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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Steven Dutch & Chris Masterton

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Steven Dutch & Chris Masterton

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

We are two mates who met in high school, where we discovered we had a common interest in sci fi and the same weird sense of humour. Together, we started working on History of Sol. Which has been a massive project that has consumed a lot of our spare time over the course of ten years! It all started out as a bit of fun, really. One day we started making a Futurama/Red Dwarf inspired film in Chris’ dad’s garage with a bunch of friends. We made a dodgy set and everything. After about a day of filming and two and a half minutes of footage; the filming ceased but the writing continued. Then it kind of evolved into this massive story and changed from a TV series into novellas. We took some story and writing courses and reworked our stories until we had something we wanted to share with the world.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

For the most part, we are both inspired by science fiction in general. Movies and television series are what drew us into the genre and constantly push us to want to tell interesting and thought provoking stores. But we also have a range of other sources, such as music, coffee, and other authors.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Steven – Ironically, most of my favourite authors are outside of our genre. And oftentimes, outside of our medium. I am a huge fan of TV and film, and although ideas are conveyed differently between the visual medium and books, there are a lot of similarities. One of my all time favourite authors is Robin Hobb because her fantasy is full of feeling and substance. I love her epic trilogies, but especially the Farseer Trilogy and the Tawny Man Trilogy. The character development is phenomenal, the story is sad, uplifting, exciting and satisfying. The use of ‘Skill’ and ‘Wit’ instead of conventional ‘Magic’ is inspired. Chris – I’d have to say my favourite authors are James S.A. Corey because their space opera novel series ‘The Expanse’ is both exciting and grounded by believable characters and realistic setting. Isaac Asimov, because his vision of the future was both ground breaking and inspired. Way ahead of its time. Also, like Steve, I can’t go past Robin Hobb, whose incredible works about Fitz-Chivalry Farseer in the Realm of the Elderlings is one of the main reasons I started reading books in the first place.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

There are just too many to list, but between us, series such as; The Realm of the Elderlings (Robin Hobb), The Expanse (James S. A. Corey), A Song of Ice and Fire (George R. R. Martin), and The Foundation Series (Isaac Asimov). Chris also quite likes Altered Carbon (Richard Morgan) and even named one of his sons after a character in it.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Nighteyes (The Realm of the Elderlings) because he is wise, loyal, fierce and a very good boy. All of our own characters in the History of Sol series; they’re a bit like having imaginary grown-up children.

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

Start Writing. Keep Writing. Write for yourself; what you enjoy and want to read. Get a really good editor! Never give up.

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?

While we would love for History of Sol to become the next big sci-fi television (or streaming service) series, we haven’t put a lot of thought into who would play our characters. So, we have literally come up with these on the spot; Lisa could be played by Olivia Wilde, thinking about her role in Cowboys and Aliens. Raynor might be played by someone like Brian Tee, who has a bit of a dark side. For Jake, it would have to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because, why not? Diputs would have to be played by Ryan Reynolds with his cheeky sense of humour. Swift was a hard one to cast, but we’re going to go with Jake Gyllenhaal. For the soundtrack, we’d get Mick Gordon (who did the soundtrack for Doom Eternal) in collaboration with Infected Mushroom (their song Heavyweight, which always gives us a very History of Sol vibe).

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

The only way to know the history of the future is to read this series! Now!

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

Our website; http://www.historyofsol.com but we also hang out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/history.of.sol) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/historyofsol/).

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sorrowfish by Anne C Miles

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sorrowfish by Anne C Miles

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I studied Welsh and violin to write my book. I still play and do not sound like a dead cat.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy – It’s a portal fantasy good for teens on up.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Cosmic DJ inspired the book. What would happen if the songs playing in our minds were messages?

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Sorrowfish is about a bard, a wizard and a college student from Kentucky who must break an ancient curse. Musical magic system. Dragon.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Visit sorrowfish.com for a link to purchase

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Garden of Lies by Zachary A. Pieper

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Garden of Lies by Zachary A. Pieper

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a certified commercial diver

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

My book is Epic fantasy, aimed at sci-fi and fantasy lovers

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

The woman I love

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Well you can go anywhere and read my blurb. So here I’ll say this. At its core, this book exists to send a message. It exists to send that message far and wide, so the entire world can hear it. This book is about me, and my life, filtered through the prism of chaos that is my mind. if you want to know more, check out my youtube channel: Zack Pieper

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, and all retailers supported by draft to digital.

https://books2read.com/u/bpzqjl

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Zachary A. Pieper

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Zachary A. Pieper

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was born in June of ’93; Home schooled through the 8th grade, then attended and graduated from Lincoln High in Tacoma Washington. After high school I attended a diving school and was trained in all modes of diving, underwater welding, salvage, and rescue but later landed in different lines of work. Among them actor and model with two small time credits on IMDB. Presently my writing is my life’s focus. Interests include fitness, outdoor activities, and gaming. I currently reside in Tacoma Washington. ^^Thats the sterile, cooked and canned answer. You want the real me, your gonna need to dig.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I am a man. So the answer is a woman. What else.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Jim Butcher, Pierce Brown. I like the way they bring the story to life.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Red Rising by pierce brown. And Ghost story in the dresden files. I like a good underdog. And I love a good rebel.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Harry Dresden, Darrow of Lykos, Eragon, Drizzt, I like characters who I see myself in.

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

Yes. Dont accept criticism from someone you wouldn’t ask advice from. AND. if you have something to say, its worth taking the time to say it well.

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?

dream cast? I play the lead. and the rest of the cast is filled in by unknown but outstanding talent. Soundtrack? = nobuo uematsu

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My story, thats why I wrote it.

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

My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCysJR69VdTPdzUSPnz6B34A

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Daryl J Ball

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Daryl J Ball

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve been a avid lover of fantasy and science fiction books since a young age, often with one feline friend or another beside me.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Fantasy was the genre i enjoyed reading the most and so it was the one i most naturally gravitated towards when writing.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

There are so many I could name so I’ll try to keep this short: Melanie Rawn, D. R. Perry, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett, Kelly Blanchard, R. R. Virdi, Tom Holt, C. S. Lewis

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Here Comes the Sun by Tom Holt, Skeins Unfurled by K. M. Vanderbilt, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, The Cat Who Came For Christmas by Cleveland Amory, Bearing An Hourglass by Piers Anthony

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Cordelia (from King Lear), Kazander (from The Dragon Star trilogy), Screwtape (from The Screwtape Letters)

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I enjoy writing fantasy but that includes all of its’ sub-genres. I love using different ones to explore varying themes and ideas. If one book doesn’t sound right for you as a reader, try a different one.

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

The best place right now is to visit my Author Page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDarylJBall

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sentience by Courtney P. Hunter

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sentience by Courtney P. Hunter

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m Courtney, and I’m a serial creator from Philadelphia, PA. Telling stories is the thread that connects the various roles in my life together, and I believe that my experiences give me a fresh perspective in my approach to writing. I currently work in retail buying for Burlington Stores, where I curate cohesive stories of merchandise for the Crafting and Stationery Category. I also maintain a production company called The Stolen Fire Collective that produces original and thought-provoking content in the form of podcasts, opinion pieces, and live events. I’m working on a brand new stand alone novel that’s a departure from science fiction. I’m the most literal definition of the word Capricorn. I’m marrying my high school sweetheart next fall. AND most importantly, I’m a dog mama to three rescue pups Rickie, Billie, and Reggie.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Sentience is an adventure science fiction novel with a little romance woven in. It was written for readers between 18-30!

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I pulled inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, but ultimately, I wanted to tell a story about humans taking things too far. I’m drawn to anything that tells a similar story. Jurassic Park is my all-time favorite movie, and all I wanted to do with Sentience was to make others feel the way that story made me feel. However, there were many specific places and pieces of media that I pulled inspiration from. I count the following among them. The CW’s The 100. Ex Machina. HBO’s Westworld. Netflix’s The OA. The East. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. Voices of Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich. Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw. The NY Time’s podcast Caliphate by Rukmini Callimachi (I’m really inspired by Rukmini in general). It’s a random list, but I found nuggets of things that I wanted to emulate in my writing in each of the above. In addition to all of that, I’ve been a dancer for all of my life, and dance is where I really learned story-telling. Funny enough, my novel was an extension of a contemporary dance piece about artificial intelligence that Stolen Fire did for the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The experience of taking a story from the stage to the page gave me insight into pacing, world-building, and having my characters emote through physicality. This is something that sets my writing apart. Completing that dance production and being left with the world I created on the stage made me feel like I should evolve the project into a new form, and thus, Sentience was born.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Running from a violent past, Leo Knox desperately decides to participate in a scientific experiment conducted by the infamous and greedy tech-giant, AlgorithmOS. Soon, Leo learns that she has agreed to take part in a Turing Test, a test that measures the ability of artificial intelligence to blend in among humanity, but what she doesn’t know is that the test set to take place is unlike any other of its kind. Leo enters Eden, the contained preserve where the test will occur, with twenty-three others. While everyone appears to be human, four of the individuals are an indistinguishably advanced form of humanoid AI. The task is simple: identify the AI while trying to survive. The twist? The four AI are completely unaware of their nature, causing every participant to question what they know as reality. The group embarks on a journey within the preserve, rigged with obstacles devised by the controllers of the experiment to elicit human response and emotion. Quickly, madness ensues and divides form, partnering Leo up with Avery Ford, a Marine who wears his demons on his sleeve. Romance falls together for the two as the world around them falls apart, revealing the lengths people will go to protect those they love, to achieve monetary gain, or simply to survive. Back at AlgorithmOS, the story unfolds on the screens of Nathan Aimes, a scientist responsible for monitoring the experiment’s surveillance cameras. Nathan studies the humans involved as they wrestle with where they stand on the polarizing issue of AI and its applications. He watches the AI unknowingly fight to prove their humanity just to leave the experiment unscathed. All the while, Nathan is intimately aware of his company’s plans to weaponize or commodify the AI should they pass the test, and he must reconcile this with the chaos that plays out before him.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Chris Lodwig

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Chris Lodwig

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I live in Seattle with my wife, daughter, dog, lizard, and an unlikely number of shrimp. I have spent the last twenty-three years working for technology companies in the greater Seattle area. I spent my younger years playing music, frequenting Burning Man, throwing art parties and unsanctioned parades, and clandestinely installing monoliths and other art in local parks. I have degrees in both Comparative History of Ideas and Communications from the University of Washington. Systemic is my first published novel.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Systemic became sci-fi out of necessity more than anything else. I honestly didn’t know I was writing a sci-fi novel until I was 90 pages or so into the first draft. Two things were going on in my mind at the time. The first had to do with the current political environment, and the willful destruction of truth. I was thinking—and still am thinking—about whether and how we can ever get back to a place where we have a general agreement about facts. I tried to imagine something that could solve that problem; a generally accepted non-partisan arbiter of truth. I’m not optimistic that humans will ever be able to fit that bill. And so, the System was born, and I had a sci-fi novel on my hands. The second had to do with the way the world needed to work so I could tell the story as it unfolded. I either needed advanced technology or magic, and I read quite a bit more sci-fi and actual science than fantasy, so it felt more natural to me. I can’t really tell you more than that or I will give away some of my favorite parts of the story.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

This changes all the time but there are a couple that stick around. Neil Gaiman is always great, and Neal Stephenson. I love how Philip K. Dick was always playing around with reality and consciousness. Cormac McCarthy writes like no other human alive. I never think I like Stephen King, but I always seem to. There are a ton of authors I’ve been reading lately who will certainly become “my favorites” given time. Gareth L Powell, Iain M. Banks, and John Scalzi to name a few.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

The book I force on every young person is Ender’s Game. That book probably turned me on to reading and sci-fi in particular. Dune is so epic and vast it blows my mind. Blood Meridian is the most beautifully written and wrenchingly horrible book of all time. Moby Dick’s not bad either. But I love all sorts of books for all sorts of reasons. Currently the books that have me pounding the table and shouting at people to read are: The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill which is incredibly charming. Erin Morgenstern’s, the Night Circus wins for atmosphere, and N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series was dark and refreshingly original. Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel was a pretty big influence on the mood of Systemic, and the sequel I’m currently writing.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

I’m a bit of a sucker for anyone who starts out assuming they are one thing and then discovers they’re something else entirely. Paul Atreides from Dune, Bagginses both Bilbo and Frodo. I appreciate anyone who points out the ridiculousness of life like Yossarian from Catch 22, Don Quixote, or the odious Ignatius J. Reilly from Confederacy of Dunces. And I’ll always have a soft spot for characters who embody a childlike joyfulness like Fyrian the Dragon from The Girl Who Drank the Moon, or Wilbur the pig from Charlotte’s web.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My book for starters, and all the things about it that I personally enjoyed. I like that Systemic is technically a sci-fi novel, but that the sci-fi is somewhat in the background serving the plot, rather than being the focus and obsession of the book. I like that it mostly takes place in wide open spaces and small towns rather than the crowded megalopolises standard to the genre. I love my characters and I feel for them. And lastly, I want to share that excited, “Oh, that’s a really cool idea!” feeling I got time and time again while the story was coming to me.

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

You can purchase Systemic on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. https://tinyurl.com/systemicbook

You can also visit me on:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisLodwig

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christopherlodwig/

Website: http://chrislodwigauthor.com/

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Arranged Love, A Prequel Novella – Diana Rose

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Arranged Love, A Prequel Novella by Diana Rose

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hm. Unique….I love creating my own bookmarks and things like that. I used to work in my college as a journalist and wrote a few articles under my pen name Diana Rose for the paper. I still have those articles at home.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

The genre is YA Fantasy Romance and it is written for teens

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Actually, the first thing that inspired this book was a sentence I wrote in Book 1: Forbidden Love and also, a story my grandmother told me about how her parents met.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Book 6: Arranged Love is about Princess Amy’s parents and how they met. Also it goes back in time a bit and explores how the Moon Kingdom began. Alyona has a decision to make about the man she wants to spend her life with and who it will be. Will Alyona choose the baker’s son or the Crown Prince of the Celestial Kingdom as her future husband? Is the question the young ten must answer.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

All my books are now on Amazon.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Kingdom of the Faeries: Edenhart’s Rivalry by J.N. Tomczak

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Kingdom of the Faeries: Edenhart’s Rivalry by J.N. Tomczak

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I love everything retro, and my author logo reflects that. I’m a big fan of the Dark Crystal as well as the Lord of the Rings. I collect nerdy stuff from fandoms I love, like POPs and figurines. I love learning about history, the Civil War and the Revolutionary War in particular. I am also the proud owner of one cat and three pet frogs. When I’m not daydreaming about made-up worlds and characters, I’m usually hanging out with my wonderful husband and biggest fan.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Epic Fantasy

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

After I read and fell in love with the Redwall series, I wanted to give back to the writing community. It amazed me that the power of words alone could conjure all these emotions inside me while reading. It was a pivotal moment for me, the moment I discovered my love for fantasy. I thought it would be awesome if I could write something that meant that much to someone else.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

AN ANCIENT CURSE. A KINGDOM IN PERIL. ONE FAERIE TO SAVE THEM ALL… Darkness is spreading across the kingdoms—and one faerie stands between destruction and survival. Aurora’s peaceful existence is shattered by an unexpected tragedy that leaves her as the last surviving heir to the throne. But her reign is threatened before it can even begin. Her court swells with spies and traitors. There are growing tales of a mysterious blight. Strange riders abroad are hunting for something—or someone. On the day of her coronation, she and her loyal friend, Percy, the newly appointed Flight Captain, discover an ancient prophecy sealed away and guarded in a secret chamber beneath the castle. There they uncover a sinister plot that will spiral her people into a war they cannot win on their own. Her courage and wit will be her greatest weapons if she hopes to succeed where others have failed. She must ask herself just how far is she willing to go to save her kingdom and at what costs?

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon. Available for Kindle Unlimited.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Glen Dahlgren

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Glen Dahlgren

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Glen Dahlgren is the author of the young-adult fantasy series, the Chronicles of Chaos–a passion project that is the culmination of Glen’s lifelong love of fantasy and years of experience releasing compelling characters into fascinating worlds and describing what happens. His debut title, the Child of Chaos–which Piers Anthony called “what fantasy fiction should be”–launched in 2020. Wearing slightly different hats, Glen has written, designed, directed, and produced award-winning, narrative-driven computer games for the last three decades. What’s more, he had the honor of creating original fantasy and science-fiction storylines that took established, world-class literary properties into interactive experiences. He collaborated with celebrated authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (The Death Gate Cycle), Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time – soon to be a TV series from Amazon), Frederik Pohl (Heechee saga), Terry Brooks (Shannara), and Piers Anthony (Xanth) to bring their creations to the small screens. In addition, he crafted licensor-approved fiction for the Star Trek franchise as well as Stan Sakai’s epic graphic novel series, Usagi Yojimbo. When Glen isn’t designing games, he teaches a course on the subject every summer to international students at UC Berkeley. Glen also likes to read, play computer games and volleyball, and compose music—either dystopic synth-heavy themes or renaissance fair tunes for some reason. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his lovely wife and two teenage children, who all happen to be the perfect ages to enjoy his fantastic yarns (that means everyone can enjoy them–you get it).

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I’m a dedicated creator and storyteller. Ever since I was a kid making D&D modules, I was creating fantasy storylines. I graduated into making games and, eventually, my own game company. Even then, I worked fantasy stories into the adventure games I designed, culminating in collaborations with Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis, and many more. In both games and prose, there’s nothing better than creating compelling characters and a world to put them in, and then solving problems and figuring out how it all happens.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I’m a fan of classic fantasy authors. I read voraciously in my teens and into college, authors such as Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Margaret Weis, and Steven R. Donaldson, among many more. Even now, I continue to read favorites from that time like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

It’s hard to nail down favorites, so I’ll use this criterion: if I read a book enough times that I broke the binding, I must have liked it. This happened mostly when I was much younger. A few examples that I can remember: Mirror of Her Dreams (Donaldson), Split Infinity (Piers Anthony), and Eye of the World (Jordan).

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Right now, it might be Gerald, the Witcher—if only because I love his portrayal in the Netflix series.

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

Someone told me this once: Writers write. It sounds simple, but it contains a lot of wisdom. First, you can only improve as you write. Second, you need to write for yourself, not for acclaim, so keep at it regardless of negativity. You’ll hear this from every successful author that they failed a ton before succeeding. Finally, it feels good to write THE END, so keep at it until you have a finished product. That will lead to more, and more, and more.

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?

Like any author, I’d be wildly excited to turn my property into a TV show or movie (although I think it’s more likely to become a video game), but I have not done any thinking about casting roles. I’ve cast enough game voices to know that you never know who is going to bring the right performance to the character until they try it. As for the music, my favorite film composer has to be the obvious choice: Hans Zimmer. I listen to the soundtracks to Gladiator and the Pirates movies whenever I’m writing.

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

My experience with games, especially casting and directing voices, led me to narrate my own audiobook. It was a crazy experience, but I learned a lot and people seem to enjoy it. I’ll definitely be narrating all of the subsequent novels in the series.

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

The first place to go would be http://www.mysterium.blog. There are tons of ‘behind the scenes’ stories about my games, like Wheel of Time, or Death gate, or even Glee—as well as a write up of learning how to narrate an audiobook. Also, signed copies of my books are available there too.