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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 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.

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Writers Over Time Don’t Change Much

So i was listening to Man In The Iron Mask last night, and i am came to the scene where four or five poets were arguing about what words rhyme and don’t rhyme.
And i caught a fit of the giggles because i have been engaged in very similar discussions about consistutes a dystopian story this past month or so.

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Story Origin Group Promos

Mornin Friends!

A new month means more Group Promos from Story Origin. Just follow the links over to Story Origin, browse the covers, and pick your next favorite book!

This month I was lucky enough to be selected to join 2 groups.

First is All Things Great & Fantastical

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The Second Group is Journey to Other Worlds

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If you have time to check them out, let me know what you think.

Have a great day!

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Rosie Wylor-Owen

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Rosie Wylor-Owen

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy, an amateur calligrapher and a Taekwondo black belt who loves to travel. If my landlord allowed pets, I would also be a crazy cat lady. Instead, I make do growing lemon trees on the windowsill of my little London flat. When I’m not writing or learning new skills, I’m going for walks, daydreaming and playing Civilisation 6, Skyrim and Zelda: Breath of the Wild until 3am (if I remember to check the time.)

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I’ve loved the idea of magic from childhood. After watching Fairytale: A True Story when I was seven, I was hooked on magic and tried to find it everywhere. That movie has a lot to answer for! This led to an ongoing reading addiction and a compulsion to write magical fiction. Later inspirations include Harry Potter (obviously!), A Discovery of Witches and The Worst Witch series. I really identified with The Worst Witch as someone who had trouble fitting in themselves and this series also inspired my recently released novel “A Druid’s Secret”. This book features Tabatha, a druid who is unable to cast magic properly until she unearths Olkaster Academy’s deepest, darkest secret and consequently, the truth about her own powers.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

My favourite authors change a lot these days because I read a lot of indie books and these amazing authors keep knocking each other off the top spots. Needless to say, my favourites list is three miles long. At the top right now are Kat Ross, Jessie Thomas, Sarah Painter and Monique Martin, all three of whom deserves a lot more attention than they’re getting – if you’re a fan of urban fantasy, check these guys out!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

Baptism of Fire – Jessie Thomas A Bad Breed – Kat Ross The Night Raven – Sarah Painter This list also changes a lot! But Kat Ross’ books have a lot of staying power on account of how intense and gripping they are.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch series. That girl is my my literary idol. Despite all her failures, she always tries her hardest and is kind and empathetic throughout. Anne Lawrence from A Bad Breed is also an amazing character. She’s wily, wickedly intelligent and yet also a hopeless romantic. She is a bit of a sucker for punishment, too and this flaw is entirely relatable at times.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I currently have four books published, one of which – The Witch’s Touch – is available free via my newsletter. Scorpio’s Grace is book one in The Scorpio’s Grace Saga, an urban fantasy series, and came out November 2019. The rest of the series is on its way but you can get book one right here on most major platforms: https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/9c116b8e-184a-11ea-bb34-0b0bcea8bbe1

My latest release is A Druid’s Secret, an urban fantasy academy book which just released on 15th August this year with the rest of the series to follow! You can get A Druid’s Secret at this universal link: https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/ccf1df08-caac-11ea-a458-67816727de1e

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

I’m more or less everywhere! You can find me and my work at any of these places:

Website: https://rosiewylor-owen.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rosiewylorowen

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/rosiewylorowen/boards/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17827657.Rosie_Wylor_Owen

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rosie-wylor-owen

Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/102b528ef825/subscribe-to-rosie-wylor-owens-newsletter

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Writing Update

And it is off!

Jan 15th is the Shades of Mortality, The Realm of the Light Book 4 is due to CMP.

I need to give a huge SHOUT OUT to everyone who helped me improve the story. Thank you!

Now on to my next project, creating a screnplay to accompany my fantasy thriler novel, Cross of Roses

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My Thoughts on The Swarm by Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

My Thoughts on The Swarm by Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

 

Yes, I am still reading the Ender-Verse books as they come out and I am able to get my hands on a copy.

The Swarm was an interesting addition to the Ender-verse.  And to be honest, I was only engaged with it as a reader because of how much I knew about, and cared for the characters.  As a stand alone, The Swarm was not that great.  But as a continuation in the story of the First Formic Wars, and how the Second Formic War happened, well in that light it was an interesting bit of “history,” if you will.

I was surprised with one thing I can share here.  I was very surprised with how excited I was to see my old friends, Victor and Imala, Lem Jukes (who I hated at first, but am now starting to like a bit more every time I get to see his character ARC), Mazer Rackam (let’s face it, I was a fan of Mazer’s since Ender’s Game), and Bingwen.

 

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Story Origin Group Giveaways for Jan 2021

January I was able to join a couple awesome group promos in Story Origin:

I hope you find your next favorite author

Sci-fi and Fantasy Giveaway



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Unlimited Fantasy Deals!

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Poppy Kuroki

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Poppy Kuroki

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a ghostwriter and travel blogger living in Japan. I love video games and Dungeons and Dragons and I live near the beach!

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

I love fantasy games and music, and of course grew up with Lord of the Rings and other amazing fantasy books. I dabble in other genres too.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Jay Kristoff, Rebecca Ross, Stephen King, and JMD Reid.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

I love the Nevernight trilogy for its grittiness and amazing prose, The Queen’s Rising duology for its beautiful descriptions and gorgeous setting, the Saga of Darren Shan (the only vampire books I like), and Outcast by Josephine Cox (a romance, old but memorable).

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Severus Snape from Harry Potter, Jamie Fraser from Outlander, and Tracy Beaker.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I hope you enjoy A Bard’s Lament and the original music that comes with it!

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

My writing blog is https://poppyinjapan.com and my Japan blog is https://poppyinjapan.com. You can also find me on Instagram (@poppyinjapanofficial) and Twitter (@poppyinjapan). I also have a Facebook group called Great Books with Poppy Discussion Group, so be sure to pop in and say hello!

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2020 Recap

This week, being the final week of the current year, is a great time for me to think, ponder, and reflect on the past year and to brainstorm and create goals for the next year.

Reflecting on 2020, I just feel exhausted. Some of you may already be aware of this, but in August I hit my head really hard, and I have been healing from various symptoms of a concussion ever since.

It has been difficult for me to allow myself to slow down my pace at work, while writing, and with my family, to rest and allow myself the necessary time to recover. As a result, I have often pushed myself too hard and have paid a hard price for it in the form of headaches, migraines, and upper body muscle tightness. My intent in sharing this is not to get any sympathy or to complain, but rather to explain my personal reasons for wanting 2020 to be over.

Still, there has been a couple really good things that have come out of 2020.

2020 is the year I wrote Cross of Roses, A Fantasy Thriller from the Realm of the Light.

It is the year that my daughters and I published a poetry collection, the year that Excal’Byr was published in Glimpses of Time & Magic, and the year that Perfectly Evil was published.

I hope 2021 will be even more eventful for me. I hope to publish 2 novels with CMP, 1 stand alone short story, 1 stand alone thriller novella, work on a couple extra short stories to be included in my Realm of the Light Short Story Series I will release in the summer of 2022, and write and submit to my publisher the final book of The Realm of the Light Series, UNTITLED Book 5, thus setting me up to hit my goal of 20 published titles by Dec 2022.

And while reflecting on 2020, I have to admit that I think I have been a bit too obsessed with hitting my 20 published titles by 2022 goal, and while I am far hitting my goal, I have faith that I can hit and possibly even surpass it.

Good riddance 2020!

Hello 2021! Can you start a week early?