Driving Fantasy with a Message with Mark Alvarez on the Books and Authors Podcast

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This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 164 with Mark Alvarez.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy and Sci-Fi Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

This show will cover everything to do with fantasy books. From Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

Kicking things off this week with my own author update, I’m almost finished the edits for The Paramedic’s Sorceress, book 9 in my Extreme Medical Services series. Once that’s off to the editor, I’ll start digging into the Accidental Monk, book 4 in my Accidental Champion series. I’m excited to start in on that series again after a bit of a hiatus.

You can catch up with more information on what I’m up to, including some early looks at excerpts from the new book over in my Fun Fantasy Readers Facebook group. I post sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Joining us this week on the show is author Mark Alvarez. Mark was born in the inner-city limits of Houston, Texas where he miraculously survived a gunshot at the age of four years old. Little did he know, this one incident would change his outlook on life forever. Despite his shortcomings, Mark remained studious, aspiring to become an adept and renowned writer, using his story, Light Wings, as a medium of hope, inspiration, and above all faith in a seemingly faithless world.

He has written the first volume of The Light Wings Epic fantasy series. That book is called Dutybound.and begins exploring a world where power and magic is tied to virtue and faith. Check out my interview with Mark, coming up next.

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Riveting Urban Fantasy Stories with Author Leslie Swartz on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 163 with Leslie Swartz.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy and Sci-Fi Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

This show will cover everything to do with fantasy books. From Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

Let’s jump in with my writing update this week. I’m hard at work editing The Paramedic’s Sorceress, Book 9 in my Extreme Medical Services series, and should have it in the hands of my editor sometime later next week. I’m also happy to announce more items in my merchandise store at JamieDavisBooks.com/shop. T-shirts, tank tops, and an embroidered hat, too.

You can catch up with more information on what I’m up to, including some early looks at excerpts from the new book over in my Fun Fantasy Readers Facebook group. I post sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Okay, time for this week’s guest author. Leslie Swartz is a forty-year-old poet turned novelist living in Indianapolis with her husband and three daughters. She draws inspiration from a variety of writers including Shakespeare, Poe, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Freddie Mercury, and Don McLean.

She started writing stories at age four and when she saw Legend for the first time, she decided at five that her goal in life would be to write something Ridley Scott would be proud to direct. In second grade, she won her first writing competition. She went on to win a handful of short story, poetry, and essay contests throughout her academic career and took a distance learning course at The Institute of Children’s Literature after high school.

She’s written songs and greeting cards before discovering that her true passion was paranormal urban fantasy novels. She has now released seven books in the complete Seventh Day Series.

Check out my interview with Leslie coming up next.

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Studying Myth and Legend to Write Epic Fantasy with Cully Mack on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 162 with Cully Mack.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy and Sci-Fi Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

This show will cover everything to do with fantasy books. From Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

Kicking things off this week with my author update, I’m digging back in for the editing of The Paramedic’s Sorceress, Book 9 in my Extreme Medical Services series. That should take me a couple of weeks, then I send it off to the editor for the final once-over. That means I should have it in your hands in just about a month and a half. Stay tuned here for more details as it gets closer.

You can catch up with more information on what I’m up to, including some early looks at excerpts from the new book over in my Fun Fantasy Readers Facebook group. I post sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

This week on the show, I chat with Cully Mack, a fantasy lover and student of myth. It’s no wonder after completing her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing and her Masters in Creative Writing, she combined the two into the Voice that Thunders epic fantasy series.

When Cully’s characters aren’t invading her mind with unresolved conflicts and plot twists, she brings herself back into the real world where she enjoys travelling, reading and walking her dog in the forest. Cully is an advocate for following your dreams.

Here’s my interview with Cully. Check it out.

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Authors in Focus Episode 88: Interview with Brand J Alexander by JMD Reid

Brand J Alexander

Hi! Welcome to this episode of Authors in Focus Podcast. I’m James Reid, a fantasy author publishing as JMD Reid. This podcast is all about getting to know writers, their books, and what makes them tick.

We all have a storyteller inside of us. Join me as we find out what the rising stars and established voices in publishing have to say about their craft and inspiration.

I am excited to say that my second fantasy series has been released as Jewels of Illumination and the first book collection is out! Jewels of Illumination Books 1-3 can be bought or borrowed on Amazon!

Today, I’m joined by Brand J Alexander! He is the author of the fantasy novel Rise of Tears (Tears of Hatsunae 1)! Follow him on FacebookTwitter, and at his Website! And check out his books on Amazon!

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Interview with Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Focus (FSF): Hi Thomas. So tell me…how has the last year of insanity been treating you?

Thomas Davis (TD): It’s been a crazy year. I was laid off from my job as cable tech but luckily got something better a few months later. I also completed my book series this year.

FSF: That’s amazing, and it’s quite a long series too. How does it feel to have it all out there for the public to devour?

TD: Well, most of it is out there. The final book is still unreleased. It feels good to have a complete body of work. I’d like more feedback from the public. I want to know what they think of the story and if it’s affected them in any way.

FSF: So when did you know you wanted to be a writer, and can you tell us a bit about the journey that led to your guest Versatile Layer novel?

TD: I used to write and illustrate comics as a kid and young adult. I had the idea for The Red Girl: Versatile Layer book 1 since 2010 but I didn’t know what to do with it.

In 2017, after seeing The Last Jedi, something just clicked in my head. Write The Red Girl as a book. It’s funny. People hate that movie but it inspired me to peruse writing seriously. I wrote up a few chapters and hired someone off of Fiverr to format it for me. Once I had the template I was able to complete my first book.

FSF: So tell our readers about Versatile Layer as a series and why it should be their next binge read?

TD: Versatile Layer is a Space Opera series. The best way to describe it would be Romeo & Juliet meets Star Wars. In the far future, Terrans (humans) live entirely in spherical space colonies and breed mostly through cloning. Their home world is no longer a memory. They have wars with an alien race that shares the same solar system, known as the Arez. They hail from a planet called Samael. They’re tall red skinned beings with sharp ears who are physically superior to humans.

Versatile Layer actually has two main characters. Our star-crossed lovers, Jake Takeda and Adeola M’falme.

Jake Takeda is Terran. He was born on a space colony called Lhasa, that was destroyed in an alien attack. He’s a soldier with a genius level I.Q. and he wears an Exo-suit called a Versatile Layer. He’s a lot deeper and nuanced than this description but you gotta read the book to get the full picture.

Princess Adeola M’falme is an Arez. She’s the only child of the emperor’s Third wife (Third Mother). She’s an accomplished warrior who refuses to kill. Even in moments where her own life depends upon it.

Jake and Adeola meet on Lhasa as teens. They’re separate just before the colony is destroyed. The core of the story is their quest to be reunited and the obstacles they face.

It’s a character driven story with tons of heart, action and humor. Each book flows with the pace of a feature film and they only take about two hours to read.

FSF: I’ve started reading the first one and I’m really enjoying it. Now let me ask…do you write with an audience in mind or do you write for yourself and hope readers will jump on for the ride?

TD: I write mostly for myself but I’m inviting. I want people to live in this universe that I’ve created. I want them to understand it as we explore it’s nuances. I want to inspire others to imagine their own stories within the framework that I’ve created. In the future, I would even like other authors and creators to craft their own stories within the Versatile Layer Universe.

FSF: That’s always cool. I’ve seen that a lot in the GameLit community. So how much of your work is inspired by your own life? I’m mIy referring to your characters. Do you take traits from yourself and people in your personal life and breathe then in to your characters?

TD: Originally, Jake Takeda was pretty similar to me (not the genius level IQ bit. That’s all him.) I poured a lot of my own fears and anxieties into the character and said, “here, you deal with this.” He’s grown beyond his early conception and taken on a life of his own. Because If I was the star of the story, the bad guys would’ve won already. 😁 But I think as writers we put a little of ourselves into our characters. You just don’t want to write a story about yourself.

FSF: What are some of your biggest influences, both literary and film based on your writing aside from The Last Jedi which you mentioned.

TD: I grew up absorbing comics, manga, and films. I love Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That’s my favorite book. Jim Starlin did an incredible job writing the original Infinity Gauntlet series for Marvel. If you’ve seen Infinity War and Endgame, you owe it to yourself to read the works that those films were based on. It’s a completely different story. I loved the show Farscape. It’s so weird and wonderful. That show reminds me to get a little weird and goofy when my work calls for it. And to not be afraid to go there. You can only take yourself so seriously. You gotta get silly sometimes.

FSF: I’ve read The Infinity Gauntlet, I’m also a huge comic fan. Grant Morrison is a huge influence on my own writing, and so is Hunter S Thompson. I loved the abstract brilliance of Fear and Loathing and I agree the film was an excellent adaptation. Can you recommend some indie Sci-Fi or Fantasy for our audience?

TD: I’d recommend “The Rose” by Paul Alleva. A really mind bending sci-fi vampire read. The Moon Warriors by Kayla Krantz. Can’t think of anything else off the top of my head. I’ll probably remember a bunch later.

FSF: I really need to check out Paul’s book I’ve heard great things. So what are your favorite aspects of self publishing? And what do you find to be the biggest challenges?

TD: I love getting that proof copy into my hands. This idea you had is now a tangible thing that you can hold. I also love setting up at conventions and turning strangers into readers. My biggest challenge is getting my work out to the people (especially online.) It’s like you’re shouting while being drowned out by a thousand other voices.

FSF: How important to you is reader interaction as an Indie author, and what is your favorite way to network with readers?

TD: Very important. I want to know how the reader experienced my work. All of you readers out there. Your feedback and reviews matter. Don’t be shy. If you like something, say something. A good review brightens my day.

I love book conventions. Hopefully, the world will get back to a state where we can have them again.

FSF: What takes up your time when you aren’t writing?

TD: I’ve been hooked on a game called Genshin Impact lately. It’s an anime inspired RPG. I just can’t tear myself away from it.

FSF: So what’s next for you? You mentioned the final release in Veesatile Layer. What do you have planned for when the series ends?

TD: I’m planning out a shorter series at the moment. An action comedy about vampires and those who hunt them. R rated jokes and situations. Very different from Versatile Layer which was conceived as a PG-13 affair. If you’re old enough to watch a Marvel movie, you’re old enough read Versatile Layer. My next project is going to be more of a Seth Rogan type of thing.

FSF: Looking forward to it. So I always like to ask this question to end my interviews. What one piece of advice can you offer to new and aspiring authors?

TD: I would tell a new writer to identify the source of conflict in each scene. Conflict can be as large as a fight or as small as unspoken tension. But you need conflict to make a scene interesting. Otherwise, the scene is just exposition.

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Authors in Focus Episode Episode 87: Interview with Sydnie Beaupre by JMD Reid

Sydnie Beaupre

Hi! Welcome to this episode of Authors in Focus Podcast. I’m James Reid, a fantasy author publishing as JMD Reid. This podcast is all about getting to know writers, their books, and what makes them tick.

We all have a storyteller inside of us. Join me as we find out what the rising stars and established voices in publishing have to say about their craft and inspiration.

I am excited to say that my second fantasy series has been released as Jewels of Illumination and the first book collection is out! Jewels of Illumination Books 1-3 can be bought or borrowed on Amazon!

Today, I’m joined by Sydnie Beaupre! She is the author of the urban fantasy novel Dark One: One for Sorrow! You can follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! Plus check out her books on Amazon!

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Interview with Jan Kotouc

Jan Kotouc

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Focus (FSF): Hi Jan, congrats on the release of the third book in your trilogy. How does it feel to have it all out for the world?

Jan Kotouc (JK): It’s actually quadrilogy, there is going to be one more that’s being translated right now. But it feels great. We are on the right track and I’m glad most readers like it.

FSF: Oh wow that’s awesome! So I wanted to start at the beginning. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?, and describe the journey leading to your first published work.

JK: Oh wow. Well, since I was a kid I liked to tell stories. And even though I’m not a single child, I was always happiest playing alone, being all the characters in the story. So writing come out of that, I guess. Also both of my parents were TV writers (for Czechoslovakian TV) in the 1980s, so maybe there is little of the “genes” there as well.

My first stories were fanfiction, I wrote my first fanfic (for Star Wars) when I was 14. It was horrible, but I kept writing. Fanfiction is where I learned my craft.

Then along in 2007, I decided to stop with fanfics and start my own literary world. I wrote a novella which became Too Close An Encounter and submitted it to a Czech literary competition called Karel Capek’s Prize. I didn’t think much about it and started writing another story.

About 6 months later, the competition administrator sends me an e-mail that my novella won in it’s category and is going to be published in the annual anthology of winning works. I was happy of course, and continued writing the other story (which was turning into a novel).
The administrator send me another e-mail the next day saying: “Oh, by the way, I almost forgot: One of the judges for the competition was Mr. Egon Čierny from Poutník Publishing House and he wants to talk to you.”

He send me an e-mail few days later saying that he liked my novella and if I don’t have something he can publish. I said I have this other unfinished story. He asked to looked at it and then said: “Looks good, finish it up and we’ll publish it.”

That became the yet-not-translated novel Pokračování diplomacie (Continuation of Diplomacy) which was published in 2009. Since that time, I published 16 novels in Czech and 3 of them (plus the novella Too Close an Encounter) were translated into English.

FSF: And what is it about Sci-Fi that fascinates you most, to make it your genre of choice?

JK: I guess every author write those genres they themselfs enjoy to read. I was growing up on Star Wars and Star Trek and loves sci-fi authors (my greatest inspiration was David Weber).
I also love history, so that’s why I dabble in writing alternate history as well.

FSF: Does your personal life influence your characters? Are any of them based on yourself or others you know?

JK: My personal life is very boring, so not much influence there. I guess the protagonists are influenced by my worldview of course, as is true with most writers.
As for being inspired by other people, not in the way you mean, but many characters are named for example after people who’ve supported my indiegogo campaign three years ago and getting Red Shirted or Tuckerized was one of the rewards.

FSF: How was the process of having your work translated from Czech to other languages? Do you feel the translations have remained faithful?

JK: I’ll start with the second question first: Yes, the translation is faithful. The advantage of being fluent in English is that I can read the translation and see if there are any discrepancies. Our typical process with Isabel (my translator) is that she translates three chapters and sends it to me to go over it, I make my comments, we go back and forth several times and then we finalize it.

I like to say that as the author, I have the last word in any disagreements. Of course, my last word usually is “okay then”

When I decided to find a translator, I went to a facebook page called the Czechlist (pun intended), a Czech site for translators from Czech to English (and others). I posted something along the lines: “Hi, I’m a Czech writer of SF and I’m looking for someone to translate my book into English!”

Within 2 hours, I had 5 volunteers, so I did something I’ve never imagined myself doing, I conducted interviews (and of course, I had everyone translate a sample). From that process came Isabel Stainsby and we’ve been working together on three novels so far.

FSF: What are some of the authors, books, and other media sources that have influenced your work?

JK: Oh gosh, there are tons of them. The closest thing I have to an autuhor mentor, would be David Weber, the author of the Honor Harringtoon and Safehold series (among many other). I also love books by Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, Lois McMaster Bujold, Czech author duo Jan Hlávka and Jana Vybíralová, Slovakian fantasy author Juraj Červenák. I also always enjoyed Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin books and dozens of others I haven’t mentioned.

And of course, I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek, enjoyed Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica and played lots of RPG games like Mass Effect, Dragon age and Fallout. And again, zillion others I haven’t mentioned.

FSF: Now let’s turn this around. As an obvious lover of Sci-Fi, what indie Sci-Fi novels could you recommend to our audience?

JK: To be honest, the line between indie and “trad pub” books gets blurry for me. Marko Kloos has a great SF series Terms of Enlistment and he started as an Indie. I also would recommend novels by NIck Webb, Joshua Dalzelle or Nick Stephenson (his SF series is now undergoing rebranding, so it may not be up when this interview comes out, I’m not sure). Chris Kennedy also published lots of great books by himself and by other as an indie publisher. And we shoudln’t forget that the brilliant hard SF novel Martian by Andy Weir has also started as an indie novel.

FSF: How important is reader interaction to you as an indie author, and how do you most prefer to network with your readers?

JK: I’ve always enjoyed interacting with readers, I’ve had my Czech author page since 2011. I figured out that my readers have similar hobbies to me so I post also stuff about my life and non-writing things, but of course also about writing. I run contests and I’ve also asked for volunteers many times to became a redshirt characters in my books. That’s been very popular. And my English-language edition came out mostly thanks to my readers and friends who supported my crowdfunding at Indiegogo in 2018.

FSF: So what’s next for you in the coming year? What can readers look forward to?

JK: My translator Isabel Stainsby is working on Book 4 of the Central Imperium series. That’s going to close the story that started in Frontiers of the Imperium (yes, I like finishing series). I’ll return to that world thought with a sequel series I’m planning. We also have a short story translated that’s going to be published as a companion to an sci-fi-themed international cybersecurity competition hosted by the Czech Technical University.

Along with a writer Lucie Lukačovičová, we are also working on a short story for one long-running alternate history series but I don’t know if I can talk about it yet.

That’s for the English language thing. I’m also working on my novels in Czech – which may be translated later. One is a standalone sci-fi from present day – something like an Independence Day in the Czech Republic – and then I’d go back to the Central Imperium universe.

FSF: Sounds like a busy time! So I like to end all of my interviews with this question. What advice could you offer to new and aspiring authors?

JK: Don’t give up. The most useful commodity for a new writer is a perseverance. You can always improve your writing or find a way to get published. Don’t give up, keep writing and keep getting better!

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Truly Epic Fantasy Books with Author Brand J. Alexander on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 161 with Brand J. Alexander.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy and Sci-Fi Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

This show will cover everything to do with fantasy books. From Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

For my author update, I’m wrapping up the new short story set in my Extreme Medical Services series. It’s for an upcoming anthology to be released later this spring. Once that’s finished, I’ll be digging into the second pass edits on The Paramedic’s Sorceress. After that it’s off to the editor and proofreader. I’m excited to get this one finished so the readers can get their hands on it. Stay tuned for more updates.

You can catch up with more information on what I’m up to, including some early looks at excerpts from the new book over in my Fun Fantasy Readers Facebook group. I post sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

On this episode, our special guest is author Brand J. Alexander. Brand is an American author of Epic Fantasy from small-town Indiana. He grew up losing himself in the created worlds of Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks and dreaming of one day being an author in that same literary style and tradition. After the shock of Jordan’s death and a trying battle with stage four cancer, he quickly discovered the imperative of capturing one’s dreams now before time runs out.

With that newfound wisdom, he got to work and, within a year, published the first two novels in his debut epic fantasy series Tears of Hatsunae, Rise of Tears and Fall of Tears. Emboldened by those successes, he has continued to create and develop new stories and series for the Universe of Brand J. Alexander, always pursuing his dream to share as many of his worlds and adventures as possible with the gift of time that fortune has granted him.

Check out my interview with Brand coming right up.

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Interview with KT Wilder

KT Wilder

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Focus (FSF): So Kathryn, when did you know you wanted to be a writer and describe the journey that led to your publication of Between Worlds?

KT Wilder (KTW): I started writing and telling stories young, thanks to my mother. She was the one that encouraged reading which lead me to writing. I really started writing in my teens, during highschool. I was used to be a very active person but I spent a few months laid up due to sports injuries. In that down time writing really picked up speed. Between Worlds took about 10 years to come full circle, starting as a short story. It was inspired by a piece of art I saw online, a fallen angel with blue eyes. Over the years of graduating highschool and going into college, I finally finished a draft. I reached about 55,000 words during the National Writer’s Month Challenge and that made up the first very rough draft. I left it alone for a few months and ended up doing 7 drafts over 3 years. The first few months of covid made draft 8, and I published in July.

FSF: Awesome. So can you give our audience a bit of a background on the novel and why it should be their next click?

KTW: Absolutely! The story starts with Faelyn. She is a brave, impulsive Guardian with her young wyre, Celestin. Their job is one that keeps them traveling all around their world with one main goal – keep watch for dangers. Ten years before the start of the story, a lethal virus broke out and destroyed the populations of all peoples before disappearing. After rumors of the viruses return start to stir, Faelyn finds proof that something is happening again. She comes across Warren, her friend who should be dead. Its definitely fitting that this was published during a pandemic. I promise there’s no social distancing and quarantines in this one! I wrote this when I needed hope and adventure. I hope during times like these, someone could read this story and enjoy it like I did when I wrote it. It has a little something for everyone – romance, epic fights, furry dragons, danger, and a rainbow of characters.

FSF: So do you write with an audience in mind or do you write for yourself and hope that readers will come along for the ride?

KTW: I definitely write for myself. Writing is cathartic for me. It was only during editing I put focus on how readers will receive the story. I hope its a good ride!

FSF: How much of yourself and people in your personal life make it into your work?

KTW: There’s a lot of me in my stories. I use writing to process my experiences and emotions, so there’s definitely some strong feelings in the words. I don’t use too many real people inspirations often, but there are a few people in my life who have most definitely inspired certain characters and their quirks.

FSF: Who are some of the biggest influences on your writing. Draw from not only books and authors but also other forms of media.

KTW: The first author that truly inspired me was Christopher Paolini. Eragon completely captivated me and kickstarted an adolescent writing phase. The movie AVATAR is also a big inspiration for me. The concepts and visuals of this movie are the stuff of dreams! I could watch it on repeat. I’m also inspired quite often by video games. Okami by a company called Capcom has been a huge influence, especially in Between Worlds. Assassins Creed is to thank for my fight scene inspirations. I’m a very visually motivated person so I love using pinterest to make inspiration boards. I end up doing one for almost every writing idea I come up with. Im really inspired by landscapes of places like valleys or cities at night so there are a lot of those. Music is necessary for writing. Spotify is my best friend! Epic movie scores are some of my favorites to listen to when writing but a few artists like Starset and Hidden Citizens are my most listened to.

FSF: Can you recommend some other Indie Fantasy and Sci-fi for our readers?

KTW: Fortune’s Fool by Angela Boored is awesome. I just got a copy of Seraphina’s Lament by Sarah Chorn and Im in love already!

FSF: So what takes up your time when you’re not writing?

KTW: Work, mostly. I work at a vet clinic and I’m also a licensed physical therapist assistant. I get to hold puppies a lot and make people feel better, so I think its a good use of time! I ride horses competitively, so I spend as much time as I can at the barn. I’ve managed horses for 15 years and loved every minute of it. Other than that, I like to play video games with my wife.

FSF: How important is reader interaction to you as an Indie author? How do you most like to interact with your readers?

KTW: Reader interaction is fun and interesting, I like hearing what people think of my work, be it positive or negative. Its growth either way. I love talking to readers! I love answering questions. Having a reader base is a special thing. For someone who didn’t initially want to publish stories, I really enjoy sharing them now and talking about them.

FSF: So what can we look forward to from you in the next year?

KTW: The first draft of Between’s World’s sequel will be finished! I promise not to take 10 years for this one. I’ll be keeping the facebook page active with extra content and memes. I am aiming to release more information about my other project The Story of Us, a story about a supernatural family working in a secret organization aiming to protect normal humans from all other beings.

FSF: So I like to end all my interviews with this question. What is one piece of advice that you can offer to new and aspiring authors?

KTW: Write for yourself first. Find joy and adventure in the things that excite you or scare you. Put that on the page and I promise, you will find readers like you.

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The Call of the Lorica Fantasy Series with Anne C. Miles on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 160 with Anne C. Miles.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy and Sci-Fi Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

This show will cover everything to do with fantasy books. From Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

To start off this week’s show, I’ll fill you all in on what I’ve been up to. I’m digging into a short story project I’m writing for an upcoming fantasy anthology. I should be able to finish that up this week. Then I’ll jump back into The Paramedic’s Sorceress, book 9 in my Extreme Medical Services series and get it ready to send to my editor.

You can catch up with more information on what I’m up to, including some early looks at excerpts from the new book over in my Fun Fantasy Readers Facebook group. I post sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

This week on the show we have author Anne C. Miles, an award-winning author. Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois in 1971, she successfully avoided writing fiction for years by blogging and extensive journaling.

However, one day, she logged into a writing site and scribbled. She kept going, and now cannot stop. Her book, Sorrowfish, was named Best Fantasy of 2019 by Indies Today.

When Anne isn’t working or writing, she plays violin badly and spoils her grandchildren. She is hard at work on the next book of her series, The Call of the Lorica. Check out my interview with Anne coming right up.

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