Let’s Get 10 Know You: Michele Barrow-Belisle

Interview with Michele Barrow-Belisle

Fire & Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy #1)

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Goodreads Description

Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered.

Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries…. are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she’s compelled to be with.

Now she’s trapped, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. Nothing is what it seems. Not her family. Not the Fey. Not even Adrius, whose feelings for her balance precariously between desire and danger. Despite her better judgment, she can’t say away from him. As secrets unravel and unsettling truths are revealed, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world, and her soul, in jeopardy.

But hey, no pressure… right.

You can buy the book Here Kindle Edition £1.99 (as of when posted)

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Lets get to know you

1. Hello and welcome to The Reading Rose, Can you tell us more about your book please?

Hi Rachel, thanks so much for having me! Well let’s see, Fire & Ice is a young adult fantasy romance. I like to describe it as Phantom of the Opera meets Lord of the Rings. But that might only make sense to me, lol. The story is about high school senior Lorelei Alundra, a girl who can see and heal people’s pain and can sing with the voice of an angel. But because her gifts are controlled by the dark Faerie Zanthiel who gave them to her, she’s spent most of her life hiding from them. Totally content with her semi-normal life, Lorelei is confused by her inexplicable attraction to Adrius, the new guy in her art class who seems to know more about her than any stranger should. Her mother becomes fatally ill and to save her, Lorelei follows Adrius into another realm, full of Elves, Witches and Faeries. She ends up trapped in their world, forced to fulfill a prophecy she wants no part of, or risk her mother’s life. Every shred of her semi-normal life is torn from her, when she discovers the prophecy’s true prediction—that she’s the dark magic Princess destined to destroy their world, and that Adrius is the Elvin Prince destined to destroy her. That’s the gist of it, but its full of subplots and twists that I guess I shouldn’t give away. 😉

2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?

I really love the main character Lorelei. But I had the most fun writing Zanthiel’s character. He’s a Shadow Faerie, dark and kinda badass—but there’s just something about him. I think because the Fey don’t have the same moral codes that humans do, his actions come across as being pretty hardcore. But underneath that icy exterior there’s a being with a huge heart. I just finished writing a novella called Freeze, and it’s his story told in his voice. It was great to delve deeper into his character and really see what makes him tick and why he is the way he is.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

When I first started the story, several years ago, it began as something I could read to my son when he was about 8yrs old. I’d already self-published a series of how-to books by that point. We’d been reading the Magic Treehouse book series together and I had the thought, like many humble authors have at some time, I could write that. And so I started writing what eventually became Fire & Ice. But the story wanted to become so much more than a middle grade novel, so I set it aside for a while. A few years later I came back to it with fresh new ideas for how to shape it into a full length novel. It sort of expanded from there, because once I gave the characters a new lease on life, they wouldn’t leave me alone until I’d finished writing the entire book. Then they went on to insist their story should be a trilogy. So then came the second book and third is underway, plus three side story novellas. Now I’m not sure they’ll let me end things, lol. But I love it. I’m always asking what happened after that?

4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?

I have three pieces of advice for aspiring authors, and it’s the same advice I still live by…
First piece of advice: Start. And then don’t stop. It sounds simple and yet it’s profound. So many people talk about wanting to write a book, but unless you actually start you can never finish. As the queen of procrastination, I was guilty of this myself for a long time. Eventually you have to just do it. Don’t worry about whether it’s any good, just start. Keep going until you get to where you want to go. Then celebrate, decide where you’d like to go next, and keep going.
Second piece of advice: Immerse yourself in the experience. If that means taking writing classes, then go for it. Join writing groups, go to writing conventions, network with other authors. Have a community of people who get it, is not only good for the soul, down the road it can be good for your career!
Third piece of advice: Read. Read read read! Read what you love, read in your genre, read outside of your genre, read what’s hot and selling like of the charts. Just read. It honestly improves your writing.
Just write what you love, relax and enjoy the journey. And to quote something NY Times bestselling author Lori Wilde once told me before I was published: “You can do this.”

5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?

The book cover was designed by Amanda Matthews of AMDesigns, who does a lot of cover art for my publisher. She’s amazing. I had very high hopes for what the cover art would look like, but I was pretty sure I’d hate it, because I’m so fussy when it comes to imagery. A cover has to set the right tone and mood, convey an emotion and a sense of mystery, and still look stunning and memorable at the same time. She totally nailed it in my opinion. I love everything about it…especially the dress!

6. Why did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve been writing for as long as I could hold a pencil… make that a crayon. I used to make up stories and invent long involved plays for my friend to star in, when I was little. I’ve kept a journal or a diary for as long as I can remember, and the ideas for stories and characters and plots dance in my head constantly. I took a long break from writing after university, but coming back to it again has been like finding a piece of my soul. Once I started writing again, it was like a drug… thoroughly and utterly addicting. And after that it follows that eventually you want other people to read what you’ve written. I guess that’s really how it began for me. I don’t really think there was a clear decision made. I never really work up and said I want to become a writer. I just wrote a book, decided to get it published, and it snowballed from there.

7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?

For me the best thing is listening to the response it gets from other who’ve read it and loved it. The movie deal generated a ton of buzz and of course that part is insanely exciting. But so was every other step in the journey. Landing an agent, selling the manuscript, the audiobook and foreign language deals, all of that was great. But the best is moments like having your book selected by a teen book club. And sitting in the bookstore during their meeting to discuss your book…surrounded by people who adore your character and know them as well, if not better than your do. Now that is the absolute best.

8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?

I like to read 😉 …bet you guessed that one right. I also love to paint, draw and sculpt in polymer clay.

9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit and Alice in Wonderland are three of my all-time favorites. As a child I had them read to me, and read them on my own countless times. I’ve always been drawn to fantasy and the idea of stepping into another world full of magic and mayhem. In fact, I’m still waiting for the day that I walk through a door and discover another realm on the other side.

10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?

Oooh, fun question! Let’s see…. I think Aragorn from Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien), because it never hurts to have a good-looking future king, who knows how to fight, by your side. Hermione from Harry Potter (JK Rowling), because she’s brilliant and knows like every useful spell. And Zanthiel from Fire And Ice (yours truly), because it never hurts to have two good-looking future kings who know how to fight, by your side. Plus he’s got that whole shadow-Faerie-dark-magic thing going on.

Thanks so much for the chance to drop by and chat with you Rachel! It’s been a lot of fun!

Thanks for Joining us today Michele and taking part in on of our Lets get 10 know you interviews! Also keep your eyes out readers as Michele has kindly gifted me with a copy of her book so expect a review as soon as I have read it. Thanks again Michele

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Let’s Get 10 Know You: Ben Porter

Interview with Ben Porter

In Hell Exhale (BlackCloud Chronicles Book #1)

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Goodreads Description

A story driven by greed, revenge and the boundaries that push friendships to there absolute limits. Jennifer finds herself in a world she never grew up in, on the run from a maniacal ruler hell bent on getting to her at all costs. But are things really what they seem, or is there someone behind the curtain pulling the strings, for plans that are much more vile and self indulgent at heart. Will Jennifer be strong enough to stand up for what she believes in when the world she thought she knew comes crumbling down around her and will you be strong enough to stand by her side…

You can buy the book Here Kindle Edition £1.99 (as of when posted)

Lets get to know you

 1. Hello and welcome to The Reading Rose, Can you tell us more about your book please?

My book is about a girl called Jennifer who is absolutely fed up with her life. Every day is the same boring trek just to try to get through to the end. She knows it needs to change. And then when someone offers her an offer she simply can’t refuse everything begins to slowly unravel and turns into a fantastical game of cat and mouse. Jennifer is on the run for reasons she’s not quite sure off, in a world she doesn’t know, trying to get back to her family.

2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?

I think it would have to be Alixander. he is just the ultimate evil and narcissistic villain. He does what he wants, when he wants and kills who he wants regardless of anything around him or the situation he’s in. Which makes it a fun character to write and because he has absolutely no boundaries that also means that the readers never really quite sure what he’s about to do. Even me, I write it and I’m never quite sure what he’s about to do.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

It all started from the first paragraph, that’s the first thing I wrote for the story. But I never planned on it turning into a full novel, that was supposed to be it. I used to write a lot of much smaller things. Stories, poems and things that weren’t any longer than a couple of pages. Often just dramatic and to the point. Writing a novel takes a lot more staying power that I didn’t necessarily think I had. I can’t remember the reason, but whatever it was I just decided to try and take the story as far as I could. Now I’m one book down with many more to come and I haven’t looked back.

4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?

I know it’s cliché, but probably just to never give up. I think that no matter what life throws at you, you should always strive to do something that you enjoy doing and something that’s not necessarily just for the money. Trust me, I know life can be difficult. I’ve had my dark times just like everybody else. But the trick (well at the very least) is to make sure you’re always keeping your head above water, at least for the sanity of your soul. Like me, right now I make practically no money from writing, it’s my hobby. I make my living from my day job and as hard as that can be, I still try to make sure I find time to write. It’s what I enjoy so it also relieves some of the stresses that life often creates for me. So whether it be an author, or anything else under the sun my advice would still be the same. Find something you enjoy and don’t stop doing it.

5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?

The amazing Yoskay Yamamoto did the artwork for me because I have as much artistic ability as I have flying ability. Which is practically none in case your someone who doesn’t really know me that well, I mean I can sometimes hover for a few seconds but only if absolutely no one is watching me and they just take my word at face value. It turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I’m so happy I got him to do it. I sent him the first few chapters from my book and his inspiration came from a few things that Jennifer talks about. He sent me a few mock ups and I chose the one I liked the most and it really is stunningly beautiful.

6. Why did you decide to become a writer?

I wouldn’t say that I necessarily ‘decided’ to become a writer. It’s just something I’ve always done and something I’ll always do. Whether I make money from it is irrelevant. I’m writing now even though I’m making almost nothing from it. so that won’t change if it suddenly takes off. It just means I’ll be able to spend more time doing it which I would absolutely love.

7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?

I spent a lot of years saying over and over that I was going to do it and it got to the point where I thought that maybe I was just fooling myself into believing that it was something I could achieve. But regardless of what anyone says, it’s living, breathing proof that I could write a book and no one can take that away from me. From the cover to the contents inside it’s something I’m defiantly proud of.

8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?

Listening to music. I love music in all its wonderful shapes, styles and sometimes grandeur. I listen to anything from rock, pop, country, metal to even classical. It all just depends on what kind of mood I’m in at the time. that and being a full time chef takes up more than enough of my time.

9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?

It’s quite strange, because even though I love writing and I love certain stories I don’t remember being much of an avid reader as a kid. Even now, I much prefer to create stories myself than read ones. But you couldn’t go wrong by reading one of Roald Dahl’s often bittersweet books.

10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?

Okay so I couldn’t think of three but one I would definitely want is the Mad Hatter, obviously I can’t imagine there being much to do on a dessert island. So the mad hatter would at least make things interesting, but I guess maybe the only problem with him would be that you wouldn’t really know at what point you were starting to go crazy. But I can imagine that the idea would get old very quickly. Probably from the very first second you were with him you would think you were crazy.

As Ben Porter felt bad for not being able to choose three characters for the last question he has very kindly provided us with one of his awesome poems as a hidden question 11! Thanks Ben!

THE LADY OF THE LAKE

She takes her first step out onto the frozen lake,

Wondering just how much pressure it will take for the ground below her to finally break.

She was the first but one by one they’ll follow her down,

And like lambs to the slaughter they won’t even make a sound.

No one knows how she got this far,

Maybe it was by slowly picking apart all the goodness in her heart.

But the children gather round even though they still can’t remember what they came here for,

But all they know for sure is that they all have something missing deep at their core.

So like moths to a flame they quickly move in closer,

They’re the ones that are going to have to pay the price for her not once ever feeling any form of closure.

Her bitter sweet lullaby is always what draws them in,

They hear it everywhere they go until it finally seeps in under their skin.

Then in a flash of light her singing stops and the ice is gone,

And just like anchors they sink to the bottom as she once again continues to sing her song.

The parents are powerless to stop her as every year she trades a hundred lost souls for the chance of finally being free,

But she’s so lost in her desires that I can’t see how this could ever end happily.

Thanks for Joining us today Ben and taking part in on of our Lets get 10 know you interviews!

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Let’s Get 10 Know You: Mitchell Charles

Interview with Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana

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Goodreads Description

SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

You can buy the book Here Kindle Edition £3.96 (as of when posted)

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Lets get to know you

1. Can you please tell us more about The Kingdom of Oceana?

The Kingdom of Oceana takes place in a fantasy world 500 years ago in ancient Hawaii and Polynesia. The story is a sibling rivalry between two teenage Hawaiian princes, told from the perspective of the younger brother, Ailani.

2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?

Prince Nahoa, because he is complex. He’s charming, yet menacing. He has the stone cold manner of a killer, yet he’s a momma’s boy. Also, he’s very curious, so he’s always getting into some sort of dangerous mischief.

3. How did you come up with the idea for the book?

I’ve spent a great deal of time in Hawaii over the past 8 years, and I was inspired by the natural beauty, marine life, and rich culture of the islands.

4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?

Write every day. Have a ritual that you can replicate. I write early in the morning, often starting before 6:00 am.

5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?

I wanted a surfing inspired cover and when I saw the work of Jay Alders, I knew he was the perfect artist for The Kingdom of Oceana. I love the way Jay paints the ocean and waves.

6. Why did you decide to become a writer?

I wrote The Kingdom of Oceana for my two teenage children.

7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?

I’ve created my own magical world! It’s a great feeling of accomplishment. I’ve just finished the audiobook version of The Kingdom of Oceana with Hawaiian native Rayton Lamay doing the narration. I’m now working on the sequel.

8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?

I love the ocean, especially SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and sailing.

9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. It has so many beautiful life lessons.

10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?

Hagrid, from Harry Potter, Katniss, from The Hunger Games, and James Bond.

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Lets Get 10 Know You: Jeff Lane

Interview with Jeff Lane

One Way

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Goodreads Description

Barry Griffith doesn’t know it yet, but tonight is the night fate has chosen to be the night of his death… his murder. At a gas station in the middle of nowhere, late at night, his wife Jenny appears… no car… no coat and looking older than when he saw her last. That’s because this is not the woman he received a good-bye kiss from this morning. This woman has been a widow for over four years and has made an impossible journey back in time to try to stop her husband’s murder. Will they be able to escape the killers or does fate only have one plan… one possible outcome… ONE WAY?

You can buy the book here Kindle Edition £2.99 (as of when posted)

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Lets get to know you

 

1. Hello and welcome to The Reading Rose, Can you tell us more about your book please?

ONE WAY is what I call a “time travel thriller with heart”. It is the story of a man who is destined to be murdered by serial killers on his drive home from work. Stopping for gas, he unexpectedly encounters his wife, only this woman is from four years in the future and has come back in time in hopes of interceding in the night’s evens to save her husband’s life.

2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?

I think “Jenny Griffith” was the most interesting character to write in this book. Not only had I never written a female protagonist, I also got to write her in two different timelines… two very different stages of her life. I was able to take her on a journey from a happy wife to a grieving widow, through depression and substance abuse as well as discovery of her own power to change the past.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

Actually, the seeds of this idea came from a late night journey home from work. I stopped for gas at a gas station and was gripped by this feeling of potential adventure… of “what if” scenarios. That was the basis of it. Over time it was fleshed out into this escape from killers interwoven with a time travel motif. I have loved time travel stories since I was a kid and couldn’t wait to write one of my own.

4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?

Write. Write some more. Keep writing. So often I hear people talk about being an “aspiring” author. Don’t aspire… just write. And don’t expect your first effort to be a best-selling masterpiece (though that can happen… just ask J.K. Rowling). But do expect to build muscle and hone your craft with each page you write. Also read a lot… multiple authors…and listen to audio books as well as read the written word. Submerging yourself in language as much as possible will really give you a sense of what you do and do not like as a writer and a reader.

5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?

One of the early (and scariest) scenes that came to me when allowing ONE WAY to marinate in my head was this chase across a frozen lake, a killer behind you, shooting at you… no place to hide, nothing to duck behind. So a frozen lake made sense as the backdrop for the cover. And the One Way sign was part homage to my favorite movie of all time; Back To The Future – notice that the arrow on the One Way sign points to the left… backward, the same direction as the arrow in the Back To The Future logo.

6. Why did you decide to become a writer?

I decided to become a writer out of a frustrated desire to be a filmmaker. I really wanted to create films, but based on time, money, and geographical restrictions, making films wasn’t going to happen at that point in my life. But I still wanted to tell stories, so I used the “canvas” that was most available to me at the time; a blank Word document. Ironically, a ONE WAY film is now in post-production, so in a way I have come full circle.

7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?

The best thing is having people read it and appreciate it. With ONE WAY, I have gotten so many comments about how the story and the characters impacted them and how much they loved the story. That is the best feeling in the world. When someone tells you that your words have not only painted a vivid picture in their head but have also brought them to tears… well, how can it get any better than that?

8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?

My favorite thing to do with free time is spend it with my family. We love to hike and bike and generally just have fun together. For solo free time, probably reading or watching TV or films. I love stories and story-telling and love to escape into fantastical worlds and adventures.

9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?

My favorite childhood book would probably be series… The Hardy Boys Adventures. I spent many many hours solving mysteries and catching bad guys with Frank and Joe.

10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?

First would be Roland, the last gunslinger from Stephen King’s Dark Tower just in case we needed to throw down with some bad guys. Plus he can light fires, hunt and make “gunslinger burritos”. Second, Eddie Dean from the same series as he would surely keep us laughing. And finally, Hagrid from The Harry Potter series. He could take care of any beasties and be tall enough to pick us some coconuts from the trees. 😉

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Let’s Get 10 Know You: J. M. Bush

Interview with J. M. Bush

Storm in Shanghai (Mage Father #1)

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Goodreads Description

In modern day China, an American expat leads a law enforcement team of Mages and Wizards, whose sole purpose is to keep Magic hidden from the ordinary world. One morning, Jaret King finds Shanghai facing the return of the most deadly magical terrorist in history, a monster who has long been thought dead. Jaret must now continue to keep the secret of Magic concealed from all Regs, including his wife, while attempting to stop this monstrosity − known only as the MAELSTROM − from murdering thousands more innocent people. Of course, once he discovers the motivation driving this violent lunatic, Jaret may have to step in and help complete the Maelstrom’s plan. But if so, at what cost?

You can buy the book here Kindle Edition £2.04 (as of when posted)

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Lets get to know you

1. Hello and welcome to The Reading Rose, Can you tell us more about your book please?

Hi, thanks for having me! My debut novel, Storm in Shanghai, is an urban fantasy that takes place in modern day China, but has flashbacks that stretch from Italy to Vietnam, Croatia to France, America to Egypt… you get the picture, right? These flashbacks reveal little by little the history of magic, and what exactly the differences are between mages and wizards. Jaret King, the protagonist, is the lead agent of a magical police force in China. Day to day tasks include keeping mages and wizards from using spells to take advantage of regs (non-magical people) and to keep the secret of magic hidden from the world. But with the possible return of history’s most violent magical terrorist, Jaret’s job is about to get a whole lot more dangerous.

2. Out of all your characters, who was the most fun to write and why?

Aurora was fun to write because the real life inspiration for that character is so soft spoken and shy, but once you get to know her she is incredibly silly just like the character in the book. It was fun to put her in situations where she could be funny, brave, scared, loyal, or sad because I got to picture the real Aurora doing those things, and it always made me smile.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

The main character is loosely based on my own life as a stay-at-home dad living in China, and having a “secret” life that has very little to do with his daddy duties. Instead of touring China in a punk rock band, which is what I did, Jaret is a mage. Of course, my life wasn’t a secret, it was just vastly different from doing the cooking, cleaning, and grocery shopping that filled my days. Dad during the day, punk rock bassist by night. Not only that, but experiencing life as a minority in a foreign country was a heavy influence on writing this book, as well. The isolation and loneliness is briefly touched on in the way Jaret feels, him having the added layer of being a minority within his own people as well – being someone that can control three schools of magic (very rare).

4. What tips would you give to anyone aspiring to be an author themselves?

Just write it. Write it. Write it. Write it. Once you’ve finished, then you can worry about how good it is or isn’t. You can edit it, rewrite it, think about who wants to read it, and figure out which route to go – chasing the elusive literary agent and looking for that golden book deal, or just saying to hell with it and self publishing. That is a personal choice that most authors will eventually be forced to deal with, but I see no reason to worry about that crap before you have a finished book. Write your story. Worry about the rest later.

5. What inspired your book cover and what do you love most about it?

I took the photo during my time living in Shanghai. It is from one of the scenes in the book, a location called Yu Gardens. It’s an iconic Shanghai tourist spot and ideal for spell fight! My lifelong friend Chris Granger at Southern Fried Creations designed the cover around the photo I provided. The colour green plays an integral role in the book, so we thought it fitting to use it for the book’s cover.

6. Why did you decide to become a writer?

I started writing in high school, but was embarrassed by the mocking critique of a friend’s father and decided that I couldn’t take more name calling. I grew up fat and nerdy, so I tried to avoid doing anything that would paint a bigger target on my back for insults to be thrown at. It wasn’t until March 2015 that I decided to start writing fiction again. I had been writing travel stories for about a year prior to that.

7. What would you say is the best thing about having your own book published?

Holding it in my hands, opening the book to a random page, and reading part of something that I created. It’s there forever, good or bad, and I’m proud of every single detail.

8. What do you like to do in your free time when you are not writing?

When not being a daddy and not writing, I like to play the guitar. I used to play in bands, but these days I just relive my rocking youth with an acoustic guitar and some decent singing.

9. What is your favorite childhood book and why?

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Hands down favourite book from my childhood. Why? It’s part of my favourite series, The Chronicles of Narnia, for starters. Also, I love that there is no bad guy… no villain to battle throughout the story. It’s an adventure with bumps in the road and mysteries to solve, but no super-powered evil dude trying to destroy the world. I have two tattoos from that book, the actual boat on my chest and Reepicheep on the calf. So, yeah, I kinda have to choose this as my favourite.

10. If you were stranded on an island which 3 book characters from any series would you want with you?

Bruenor Battlehammer, the most awesome dwarf ever. We could get drunk together and he could teach me how to fight with an axe and shield. Reepicheep, because he is the most trustworthy character in literary history and would do anything for his companions. And Bean from the Ender Saga because he is the smartest dude ever. He’d figure out how to get us off of that damned island!

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