, I’m a mom to three grown children and a grandmother to five ranging from 10 to 19. I write Science Fiction and Space Opera, Science Fiction Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary, and non-fiction. I’ve been published since 2004 and have over a dozen books. I’m active on Twitter as Kayelle Allen and I’m on Facebook under the same name. I use my Instagram account mainly to follow cosplay and cosplayers, especially Nik Nitsvetov, who has cosplayed my character Pietas from the Bringer of Chaos series and many books in the Tarthian Empire series. I blog regularly on my own website and I’m a guest on others. You’ll find me at most Romance Studio parties. On my site and take the tour of the Tarthian Empire. It’s a series of pages each devoted to a single planet in the empire. Many of my books take place there.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I grew up reading science fiction and watching movies and TV shows in that genre. My parents loved and I caught the bug from them.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

One of my favorites is fantasy writer Heather Gladney, but I also enjoy JR Ward and JD Robb.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Teot’s War (Gladney), Lover Mine (Ward), Naked in Death (Robb)

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I should list the characters in the books I mentioned, but I’ll say Bagoas from The Persian Boy by Mary Renault. Hands down, my favorite ever.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’d love for them to check out my website and click Visit a World. That takes them through a tour of the empire where many of my stories take place. And next, they should check out the Gateway.

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

https://kayelleallen.com

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Diana Rose

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Diana Rose

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

My name is Diana Rose. I received my B.A. in psychology in 2016. But after receiving my diploma, I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to my writing so, I became a full time author. After struggling for a while to find my place “under the sun” as they say, and finally became a self-published author. I write YA Fantasy Romance and talk about finding true love in my books.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I always enjoyed fairytales and romantic movies and books. I thought that writing my own version of a love story in a fairytale setting would be interesting. I chose YA Fantasy Romance for that reason. I chose young adult because I like that age group where you first begin to fall in love.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

My favorite authors, oh my, I have so many author friends. Of course, I have favorites, Jessica Lauryn, Jessica Wayne, Alyson Noel, Kristi Cook, Nicholas Sparks, Annabelle Anders, my new favorite author to add to my list is Thetta James.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

I LOVE Jessica Lauryn’s The Rabourn Theater Series, and her Pinnacles of Power Series. I love most of Jessica Wayne’s books. I can’t really pick a favorite…..I collect books, how can I choose? All of them are my favorites because of one thing or another.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

My favorite literary characters, other than my own…… would probably be Allie and Noah from The Notebook, Landon and Jamie from A Walk to Remember. Any character by Jessica Lauryn, honestly, all her characters are AWESOME.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Hm, I want to let my readers know that my Prequel Novella (Book 6: Arranged Love) is now available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback. Also, I want to say that I’m back to working on Book 3: Undying Love which is hopefully going to be out in 2021-2022 along with Book 2: Sacrificed Love. Also, I want to thank my readers for being so kind and patient with me during my writing process as I’m a very slow writer.

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

Well, you can now find me on my brand new website: https://authordianarose.wixsite.com/online.

I am on all social media,

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/DianaRoseRomance,

Twitter: https://m.twitter.com/story_rose,

Instagram, you can find me at dianaroseromance.

I have a blog called The Magic of True Love, that’s at: https://themagicoftruelove.wordpress.com.

As you can see, I’m everywhere.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Katharine E. Wibell

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Katharine E. Wibell

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am an author of several epic fantasy book series that range from Young Adult and New Adult to Adult. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to world myths and legends, so all of my works pull from various mythos. However, with a degree in psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, dog training, wildlife rehabilitation and even an internship at the Audubon Zoo, I also draw deeply upon my knowledge of the animal world. My debut series, The Incarn Saga, actually focused on shifters—beings which could take on an animal form. As a result, I was able to utilize some of the knowledge I had gleaned over the years. My newer works play on multi-verse concepts. The Djed Chronicles for young adults deals with twelve magicked worlds, each with multiple dimensions and each filled with vastly different ecosystems that can host any number of mythical creatures, both well-known and obscure. The Guardian’s Speaker adult novella series sticks solely to Nordic mythology although readers familiar with that mythos will recognize the nine realms that are connected to Yggdrasil, the world tree. In general, I like turning daydreams into reality, the fantastical into the tangible and the surreal into the believable.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I think I was always going to be a writer. Even as a child as young as seven, my sister and I were creating characters with backgrounds and building worlds in our games of make-believe. One day, I realized that I wanted to write about those characters and their stories and share them with others. After a number of years and a different series, I was finally able to return to these friends of my youth. Today you can read about them in my new series, The Djed Chronicles.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

It might seem strange, but my favorite books generally do not have authors associated with them. I enjoy reading the source material for most mythologies, for example the Icelandic Sagas. This is why I respect authors like J. R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien who weave ancient myths into their own rich worlds and vibrant characters. I also have a soft spot for J. K. Rowling’s accomplishments over her lifetime as a fellow female writer.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

This ties into your prior question. I love ancient epic poems, sagas and other source material for mythologies. My bookshelves are full of the Icelandic Sagas, three volumes that comprise the Mahabharata, Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey among other works. I am intrigued with the evolution of fantasy and how perception and use of the original creatures of lore have changed over time and are often very different in today’s interpretations. Yet I am an eclectic reader. One of my favorite books is Out of Africa by Karen Blixen since I am fascinated by real world women who defy norms and reveal their inner strengths to the world.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Again, I am drawn to powerful women. In Nordic myth, these could be Brunhild or Hervor—both lethal shieldmaidens. I recently read the classic Chinese work, Outlaws of the Marsh, also known as Water Margin. In this epic, Hu Sanniang, a young female warrior who became the leader of a band of female warriors, was called Ten Feet of Steel/Ten Feet of Blue because she fought with a pair of five-foot swords. I also appreciate women with intellect—case in point, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series.

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

To become an author, you need to accept that everything takes time—writing, editing, formatting and marketing. Search out communities of fellow writers/authors. There are many found through groups on social media platforms like Facebook. Ask them what they wished they knew when they began. The vast amount of information that can be shared may be overwhelming. Start small and pace yourself as your business begins to grow. And of course, it is never too early to build your following. It is always better to have interested readers who are waiting for your first, or even your latest, release. Get them excited before you even have a completed work. Then when your book is published, you will have people ready to buy right away.

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 have often daydreamed about this possibility and have selected different actors for my various series. For instance, if The Incarn Saga was released as a film or movie, I could see Alicia Vikander as Lluava, Ojewa played by Djimon Hounsou, Talos by Danny Griffin, and even Danai Gurira as High Priestess Yena. If The Djed Chronicles was picked up, then my dream cast would include Shay Rudolph as Katie of Earth, Priah Ferguson as Sar’ra, Gustavo Quiroz as Ikuqu, Idris Elba as High King Rege, Dave Bautista as Valere, and Charlize Theron voicing Queen Allimondria. It’s fun to dream. Right? As for the soundtrack, I absolutely love the music collective known as Epic North. I am drawn to their powerful, sweeping melodies.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My works vary from dark and gritty fantasy to light-hearted and adventure driven. If you enjoy rich fantasy realms and the fantastical, then you will probably enjoy one or all of my series. For my works geared more towards YA, I hope to inspire girls to rise to a challenge and not be afraid of who they are and what they care about. For my adult works, I hope to captivate readers with worlds and realms and take them away from their lives if only for a few short hours.

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

You can find out more through any of the following:

My website: https://www.katharinewibellbooks.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Katharine-E-Wibell/e/B01MQQIPGN

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16150539.Katharine_E_Wibell BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/katharine-e-wibell

You can also find me on various social media platforms by searching for Katharine E. Wibell.

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES S.E. Anderson

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES S.E. Anderson

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m an astrophysicist-in-training living in France, writing books about young people trying to make sense of a chaotic universe. I’m obsessed with books, space, and cats.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I’ve always felt a little lost in the universe, so I’ve tried to make sense of it through science, and when that fails, science fiction!

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

V.E. Schwab, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Margaret Atwood – the list is too long!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, the House in the Cerulean Sea, A Darker Shade of Magic, The Calculating Stars, to list the top I can think of right now.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Lila Bard from ADSOM, May June July from The Audacity…

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

There are cryovolcanoes on Pluto that erupt ice slurries. That’s a thing!

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

seandersonauthor.com

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Mark Stallings

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Mark Stallings

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve been a hard core reader since I found my first Sci-Fi book in the school library in the 2nd grade. I started playing video games early and got my first grow-up job directly due to Wing Commander. Because of that, I have a crazy technology background having founded several tech companies centering around human-machine interfaces before I discovered a passion for writing. I thought I would leverage my love of Fantasy and martial arts with my interests in Asian culture and started writing Wuxia (woo sha) to blend them all together. That was how The Silver Coin Saga was born. When I’m not slinging the ink and trying to get paid to fabricate tales that entertain, I like to shoot competitively, drink craft beer, ride motorcycles, and play games with friends.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

When I was young, I had several dark periods in my life and books got me through them. I’ve always been creative and had a desire to tell stories. Specifically, stories that might help others escape their problems for a time.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

David Eddings – he had an amazing ability to take characters with diverse cultures and weave them into a story with rich history leaving characters you can care about. Tom Clancy – I love techno-thrillers and Clancy could deliver true escapism. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle – their ideas really made me think. not just about what they had going on but the societal impacts. Plus I love how in Footfall, the Sci-Fi writers save the world. Robert Jordan – he created a bold diverse world with the Wheel of Time. Sadly he was unable to complete it himself. Michael Anderle – his Kutherian Gambit series was wild and irreverent mind-candy that kept me begging for more by blending fun characters with Vampires and Space opera.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Pawn of Prophecy – David Eddings, I came into this series from my brother who gave me the first three books just as I traveled cross country, leaving friends and family in preparation of our move to Colorado. Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein, he tapped into a desire that everyone has for belonging and understanding their role in the universe. As a teenager, that really resonated with me. Red Storm Rising – Tom Clancy, he grabbed world politics at the time through a series of separate but ultimately woven together stories, I especially liked the Iceland segment.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Wow, there are so many. Jack Ryan (Tom Clancy) he is the boy scout patriot with a moral compass. Garion (David Eddings) as we get to see his life journey and growing up trials that I could empathize with. Pug (Raymond Feist) the quintessential rags-to-worse rags-to-riches star of Magician. Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher) who tried to do the right thing and most of the time it works. John Carter (Edgar Rice Burroughs) who’s philosophy of ‘While I live, there is hope.’ really helped me in life. Honor Harrington (David Weber) because you don’t have to take crap off anyone. And, The Stainless Steel Rat (Harry Harrison) with ‘Never commit the same crime twice’

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

I have two things: First, Everyone has advice and their way of doing things. You need to figure out YOUR methodology to get stories out into the world. My way is one way and it isn’t better than any other method. Second, be laser focused on the genre you want to write in. If you want to make money, make sure you understand the tropes of your genre and read the top 5 selling books in your genre. They are the top selling books in that genre for a reason. Figure out the why, and you will have the how for being successful.

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?

Wow. That is tough. It would really depend on when the series was being made into a movie/TV show. A young Ki Hong Lee would make a great Xan. For the soundtrack, Danny Elfman of course

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I want to craft a fun ride and through Royal Road and Patreon, I give fans avenues to participate early in the adventure. This isn’t just a one-way street. I read comments and feedback and adjust the story if you find a flaw. Writing is a solo task, Authoring is a team sport and I want you on my team.

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

You can find me:

– on Facebook at facebook.com/markwstallings

– on the web at www.markstallings.com

– on Patreon at patreon.com/markstallings

– on Amazon at www.amazon.com/Mark–Stallings/e/B089C4YLQ5

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Cas E Crowe

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Cas E Crowe

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hi. I am the author of The Wayward Haunt, the first novel in The Wayward Series, a YA dark fantasy which was released in June 2020. I like to write young adult, dark fantasy, and horror. Ever since I was a child, I have been intrigued by chilling, ominous stories. I honestly don’t know why. My favourite day is Halloween, closely followed by Christmas. I think what inspired me to write was that for a very long time as a child, I couldn’t. I really struggled and hated it at school. Eventually I was privately tutored by a teacher named Mrs Swann who recognised my love for storytelling. She taught me to see that reading and writing weren’t any different. With her guidance, I caught up to my peers in class. I think I chose to become a writer because I needed to prove that I could do it. Now I write because I love to be creative.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

There is something so appealing about dark fantasy and horror. I suppose I am similar to audiences out there who read and watch horror because they like to be unsettled and afraid, but know deep inside that they are safe. I write about subjects that frighten me, because it’s an opportunity for me to explore and understand that fear, and is something I can achieve in a safe environment.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

I have so many favourite authors who have inspired me: Becca Fitzpatrick, Cassandra Clare, Kendare Blake, Claudia Gray, Lauren Kate, Sarah J. Mass, Melissa Marr, Derek Landy, Richelle Mead, James Dashner, Rachel Caine, Alexandra Adornetto. All these authors have novels for the young adult market in various sub-genres of science fiction and fantasy. I have enjoyed reading their novels. They have fantastic characters who drive the story, and as a reader, that’s what I want. If you don’t have a conflicted character with difficult choices to make, what’s the point? The story is uninteresting without this element.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

There are too many to choose from, but I’m going to go with the books that inspired my own writing, which is Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga, and Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood. These novels are in my bookcase right now and they are the most tattered things on the shelf. I guess that means I’ve read them quite a few times.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

That one is easy. Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, and Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. I like to think my main character Zaya in The Wayward Haunt has some of these characters’ qualities, good and bad.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

The next book in The Wayward Series is The Four Revenants, due for release early 2022.

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

You can learn more about me and my writing at the following links. Website: www.casecrowe.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/casecroweauthor/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/casecroweauthor/

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/20457182.Cas_E_Crowe

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Wayward-Haunt-Young-Adult-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B08BKM1391

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Patricia Simpson

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Patricia Simpson

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Patricia Simpson is an Amazon bestselling paranormal and dark fantasy writer from the Bay Area of California. She has won numerous awards, including multiple Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times as well as a Career Achievement Award. Her debut novel, WHISPER OF MIDNIGHT, was a finalist in the prestigious RITA awards of Romance Writers of America. One of her more recent novels, SPELLBOUND, was nominated Best Indie Paranormal of the Year. After a long career with TOR, Silhouette and HarperMonogram, Patricia is now enjoying creative freedom as an indie author. In her spare time, Patricia is a shameless karaoke addict.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

A lifelong love affair with the phrase “what if?”

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Ken Follett, Anne Rice, Toni Morrison, Barbara Kingsolver, James Michener, Bram Stoker, Herman Hesse, Tom Robbins, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne du Maurier

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Prince of Tides, Pillars of the Earth, Queen of the Damned, Dracula, Siddhartha, The Historian, Rebecca

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Jan Eyre, Peter Blood, Jean Valjean, Tess d’Uberville, Louis de Point du Lac

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My favorite protagonist is one who remains true to themselves, no matter the challenges or the temptations, and that’s the kind of character I write about in my books. I’m partial to the strong, silent types, not so much the tough, fighter types!

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

https://patriciasimpson.com

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Alan J. Hesse

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Alan J. Hesse

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am the author of educational comic books, normally at MG level, though I have recently started also making picture books for the 6-8 age range. I wouldn’t call my genre fantasy, but the publicist Michael Evans, who I am a client of, suggested I contact you anyway given that I work with animal characters as the main protagonists of my stories, and there are thus certain science fiction and fantasy aspects to my books. The educational side of things is all about the natural environment, subjects such as climate change for example. My comic books are full of action, adventure and humour while also delivering scientific information and actionable tips for the readers to become leaders in their communities.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

As a kid and still today I loved the European style of comics and graphic novels, such as Tintin and Asterix, and while developing my career in conservation I also used my natural artistic abilities to create a new, fun way of transmitting information about subjects I think more people should be thinking about. My specific sub-genre (educational comics) doesn’t seem to exist as such, certainly not in the mainstream, and my aim is to change that.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Within genre they would be Goscinny and Uderzo, Hergé, Morris. Outside my own genre, Noah Gordon, Bill Bryson, William Dalyrimple, Stephen King, George McDonald Fraser.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

The Flashman series, all the Asterix and Tintin albums, the Dune series, and many historical non-fiction titles, such as Why The West Rules for Now, by Ian Morris.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Flashman, Tarzan, Dracula.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My style of humour as seen in my comic books often makes use of cultural stereotypes, but these are never meant to offend. They are based on my own status as a true world citizen, having lived, worked and visited in many different parts of the world, and are meant to celebrate, not denigrate, diversity of all kinds.

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

My website: https://alanhesse.com/comic-books/

My Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00TP497QA