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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 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 PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR J.N. Tomczak

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR J.N. Tomczak

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a big fan of anything retro. My author logo reflects that. I’m a huge fan and collector of The Dark Crystal. I also collect figurines and POPs from my favorite fandoms and still counting. I am also the proud owner of one cat and three pet frogs. I also love learning history, particularly subjects pertaining to the Civil War and the Revolutionary War.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Everything. From movies, books, pictures, people, dreams.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Brian Jacques will always have a special place in my heart. His books, the Redwall series, introduced me to my love of fantasy. I would probably not be a writer now if it were not for his books.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

All the Redwall books. The Prydain Chronicles. Narnia. Lord of the Rings. The Grisha Trilogy, and the Icemark Chronicles to name but a few.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

I love Princess Eilonwy from the Prydain Chronicles. I love the spats between her and Taran. She’s independent, fierce, witty, and very sassy. 😉 All the things I love in a female character.

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

Your first book may not break world records, and that’s ok. It might be your sixth or tenth book. Just keep writing, keep improving your craft, and always remember why you write. Because you enjoy 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?

For Aurora I would say Chloe Grace Moretz. She has that otherworldly look about her that fits the character’s description. For Tristan I was thinking Sebastian Stan. I would be honored to have Trevor Jones orchestrate the soundtrack.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

If you love the Lord of the Rings and Narnia, this book will be right up your alley. It has magic, aerial battles, faeries with wings, prophecies, and different realms, creatures, and races.

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

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES John B. Rosenman

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES John B. Rosenman

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was an English professor at Norfolk State University where I designed and taught a course in how to write Science fiction and Fantasy. I’m a former Chairman of the Board of the Horror Writers Association and have published 250 stories in places such as Weird Tales, Whitley Strieber’s Aliens, Fangoria, Galaxy, Endless Apocalypse, The Age of Wonders, and the Hot Blood erotic horror series. I’ve also published two dozen books, including SF action-adventure novels such as Beyond Those Distant Stars, Speaker of the Shakk, A Senseless Act of Beauty, Alien Dreams, and the Inspector of the Cross series (Crossroad Press). In addition, I’ve published a four-book box set, The Amazing Worlds of John B. Rosenman (MuseItUp Publishing). Plus two mainstream novels, The Best Laugh Last (McPherson & Company) and The Merry-Go-Round Man (Crossroad Press). Recently, I completed a science-fiction novel Dreamfarer which is the first in a new series.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I was exposed to them at an early age. A free subscription to a major SciFi magazine; an older friend introduced me to Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson. You know, The Martian Chronicles and The Shrinking Man. Into the recipe, stir terrifying EC Comics and science fiction / horror movies of the fifties. The War of the World, The Thing, Them, and so on. Plus, I think I had a tendency in that direction anyway.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Robert Silverberg, Dan Simmons, Octavia E. Butler, Stephen King, Dan Koontz, George R. R. Martin, and so many others.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons, Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick, the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin, Odd Thomas by Dan Koontz, etc.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Katniss Everdeen, Private William Mandella, Don Quixote, Snake in Dreamsnake . . .

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I was powerfully influenced by the Golden Age of Science Fiction, and much of my speculative fiction / science fiction reflects that sense of awe and wonder. I’m also the author of a young adult novel The Merry-Go-Round Man, about three boys growing up in the 1950s. It’s a coming-of-age story and is semi-autobiographical. Read it and see if you can find which of the three boys is a thinly disguised version of myself.

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

Here are a few links:

Visit my website at http://www.johnrosenman.com

Blog: http://johnrosenman.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Writerman1

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

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JohnBRosenman?ref=hl

Facebook Home Page: http://www.facebook.com/john.rosenman

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/John-B.-Rosenman/e/B001KMN69E

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/johnrosenman/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/938855.John_B_Rosenman

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-b-rosenman-50287218

Check out one of my interviews at http://www.milscifi.com/files/inter-JBR-BS.htm. (Other interviews, a podcast, movie trailers, etc. can be found on his website.)

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Robert Eggleton

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Robert Eggleton

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a retired children’s psychotherapist with over forty years in the field of child advocacy. Rarity from the Hollow is my debut novel, following short stories in magazines.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Science fiction was the result of process by elimination. Literary drama would have been too depressing to meet my personal goals of facilitating an understanding of child abuse and its dynamics from alternative perspectives. Fantasy was too wild for the message to avoid reality. Romance never really solves much. While nothing is more horrific than child abuse, I wanted a story that did much more than scare readers. Science fiction gave me the flexibility of genre bending.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Vonnegut and Tom Robbins.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Another Roadside Attraction

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Tiny Tim

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Half of author proceeds are donated to help abused children.

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

@roberteggleton1 on twitter

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES J.D. Cunegan

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES J.D. Cunegan

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

J.D. Cunegan is known for his unique writing style, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism, a lengthy career in media relations, and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, and next to books and art, his big passion in life in auto racing. When not hunched in front of a keyboard, scratching a pencil over a piece of paper, or with his nose stuck in a book, Cunegan can probably be found at a race track or watching a race on TV.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Comic books, superheroes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

R.R. Virdi, S.E. Anderson, Madeline Dyer, Chuck Wendig, Sabaa Tahir

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

The Grave Report series, Wanderers, An Ember in the Ashes, Aix Marks the Spot

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

I got nothing for this one lol.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

My stories are where ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things.

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

https://jdcuneganbooks.com

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES J.M. Lively

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES J.M. Lively

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Jonathon Lively (J.M. Lively) was born and raised in California. After moving through several cities and states he settled down in Grand Forks, North Dakota. There, he met his wife Brittany, and together they started a family. Over the years of moving, attempting to be an artist, and living life by the seed of his pants, Jonathon collected pages upon pages of inspiration for characters. He was heavily influenced by comics, anime, and manga. A lot of those ideas were meant to be drawn, tattooed, or designed with computer graphics. Instead, he took those characters and small snippets of story and combined them all into one HUGE document. It took Jonathon three months in 2018 to comb through all the information but when he was done, he had an outline for the series, The Oreniah Codex. From there, he started writing the story. Then, in August of 2019, he published his first book, The Last Soul. Now, Jonathon lives in Bemidji, Minnesota with his family and continues to explore the universe of Oreniah, through writing novels.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I started writing in the Fantasy genre because it is basically all I read. Except for some self-help/business books, I read for entertainment. I like to escape to a new world. I love the idea of magic and imagining how it would work blended with today’s society. When I first started writing fantasy, it was a background story on a character I was going to play for a DND campaign. Later that night I turned in a ten-page backstory that made my Dungeon Master want to puke it was so long. But for me, it was just the start. Three days later, I had about sixty-seven pages written on a character that I’d never thought about before. I did not research, I had no pre-determined goal, and there was no outline. I just wrote.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Brandon Sanderson is easily my favorite author. Patrick Rothfuss is another favorite. Other authors that come to mind are Cinda Williams Chima, Christopher Paolini, Brian Staveley, Orson Scott Card, Garth Nix, Phillip Pullman, J.K Rowling, Pitacus Lore, and Dakota Krout.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Basically, take any book from any of the above authors, and I probably enjoyed it. However, ones that I keep coming back to are the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Stormlight Archive, The Inheritance Cycle, and the Unhewn Throne.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

That is tough. Its cliche to say too many but it still holds true. Kaladin from Stormlight, Kvoth from Kingkiller, and Valyn from Unhewn are probably my favorites. Kaladin speaks to a power that I wish I had. Kvoth inspires me that intelligence can get you further than raw power. And Valyn is the anti-hero, the one who struggled through tribulations and came out scarred but powerful.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I appreciate any of the feedback you are willing to give. Whether that be through an author’s life blood, a review, or a personal message. I will not take it for granted. Your feedback will only help me to improve. If I am ever going to nail down my group of people that want to read my stories, I need to know what you think. Tell your friends or family about my book if you enjoyed it. Reading is uncool to a lot of people. I know so many individuals that have never read a novel. Its an alien concept to them. But if you are a reader, then you know. A good book can do wonders for your mental health. Sometimes, we all need to escape to another world. If you find that feeling with my book, tell a friend. Whether they are a reader or not, tell them.

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

My Facebook page is the best place to plug into what I am doing. I am making an effort to post more regularly but social media is not my strong suit. https://www.facebook.com/theoreniahcodex/

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Tiffani Collins

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Tiffani Collins

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve always been terrible at running, so I learned to ride horses. I was even worse at dancing, so I studied martial arts instead. A banshee sings better than I do, so I picked up the violin – and didn’t fare much better, truthfully. When asked what I wanted do when I grew up, I always said “work with animals,” so I became a Veterinarian Technician and did that for fifteen years. When I got tired of wrestling dogs and herding cats, I got a job at my local library where I get to talk about books with other bookworms all day long. I read to keep sane and I write… well, I write because what’s more fun than that? My name is Tiffani Collins and I live in a small rural town in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. When I’m not braiding hair at Renaissance Fairs, spending time with friends, or helping library patrons find their next favorite read, I’m working on my next writing project.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I once heard another author remark that they were always looking for a certain kind of story to read, and when they couldn’t find it, they decided to write it themselves. That statement really resonated with me and it was then that I realized that was why I wrote, too. I also love writing because it’s a bit like taking a vacation in a world you built with a bunch of people you know very well. Some of them you like, some of them you don’t, and some you’d really like to strangle with your own hands because they make your head explode with wrath – and you can! Because they’re the bad guy and you get to write the fitting poetic end to their villainy that never seems to happen in real life. It’s quite satisfying. Just as it is very gratifying to give your good guys the happy ending you wished more people could have in reality.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Jim Butcher! I could meet J. K. Rowling or George R. R. Martin and think it was cool, but I wouldn’t turn into an incoherently babbling fan girl for anyone other than Jim Butcher. I actually don’t want to ever run into him in real life because I am deathly certain I would humiliate myself terribly and never recover from the experience. After that, I have to say that the authors I want to be like the most are J. K. Rowling, Naomi Novik, Leigh Bardugo, Will Wight, Tanya Huff, Dianna Wynne Jones, Diana Gabaldon, L. A. Meyer, and Ilona Andrews. All of these authors write incredibly immersive stories that have stuck with me for years with characters that feel so real you talk about them to your friends as if they were people you’ve actually met. Many of these authors – Jim Butcher, Tanya Huff, and Ilona Andrews specifically – also have a tremendous ability to make me laugh with their witty one-liners. Tanya Huff has been known to say that of all elements in writing, humor is the hardest to pull off well, and I agree! If an author can make me burst out laughing while reading, I will forgive them almost any sin they might commit elsewhere in the story.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Oh, God! I hate this question! Should I answer with the book that made me laugh the most? Or maybe the book that got me reading in the fourth grade and transmuted all my testing scores through some mystical means of alchemy from well below average in every subject to off the charts… well, except for math – that never got over the above average line, sadly. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but I’ll take a stab at a few that have suck in my head for years and are always the first I recommend to people: * Raven, by S. A. Swiniarski – best horror book about vampires ever and the first book that I ever encountered that explained vampirism as a virus pathogen, which I really thought was cool back in middle school. BTW, I went from reading Goosebumps in the fourth grade (those books I mentioned above) to reading John Saul and Dean Koontz by sixth grade, so just because I say I read a book in middle school doesn’t mean it was meant for children. * Summer Knight, by Jim Butcher – this is the fourth book in his Dresden Files series, but the FIRST book of his that I liked. The first two sat collecting dust on my selves for years because I thought his main character, Harry Dresden, was an irritating chauvinist and the author couldn’t write any female characters that weren’t trying to out-macho the guys or use their sexual appeal to get what they wanted, which really grated on me. Then a friend told me if I got past the third book, the series really begins to take off – and she was right. The Dresden Files is like crack cocaine, according to my cousin – once you get a taste, you’re addicted for life. One of the reasons I love Jim Butcher is that he is a prime example of how an author can have a rocky start but really come into their own as they grow in their craft. He gives me a lot of hope for myself as a writer. * Lord of Scoundrels, by Lorretta Chase – the one straight-up romance that I will publicly admit to loving. Remember how I said if a book can make me burst out laughing, I’ll forgive it everything else? Well, this book was hilarious, so I could get over the fact that it is a dyed-in-the-wool Regency romance novel. >:P It’s also my reminder that there will always be exceptions to any rule and that I should sometimes get out of my own way and try books from genres I don’t typically like. * And finally, Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo – because Kaz Brekker is in there and he is the BEST ANTI-HERO EVER! ‘Nuf said. If I ever manage to pull of characterization half as well as Bardugo did with Kaz, I will die believing myself a success as an author.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

This is also hard to answer, but I’ll give the two answers that immediately pop into my head: * Kaz Brekker, from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – he is such a broken character. I know that’s a weird reason to love a guy who literally dug his fingers into the orbital socket of the guy he was questioning to rip out his eye, but it’s true. Kaz has been deeply, deeply scarred by horrific events in his childhood, and life growing up in the gangs of what feels like Victorian-era New York REALLY didn’t help. He is both the most vulnerable character in the book and also the strongest, bravest, smartest character in the book. Despite everything his life has thrown at him, Kaz is still actually a good guy. He’s as Sherlock Holms said in the BBC show “Sherlock”: “I may be on the side of the angels, but I am not one of them.” * Ethan, from Will Wight’s Cradle series – Ethan is a side character, but I love him because he’s funny for one, but also because he plays off being a fool, but is actually one of the strongest and smartest characters in the series. I’ll admit here, that this is where my love affair with competence really shows. I don’t like those stories where the hero bumbles his way through the series, not really knowing what he’s doing, but persevering in the end, despite everyone around him having more of a clue than he does – which, let’s be honest, is most fantasy/adventure stories. I like characters who already know what they are doing and then sitting down to watch them do what they do best with style. Ethan gives me that, which is a reprieve from watching Linden tripping over his own feet. Don’t get me wrong, I really do like Linden a lot, but Ethan is the one that gives me the competence porn that I crave.

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

Read, read, read, then read some more. If you’re writing romance, read tons of romance. If you’re writing horror, then tons of horror. Reading boat-loads of the kind of stories you’re trying to write will help you internalize what good storytelling should “look” like. Sort of like immersing yourself in the language and culture of a language you’re trying to learn. Even BAD stories will teach you what NOT to do. If you read a book that elicits a strong reaction from you – whether it’s to recommend the book to everyone you meet or to burn it in effigy – ask yourself WHY you’ve reacted so strongly. Dissect it, then try to emulate it – or avoid it, in the case of bad books. When you start writing your own stories, just write. Put your butt in the chair and words on the page, no matter what. Sometimes your fingers will fly over the keyboard and sometimes every letter you punch will feel like ripping out a nail, but if you don’t get those words on the page, you’ll never finish your story. WHEN you finish your story, the hardest part is this: Be brave. When you let people read your writing, you’re letting them into your head, because make no mistake, there’s way more of YOU in that story than you’ll ever realize and people are going to see it. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there for people to judge. But be brave and let them in. I believe most people will like what they see and want to see more of you than not.

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?

Oooo, this is tricky for me to answer, because I actually don’t “see” the characters and places in my head. I always feel like a blind person in my world and someone has to be around to tell me what everything and everyone looks like. It’s why I love having artists do renderings of the creatures or characters in my stories, because at last I can see them! Same for buildings or settings. I do a lot of browsing on Google’s image searches to figure out how to describe a setting in the scene I’m working on. So, I suppose I would be overjoyed with whoever they cast so long as they matched the basic description I set up for the character. In a way it would be easier to say what I WOULDN’T want to see happen. I would hate it if they completely miscast my characters like they did in Sci Fi’s Dresden Files TV series based off of Jim Butcher’s books. Harry Dresden is basketball-player tall and lanky with a legit wizarding staff; they chose a shortish guy with an average build and a hockey stick to play him. Bob is a spirit that looks like a swirl of orange campfire sparks inhabiting a human skull who loves bodice-rippers and has a funny, snarky attitude; they turned him into a dour ghost-man with the personality of Lurch from the Adam’s Family. Morgan is an old, grizzled German guy with pasty white skin and graying hair; they cast him as a big, fit, youngish African American guy. Karen Murphy is a cute blonde woman; they cast a brunette. No, no, no, no, no! I wouldn’t let the rights to my books go without retaining veto power on the development front, which probably means I will never see my books on the streaming platforms because I am NOT J. K. Rowling.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Please don’t ask me questions about how my story will turn out or what will happen to certain characters because I have ZERO ability to stop myself from geeking out and spilling EVERYTHING! So, for the sake of all those who hate spoilers, please take pity on a poor writer who lacks a functioning filter.

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

Ok, so I have a confession to make – I hate social media. Biggest time-sucks ever! I don’t even have accounts on most of them and the two I AM on are always on the shaky edge of being shut down for lack of use. I would just much rather be reading, or writing, or researching for my writing, or going to Ren Fairs where I do really cool things with hair braiding, or doing art, or walking my dogs, or hanging with friends, or playing Skyrim, or, you know… living my life. But I do have a website, tiffani-collins.com, and a blog and a contact page, so I am reachable and I do love talking with people and being totally nerdy about books. Hard to get me to STOP talking, really, and I enjoy nothing more than to gush with fellow fans of the same books or learning of new series I might be interested in. So, please, by all means, come visit my website and drop me a line!

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES MJ Vieira

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES MJ Vieira

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m an American paranormal thriller/fantasy/horror who currently resides in Iowa with my twelve year old son, husband, and two fur babies: Poopah and Sir Fluffabut. An avid music fan and coffee addict, I am usually jamming out and reading when I’m not writing.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I’ve always been fascinated with the paranormal. I find it hard to believe that we humans have know everything about life on Earth. There are too many stories out there, across the globe, of the paranormal for there not to be truth to some of the myths. As far as the fantasy genre goes, I love reading high fantasy like Toilken and Patrick Rothfuss, and Jacqueline Carey. I find their worlds memorizing and awe inspiring. So, I wanted to try my hand at it.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

I have to many to list. But right now, I’ve been reading a lot of Karen Marie Moning, Joshilyn Jackson, Mike Carey. Also, indie authors Robert Cano, JA Stone and Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

LOTR Return of the King, The Dark Angel by Meredith Ann Pierce, Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Pandora by Anne Rice, Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning, Obsidian Butterfly by Laurel K Hamilton and the Harry Potter series.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Again, a hard one. Aragon from LOTR, Armand from Anne Rice’s vampire series, Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series, Snape from HP, and many, many more.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

To keep reading and supporting authors. We may not all be traditionally published, but there are so many worlds out there to explore! If the world around you is too much, pick up a book and find a new escape.

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

I am very active on Facebook.

The best way to see what’s new is to find me there, MJ Vieira Author: https://www.facebook.com/authormj.vieira/.

I’m also on twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and Bookbub.

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Christopher Keene

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Christopher Keene

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a writer of sci-fi and fantasy.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

Boredom

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Bitcher

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Heroes Die, Way of Kings, First Law, Book of Words

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Logen Ninefingers, Kelsier, Bodger and Grift

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

New book out

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