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Author Interview: Madilynn Dale

Check out this author spotlight for Madilynn Dale!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please! Hi, thanks for having me!

My name is Madilynn Dale, and I am a mixed genre author. I write mostly in fantasy, paranormal, and romance. I live in Oklahoma USA and I love to be outdoors. I am married and have one little boy. On top of my writing work, I hold a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and an associate of science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant sciences. I am a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant in the state of Oklahoma, but I am a stay-at-home mom right now.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
My favorite season is spring when all of the plants burst into new life. It’s always felt like a time of new beginnings and change. Even though we occasionally have bad tornados here in Oklahoma during the spring it’s the start of warmer days filled with more time outdoors.

Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I love coffee and may be a bit of an addict. I will occasionally drink hot tea or sweet tea but my go to is coffee. I can’t start my day without having coffee first.

Library or museums?
Museums. I have all kinds of books at home and on my kindle but going into a museum is like stepping back in time. I love looking at artifacts from the past and reading about their story. My father actually works for The Red River Museum in my hometown, and I have been fortunate to see some behind the scenes things. One of the few dinosaurs found in Oklahoma is on display there.

Ninjas or pirates?
Pirates. I love pirate movies and books with pirates in them. The Pirates of the Caribbean is still to this day one of my favorite movies.

Mountains or beaches?
Mountains. I love walking on the beach at the ocean on occasion, but I love to hike and explore the mountains even more. I love the different colors and shades of the various landscape and discovering fossils hidden in the rocks.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Anything with magic, adventure, or shifters will always catch my eye. I love escaping into fantasy worlds. If it has a bit of romance or is a little on the spicy side, it’s even better.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write a mix of fantasy, romance, adventure, and paranormal. I love mixing it up and having strong female characters as my main characters. I have a series following main character Liz called the Fae Shifters series and a standalone paranormal romance following a college shifter named Natalie. Some of the projects I am working on include a book with a strong female who discovers she’s a hellhound and then a fantasy adventure following a set of twins.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

An ancient evil has surfaced. New life and bonds are forged. Will Liz fight or remain on the sidelines? Who will win and rule the realms?

Liz’s family and friends are at risk once again, but sacrifices must be made for their freedom. Can she bring new life into the world but stop an evil that has plagued the realms since the beginning of time? What will be her ultimate sacrifice to conquer The Blood King finally?

Book 4, The Blood King: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08YKL5Q42/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Apple:  https://books.apple.com/us/book/x/id1564761460

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940164887674

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=9781005284848

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I draw inspiration from a lot of places. I get scenery ideas from places I have visited or even some of my favorite places growing up. Characters come from friends, random passer-by, and movie characters. Lucifer the tv show on Netflix has given me a lot of ideas for characters as well as several other such as The Originals, The Irregulars, and more. I am always playing music and several songs by Fall Out Boy and Imagine Dragons inspire some of my characters often or even events.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

My routine is not much of a routine. Being a mom, I have to write in sprints when my son is sleeping or late at night. I have a little more free time now that he is in an early preschool program, but life is hectic. When I do write I sit down, review my notes and previous writing and go.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

I would tell myself to be strong and keep writing. Don’t doubt yourself.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

You can find me on social media or at these links!

Website: www.thechaptergoddess.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Madi_Dale_Write

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madilynndalewrites/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadilynnDaleAuthor

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mratdegraff91/_created/

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@mdwriter?lang=en

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/madilynn-dale

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20150515.Madilynn_Dale

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Madilynn-Dale/e/B0868CGSLC?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1616000125&sr=8-2

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG8uZRvQC4o_dqwkqJy9Wgg

Final artwork

🌺 Here’s a better view of my latest piece of artwork 😁

🌺 It will serve as the cover for an upcoming standalone, but I’m undecided on font and minor details, so we’ll see how it looks in the end. But until then, I have to say I’m pretty happy with how it came out 🥰

Author Interview: Sonia Marta

Check out this author spotlight for Sonia Marta!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hi there! My name is Sonia and I am one of the youngest authors in Romania, with three books published at just 13 years old. My first book was published 3 years ago, back when I was 10 – on the 1st of June 2018 (for children’s day). A book which I started writing a decade ago if you can believe it when I was 3 (along with my mother), ended up being the key to unlocking the achievement of inspiring more than 1,500 aspiring authors in kindergartens, schools, and, more recently in universities.

My first book in English, The Rapping Astronaut, was published last year, during the pandemic to be honest! So I am very grateful to my publishing house for supporting me as I embarked on this journey! And, my latest release: Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia is a story about my hometown.

Photo: Village Museum, Bucharest, June 2020. Book: Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
Oh, definitely winter, because I love cold weather and snow, plus it’s the season with the Christmas spirit… plus it’s my birthday too!

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. I don’t really have a reason as to why, I just always was a dog person.

Tea or coffee?
Tea, but to be honest I am somewhere in between because sometimes you just need coffee as a booster in one of those days. I love tea because it comes in all types of flavors and you can drink it at any time of the day, whether it’s iced or not.

Morning or evening?
I can’t decide because I love both for their own reasons. I would say morning, though I do feel like I am more of a night-walker, haha. I simply love the morning because you wake up knowing you have a fresh day, and you’re prepared to take on the day feeling good. But then I love the sunset and I am more inspired towards the second half of the day.

Library or museums?
Library. Every time I go on a trip with my family, I absolutely detest museums. At least some, not all, but I love being surrounded by the latest titles and authors I haven’t heard of before.

Hunter or gatherer?
Hunter! I absolutely love new opportunities, new locations, and meeting new people. I enjoy getting to know other techniques from other points of view.

Mountains or beaches?
This is another tough one because it all depends on the season and weather. If it were to choose one if it were to live there, it would be mountains, as there’s nothing compared to the fresh air and amazing nature. As a holiday, however, I would definitely pick beaches as the sound of waves and sunbathing is very unique; the amazing time when you’re skating on the seafront, with the smell of sand and salty water.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?
I’d definitely go with the electronics, since (well for starters) they don’t kill your arms! And there’s nothing like losing your work, or your dog eating it, haha! Plus, I feel like I can get much more work done when I type rather than when I write.

Standalone or series?
Standalones overall usually have a much stronger plot, whilst trilogies are less intense than the thriller you would read if it was a lone wolf.

Book or ebook?
There is nothing compared to the smell of the ink on the pages of a book, or nothing more annoying than creasing the spine, haha! So I would pick book over the electronic version.

Hero or anti-hero?
Heroes, as everyone loves a good ‘almost died’ scene, especially watching your main character go through all the adventures.

Photo: Herastrau Park, Bucharest, June 2020. Book: The Rapping Astronaut

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Thriller books will always catch my attention. Action/adventure books will always hook me into wanting to read the blurb, finding out more about it. I love books that whenever you turn the page another branch of the adventure unveils, making it unputdownable.

Sometimes I like to just wander in a bookshop and discover which book will pick me. I like to spend even 2 hours looking at various book covers from time to time, reading the blurbs, without being specific about what book I want to buy.

And on the other side, I have some authors I love, and I succeeded in having their full collection like David Walliams, Roal Dahl, Lucia Muntean

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

Alright! At the moment, I am working on several projects which we hope to publish in the next few years. I am very glad that my latest book was self published as this gives me more freedom, meaning that I can donate books. This means that I can still continue my partnership with WorldVision Romania, where l can do so (donating books) every month to a school in the country along with an author session with the children. For a lot of them, this is their first book in English, and for some it might even be their first author session! I think this is very rewarding, and I hope to inspire them to fulfill their dreams, as a saying of mine is that age is not important, your voice can still be heard whether you are 10 years old or 100 years old.

I also write for our school’s magazine, The International Voice, working as well on 3 other editorial projects. For one of the projects, I am planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign soon, something which is entirely new to me and my team, but we still want to do everything professionally to impress this community of great people supporting creative projects. You can say that this is my top priority at the moment.

And of course I work a little bit to create content for my social media accounts every afternoon when I come home from school, which is very important for me and the community I gather around me and around my stories. I cherish every review, every comment, every message! My readers are the world to me, and literally they come from every corner of the world, from the USA to Australia and from China to Trinidad and Tobago, from Ireland to Tokyo.

Photo: Village Museum, Bucharest, June 2020. Book: Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My latest release is actually Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia, but I’ll have to mention the one before, as they were almost printed in the same month! Read on!

The Rapping Astronaut is a story filled with entertainment, action and friendship. Follow Austro throughout his journey, from being kicked off his own planet to a place where he sings, has many friends and where he falls in love with the opportunity to make a change. This is a book for children aged  5-11 years and it was launched in April 2020.

Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia, is where you can follow the journey of three friends going on a school trip with a Bucharest City Tour Bus, discovering many monuments along the way, learning facts and figures about some of the wonderful landmarks Bucharest has to offer. This is a book for 5-11 year olds as well, and jf was launched in June 2020, right on the very first day.

Both books are available in Romania as the physical copy and on Emag.ro, the largest online retailer from our country. I am happy that Bucharest City Tour, a Trip is also available in one of the most beautiful bookshops in Romania, Carturesti Carusel. This place is also featured in my book being one of the landmarks in the city loved by families and book lovers.

And now for the international readers, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! The Rapping Astronaut is available on Amazon as an ebook, free with the Kindle Unlimited Subscription and the Audiobook is available on Audible, narrated by Shane G Casey.

Bucharest City Tour a Trip with Sonia is available as an ebook on Google Play Books.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

My first book was inspired by everyday activities like playing the piano, reading, painting, going to kindergarten, by animals I like such as squirrels, bears, horses, or by the beauty of every season, and of course by the Romanian poets like George Topîrceanu or Lucia Munteanu. My mother used to read to me every night and I memorized many of their poems; they actually played a big part in why I loved poetry, so I came up with the idea to write about these activities, which after 3 years became a sort of my journal through rhymes with more than 300 poems.

My second book, “The Rapping Astronaut” was inspired by a movie followed by a dream.

My third book, “Bucharest City Tour, a Trip with Sonia” was inspired rather by a disappointment. I wanted to offer someone a children book about Bucharest, and as I found none on this topic, I decided to write it. I had books in my library about cities like London, New York, Madrid, Rome, Moscow, Paris, but none were about Bucharest. You could have found only books with photos, nothing for children. Also, being in an international school I got many questions regarding which places to visit in Bucharest, from new families in town. I thought that it is a great initiative, I proposed it when candidating for Student Council in Year 5 and a couple years later it is on bookshops shelves 😊

But in general, I get inspired by the environment around me, and the more new places I go to, the more inspiration I have – I absolutely adore taking my laptop to restaurants and taking a sip of water, writing a paragraph, then a bite of food, and back to writing, and repeating that.

INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE AROUND US

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I typically write in the afternoon     , usually just before the sunset in winter, which is around about five pm, and that’s because I feel like when it’s night time my imagination is stronger, and I feel more productive; that may also be because I am not much of a morning person. 

I feel like at night every sound is emphasized, like a crow cawing, for example, and this is inspirational for me. The house is silent, the street, but my thoughts are rushing through my brain and my veins to be spitted out on the paper. It’s kind of magic when this happens.

When I am writing during the holiday, my preferred time of the year, my work schedule is basically to wake up, get dressed, go to my mother’s office and start writing the whole day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I love it because I can immerse myself in the story and work all day in an environment where everybody else work.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Well, if I would have known how hard it was to publish a book from the beginning, I suppose I wouldn’t have stressed so much (and by that I mean 4 years – the amount it took us to figure out what steps we had to ‘tick off the list’ in order to publish my book) about getting rejected from publishing and printing houses when they said they couldn’t print our book, or it wasn’t fitting in their line of published titles. So if it’s anything that I have learned, it’s that the first book will always be the hardest if you’ve got no clue about this field, and for absolutely every book you want to get into the hands of somebody else, out of all those query emails you send, 90% or more will reject it. But that isn’t always because it’s not fantastic – some publishing houses reject it because it doesn’t fit in with their category of topics. So never, ever, ever give up! It’s a rocky start, but once you get to know it better, you’ll see how easy and smooth it turns out to be!

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

(Amazon author page, Goodreads page, Bookbub, Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, website, mailing list sign-up, etc)

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsIhy7SjN7RrYTvOv7dVXRA

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/SoniaMartaAuthor 

Facebook  book page: https://www.facebook.com/TheRappingAstronaut 

Instagram author page: https://www.instagram.com/sonia_marta_author/ 

Instagram book page: https://www.instagram.com/the_rapping_astronaut/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorMarta 

Spotify Storywise Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/6ZbofTpujdJO2wDT1VJ0UL?si=5nd4mL7QRrakYNpd791Kfw 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/v4zao2rupuroky45xjj9rqtdc

A Monday Update!

🌺 Fabulous update! 🥳🎉

🌺 I can’t believe how quickly my editor and I got it done, but book 5 of The Light of Darkness is almost ready for ARCs! 😍🙏 Only a proofread left to do, then I’ll send it out to my trusty little ARC team! 🖤

🌺 But that doesn’t mean work has stopped on book 6! I’m making good progress there too, hoping to make my 60k word goal by the end of the month 😁❤️

🌺 Fingers crossed!! 🤞🥰

Author Interview: Jonathan Pembroke

Check out this author spotlight for Jonathan Pembroke!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please! 

Sure thing! I’m a former-meteorologist-turned-fantasy-author who’s been writing for the last fifteen years. I spent twenty years in the US military and am now semi-retired, and live in the southwestern United States with my wife Lisa and bunch of unruly dogs. When not writing, I read, work in my garden, and play an odd video game or two. I spend too much time on social media too.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee over tea, every time—which is odd, because twenty years ago, it was the other way around. I’m still not sure what drove the switch but I like my coffee now.

Morning or evening?
Morning person. All that time in the service got me used to being up early. I’m usually in bed by 10PM and wake up between 3 and 5AM. I get my best writing done before the sun comes up.

Ninjas or pirates?
Pirates. They’re more fun, though I could never be one (see below).

Mountains or beaches?
Mountains, for sure. I have a shark phobia and I don’t go in the ocean over my ankles. Not many sharks in the mountains.

Standalone or series?
If I’m loving a series, I never want it to end. A good series is hard to argue with and I argue it’s hard to have multiple good character development arcs in a standalone. Not impossible, but it seems less common.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I like a little of everything but I’m a sucker for a classic “hero” story. Not necessarily the “Chosen One” but someone who overcomes their own shortcomings, self-doubt, or baggage to make a difference. Characters like Elric of Melnibone or Jon Shannow will always appeal to me. I love me some damaged protagonists.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

Dovetailing from the previous question, I like to write about protagonists who had trauma or even just a lot of angst, and have to overcome it. To me, character development is the real quest journey in fantasy. I’m working on a series now (tentatively titled The Sentinel) about a middle-aged woman is who part of a specialized military force, and who has some crippling issues from her past. This will be the biggest epic thing I’ve written but I’m trying hard to make it primarily about her journey.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My most recent release was from 31 March of this year; it’s the third book in my trilogy The Holly Sisters, titled Sylvan Valley Aflame. The trilogy (Rumble in Woodhollow, The Mauler, and Valley) concern two faeries of the Holly Clan, Sydney and Marla. Marla, the older sister, runs away to the semi-industrial slum of Woodhollow, where she rises to lead a drug-dealing street gang of faeries, who brawl with gangs of leprechauns, brownies, and other mystical races.

Years later Sydney (the series POV protagonist) joins her sister and it goes from there. A big part of the story is Sydney trying to find her place in the world but it’s also a journey of the two sisters. I see so few good sister relationships in fantasy writing and I wanted to depict them starting a little stand-offish and developing a close relationship over the course of the trilogy. Sylvan Valley Aflame, along with the other two volumes, is available on Amazon for Kindle and paperback, and is also on Kindle Unlimited:

Rumble in Woodhollow (Book 1):  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XCB5TGH

The Mauler (Book 2): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CZTZYWSSylvan Valley Aflame (Book 3): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08X2VNPM9

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I’ve read a ton of spec fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, and horror) over the years, so I’m sure a lot of those trickled in. Stephen King and Michael Moorcock have definitely been influences—the former for his turn of phrase and sheer productivity, the latter for his amazing world-building and character development.  Music is a big influence on my short story development; I tend to pluck lines as titles, though most of those have been outside fantasy. Funny enough that you mentioned film. Rumble in Woodhollow was a result of me watching the movie Gangs of New York, and imagining what it would have been like with mystical races fighting for control of the streets instead of immigrant gangs. I think influences and potential ideas are everywhere. One just has to be open to listening to the voices whispering in one’s ear.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I typically get up early, make some coffee, check email, and get to it. I have a few uninterrupted hours before anyone else is stirring. Then in the evening, I usually have another window. Neither time is set in stone but I always try to get in a little writing every day.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Get. Started. Sooner. I spent a lot of time—almost a decade—exclusively writing short stories. I had very little focus and careened from project to project. That might have been fine when I was sixteen but it meant that I didn’t publish my first book until I was forty-four. Now I have a massive number of book ideas and plots in my head and am feeling the crunch to get a few of them done. I wish I’d started sooner. So if you’re thinking about writing a book, don’t put it off … because ten years later, you might still be saying, “Maybe next year.”

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009256903028

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15560461.Jonathan_Pembroke

Blog:   https://flinthatchet.wordpress.com/

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Author Interview: Jason DeGray

Check out this author spotlight for Jason DeGray!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Jason enjoys road trips, beautiful spring mornings, sitting outside at coffee shops, and searching through dusty bookstores for hidden treasures. He lives, laughs, and loves in New Mexico USA and is always looking forward to his next adventure.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee, by all that is holy, coffee! Coffee has become an integral part of my life. In college, a group of friends and I would meet at this all night diner and write bad poetry, drink coffee, and talk about nutty things. It’s been with me ever since.

Ninjas or pirates?
Ninjas. They are awesome. They are sneaky. They know martial arts. They wore masks before it was the “new normal.” And one of my favourite comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has ninja turtles.

Pen and paper or computer/phone?
Typewriter. I started writing on a typewriter a few years ago when I noticed the computer becoming more of a distraction than a tool. It was actually hindering my writing process. I found this old typewriter at a thrift store and cleaned it up. I’ve been using it since. I love it. It writes exactly what I tell it to, doesn’t make coloured, squiggly lines appear, and doesn’t tempt me to tab over to youtube for a quick “research check.”

Book or ebook?
Book. I don’t read ebooks. I can’t read off a screen like I can read an actual book.

Hero or anti-hero?
Hero. These are the characters that inspired us to achieve great things. Who taught us lessons about our humanity, about compassion, about empathy. These are the characters who challenged us to be our best and get back up when you get knocked down with a Kryptonite hammer. I don’t get the same thing from an anti-hero.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I like real characters. And I like characters that either start out low, or are brought low at the start and have to strive toward some goal. Hero’s Journey type stuff. I’m also a sucker for old pulp stories and scifi. I’ll read those all day long (and usually do).

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write speculative fiction mostly. I have written a collection of plays (a few of which were preformed), poetry, essays. You name it and I’ve probably tried to write it at some point. My current book is 3vE, a post-apocalyptic noir about a world on the brink of destruction. The main characters Jacob, Nate, and 3vE each come from a different place but are drawn together into a web of deceit and conspiracy that seeks to bring about the evil corporations’ end game for humanity: immortality for them, death for everyone else.

Before 3vE, I had written two novels in my Ruined Man series. The first novel, The Ruined Man, was a finalist in the 2017 NM-AZ Book Awards. TRM was a paranormal detective series. But I’m currently talking to a new publisher about it since my old publisher suffered the dreaded Curse of 2020 and is no longer operating.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

3vE

Corporate Denver is a futuristic cesspool of crime, depravity, and excess. Those with Status have access to the world’s depleting resources, those who don’t struggle to keep one step ahead of death.

Integration Technologies consultant Jacob Riley wades through the dystopian morass hunting people whose cybernetic enhancements have glitched and turned them into raving monsters. But a unique job opportunity sends this former family man on a quest to do something he swore never to do: help the elites who oppress him.

When he meets 3vE, a hybrid genetically modified human who escaped from a corporate lab, everything he believes and holds dear is challenged as he plunges headlong into the shadows of a dying earth, racing to stop the ruling elite’s endgame for humanity.

It’s available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/3vE-Jason-Degray/dp/1734070587 and also Barnes and Noble, and a lot of other bookseller sites too.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I’m fascinated with the Zeitgeist, the spirit of our collective society. The trends that ebb and flow from it, the effects it has on our personal lives and attitudes, how it shapes our reality and how we see ourselves. This is where I get my real life inspiration from. Of course there are people at a coffee shop who say or do something noteworthy, but those are just character notes really. Fictional sources are a lot of Philip K. Dick, Robert E. Howard, and Clive Barker. Each one of these authors is not like the other, but they all are powerful writers with amazing voices and vivid imaginations. For 3VE, I got back into my cyberpunk kick. Read a lot of William Gibson, watched The Matrix and Johnny Mnemonic and all the 90’s B movies in the genre I could find.

7. What is your writing routine?

If you have one, give us the run-down! First, I make a pot of coffee or espresso. I take out my typewriter and get started. I do all my initial writing on my typewriter. I’ll move over to coffee shops to get editing done and type the final draft on the computer. I also get up and pace a lot when I’m working through a scene. It helps me think.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?

Listen to Dr. Cook when he told you if you were really going to be a writer, get used to writing for the trashcan. And become a better salesman.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasondegrayauthor

Twitter: @infinityjones

Instagram: @trmnovels

MeWe: https://mewe.com/p/jasondegray

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