Thank you for having me on Close Encounters of the Night Kind once again, Nikki. By the way, I broke out of those handcuffs. You better make them tighter the next time you allow Queen Talvenya to dominate me. *sticks out tongue*
Be very careful Jason…I have lots of bondage material*evil grin* I was taking it easy on you because it was your first time being dragged in here….I’ll bring out the big guns on the 19th during your Naughty by Mistletoe piece!!! LOL!!! On to the interview!!
“How old were you when you first realized you wanted to write?”
I believe I was twenty years old. Until that era I had never thought of being a writer—let along an author, and the only thing you’d ever find me reading were Metal Maniac magazines.
“That’s actually a new answer…most authors have wanted to write for years or started when they were very young and most authors have an unusual story or way that they come up with their ideas for books…Do you have one?”
I really wanted to write a story that pulls you in and makes you feel like you’re part of the quest, that you’re on the adventure, and when your favorite character is having his or her most darkest hour, you feel: “how the hell am ‘I’ going to survive this?” I also wanted the story to reflect my own way of thinking for a certain number of characters...even the dark ones. That’s the beauty of writing, you can write out the situations and inner struggles you find inside of yourself, and see where they will lead.
“AH..to take a walk around in your head!! What was your biggest influence that steered you towards writing?”
All together, my stories stem from a wide variety of ideas and influences. But the original spark behind the “me wanting to write a story” is due to J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, “The Return of the King.” Once I had finished reading it, I missed the characters, especially Frodo and Samwise, and wanted to do a tale of my own.
“Credit going towards one of the greats!! I have to ask, what are the hardest scenes for you to write?”
Although they’re my favorite...I have to say battle scenes! I LOVE battle scenes in novels, but they’re tough for me. Ever since I was a kid I loved watching two powerful adversaries duke it out. I worked really hard on the battle scenes in my stories and I’m quite thankful many reviewers have commented positively on them. Also, if you know my work, you know I’m not one for excessive detail. I like a good description, but I do not want to know what every piece of landscape looks like or how many people are wearing this or that—in every changing scene. I loathe novels like that. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it; it’s just not for me. But if you notice, I get very descriptive in my battle scenes, where the reader feels like he took the next blow the hero just received. *laughs*
“I could see where that would be difficult to write..everything has to be in precise detail! Do you see yourself writing in another genre?”
Oh most definitely. Besides Epic Fantasy, I’m also a fan of Dark Erotica and Urban Fantasy, so you can expect something like that in the future.
“Dark Erotica? I must kidnap you again for that book!! Has your family been supportive?”
Yes. My parents and my brother are all very proud of me. And my mom...who is a romance reader...loves my stories. So far she’s read the first three, and is eagerly awaiting book four. Although she does wonder where I come up with my, as she puts it, “crazy imagination.”
“LOL! Are any of your characters reflective of you?”
Most definitely, Darshun Luthais! Except for the expertise in the martial arts, Darshun is I, and I am Darshun. I really wanted to see what it would be like if I could imagine myself into a world faced with a dilemma such as Dar’s. In a sense, we are in a world like that. We have wars fought over political corruption and selfish gain, wars that are necessary to fight for our freedom and existence, times of trial and tribulation we all without a doubt face, etc. And while we’re going through those difficult times, all of us, I’m sure, are hoping for a helping help, someone to be there with us, give us strength and encouragement, so we do not feel alone in our time of crisis, so that we can push through that piercing darkness—whatever that darkness may be, and hopefully surpass it and rise out from the ashes stronger.
“What do you like to do when you're not writing?”
The next love of mine is music. As you know, I’m the guitarist for the upstate NY metal band Rigor Hill. I love playing guitar and jamming in the band, playing guitar also calms me down whenever I’m in a feisty mood. I also love to visit Lancaster Pennsylvania. It’s such beautiful country, and I highly respect the Amish people. Oh...did I mention it’s like Heaven on earth for food? There’s a dime and a dozen of excellent places to eat wherever you gaze!
“Sounds like New York!! But I have a thing for Italian and Mexican…yummm!! Who is your favorite book heroine?”
I love the female Wizard Sinderian from Madeline Howard’s “Rune of Unmaking” saga. I also fell in love with Anwyn from Joey W Hill’s “Vampire Mistress.” I love the fact that Gideon, her feisty male servant, at first, was physically stronger than her while she was human. She dominated his mind to control him. And yet, she becomes a Vampire and now she can dominate him in every way! Sizzling hot!! :)
“I have heard of a Vampire’s Mistress and it sounded gooood!! Do you have any unusual habits that revolve around writing?”
Unusual? This will be a quick answer. No. LOL
“LOL..That was a quickie!! What is your favorite mystical creature?”
I love Centaurs, female Vampires and Werewolves, and Nasharins. Hey...Nasharins are my creation! ^_^
“Gotta give your own creations some love. They are like your babies! What were some of your biggest challenges at the beginning of your career?”
Forming the story. See, it has undergone many changes, but I think that’s common for any writer. Still, a series like mine, with so many characters, subplots, and twists and turns was extremely difficult to write—the original draft at least. And I still must improve on my grammar skills and sentence structures, but over all, it has turned out quite well and lots of people are enjoying it. The first draft is always the hardest. The fun part about writing is the final edition, and when you can sit back and read it as if it’s someone else’s work—and enjoy it! Accomplishing that feels peaceful. That’s what I love about writing; getting your inner feelings out about certain elements and making them come to life in a story.
“Yes, every writer has a unique method of forming a story..then editing, reforming..editing..lol…How do you feel about reader comments?”
I LOVE reader comments! True, you’re not going to find every comment positive, but not everyone is going to like the same book. So far, the reviews I have been receiving are wonderful! I’m greatly pleased that people are enjoying my series. One fan even emailed me personally and told me that my writing has lifted her spirit and given her hope for her own life. If my stories never reach the top, I am highly thankful that I have helped someone out in her time of trial.
“Even the scary book lickers? LOL! Do you have any advice for new authors?”
I will answer this question the same way I answered it before in another interview: I’m a very humble writer and musician. I stay away from comparing myself to other authors, and I like to put myself on the bottom of the list. But, if any of my fans are in the process of creating a story, then I’d say just don’t give up—no matter how difficult the journey becomes. A good friend of mine once told me that if you are good at something—and continue on that path, eventually at one point in your life something good will come of it. It may not be today; it may not be tomorrow, a year from now or even five years from now, but more than likely it will happen. If you love to create—no matter the field, then just keep pushing up that path. Believe in yourself and you will make it.
“Not giving up is the best advice!! Where are your books available?”
My books are available in paperback and ebook at Whiskey Creek Press. You can also find them in paperback on Amazon. Amazon also carries them for the Kindle, and Barnes and Nobles carries them for the Nook. I have all of the links at my website. All you have to do is click on the link for the edition you prefer and it will direct you to that site.
”What can we expect from you in the future?”
All right! You can expect Dark Erotica and Urban Fantasy works that I plan on accomplishing at some point in the future. I also plan on writing four more books involving some of the character from my “Guardian” series. They will be stand along books; two of them will take place after the Second Great War in “Guardian of the Seventh Realm,” and two others will happen before that war ever kicked off. One more thing, you can definitely expect a CD from the band I am in, Rigor Hill!
“I’m waiting on the CD!! I have dibs!! Well on that and the Dark Erotica review…just sounds tingly….Dark Erotica! Where can we reach you and become informed of updates?”
My facebook fan page:
And my email address is: email@example.com
EVERYONE is welcome to contact me. I love speaking with fellow authors and fans. I will answer every greeting and question. That I promise!
Thank you very much Nikki for the time on Close Encounters of the Night Kind. I loved it!
And I loved having you here!! I have an awesome giveaway going on for Jason’s books!!
1 set of 4 autographed print copies and 2 sets of e-copy!!!! And yes this is International!!
Click on the link below to enter!!!
And don't forget about the other fantastic giveaways going on!!
Farsighted : http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/2011/12/giveaway-of-farsighted-by-emlyn-chand.html
Naughty or Nice: http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/2011/11/naughty-or-nice-giveaway.html
Michelle Franklin's latest: http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/2011/12/sneak-peek-and-giveaway-with-michelle.html