Authors in Focus Episode 49: Interview with Troy Young by JMD Reid

Troy Young

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, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond StainedRuby RuinsObsidian MindEmerald Strength, and the finale, Amethyst Shattered, are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited.

Today, I’m interviewing Troy Young. He is the author of fantasy adventure The Stone of Death (The Companions of the Stone 1)! You can follow him at Twitter, on Instagram at troyyoung1971, and on Facebook! Check out his books on his Amazon Author Page!

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Interview with Robert Cano

Robert Cano

Hey Robert, how are things going? How’s our new reality treating you?

Honestly, I’ve not noticed any real difference with me personally. I already don’t like people and prefer them to be over there somewhere and not all up in my koolaid, ya know?

Yea, I’ve heard that a lot from other authors that spend a lot of time writing. They’re calling it the time of the introvert.

For sure. It’s been nice to not have as many expectations thrown at me.

But let me say congratulations on the release of The Shadow Cult! Seems like a long time coming but it’s finally here. How do you feel about the sequel to The Dark Archer finally being ready for the world?

Honestly?  I’m feeling a bit of trepidation.  There are some scenes in there that I know some readers won’t be able to simply gloss over.  I deal with some ritualistic things that will definitely make some squeamish.  It made me squeamish.  But the story, for where it all was going, needed to show these strange goings on.  With that said, I’m also hopeful, because a few of my ARC readers have told me that The Shadow Cult is better than The Dark Archer.  I suppose we will find out…

Yea I’d have to imagine it would be a bit nerve wracking. The Dark Archer has had some excellent critical feedback and it holds a place as one of my two favorite Fantasy novels I’ve read in the last couple of years. Were you aware when you finished The Dark Archer that you had written such a powerful piece of work?

I think initially I set out to write  something that  mattered, but wasn’t sure if it would come across.  When I write something, I try to make it relevant, but I often find myself second guessing my work, unsure if I’m perhaps being too obtuse or ambiguous, or if I’m on the opposite end, with it being too overt.  At the end of the day, I have to finish the story and allow my editor to help me polish it into something I’m proud of.

So I know from previous conversations you have a background in poetry. How steeped in that world were you?, and what led you to switch to prose novels?  How much of your poetic base was used to shape your first book?

I like to think I was and am very steeped in the world of poetry.  But certainly not in a modern sense.  Honestly, I can barely stand any modern poets or poetry, if I’m being honest, so I largely avoid the community.  that being said, when I began fleshing out my world for my books, I relied heavily on classical stylizations, but without making the same mistakes.  For instance, I can write an entire page paragraph as one sentence… but who can follow that? 

So, what I did was try to capture the same feeling but without getting caught in those same traps.  I had to rely on my editor a lot to help hone that part, because for those who think there are run on sentences in The Dark Archer, believe me when I say you wouldn’t have wanted to read what I sent to my editor.  hehe.

When you come up with a character like Bene, what inspires the character’s likeness, traits etc? How much of yourself and the people in your personal life make it into your characters?

I think Bene is everything I think I am, and everything I wish I was.  I mean this in different ways.

Bene’s physical appearance, his frightening nature, his inherent malice as a wraith, all these things I see in myself at different points in my life, with some of these things overlapping at specific points.  To be so vulnerable and honest about how I see myself wasn’t easy, but it was necessary.

As for Bene’s character, well, let me give some background first.  In Fae lore, there were some “good” wraiths, and they were called guardians.  While Bene is fully wraith, he fights against that nature in order to hold onto his humanity and be a force for good.  This makes him a guardian, according to lore.  But I’ll  be honest, his drive and hope to be a force for good in all ways, even despite his physical self, is what I wish I was.

It was all of those intense character moments that made the book such a masterpiece to me. I’d consider it a quieter more introspective literary novel, though of course it had elements of faster paced fantasy as well. Let readers know what to expect from The Shadow Cult. How is it different?

The Shadow Cult is much faster paced than The Dark Archer.  In TDA, we see Bene struggling between his new nature and his old self.  That reconciliation is at the core of his redemption arc.  But in The Shadow Cult, the threat is no longer internal, it’s external.  The cult itself is at the center of the conflict, and our characters are trying to stop conflict as well as put an end to the cultists that created Bene to begin with.  No easy feat, for anyone.

What are some of your biggest fantasy influences that led to your first novel?

My biggest influences are Tolkien and Le Guin.  However, I can honestly say my decision to actually write a story and release it on the world came from Joshua Robertson, who saw in me and my writing what I didn’t think existed.  With that said, I pulled a lot of inspiration from The Silmarillion, particularly for the mythos and history of my world.

Ahhh I’ve heard such good things about it. I feel ashamed to say I’ve never read it.

The Silmarillion isn’t for everyone.  It’s a historical narrative of Arda.  The history of Eru and the Valar and Maiar who were entrusted to care for the world of Arda.

I swear by James Joyce’s Ulysses but I’ve heard people tell me it’s pretentious and unreadable. I thing that’s the great thing about the subjectivity of art. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

There is a market for everything, we just need to find it.

So what takes up most of your time these days when you are away from the writing cave?

If I’m not in my writing cave, I’m probably trying to relax the brain with video games or some form of motion picture entertainment, whether tv shows or movies.  Also, the family takes up a lot of time, happily so, of course.  I covet my time with my girls.

Definitely. It’s been a challenge to find time to work and parent effectively but that’s another silver lining in this crazy time. I wouldn’t take back the quality time I’ve gotten to spend with my wife and kids.

Absolutely.  Some might see snuggle time as wasting time, but it is the exact opposite.  It is those moments I find are the greatest. And the most meaningful

Absolutely. Now in terms of more distant interaction, how important is reader interaction and networking to you as an indie author and how do you most like to communicate with your readers?

I have found it to be extremely important. It’s also incredibly difficult for this introvert.  But I will say that I’ve found some amazing people out there in cyberspace.  Some I’ve even come to call friends, and a few who are closer than that, more like family.  Reader interaction is actually something I look forward to.  I love hearing that someone is reading my book.  I love even more when they enjoy it.  And I always love the days when I’m surprised with a review.  These are little things with a lot of push behind them.

That being said, I can be found on a few social media sites, but the ones I’m on most are Facebook and Instagram.  I have a reader group on Facebook called Beyond The Fall, and on Instagram or Twitter you can find me @shadowyembrace

I also have a blog site – shadowyembrace.com

At these places you’ll find me most often, and I always look forward to talking about writing and books.  Shoot me a suggestion for a new read.  Laugh with me at the hilarious memes I just can’t help but post.  Let’s just have a good time.

Awesome. So talk a bit about your covers, and the process that went in to them. They are very unique. I love the subtle use of color in The Shadow Cult cover.

My covers were incredibly important to me.  I wanted a unique style to them.  There is an art school here in San Antonio, and through a connection of mine we put together a contest for the students to create a cover for my book.  A few students took to the task and came up with some amazing stuff, but one really stood out.  And that’s how I met Madelyn.  Her sheer ability is uncanny, and her eye for design and detail is unlike most artists I’ve come across.  With that said, I asked her to come up with a style that would match what I had in my head, something distinct yet with a rough edge.  As you can see, there is no question it is fantasy, but the darkness of the covers and the color choices aren’t typical, neither is the style itself.  That being said, I think she knocked it out of the park.

I fully agree.

She’s already working on the cover for The World Soul 

So what is next for you? What can readers look forward to over the next year or so?

Well, I will be releasing two more books next year.  My first science fiction novel, A Mother’s Love, will be released February 18th, and then later in the year we will wrap up the trilogy we began with The Dark Archer.  The World Soul will be released end of summer, early fall timeframe.

Brilliant. Now I always like to end these interviews with this question. What one piece of advice can you offer to new and aspiring authors ?

Consider everything.  And I don’t mean just the writing.  Truly, and any author will attest to this, the work begins once the first draft of the story is written down.  So my biggest piece of advice?  Consider that you need to finish writing that story.  Consider you need to market it.  Consider the editing, the querying, the growth and learning that will absolutely be required of you.  This is not to steer you from writing, but to be honest with what goes into becoming a published author.  However, I will say that it is completely worth it.

Sage like advice sir. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. Hope you enjoy the rest of the day!

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Authors in Focus Episode 48: Interview with Chris Lodwig by JMD Reid

Chris Lodwig

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, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond StainedRuby RuinsObsidian MindEmerald Strength, and the finale, Amethyst Shattered, are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited.

Today, I’m interviewing Chris Lodwig! He is the author of the sci-fi novel Systemic! You can follow him on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Linked In. Check out his Amazon Author Page, his Audio Books, and check him out on Goodreads!

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Giving Voices to Characters with Disabilities with Allegra Pescatore on the Books and Authors Fantasy and Sci-Fi Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 139 with Allegra Pescatore.

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, I’m working hard on writing the next book in the Accidental Champion series. This LitRPG Epic Fantasy tale combines a great fantasy setting with a lite touch of gaming. I’ve enjoyed revisiting Fantasma with Cari and a new character I hope you’ll all enjoy. Watch for more updates soon in my Fun Fantasy Readers facebook group.

Speaking of which, you can check out 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 Allegra Pescatore. Allegra grew up in a small village in northern Tuscany, and was raised in a community of international artists. After much travel, adventure, and a career in culinary arts, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where she currently writes science fiction, fantasy, running the Plot Mom Youtube channel.

As a disabled author, her goal is to write inclusive, representative fiction, where characters who don’t usually get center stage have a chance to shine.

Here’s my chat with Allegra about her book NACL: Eye of the Storm and what she has coming up next.

Find Allegra on Facebook here and on her Discord Channel here.

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Authors in Focus Episode 47: Interview with Susan Faw by JMD Reid

Susan Faw

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, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond StainedRuby RuinsObsidian MindEmerald Strength, and the finale, Amethyst Shattered, are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited.

And just out, my first co-author novella The Alehouse Wars is out!

Today, I’m interviewing Susan Faw! She is the author of the epic fantasy box set The Heart of the Citadel! You can follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

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Authors in Focus Episode 46: Interview with Jan Kotouč by JMD Reid

Jan Kotouč

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, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond StainedRuby RuinsObsidian MindEmerald Strength, and the finale, Amethyst Shattered, are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited.

And just out, my first co-author novella The Alehouse Wars is out!

Today, I’m interviewing Jan Kotouč. He is the author of the military science fiction novel Frontiers of the Imperium! You can follow him on Facebook and Goodreads, and check out his Amazon Author Page!

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Interview with Deston J. Munden

Deston J. Munden

Hey Deston, how’s life? How’s our new reality treating you?

I’m doing okay! There’s a lot to get used to but everything is going to work out eventually!

Yep I hear that. So I wanted to start from the beginning. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? And how did that lead to your first published novel?

I’ve been wanting to be a writer for a long time, ever since I was a kid. It only really surfaced as a potential career in the last few years though. It took a lot of hardship to get where I wanted to be, but after a bunch of rejections I decided to take matters in my own hand and self publish. It’s been a wild ride.

Oh cool…so you attempted to agent querying trad route first?

I did! I thought that I would at least try it first. I learned a lot and met a lot of people. A lot of agents was interested but they weren’t really willing to take the risk on a new author. So I decided to take the risk myself.

So what has your experience been with self publishing so far? And tell us a bit about your first novel Tavern.

It’s been a great experience. It’s a lot of work on the marketing half but it’s been a good experience. The hardest part is getting over the stereotype of self published novels being poor quality when that’s not true. I still have a lot to learn on that aspect.
Tavern is a high fantasy novel following an orc tavern owner and spymaster trying to stop a plot that threatens to destroy his city. It has a dungeons and dragons mixed with a bit of classic fantasy feel. It’s meant for readers who likes those classic fantasy tropes with a dash of modern inspiration.

Awesome..Orcs are severely misrepresented and have gotten a bad rap. What made you decide to focus on an Orc protagonist?

That’s the very reason why I chose an orc protagonist. I wanted to create a world where its only fantasy races yet there’s still some things each race must learn about each other. I also wanted to remove the natural bias people have for their own race going into this world. Also, I just like orcs. They are one of my favorite fantasy races and often they are seen so badly that I wanted to change up the script and have them as a race that are gaining respect from the other races after their bloody history with themselves.

Well I know we had both read James Jakins’ Jack Bloodfist series, another example of an Orc Protagonist.

It’s one of my favorite series! James does an amazing job and his character is one of the coolest orcs I’ve ever seen!

Definitely! Changing direction a bit, I know you also write Sci-Fi. Which genre have you enjoyed writing most? Tell us a bit about your newest novel, Dusk Mountain Blues.

Fantasy is always my first love. It’s what I grew up with and what I still feel I work the best in. But, scifi is also really fun to work with!  I decided to get into scifi though to broaden my horizons and give people an alternate way to read some of my works.
Dusk Mountain Blues is a space opera western following three generation of moonshining hillbillies fighting off colonizers. It’s a fun read about family, heartbreak, and general shooty-shooty bang bang!

Sounds awesome! What were some of the biggest  influences on your writing? I’m talking, books, TV, film etc?

World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, Elder Scrolls, Brandon Sanderson, Game of Thrones (the books), Robert Jordan (relatively recently), Final Fantasy, Dragon Age, Mass Effect. Just a little bit of everything. I consume a lot of media!

Nice…they say that’s the best way to be informed as a writer. I’ve only started writing for publication purposes, but my books have ended up being sort of a love letter to so much of the media I’ve consumed.

It really happens! Before you know it, you realize how much media has put an impression on you as an author or creator!

Totally. Now I’m curious…As an indie author, how important is reader interaction to you, and how do you most like to connect with your readers?

It’s important to have reader interaction for me. I love the idea of getting a comment or a review from my readers. It’s an amazing experience. Whether it’s through my email, reddit, twitter, or facebook, I’m always ready to hear from my readers.

Excellent, do you write with an audience in mind, or do you really write for yourself and hope people dig it?

I mostly write with myself in mind first. If I don’t want to read it, how could I expect anyone else to. But yes, I do have a general audience in mind. People like me usually, gamers and fantasy/scifi geeks around their 20-40s. That tends to be my demographic.

Which leads me to this question. Can you recommend some of your favorite recent work to our audience that pretty much is made up of that core demographic?

I think if people enjoy me they are going to enjoy First of Shadows by Deck Matthews, Mercenary Code by Emmet Moss, and Orcblood Legacy by Bernard Bertram.

So what’s next for you? Any sequels planned or are you working on more standalone work? When can we expect to see something new?

Duke’s Brand is coming up soon. It’s a sequel to Tavern but follows another PoV character! Also I have Dusk Ocean Blues raring to go as well. You can expect something new by the end of this year or early next year!

That’s brilliant! so I ask this question to every author I interview…if you could offer one piece of advice to new and aspiring authors, what would it be ?

Finish that first draft. No matter what. It could be the worst thing that you’ve ever written, it’s important to start and finish that first draft. And no matter what you do, it’s never going to be perfect at the end. You’re gonna find things that are going to be wrong. Don’t sweat it. Just improve and keep writing.

Sage like wisdom. I’ve gone over my first novella 100 times and every time I think it’s perfect, something screams out and I’m like “how did I miss that?”

Yes! It’s infuriating! 

Well, Deston, it’s been a pleasure talking to you.

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Book Links:

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Authors in Focus Episode 45: Interview with JD Cunegan by JMD Reid

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, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond StainedRuby RuinsObsidian MindEmerald Strength, and the finale, Amethyst Shattered, are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited.

And just out, my first co-author novella The Alehouse Wars is out!

Today, I’m interviewing JD Cunegan. He is the author of the supernatural fantasy novel Notna! Check him out on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and his YouTube Channel!

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Interview with JMD Reid

JMD Reid

Hey James, how’s life? How’s our new reality treating you?

Things are going great. I work from home, so this new reality isn’t much different for me.

Congratulations on completing the secret of the Jewels series. How does it feel to now have 10 books out in the world? Did you expect to be so prolific and what’s your secret?

It feels really great to have ten books out. A real thrill to see them on my bookshelf, too. 

I knew when I started writing that I could be prolific. I’ve always been a fast typer and so long as I’ve thought of the scene I’m about to write, the broad beats, I find that my writing can flow fast. I can get about 2500 words written in an hour.

When you started writing Secret of the Jewels, what was your intent with the series? 

To tell a faster paced fantasy series. One that starts with action right away. I wanted to limit my POVs to two characters and tell a focused story about my leads, Ōbhin and Avena. 

Why did you decide to break away from your hugely epic The Storm Below world for something brand new?

As much as I love The Storm Below, the books are more slow builds, especially the early ones. They go to some action-packed places, but especially Above the Storm takes a lot of time to get into that. I wanted to still write epic fantasy but one that might appeal to the modern reader.

You bring a lot of intense emotion to your Fantasy work and your characters are highly believable and multi-dimensional despite the fantastical settings. When you create characters like Ōbhin , Ary, Chaylene, and Avena, what do you hope to convey to the reader in your characters and how much of your character development is based on people in your real life, and yourself?

I like my characters to first and foremost feel like real people. I want them to have strengths and flaws, and to have bad and good ideas. My antagonists always have their reasons that make sense to them. I want their backgrounds to inform their decisions.

I also like to explore different issues. The Storm Below is the contrast between the romanticization of soldiers and war to the reality that they face and why war is something that should only be entered when necessary. 

Secret of the Jewels is about a number of things from the idea of the worth of human beings, charity, guilt of misdeeds, forgiveness, and acceptance.

Your world building is always extensive. How much research do you put in to your work while creating worlds? Do you enjoy the process of world building?

I enjoy thinking about world building and drawing my maps. I flesh out my magic systems and the governments and how the society works. Putting the details down and typing them out I find tedious and a chore. I tend to do focused world building. Deep, where my characters will be and shallow for the rest of the world. I’ll have a big map and there will be places on there that I barely have any information on, perhaps just enough to drop a reference to them to make the world feel more alive.

You write what I would call literary Fantasy, or at the very least, far from your typical beach read. What influences, both in Fantasy, but more specifically outside the genre have helped to shape your writing style?

The biggest influence on my writing style is Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. From the way he handled character POVs to how he had such a different type of fantasy than what I had been reading before. I had been reading Eddings and Brooks and Tolkein, of course, when I found Jordan. When I started writing, I found myself emulating that style.

As for characters, R. Scott Bakker’s Second Apocalypse Metaseries is influential. Of making flawed characters though I don’t go grimdark like he does. He also explores how our culture and beliefs shape our actions through the concept of The Darkness that Comes Before. How we often do things without understanding why we do them. It’s just the way things have been done.

I rather wish I could come up with evocative names for strange things the way Frank Herbert does. In the Dune series, he would name items and would give little information but their names were so imaginative that you could picture something.

While I do read outside of Fantasy, nothing I’ve read has ever really stayed with me the way fantasy does. Dan Simmons has some great stuff and Tom Clancy can make the technical aspect of his stories fascinating to read. 

You manage to work romance in to your work in a way that is genuinely emotional and real and it never feels forced. What are your thoughts on romance in Fantasy in general and how do you approach it?

I like characters to get together but I’m really not a fan of the will they won’t they, or love triangles. I like writing characters in relationships more than the courtship, to be honest. Courtships are all about hormones and passion but keeping a relationship going requires work and sacrifice. It requires the characters to give and take.

That’s interesting to write for me. You can see it in Time’s Prison which goes through the twenty-year relationship of a couple form their first meeting to some of the travails of their marriage. It’s why I started Ary and Chaylene in a relationship and let the story be about whether or not they should stay together and why they are together.

You recently completed two co-written satirical fantasy novellas, The Alehouse Wars and The Alehouse Rebellion, as well as a full length novel The Cider of Legend with Michael Evan. What was that experience like working as a co-writer and specifically writing in that genre?

It was an interesting process. When I first got the outline of The Alehouse Wars, my thought was this is some crazy stuff. I didn’t realize just what I had agreed to collaborate on. But then I read through it and I had some ideas. So I had my co-writer’s outline to follow (the story is all his) but I had the freedom to develop the characters and write the various beats of the story.

Michael was very supportive of most of my changes although he did disagree on a few of them. I think I surprised him with my ideas. He was always thrilled to get my chapters and was supportive of it. All in all, it was a great experience, which led to a sequel and the standalone novel.

As for The Cider of Legend, it’s the third satirical fantasy story we co-wrote. It’s about a plague that prompts two sidewinders to go on a quest to find the mythical Cider of Legend.

The stakes were a lot higher in Cider than the two Alehouse novellas. The story had a more immediate feel about. A visceral necessity that the Alehouse Wars and Rebellion lacked. While Cider of Legend was still a satirical story, the dimensions of it just felt so much larger while at the  same time, the first person perspective limited the scope to just Mik’hai’s version of the story. That made it far more personal, too.

It was a strange contradition of greater stakes and deeper focus that, I think, makes it a more impactful read than the previous two stories.

Your cover artist is exceptional. Give them a shout out and let us know what is most important to you about a great cover. What are you looking for when signing off on covers?

My covers are produced by Steam Power Studios. Jade and her partner do great work and I am rather happy with them. 

I am looking for a cover that evokes the spirit of the book if not necessarily accurately displays the contents. It’s a marketing pitch to let the people know about what the book is about. To entice readers. Your cover is your first hook to get a reader interested, so it should be great.

Talk a bit about what will be happening for you in the new year in terms of new releases? Can you talk a bit about what you’ve got coming up?

I’ll be re-launching Secret of the Jewels with Fallbrandt Press followed quickly by my third fantasy series, What Masks Hide. This is a companion series to Secret of the Jewels. They are parallel stories that while, are each independent of the other, they compliment each other. Ōbhin and Foonauri, the heroine of What Masks Hide, are ex-lovers and the fallout of their relationship informs both their characters‘ actions in their series.

You won’t get spoiled on either series by reading the other, but you will appreciate them more. You will see the characters in a different light, learn more about some of the central conflicts of the greater meta-series of the Jewelchine Universe. 

In What Masks Hide, Foonauri, an exiled noblewoman, is finding her life as nothing more than a pretty woman on a powerful man’s arm unfulfilling. Pursuing material comforts has left her empty after what happened between her and Ōbhin. She gets the opportunity to make a difference by being a thief.

She gets an offer to join the Cracked Gems, a group of thieves who steal from those who the law have failed to deal with. They work in the shadows and break the rules to make the world  a better place. Will Foonauri find what she needs as Jade, or is it just the start to mend her shattered heart?

Later in 2021, I hope to have out No One’s Tale, a trilogy that is a sequel to both What Masks Hide and Secret of the Jewels. It will follow an antagonist character from both series who is now trying to find new purpose in their life in the aftermath of Secret of the Jewels’ finale. Expect Ōbhin and Avena to make an appearance in this series.

I might also have a new fantasy series out set in its own world called Shadow of the Dragon. It’s going to be an epic fantasy quest series involving traveling around the world , as Euddan and Vounee search for a way to free Vounee from a curse and how the fate of their world might very well hinge on what they do.

It’ll be about what being a hero is (versus what the stories make it seem), what love is (versus stories), and the consequences of child abuse and the scars it can leave.

Do you enjoy networking with readers and if so, what’s your favorite method of doing so?

I do enjoy networking with my readers. It’s a lot of fun. I have a Facebook group called Fantastic Worlds of the Imagination. We play games, have discussions, and share awesome fantasy pics! I preview my books and share art work in progress.

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Authors in Focus Episode 44: Interview with E.G. Stone by JMD Reid

E.G. Stone

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, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond StainedRuby RuinsObsidian MindEmerald Strength, and the finale, Amethyst Shattered, are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited.

And just out, my first co-author novella The Alehouse Wars is out!

Today, I’m interviewing EG Stone. She is the author of the fantasy novel The One Who Could Not Fly! And to find all of EG Stone’s social media and books, click this link tree!

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