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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Bruce Nesmith

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Bruce Nesmith

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve spent most of my life and career in fantasy and science fiction. My first job out of college was at TSR, maker of Dungeons & Dragons. I’m best known for writing the Ravenloft campaign setting. At Bethesda Softworks, I served as a senior designer for The Elder Scrolls and Fallout video game series, including being the lead designer of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These days I’m an author and gleefully enjoying world building and writing stories set in those worlds.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I read voraciously as a child, and still do today, preferring fantasy and science fiction novels. Even at a young age I would dream up new stories and put myself into the books I read. Working in the gaming industry gave me a chance to tell those stories and I loved it. I’ve spent my career telling stories of one sort or another. Now I’m in a position to write my own novels and all those ideas are just begging to be put onto paper.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Roger Zelazny, who challenged my imagination as a teenager. His books on gods who were men, and the classic Amber series, remain some of my favorites. Iain Banks wrote science fiction at such a high level. His Culture universe captivated me with it’s vision of the future. Adrian Tchiakovsky writes both science fiction and fantasy, and always creates quirky plots that surprise me with such a flamboyant writing style. Seanan McGuire’s amazing October Daye series defined urban fantasy for me and made me want to write in that genre. Every Heart a Doorway elevated her to more than just a writer of serial fiction with it’s unique ideas. I could go on and on.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny. He bravely took on Hindu mythology as a fantasy setting in a science fiction story. His take on humans that give themselves special powers and declare themselves to be gods inspired my books. Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space is one of the best examples of believable science fiction while still presenting far flung ideas. Patricia McKillip’s Riddle Master of Hed showed my teenage self how different fantasy could be from the standard sword and sorcery plots. And who can deny Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind. I couldn’t. One of the best written fantasy books of the last few dacades.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Corwin from the Amber series by Roger Zelazny tops the list. His refusal to surrender and insistence on playing it smart endeared me to him. October Daye by Seanan McGuire walked that tricky tightrope of being emotional but tough, and sympathetic but practical. Michael Moorcock’s Elric is the prototypical anti-hero, and I love him for it. My underdog favorite is Strahd Von Zarovich, Tracy Hickman’s D&D vampire from Ravenloft. A flawed villain with a heart that fails to understand the true selfishness of his love.

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

Write what you love. Precious few of us make a decent living at it, let alone get rich. If you aren’t enjoying what you are writing, what’s the point? I’m also a fan of Neil Gaiman’s line, “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” If you are new to publishing, do your research. Learn about traditional publishing, independent publishing, self-publishing, audiobooks, and all the rest. Find the niche that is best for you.

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

Tim Roth as Loki, a younger Clancy Brown as Thor, Anne Hathaway as Frigg, Salma Hayek as Esme. Ian McKellan would be an amazing narrator for my book.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

We do this for you. Okay, that’s half a lie. We do it for ourselves and for you. We write stories that we hope and pray will thrill and entertain our readers and validate our own desires to be heard. There is nothing more precious to an author than hearing from their readers. Let us know what you think and feel about our books, in whatever manner you feel comfortable.

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

My Facebook author page:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100065304827763

and the link to my book on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B092CJPX2Q

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR William Staub

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR William Staub

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I come from a solid military background having given the US Army 52 years of my life. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since childhood and was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I traveled the world during my military career. I am happily married to my wife of 50+ years; we have four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. I am now retired and residing in St Augustine, Florida with my wife, where I have more time to write than ever before. I have written six novels, three children’s books, and have only been fortunately enough to publish in the vanity press—so far. I finally decided to write what I know best which is Mormon action/thrillers, the first of which is The Grace of God.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I feel like I have stories in my head/heart which readers would enjoy. I want to tell my stories in a way that does not resort to using foul language, sex, or gratuitous violence in the process of story telling.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Mark Greaney, Lee Child, David Baldacci, and Clive Cussler. At first glance, you might think these authors all write the same kinds of books or at least the same genre. However, I enjoy each of them for different reasons. Mark Greaney writes the Gray Man series and his character can always find a way to get his job done. It is a dirty job and the gray man has to go into all kinds of nasty places. But he always come out of it successful. Lee Chid created Jack Reacher as a strong and unbeatable man who is willing to help the underdogs. David Baldacci has a wonderful variety of characters and he writes several series which are very successful. And last of all, I enjoy reading Clive Cussler’s books because he does not frequently use foul language and his characters are always positive, intelligent, and strong.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

My favorite genre is male action/adventure. I always to enjoy reading the first books of new series, and getting introduced to new characters and how they got to be so strong, intelligent, and resourceful.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Years ago I was intrigued by Ton Clancy’s Jack Ryan. He had a background with which I could identify and I enjoyed how he advanced with each book. But after he became the head of the CIA, I stopped reading the books. Now, I enjoy Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and JT Baier’s Matthew Riker. Both of them take time to help the underdog and usually end up getting into something that needs to be destroyed for its wickedness, like human trafficking or counterfeiting on a major scale.

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

If you want to write, then read the kind of books you want to write. Get familiar with the stories and characters so you can develop similar characters and tell their story from your heart. Write, write, and write some more. Then develop a thick skin and let others read your material so they can tell you how to improve. If you are afraid of criticism, you will never make it in the current commercial market.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Choose the kinds of books you read carefully and digest them; highlight important passages, and cross reference clues you think are important so you can learn how to create that kind of story.This crazy world in which we live already has all the sleazy material it needs for people looking for that kind of book. You can be better than that. Write stories that uplift your readers and make them feel good about your characters and the activities in which they find themselves. Tell stories that will touch the hearts and make them look forward to your next book before you have even written it.

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

author-william-staub.com/blog

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR N. M. Rudolph

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR N. M. Rudolph

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m N. M. Rudolph. I’ve been writing since childhood. The earliest thing I remember creating was little letters to my parents. I liked making cards and little poems. My dad has always been a scholar, so I think I picked up my love of reading and writing from him. Since then, I’ve tried my hand at most writing outlets. One of my favorite seasons was when I regularly attended a poetry group that would meet monthly. I met one of my dearest friends at one of those meetings. Generally speaking, my story is pretty commonplace. I dream of having my books read by everyone, so I get by with freelance work and part-time jobs. My main money-maker is my own tutoring business. Funny enough, I was certified as a high school math teacher. After quitting a job that stank, I created my one-man business. That let me tutor writing as well—among so many other subjects. I love learning and am always trying to find the energy and time to learn more. In my own publishing process, I’ve learned a tremendous amount. I went with self publishing because I didn’t feel like waiting for an agent to accept my work. It seems that that path is less and less feasible. Publishing companies in general seem to take more and offer less. Marketing is always an odious beast, but I like being able to control more of the variables. Mostly, I want to make money so that I can allow myself to create more. Besides books upon books that I long to write, I have so many other creative projects waiting for the opportunity to be created. Some of the prominent categories are music and visual art. I’ve dabbled in both and want to offer myself the opportunity to do them well.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

It’s the deepest passion in my heart, so it’s more a matter of needing to write than being inspired to write. I enjoy it of course, but it’s a quiet itch that never stops. Sometimes, it’s not so quiet. The urge is always there, then, and it’s only waiting for time to do it. In that context, ideas are constantly sparking in my brain. It could be something somebody said, an existential question I ask myself, some movie that did a crappy job of delivering its plot such that I wanted to do better, and on and on. Since there’s no lack of digital storage (at least for text), I have piled up hundreds of different story and book ideas that are just waiting.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

C. S. Lewis forever. I love the worlds he created as well as how much content he packed into so few words. For example, his most famous novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was only just over 38,000 words. For the rest of that series even, the maximum word count stops short of 65,000. I’m not saying that a shorter novel is necessarily better, but Lewis managed to do extraordinary things with so little space. I also adore Brandon Sanderson. He uses a far higher word count (383,389 in The Way of Kings for example), but he also packs in so much vivid content. He manages to make each of his characters believable and relatable. There are so many other great authors I’ve read, but none stands out so boldly as those two.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I’ve thoroughly been enjoying Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series. I love how much attention he gives to each character. No one is expendable, and the characters on whom he focuses are all captivating. The one that stands out to me, however, is Kaladin Stormblessed. It was his hardships—and how he survived them—that reminds me I can survive troubles. I even occasionally say to myself, “If Kaladin can survive bridge four, I can survive this.” The series is definitely a worthwhile read.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Kaladin of course. I enjoyed Ransom from C. S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy. Dalinar Kholin—also from Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive—is another favorite. (I promise that I’ve read other books. It’s just that I’ve been in these for a while because they’re so blasted long.) I admire Dalinar’s lasting ferocity that, in his older years, is tempered with regret and a desire for purpose. He’s not perfect, but he’s constantly struggling to pursue what’s right and honorable. It’s a beautiful image.

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

Keep at it. The sun will rise and set. Peace will ebb and flow. You may or may not get support. Inspiration is fickle. Despite all this, you will be more plagued in your spirit if you continue finding excuses not to write than if you had just written and been rejected. Also, let go of the need to be validated in your writing. If people like it, splendid. If you can get published, awesome. If you make some money off it, glorious. However, write for yourself first. Write just to relieve the mental pressure your brain keeps creating in the effort to destroy itself. Also, work harder. Poetic license is never an excuse to be sloppy or lazy. It’s horrible trying to find the balance between rigor and flow, but you can assume that either extreme is bad news. Just because you’re trying to find freedom, it doesn’t mean you should abandon grammar altogether. Also, be more vulnerable. Writing is not a safe thing. We shouldn’t write to protect our feelings. Among many reasons, we should write simply to practice being vulnerable with ourselves—and possibly with others. We humans like to hide from each other and ourselves. Writing, even fiction writing, is the practice of being seen, being exposed. Let your hurts spill into your stories. It’ll make them that much truer.

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?

That is a tough question! I have no idea who should make the soundtrack because I don’t really know composers. As for cast, I want Nathan Fillion in something, whatever it is. There are a few of my stories whose themes wouldn’t quite align, but Fillion’s persona, recurring though it is, is one of my favorites. Amy Adams has a beautiful voice and great acting skills, so she should have a role somewhere. The same goes for Gerard Butler. Emma Thompson has played some amazing characters, and her accent would be its own great addition. Speaking of singing, Hugh Jackman would have to be in the movie too.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’ve written so many things and even published a lot of them! If you look for a little while, I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking.

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

https://www.nmrudolph.com/

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Hannah-Louise Smith

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Hannah-Louise Smith

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a self published author with a joint degree in English literature and history. I have a Siberian husky called Logan and love tea, books and fantasy

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I just have an idea and run with it

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

George. R.R. Martin because of the way he ties each story together into bigger plots in the a song of ice and fire, Christina Henry because I love her twisted story retelling and Stephen King because he has such a way with describing horror

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Ready player one is one of my favourites because it’s just so unique and ticks every box for me, Memoirs of a Geisha because you can really involve yourself in the story and the Alice trilogy by Christina Henry because they are really dark

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Elizabeth Bennet because she is a very strong female character in a world where a woman must depend on a man and finding a husband. The Weasley twins, Fred and George because we all need a little mischief in our lives. There are so many to choose from, it’s a very hard question

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

Just go for it. The only time you will fail is if you never try at all

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?

So many choices, I would probably work on the soundtrack myself (hints for my work in progress). I would have Richard Armitage playing Hades, Andrew-lee Potts playing Lucas and Terry Crews playing Ares, just to name a few.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I have big things planned and many books to be written so keep an eye out for my future works

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

I’m available on my Facebook page and other forms of social media. https://www.facebook.com/hannahlouisesmith19 https://www.instagram.com/hannahlousmith/?hl=en https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22231590.Hannah_Louise_smith

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR K. Rose

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR K. Rose

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

K. Rose has been a part of the Indie Author Community for years. Getting her start as a reader, her keen eye led to a wonderful career in Alpha/Beta and ARC (Advance Reader Copy) reading. As a joke to her fellow advanced reader colleagues, she created a spoofed blurb and cover for a story and the feedback was so positive that it sparked her to run with it. That stoked a fire that has her racing down a multi-genre freeway with no off-ramp in sight. K. doesn’t write to “market” and she is fairly certain that her humor and use of puns may cause an eye roll or two. This still wouldn’t stop her from making sure there is humor in every one of her stories. As a Multi Genre Author, there is sure to be something for everyone to love. She has traveled the USA extensively, including Alaska, and lived in thirty-eight of the fifty states. Home is now the beautiful state of Wisconsin, where she dreams up her stories in the company of her menagerie of furbabies, including five puppies, three rescue kitties, a bunch of chickens, ducks and turkeys ruled by a Rooster named Chicken Parm, a ninety-gallon tropical fish tank and a chatty nineteen-year-old Cherry Headed Conure named Oscar! Life will always be interesting for K. Rose, which will fuel her works, and keep her muses singing, come join the chorus.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I have been insured to write by many things, the main one being that there are stories that I feel need be told that haven’t yet. I also hope that I can help people see that it is okay to cross genre and tropes sometimes. There are no set in stone rules for Fiction..

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I don’t like to pick favorites. I do read a lot of Indie Authors right now, and when prompted the favorite is usually the world I have immersed myself in, and the book or book series I am reading at that time.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I tend to read a lot of reverse Harem romance books. I like Paranormal stories and Fantasy as a close finisher in the top spots. These are books that pique my interests the most, and keep my attention. Plus I have a lot of author acquaintances in these particular genre, so I know there is no shortage of books for me to read.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Again with the favorites thing. I feel like choosing a favorite is diminishing the potential greatness of those that you hadn’t chosen, and for that I reason I don’t like to.

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

FOr Aspiring authors, Take all advice and criticism with a grain of salt. Don’t take anything to heart, and even if you don’t have thick skin, for these situations you really must. Stay away from any reviews that haven’t been prescreened by a friend or VPA, and always look for those that are actually good feedback to polish your crafts going forward. For veteran authors, there is enough room in this industry for all of us! It is a multi million dollar industry, and even if you can write a full novel every month (that’s worth reading) you cannot support the voracious need of some of these readers who can (and do) read a book or two every single day. So raise each other up, be supportive, and know we are all in the same boat.

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

I would love to have one of my books made into a show or Movie. The soundtrack done by Highly Suspect, Avatar, Breaking Benjamin, Asking Alexandria, and Halestorm sounds awesome! As for a dream Cast, I like Bill Skaarsgard, Jason Mamoa,Richard Madden, Jake Gyllenhall, Famke Janssen, and/or Jennifer Lawrence .. probably a pricey venture to get them all but in the end I feel like they’d be able to do the book and story justice.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I am an author of fantastical fiction and romance. I will genre and trope hop, and I will bend the rules to the point of breaking all in the name of creating a better story. I also have bookish merchandise and wearable available for sale on my website. If there is a specific bookish design you’re looking for, you can always PM me on FB messenger, and perhaps I can design what you are looking for and have it up for sale on my site as well.

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

https://linktr.ee/k.roseauthor AND WWW.KROSEAUTHOR.NET

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Claudia Blood

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Claudia Blood

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a wrangler: Pet, kid, and story. I’m nerdy. I love dice and D&D. I love science, patterns, and puns, but love magic and ambiguity.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Dreams. I get a scene or situation in my head and work to figure out what the heck is going on.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Alan Dean Foster and Anne McCaffrey are two of my favorites. I love how they did their characters in the worlds that they build.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

I love books. I have favorites in many genres. Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card are two of my favorite. The first because of how relatable a non-human character was. The second was the first book that tricked me with the ending.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Guy from Fahrenheit 451. Everything he believed is turned on its head. He survived.

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

Not all feedback is equal because each genre has different expectations. A horror author/feedback is going to be different than what a Romance author/feedback is going to give you,

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

For the Main characters for the Relic Trilogy: Duff – a younger Chris Pine Z – Vin Diesel Ravenne – Helena Bonham Carter Matilda – Elizabeth Olsen That one is harder. I love Disney soundtracks, but that may not be right.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Right now my favorite character is Ravenne from the Relic Trilogy. She was the bad gal. I have a novella coming out that is her story and a series called Renegades Rising that tells the story before the Relic Trilogy. Ravenne is available on amazon on Oct 24th 2022.

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

www.claudiablood.com

https://linktr.ee/AuthorClaudiaBlood

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Deborah Jarvis

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Deborah Jarvis

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a writer of fantasy – mostly portal/isekai and urban, but my day job is that of an English teacher. I teach both college and high school, and try to inspire kids and adults to write and analyze literature. I am an advocate for greyhound and other sighthound adoption, and am an avid reader of anything not nailed down.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Dreams, conversations, a lot of what if discussions which get under my skin and make me want to craft them.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Peter S. Beagle, because he is awesome and legendary (and he wrote one of my favorite books – see below!) Jim Butcher because a wizard riding a dinosaur just is epic, Patricia Briggs because she has a were-coyote as her main character and Coyote shows up sometimes too. Walter Wangerin Jr. because an arrogant rooster as a main character can’t be beat, and Roberrt Holdstock because he nailed the feeling of OLD that comes with literature from old England stories.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Last Unicorn – it inspired me to write and captures my imagination more than anything else. Ariel, by Stephen R. Boyett, because its edgy and real-feeling and made me want to throw the book across the room when I was done. The Book of the Dun Cow by WWJr. above – it may have a some heavy Christian overtones, but the characters are real and vibrant and stand out in a way that is really hard to describe. There is a sadness to it that underlies the story, but there is also a triumph to it at the end when you realize who the real hero is. Which is also tragic.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Mercedes Thompson from the books by Patricia Briggs. She’s no nonsense, a were-coyote sort of, and is also a mechanic (as was my dad, so I can relate). Nora Kelly from the Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child novels. I love archaeology and the writers use their knowledge to make her such a great character. Harry Dresden – because Harry Dresden!

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

Don’t give up! it may take time, but you will get there! It took me decades to bring Keyralithsmus to light, but I never gave up. Then it was the right time, and it worked.

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 the dream cast, I have only really figured out who would play Deirdre, and that would be Claudia Jessie. Peter Gabriel would be the one to create the sound track for The Crystal Pawn and The Ivory Queen. Possibly in conjunction with Hans Zimmer! I mean, if you’re going to dream big…!

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Keep an eye out for Demond!

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

My website is www.deborahjarvis.com

All other links can be found at https://linktr.ee/the_rael_coyote

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR T. Norman

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR T. Norman

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I live in southeast Wisconsin with my wife, two children, and chocolate lab. I love hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, sailing, and almost anything outdoors.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I started writing to develop a story I had building within me. I’ve had these characters and plot in my mind since I was a child, and I wanted to finally take that from an idea and put it into something real. I am constantly reading, watching tvs or movies, and consuming many forms of media. This helps fill my creative well and inspire me to continue writing and developing new stories.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

I have so many favorite authors, it’s hard to narrow it down. Some of them include Brandon Sanderson, Peter V Brett, Michael Sullivan, Brian Staveley, George R.R. Martin, and J.R.R. Tolkein. I love books with large casts of characters, unique worlds and magic systems, and realistic stakes.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Stormlight Archives, Mistborn, Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Riyria Revelations, and so many more. Similar with my favorite authors, these all have unique and relatable characters, great world-building, and make me feel a connection to the story.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Some individuals I love are Dalinar Kholin from Stormlight Archives, Hadrian Blackwater from Riyria, Vaelin Al Sorna from Raven’s Shadow, and too many more to list. I want a character that has some moral struggles, that toes the line between good and evil, with a rich back story. I don’t need a perfect character who is always good, I want to see the depth and their imperfections.

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

No two author journeys are the same. Even if you start at the exact same time as someone else, your writing pace and ideal publishing rate will be different. Don’t try to compete or keep up with other authors, find what works for you and stick with 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?

When I started writing my series, I find it helpful to help cast the characters so I have a better idea of who they are. My main character, Rysh Trell, would be played by Ewan McGregor. His son, Gant, would be played by Tom Holland. Julia Rawson played by Willow Shields. I could keep going, almost every character in my book I have someone designated to play them.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I love writing long and intertwined stories. There are lots of characters, some you will love to hate and some you will hate to love.

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

I have a lot of information on my website, jntpress.com On there I have an interactive map of Draxos, the world my book is set in, where you can find out more about each of the cities and towns the characters visit. My books are available on all major retailers.

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Jeff Chapman

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Jeff Chapman

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I explore fantasy worlds through fiction and am the author of The Merliss Tales fantasy series, The Huckster Tales weird western series, and The Comic Cat Tales series. Trained in history and computer science, I write software by day and explore the fantastic when I should be sleeping. My fiction ranges from fairy tales to fantasy to ghost stories. Most of them share an element of the macabre and many have an element of humor as well. I’m not ashamed to say I’m addicted to dark hot chocolate, and I love cats. If you visited my house, you would notice there are more books than bookshelf space.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

I have a strong desire to craft stories. Where does that desire come from? I don’t know. The inspiration for particular stories is easier to pin down. For example, the Merliss Tales were inspired by a cat that my family adopted off the street. Smokey arrived at our house one day begging for food. She was sick and starving. After a trip to the vet, we had a new cat. Smokey possessed several old battle scars. One of her ears was notched and two of her four canines were missing. This gave me the idea for a character based on an old soul in a cat’s body. Merliss was born.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Some of my favorite writers include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, Robert E. Howard, Franz Kafka, Charles Todd, Ann Cleeves, and Michael Connelly. I could list many more. I enjoy many genres of fantasy and stories that dip into the macabre and fear. I also enjoy mysteries.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. This is a dark fantasy told from the perspective of Snuff, a dog serving as a familiar. I read or listen to an audio version every October. This is a wonderful example of a story told from an animal’s perspective.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Conan–Howard can drop him into various settings and situations and the guy comes across as at home and heroic. Holly Gibney–a recurring character in several Stephen King stories. Holly is psychologically fragile but also possesses an amazing inner strength which allows her to overcome her problems.

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

Don’t get discouraged, don’t give up, and read more books. Study the writing craft to learn what goes into a good story. The only failed writer is one who stops writing.

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?

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

Do you like fantasy? Do you like cats? Do you like dark stories salted with some humor? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I have stories you will enjoy. The Merliss Tales are dark fantasy stories with a human spirit trapped in the body of a cat as the protagonist. The Huckster Tales combine fantasy, horror, and humor in the Weird West.

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

http://www.jeffchapmanbooks.com/

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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Deborah Jarvis

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Deborah Jarvis

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a fairly new author with a large background in reading fantasy literature. I teach high school and college English classes, among which are Heroes and Villains, Mythology as Literature, Creative Writing, and Intro to Literary Analysis. Books are my passion. I also am an advocate for greyhound and other sighthound rescue.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

Dreams, people’s stories,

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

Charles De Lint for his amazing storytelling and imagination, Peter S. Beagle for his amazing gift with words, Walter Wangerin Jr. for the astounding characters and plot of The Book of the Dun Cow, Neil Gaiman for his mythology and understanding of the Hero’s Journey, Stephen King for his characters, Jim Butcher for the whimsy of Harry Dresden and making us go to Chicago to see Sue the T-Rex, Robert Holdstock for bringing the mystery of the British Isles to life, and Patricia Briggs for her storytelling and for NOT making the werewolves, faeries and vampires stereotypical.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

The Last Unicorn is my all-time favorite book. It has beautiful language and a captivating storyline. The characters feel real. I also love The Book of the Dun Cow for the way the animals are portrayed and how the ideas of good and evil are viewed through the lens of the story. The Box of Delights by John Masefield because it was given to me by my grandmother one magical Christmas long ago.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Harry Dresden is always fun to watch in action, Mercy Thompson is ever-practical and a good role model.

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

Do not give up. Even if your dreams of writing need to be put on the shelf for a few years (or decades) just keep moving one step ahead at a time. You’ll get there.

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

I have always wondered this. One of the other projects I am working on is easier to decide. For The Crystal Pawn, maybe Claudia Jessie from Bridgerton to play Deirdre and possibly Daniel Radcliffe for Jack Parns. For the soundtrack, James Horner.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

There will be three books in the series. The Crystal Pawn and The Ivory Queen are already out. The Ebon King is in the works.

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

www.deborahjarvis.com