Authors in Focus Episode 91: Interview with Tiffani Collins by JMD Reid

Tiffani Collins

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 Tiffani Collins! She is the author of the alternative history novel Reflections of a Runner (The Traveler’s Journal Book 1)! Also check out her website and her books on Amazon!

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Author Jacob Hess Telling Fantasy Stories Related to Faith on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 166 with Jacob Hess.

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, The Paramedic’s Sorceress is off to the editor at last and I’m overjoyed with how the book turned out. I can’t wait to share it with you all. Make sure you’re caught up. Get the entire Extreme Medical Services series about paramedics for supernatural creatures and be ready to join the fun with the new book.

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 Jacob Hess. Jacob grew up in Oregon and became a Christian at a young age. God has continued to display His faithfulness to Jacob throughout his life; a journey deeper and deeper into grace. Jacob received a Master of Divinity from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and moved to Seattle, Washington where he works as a minister in the local church.

Our stories inspire us, convict us, and encourage us as we struggle through a world not as it should be. This is what Jacob seeks for his stories to do. He wants to tell new stories built on the tried and true pillars of tales centuries old, stories that connect to our deepest longings and speak to our greatest fears.

Check out my interview with Jacob where we talk about his book, The Bright Abyss and how some stories lead back to one of the oldest stories ever told.

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Fun-Filled Urban Fantasy with Wayne Turmel on the Books and Authors Fantasy and Sci-Fi Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 165 with Wayne Turmel.

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’m super happy to announce that The Paramedic’s Sorceress is on the way to the editor this week for sure. That means we are on track for a release around the beginning of May, 2021. There’s plenty of time for you all to get caught up on this 9th book in the series. Check out the whole Extreme Medical Services series now and dig into some fun fantasy reads for sure!

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 Wayne Turmel. Wayne is a former standup comic, car salesman and entrepreneur who now works by day as a trainer and consultant, and writes fiction to save what’s left of my sanity. He’s originally from Canada but now lives in Las Vegas. He writes nonfiction business books (9) but the brand new Johnny Lycan is his fourth novel, and his first foray into Urban Fantasy. Wayne’s other novels are all historical fiction.

Check out my interview with Wayne where we talk about his Johnny Lycan series and about writing fun books that people can really enjoy.

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Authors in Focus Episode 90: Interview with Cully Mack by JMD Reid

Cully Mack

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 Cully Mack! She is the author of the fantasy novel A Voice that Thunders! You can follow her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagarm. Also check out her books on Amazon and Goodreads!

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

Mark Alvarez Head Shot

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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