Rebranding Your First Series with RG Long: Authors in Focus Episode 104

RG Long

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.

My new book, Mask of Guilt (Mask of Illumination Book 1), is out!

We all wear masks. Some of us to hide our guilt. Lady Foonauri, lost in the malaise of depression, finds purpose with a group of all-women thieves, the Cracked Gems. Intrigue, romance, betrayal, and adventure swirls around her in this epic fantasy tale!

Today, I’m joined by RG Long! He is the author of the fantasy novel Legends of Gilia – Triple Trilogy Omnibus! Follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter! And check out his books on Amazon!

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Blending Asian Locations with Fantasy Stories with Noah K. Sturdevant on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 176 with Noah K. Sturdevant.

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 with a new short story that I’ll be sharing with my newsletter and with a new group of urban fantasy readers from several authors. The story is a newish twist on the urban fantasy stories that I hope will resonate with my readers as well as others who love these kinds of books.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including 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.

Shifting gears to this week’s guest, I’m excited to welcome Noah K. Sturdevant to the show. Noah is a man of mystery and intrigue. Granted, most of the secrets revolve around lost socks and conspiracy theories about otters. Word to the wise, don’t get him started on the otter thing unless you’ve got a free weekend.

Noah grew up in Southeast Kansas, but has lived in Asia for the last decade, bouncing from South Korea, to China, to Bangkok, Thailand, where he’s spent the last seven years.

Noah never really knows what’s going on, but attempts to have a good time anyway. He hopes you have as much fun reading his fantasy books as he does writing them.

Noah is also one of the excellent authors who are included in the just released Urban Fantasy short story anthology, Summer Solstice Shenanigans. You’ll definitely want to pick up this awesome urban fantasy collection.

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Weaving Mythology and Storytelling into Modern Fantasy Stories with L.A. McGinnis on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 175 with L.A. McGinnis.

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 deep into a short story I’m writing set in a whole new series. It’s urban fantasy and features a fun twist I haven’t seen anywhere else out there. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’m working on the short story to see how I like the characters and the world in which they live before I commit to writing a full series about it.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including 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 on the show today we have author L.A. McGinnis. She spends her days writing steamy urban fantasies filled with brooding heroes and smart, bold heroines. A life-long fascination with mythology and storytelling inspired her to weave these contemporary tales of legendary fated mates set in gritty, urban settings like New York, Chicago and London.

She’s also one of the amazing authors in the just released Urban Fantasy short story anthology, Summer Solstice Shenanigans.

Follow L.A. McGinnis on Instagram.

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When Everyone Has Magic by Alexzander Christion: Authors in Focus Episode 103

Alexzander Christion

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.

My new book, Mask of Guilt (Mask of Illumination Book 1), is out!

We all wear masks. Some of us to hide our guilt. Lady Foonauri, lost in the malaise of depression, finds purpose with a group of all-women thieves, the Cracked Gems. Intrigue, romance, betrayal, and adventure swirls around her in this epic fantasy tale!

Today, I’m joined by Alexzander Christion! He is the author of the fantasy novel The Hand of the Dragons: Rook! Check out his Blog and his Website! Follow him on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and YouTube! And check out his book on Amazon!

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Authors in Focus Episode 102: When a Novella Becomes a 5 Book Series with Adam Gaffen

Adam Gaffen

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.

My new book, Mask of Guilt (Mask of Illumination Book 1), is out!

We all wear masks. Some of us to hide our guilt. Lady Foonauri, lost in the malaise of depression, finds purpose with a group of all-women thieves, the Cracked Gems. Intrigue, romance, betrayal, and adventure swirls around her in this epic fantasy tale!

Today, I’m joined by Adam Gaffen! He is the author of the sci-fi novel A quiet Revolution: The Cassidy Chronicles Volume 4! Follow him on Facebook and Instagram! Visit his website and checkout his books on Amazon!

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Exploring India’s Rich Mythology Through Fantasy with Sudha Kuruganti on the Books and Authors Podcast

Sudha Kuruganti author photograph

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 174 with Sudha Kuruganti.

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 having a lot of fun writing the N’SPACE humorous sci-fi space opera serial. It has been making me chuckle to myself as I run the characters through their antics to solve their various challenges. It will be released exclusively to the Kindle Vella platform that will be launching later this summer. I’ll have more on that soon as well as how you can get access and read these fun stories.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including 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 today is author Sudha Kuruganti. Sudha writes fantasy inspired by Indian mythology. She loves books, anime, coffee, chocolate, manga, Beatles music, and dogs—not necessarily in that order.

Her work includes a clean paranormal romance series, the Elementals of India, and the Legend Valley Academy trilogy, a diverse fantasy tale of screwups and second chances, and finding your place in the world.

When she’s not writing, Sudha is usually nose deep in a book, experimenting with strange online recipes on her Air Force officer husband, or playing with their young son.

She’s also one of the amazing authors in the just released Urban Fantasy short story anthology, Summer Solstice Shenanigans..

I interviewed her all the way from India and there’s a little background noise in the recording but the interview itself is great so I hope you’ll enjoy my interview with Sudha coming up next.

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Fairy Tales Re-Imagined with K.A. Last on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 173 with K.A. Last.

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 between major book projects right now and I’m using that break to work on two smaller projects at once. I’m writing a short story to see how I like an idea for a new series I came up with. More on that as I get into it.

I’m also working on my Kindle Vella humorous space serial project, N’SPACE. If you like reading serial fiction on WattPad, Radish, or similar sites, you’ll probably want to check out Kindle Vella later this summer when it launches. I’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on with that series as it continues to grow.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including 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.

Today on the show, I have K.A. Last joining us. Kim has always been artistic and creative. She has a diploma in Graphic Design and has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam and fell in love with it.

She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Charles Sturt University with a major in English, and minors in Children’s Literature, Art History, and Visual Culture. She resides in the Australian countryside with her family and a menagerie of animals.

We talk about her story in the upcoming Urban Fantasy short story anthology, Summer Solstice Shenanigans as well as about her Happily Ever After series of reimagined fairy tales. Check out her interview next.

Kim Last is also one of the amazing authors appearing in the upcoming Urban Fantasy short story anthology, Summer Solstice Shenanigans.

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Interview with Joanna White

Joanna White

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Focus (FSF): Hi Joanna, how are you doing? How has this last year plus of global insanity treating you?

Joanna White (JW): I’m actually doing really good. I feel bad for everyone else, but my life hasn’t changed at all. I am a full-time author, so I stay at home all the time anyway. I know it’s been hard on everyone else, and not to be heartless, but it’s kind of nice that everyone understand how lonely it can be. 

FSF: So you’ve just released Bloodless Secrets , the first book in the Mystics Series on Fallbrandt Press. How does it feel to have brand new never before released work out under a new publisher?

JW: It feels so refreshing, honestly. Especially since The Mystics Series is my first vampire series that deals with supernatural creatures. I’ve always wanted to write a series like that, but with more historical aspects to that, so it’s super exciting. I know that the Mystics Series is in good hands. 

FSF: Tell our community about Bloodless Secrets and about The Mystics in genral and let them know why they need to binge the series this year.

JW: Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve binged the series several times. My inspiration is to write the books I want to read. I could never find a vampire novel that wasn’t either erotic romance, that dealt with the true reality of beings that live a long time and thus, added more historical details to it, or was just a good clean vampire romance. I wanted to add more mystery and suspense, so I added the government organization mystery, but it literally leads from one book to another. I’m a master at cliff hangers, so if there’s anyone who could get to the ending of Bloodless Secrets without desperately needing the next one, they deserve an award. 

FSF: You’ve written so many books in such a short time. What is the secret to your prolificacy?

JW: Honestly, God. I think that’s the only way it’s possible. I’ve written things so fast, it blew my mind and I’m going… yeah, I don’t know how I did it. I’ll start a book with a goal in mind, and suddenly, I wrote 30 thousand words in one day. It did screw up my wrists, though, so now I have to be careful how much I write and I use wrist compressions to help with the ache they get. I’m also a fast typer; I don’t know how many words per minute I can type, but when I’m sitting at a computer, my hands just clack away faster than my brain can think and it pours creativity onto the page. 

FSF: Who was your favorite character in The Mystics Series to write and what do you like so much about that character?

JW: There were so many characters that will stick with me, but Keisuke was hands down my favorite. He made the list of my top ten favorite characters I’ve ever written period, haha. I am a sucker for a good Japanese samurai that lived during the 1860s, so to bring that into Keisuke’s character with an added twist made him a unique character and not just “another samurai.” But then you add in the aspect that he’s a genuine good guy who loves life but is forced to drink blood to survive and has a cruel vampire Lead ordering him to do bad things and that adds a layer of guilt to his character that just made me feel for him and root for him to get the ending he deserves. Whether he does or not, we’ll all have to wait and see. 

FSF: How much of your real life influence made it into the series? ie: characters based on yourself or those in your personal life, or personal philosophy etc.

JW: The human woman Keisuke is falling in love with was based off me in many aspects. One is her love of music. She’s in college writing her own songs which is something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve written a few, but nothing like she does. Then, she plays and sings music, which I do as well. Again, not to the extent she does, but that’s where the inspiration came from. She is also a bit clumsy like me, so that’s always fun.

FSF: What were some of your influences for the series?You’ve got Eastern Influence and Vampires so, where did you get your inspiration?

JW: Well, I love shows like the Vampire Diaries and The Originals, but anytime I watch anything, I always ask, “how would I do this? What would I do different than them and what would I keep the same?” So, I started with that and the typical aspects of what a vampire is, but made the vampire lore in this series what I wanted to have—like how human blood is the only blood that will sustain them, unlike other series that do where they can drink animal blood to sustain themselves. Like, we have to have actual food for the most part, so I felt they should to. But then, when you get vampires, the number one aspect about them is that they don’t age. My mind automatically jumps to history. So, when I planned vampire characters, my first question about them to answer is “what time period are they from?” For my main character, it was a no brainer I wanted to do my favorite time period, which was Japan. Specifically in the 1860s during the fall of the samurai, because of the drama it would add to his character. I couldn’t have vampires and not make the main character be from my favorite time period. 

FSF: Did you write the series with a particular market or audience in mind or did you just write it for yourself and hope that readers would come along for the ride?

JW: I hate to say it but I almost never write for an audience. I started writing the books I want to read and still do, to this day. But I think in a way, that is writing for an audience because I can’t be the only Christian out there who just wants a clean book to read that isn’t predictable or boring or dry. You know?

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

JW: Honestly, I care more about reader interaction that I probably should. After all the work I pour into my books, I almost need the interaction because it makes it worth it—more than money from my books selling. My favorite way is through my fangroup on Facebook. It isn’t necessary people who are fans of my work, but just a bunch of nerds who enjoy nerding out together. You can find us on Facebook at: facebook.com/groups/jwwarriors

FSF: So after Mystics, what’s next for you? Do you have any projects you are working on for the coming year that readers can look forward to?

JW: Yeah, I’m currently publishing The Valiant Series. The first two books, Hunter and Shifter, are being rereleased in July and August and then, the long awaited third book will be out in September. The new Republic Chronicles novel will be out in November and the Calamity’s Hope Series will continue next year with Earthquake. So, I have a lot of projects going on and I’ve written so much in the last year or so that I have plenty of books coming that people can look forward to. 

FSF: Can you recommend some Indie fantasy that you’ve read over the last year to our community?

JW: To be honest, I haven’t really read anything in the last year, because I spend all my free time writing, but I know that Glimpses of Time and Magic is an anthology I was part of.  Ignore my story and read the rest, because these authors are amazing. If you love historical fantasy like I do, then you’ll enjoy this one. 

FSF: What one piece of advice can you offer to new or aspiring authors?

JW: Never stop writing. I say that so much it’s cliché at this point, but it’s so true. Whether you face rejections from publishers, or struggle as an indie author, don’t stop writing. If it’s what you’re passionate about, then get into a habit of writing every day. It’ll help you learn to write faster and help you learn to overcome procrastination.

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Authors in Focus Episode 101: Revamping Your Novel with Melissa Sell

Melissa Sell

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.

My new book, Mask of Guilt (Mask of Illumination Book 1), is out!

We all wear masks. Some of us to hide our guilt. Lady Foonauri, lost in the malaise of depression, finds purpose with a group of all-women thieves, the Cracked Gems. Intrigue, romance, betrayal, and adventure swirls around her in this epic fantasy tale!

Today, I’m joined by Melissa Sell! She is the author of portal fantasy novel The Chronicles of Fey: Rising! You can follow her on InstagramFacebookTik Tok, and Website. And check out her books on Amazon!

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Unique Fantasy Magic Skills with R.C. Barnes on the Books and Authors Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 172 with R.C. Barnes.

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 currently between large projects so I’m switching gears and working full blast on a new humorous sci-fi space serial project to be released on the Kindle Vella platform later this summer. I’m collaborating on this with my friend Jen Frontera. All that is happening while my son and co-author, C.J. Davis works on his parts of the Accidental Monk, book 7 in the Accidental Traveler series.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including 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 interview author R.C. Barnes. She is a former film and television executive, who decided it was time to give life to the delightful characters in her head. Her YA Tattoo Teller series INK FOR THE BELOVED is a love letter to her adolescent years in the East Bay.

The series is set in Berkeley and features her fearless biracial teen detective, Bess Wynters, who possesses a unique psychic talent involving tattoos. The second book in the series, INK FOR THE DAMNED, releases this summer 2021.

On a perfect day, R.C. (also known as Robin Claire) can be found curled up with a book, listening to the rain outside, eating noodles, and sipping tea or wine (depending on the hour). She lives in Berkeley and is the mother of three very nice people.

R.C. is one of the amazing authors appearing in the upcoming Urban Fantasy short story anthology, Summer Solstice Shenanigans.

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