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JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Kevin Buckner

JQM PRESENTS A BLOG POST INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR Kevin Buckner

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a medical laboratory scientist who writes in his free time. I have published one novel, have completed the first draft of another, and am about halfway through the first draft of the second book in my series. I currently live in the Salt Lake City, Utah area with my wife and two children. I enjoy listening to and playing music, playing games with my family, and knitting.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?

My writing is inspired by role-playing game campaigns I have run and dreams I have had. I write because I think I have good stories to tell, which other people will find interesting.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS? WHY?

David Eddings because I like the characters he writes and the way they interact with each other. I also like the creativity he shows in his works, with defining how magic works in his worlds and that he doesn’t rely on the same races most people expect from a fantasy novel (elves, orcs, etc.) Alexandre Dumas because he wrote compelling books that kept (and still keep) the reader engaged, not wanting to put the book down. Edgar Allen Poe because his style was similar to mine. There’s a darkness in his stories and poetry that is also present in my works. In high school, my English and Creative Writing teachers called me a modern-day brooding romantic.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS? WHY?

Les Misérables because it is a classic work encompassing a wide variety of literary themes and archetypes. I appreciate its complex story and all the different story lines woven throughout the work. The Belgariad (series) by David Eddings because of the wonderful world building and the characters. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings because of their masterful construction. Tolkien can be a little dry at times, but he was a master at painting mental pictures with words. It’s fascinating to me how he built an entire world with unique cultures, languages, and histories in order to create a cohesive fantasy story that has more than held up to the test of time.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS? WHY?

Drizz’t Do’urden from the Dark Elf Saga by R.A. Salvatore. I like that he was a high-born noble who could have lived in relative luxury, but chose to give it up and live a life of exile because of what remaining in the society he was born in would mean. He rejected the scheming, dishonest, murderous ways of his people to become a good and honest person. He’s an example of someone choosing to be different from what you would expect and he’s very good at what he does. I find that I identify with him in a lot of ways. Jean Valjean because his is a tale of redemption. He dedicates his life to helping others and improving society, in spite of the things he had done in the past. He chose to leave behind a life of crime in the pursuit of being the best person he could be.

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

Never give up. Keep writing. Keep improving. When you ask yourself whether it is worth it, always answer “yes”.

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

Henry Cavill as Rogen, Andy Serkis as Zón, Gina Carano as Callista, Natalie Portman as Amilla and I haven’t thought much beyond that. For the soundtrack, I’d probably ask Howard Shore to work with Al Pitrelli and Paul O’neill.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

I’d like everyone to know that I am confident that anyone who likes fantasy will enjoy my series. I think a fair number of people who don’t particularly like fantasy will enjoy it as well. It has been a labor of love for me. It took me a year to write the first book and another five years of editing and rewriting before I felt like it was good enough to publish, and I have been my own worst critic.

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Advent-Zon-Book-One-Cudomerie/dp/154873828X/

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

I am @LordZombitten on twitter and instagram, but haven’t been as active on those platforms as I should be.

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JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Alan J. Hesse

JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES Alan J. Hesse

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

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

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?

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

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

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

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?

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

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?

Flashman, Tarzan, Dracula.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?

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

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

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

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

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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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