Martial Arts, A Nameless Drifter, and Great Fantasy with Scott Kimak on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 155 with Scott Kimak.

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’m up to. I’m wrapping up the first draft of The Paramedic’s Sorceress this coming week. That’s book 9 in my Extreme Medical Services series. Once the draft is done, I’m working on a short story for an upcoming anthology as a palate cleanser for my creative self and then I’ll dig into editing it for the final version.

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 Scott Kimak. Scott is a history teacher and Kung Fu master. He came up with the story I call him – HIM when he was a teenager but failed miserably to put pen to paper.

It took nearly forty years for him to make a second attempt. This time the words flowed unrestrained. Mr. Kimak lives in Harlingen, Texas with the love of his life Diana. Here’s my interview with Scott about his book, I Call Him HIM.

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Authors in Focus Episode 81: Interview with Nicholas Eames 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 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 Nicholas Eames. He is the author of the bestselling fantasy novel Kings of the Wyld (The Band Book 1)! Follow him on Twitter and Instagram, and check out his books on Amazon! Also check out the Spotify playlists for his two books: Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose!

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Authors in Focus Episode 80: Interview with Samantha Evans 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 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 Samantha Evans! She is the author of Ella (The Land of the Four Book 1)! You can follow her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. Check out her webpage and her books on Amazon!

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Epic Fantasy and Fairy Gardens with Michael Ross on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 154 with Michael Ross.

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 closing in on the end of The Paramedic’s Sorceress, book 9 in my Extreme Medical Services series. The story is over the hump I usually run into in the middle of my books and I’m racing through to the finish line. My plan after finishing this book next month or so, is to dig in and finish Accidental Monk, book 4 in the Accidental Champion series.

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 we welcome British Author Michael Ross. Michael is an established actor in the UK, and a voice actor, and also had a leading fitness brand called KETTFusion. However, after having surgery and 2 new hips, it was a visit to a clairvoyant who said he must write!

So he did just that and hasn’t looked back. He’s a multi-genre pantser. Everything from children’s books, horror stories, true life, and a mammoth epic fantasy called The wand Chronicles. He is currently writing a series called The Big Fairy Adventures and has a real honest to goodness fairy garden in his front yard visited by children of all ages who want to believe.

Check out my interview with Michael and our chat about the magical world around us and his series, The Wand Chronicles.

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Traveling the World to Write Epic Adventure Fantasy with Aaron Hodges on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 153 with Aaron Hodges .

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 released my new cover for The Paramedic’s Sorceress this week. Everyone one seems to like it. Now I just have to finish the book. The end is in sight, though. I’m about three quarters of the way through the first draft, so we’re still on target for release this coming spring. Check out the rest of the Extreme Medical Services series while you’re waiting.

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.

Let’s jump into this week’s special guest author. Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering.

After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala.

Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. He can’t wait for the COVID crisis to settle down so he can continue his adventures.

Check out my interview with Aaron and our chat about his Descendents of the Fall series.

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Authors in Focus Episode 79: Interview with Laura Tolomei 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 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 Laura Tolomei. She is the author of erotic romance Deadly Kharma! Follow her on TwitterFacebook, her Facebook Author PageGoodreadsPinterestInstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube. Visit her Author Website, sign up for her Newsletter, And check out her Amazon Author Page and her Instafreebie Page!

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Interview with Sean P. Valiente

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Focus: So when did you know you wanted to be a writer, and describe the journey that led to your first published work.

Sean P. Valiente: I knew I wanted to be a writer in high school. I had always had a very specific scene in my head, dating back to middle school, about how two characters meet. But it wasn’t until high school that I started to turn that scene into characters and a story. After joining a creative writing club in high school, I began to take notes on characters, plots, ideas, and anything else that popped into my head. This continued all throughout college and then years after I graduated. Soon, I had the bones and structure for an entire series, many different scenes throughout, and a passion for verbally telling my friends all my ideas. Then, one July 4th, my friend Paige sat me down and forced me to actually write, and once I started, I couldn’t stop. And now I have a real book!

FSF: That’s awesome. So can you talk a bit to our audience about The Lightning Knight and let them know why it should be their next click?

SV: So The Lightning Knight is your classic fantasy story. Think Lord of the Rings or Eragon. It’s got sword fights, magic, dragons, elves, heroes and villains and all that jazz. So at the end of the day, it’s like hanging out with an old friend. But what makes it different and special is that it’s very character driven, and not “world building” driven. The Lightning Knight centers around a teenage boy named Oliver, who hasn’t really got a lot going on in his life. Until one day when his life is flipped upsidedown and he’s quested with finding and saving a magic he doesnt’ believe in. On top of that, he’s supposed to protect and train a young boy named Po who is meant to save the world. It’s all pretty heady for a teenage boy who really just wants to focus on his love life (or lack thereof). Throughout the book, Oliver and his two best friends, along with two mysterious figures called Knight Angels, will attempt to unravel the mysteries surrounding magic, train Po to be the next hero of the world, and try not to die in the process. At its core, the book is about friendship, teen romance, identity, and finding your place in the world. It’s also got some epic swordfights and pretty fun action scenes. It’s a slow burn at the beginning, and then the second half is non-stop action until suddenly, its over and your left going, “When’s the next book coming out!”

FSF: That’s cool. So you obviously love Epic Fantasy. Who are some of your biggest influences in all media forms that have helped shaped your work? What do you love about the fantasy genre?

SV: I really do love the fantasy genre! My obvious influences are Tolkien for one: he is the godfather of fantasy. Paolini’s Eragon really made me think: Hey, I could do this too! I’m in love with Brent Week’s plots and worlds. Rowling is a master of pace (though horrible in her private views on human beings). Star Wars is a huge influence for me (I even dedicated my first book to it!) as well as the superhero genre – ultimately my series is kind of a hero’s journey meets avengers assemble. What I love about fantasy is that you can escape the real world and get lost in these fictitious universes, but all the same elements are there from your own life. It gives the reader a way to understand life without it being bludgeoned over their head. X-men is a great example. X-men takes the premise of “people treat others like monsters when they disagree with who they are or how they live” and says, “okay, so what if we actually made these “others” actual monsters with scary powers” and investigates societie’s acceptance or reluctance. At the end of the day, fantasy is all about showing real world situations in a different way, and learning to understand people who are different than you.

FSF: Awesome. I’m a fan of all your influences. I’ve been reading X-Men comics for years and I’ve always loved the overall message, which leads me to this question. Do you write with an audience in mind, or an intention to convey deeper themes in your work or are you simply writing for yourself and hoping people come along for the ride?

SV: I write for myself and hope people come along for the ride. Ultimatly, every story always has deeper meaning, whether you want it to be there or not. Every reader is different and takes in with them during the reading process their own baggage and comes out with their own outlook. An  author can go into a book with an idea of what they want to get across, but ultimately it’s also their job to lay the foundation enough that readers can take away even more than what the author had originally intended. That’s why books are always these “living” things – it’s why people re-read them. It’s why they are studied in school. In my own personal life, I’ve changed so much from middle school to high school, from high school to college, from college to my twenties, and so on and so forth. My stories and my series is really about that growth and learning and thinking you understand the world one way and learning that it’s actually much different and more complex than you realized.

FSF: How much of yourself and people in your personal life do you draw into your character?

SV: If you asked my wife, she’d say that my main character of Oliver says a lot of the same things I do, which is true. I think it’s hard not to put some of yourself into your characters, and the same goes for the people you know. Ultimatly, no one character is based solely on me or people I know, but rather certain attributes are borrowed to flesh out the characters.

FSF: What takes up most of your time when you are not writing?

SV: Well I have a day job, so that’s what I’m usually doing when I’m not writing. But other than that, the normal things like spending time with friends and family – for some reason those people keep wanting to hang out with me!

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

SV: Reader interaction is SUPER important to me – whether I know you or you are a stranger. I’m a big fan of feedback and any little bit helps for future books (but probably not this one, since it’s already published and all). I will literally talk to anyone about my book through any medium: Twitter, Facebook, email, carrier pigeon.

FSF: Can you recommend some good indie fantasy that you’ve read in the last year to our audience.

SV: For a fun YA book about dragons, Dragon Speaker by Elana Mugdan is great. TH Paul’s Legacy Chronicle: The Sword is a real throwback of a story and feels like a DnD game. And Orewall by Nicoline Evans is a fantastic book that I found while at Rhode Island Comicon!

FSF: So what can readers look forward to from you in 2021?

SV: I’ll be pushing The Lighting Knight throughout most of the year and working on the second book in the series (name yet to be revealed). I’m also concurrently working on a middle-grade fantasy adventure series that’s kind of like magic-treehouse meets The Jersey

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

SV: My advice is to WRITE. It’s literally the hardest part of it all. Starting to write when you’ve been mulling over ideas in your head for a while can feel daunting: where do I start, and I sure I want to start there, etc. But trust me, once you start, the dam will break like your an Ent flooding Isengard.

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Authors in Focus Episode 78: Interview with Holly Bargo 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 first fantasy series is out as two collections is out! Books 1-3 of The Storm Below are gathered in one collection, and the Books 4-5 of The Storm Below are in the second!

Today, I’m joined by Holly Bargo. She is the author of the enemies-to-lover romance Focus! You can follow her on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn! Check out her website and look up her books on Amazon!

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Future Tech and Humanity with Author Chris Lodwig on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 152 with Chris Lodwig .

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 enjoyed the joy of an abscessed tooth and eventually a root canal this past week so I didn’t get much writing done. I’m still working on writing The Paramedic’s Sorceress, book 9 in the Extreme Medical Services series. If you want to see a sneak peek of the cover, head over to Facebook and join the Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers group. Also, you’ll be there in time to be entered in my February giveaway.

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.

This week on the show, I chat with author Chris Lodwig. Chris lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, dog, lizard, and an unlikely number of shrimp. He has spent the last twenty-three years working for technology companies in the greater Seattle area.

He spent his younger years playing music, frequenting Burning Man, throwing art parties and unsanctioned parades, and clandestinely installing monoliths and other art in local parks.
He has degrees in both Comparative History of Ideas and Communications from the University of Washington. Systemic is his first published novel.

Check the interview with Chris coming right up.

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Authors in Focus Episode 77: Interview with Scott Kimak 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 first fantasy series is out as two collections is out! Books 1-3 of The Storm Below are gathered in one collection, and the Books 4-5 of The Storm Below are in the second!

Today, I’m joined by Scott Kimak. He is the author of the post-apocalyptic thriller I call him HIM! You can follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Also check out his books on Amazon!

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