Just a bit Scatterbrained at the moment

Hey all;

Just wanted to talk a bit about my current work(s) in progress. I say works because, while I am working on the third book in my Titan’s Legacy series, I’m also working on the first books of two other series. And scatterbrained is the way I feel some days, trying to keep three sets of characters and three story lines straight in my head.

My problem is that I’ve been working on the latter two books on and off for some time now and, for some odd reason, I’ve recently become very excited by both of these adventures. I don’t want to say too much about either one, except that they are both in the Fantasy genre, although one is Young Adult and the other is General Fantasy.

I’m a bit worried that my readers who enjoy YA Fantasy won’t get into my General Fantasy story. But it’s so good (IMHO), that I’m hoping that they will enjoy it regardless.

The YA Fantasy I’m writing is grittier than the world of the Titan’s Legacy, in that the hero is a boy who’s lived on the streets for several years and has experienced more of the dark side of life than a lot of young main characters in YA Fantasy do. But I think it gives the story an edginess that (hopefully) will enhance my readers experience when they read the book. Or maybe not. Who knows?

The problem for any writer is that all we can do is put our best work out there and hope that it is appreciated by you guys, the readers. But it’s only a hope and there are no guarantees in writing.

At any rate, I’m hoping to get the YA Fantasy novel done, shined up and available to readers before Christmas. The third novel in the Titan’s Legacy series will be out early in the new year. Thanks for letting me clear my head a bit. Back at it now!

J.J.

 

A Video? Maybe so!

Hey guys;

I’ve decided (perhaps) to do a video in the near future. Not that I’m photogenic (I’m not), but it was suggested by someone that authors should let their readers get to know them on a more (semi) personal level, so I’m mulling it about in my head.

If it happens, I’ll post it on YouTube and leave a link here and on Facebook. Just an FYI!

J.J.

 

Inspiration and where to find it (as a writer)

Hey all;

I’m fascinated by stories of how other writers are inspired to write. Sometimes it’s through personal experiences, both good and bad. Other times, friends and family inspire the author by relating interesting facts or stories of events that happened in their lives. It could be something as simple as listening to a conversation on a bus, or seeing a particular ad on TV or the Net. Inspiration comes in many forms and from many sources.

For myself, my inspiration for the stories of Justin McLeod and his adventures, as well as my upcoming series on angels fighting on Earth, comes directly from the fact that these are tales that I would want to read myself. I don’t believe in writing something because you “think” people want to read it or because it’s popular right now. Popularity comes and goes quickly in novels and today’s “big thing” is tomorrow’s trash. So I write what I want to read.

Plus, Justin and my other MCs (main characters) have a bit of me in them too. Like Justin, I was bullied as a kid; as so many people are. Back then, I sure wished that I couldn’t feel pain when I was tripped or smacked around. So maybe Justin is a little bit of wish-fulfillment on my part. The fun of being a writer, I suppose.

My point is that inspiration is fluid. It can and will come from anywhere. Embrace it when it finds you. Keep a notepad on you at all times and jot down your thoughts as you get them. It is so easy to have what you think is a great story idea just to lose it because you did not write it down. Most of all, be open-minded. Accept that you don’t have to come up with all of your own story ideas yourself. There’s a whole world of people and situations out there, just waiting to show you the way.

J.J.