Thursday, April 5, 2018

Interview with J.D. Waye

We're thrilled to have with us today the author of The Shadow People series, talking about her third book in the series, Dark Ambitions. Thank you for your time, JD.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are too many to mention, but the authors that influenced this book the most are GRR Martin, Anne Rice, Frank Hebert, Mary Shelley, JRR Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Diana Gabaldon.

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
I’ve always been a writer. It’s kind of like breathing. You have to do it to exist.
When not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with my family; reading fiction and history; watching the magic of ideas being transformed into movies. And cooking. Everybody enjoys good food.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember my older sister reading The Hobbit to me, opening a door into that alternate world, and never wanting to close it again.

Describe your desk.
Well-lit, tidy, cosy, comfortable, with a few treasures.

Who is the main character in Dark Ambitions?
Chago Cordaro

What’s his story?
He’s a young man whose mind is filled with morals and ideals, having a hard time implementing them in the chaos of his life.

Where/when does the story take place?

1890’s Spain, France, and Andorra

How did the story come to you?
Sometimes a story emerges from a single image that starts it all:

Two shadows moving over tiled rooftops against a star-lit sky backdrop. One was chasing the other. Catching the criminal became an important goal. And I asked myself, who are these people?

Who is your target audience?
The epic fiction reader, paranormal/supernatural fan, historical fantasy reader, anyone struggling with the impact of emotional turmoil.

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
The struggles are all too human, but it’s a unique world.

What do your fans mean to you?
It is absolutely amazing when a reader connects to the imaginary world I’ve created. When they choose to invest their time and emotional energy.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
Inspiration comes from the whole world around me – trees in the fog, coins in a jar, wind turbines on a hilltop, a blood-red full moon. They create a mood. And that mood generates a scene. Linked scenes generate a story. Everybody loves a good story.

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
Start with writing about what you know, where your passion lives. Learn the craft behind making a story appear effortless, while engaging its audience. And most important: never give up.

Dark Ambitions
Paranormal Historical Fantasy

A new recruit’s monster-hunting job threatens not only his life and sanity, but the lives of everyone he loves. 
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