I met Jim years ago at church. A long time ago I even baby sat his oldest child! Now, Jim has his first novel titled The Swords of B'ajj: Truthseeker out on Kindle and we had a chat about it:
Me: What motivated you to start writing?
Jim: In my early teen years, I had dreams of a sword like the main character Bart Taylor has. I would pretend that I had this sword and that nothing could hurt me. As time went on, I decided that it would be cool to write these ideas down and make a story out of it. I then came up with the thought that there were five of these and that I’d make a series.
Me: Tell me a little bit about your story.
Jim: The main character is Bart Taylor. He is turning 19 as the story opens. His world is about to change in ways that he can’t imagine. He has been chosen to receive a sword that has magical powers. He is unsure of being chosen, and it takes a couple tries to get him to take the sword. During this time, he meets a young woman his age named Erin and discovers that a criminal organization is after her. In an attempt to kidnap Erin, Bart and his friends and the criminal group are abducted by aliens and pressed into service to act as champions for their world in a contest devised by an evil overlord. This contest is to determine which world in an alien civilization is to live. Bart and his friends do their best to help the entire alien civilization and to keep the evil overlord from coming to Earth. There are many adventures along the way while they face the main challenge of defeating the overlord.
Me: What motivates your main character?
Jim: Bart is motivated by helping others however he can. He was chosen to receive the sword because of this quality. He doesn’t seek fame and fortune for himself. He can be considered to be incorruptible as only someone with this quality can hold the first sword. Bart is duty bound by his word.
Me: Are your characters based upon people from your life?
Jim: Bart is kind of like myself only because I thought of these swords and what it would be like to have them. I tend to pick names out for people I know, but they do not have any reflection on these people or their personalities. In ways, Bart is better than myself because I think if I had a sword like this, it would be easy to be corrupted.
Me: Who was your favorite character to write?
Jim: I would have to say that Bart has been my favorite character to write mainly because he is the main character and I try to put myself into what he’s doing. I will say that I enjoyed writing each of my characters though as well.
Me: Where is your book available?
Jim: It is available at many on-line book sources. The main ones would be
* CreateSpace: Create Space Link
* Amazon: Amazon Link
* Barnes and Noble: Barnes and Noble Link
Me: Who are you reading right now?
Jim: I am currently reading Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows from JK Rowling.
Me: Who are your favorite authors?
Jim: I like JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien
Me: What is your advice for new or aspiring authors?
Jim: My advice is to go for it! If you don’t think you can be published in the normal fashion, you can do it yourself easy enough. There are many good places that you can go that help you out. Amazon with Kindle and also through CreateSpace for a print copy are excellent ways to do this. Lulu.com is also a good place to try. Smashwords is a great place to get your book into all kinds of eBook format. It really is very easy to get things published on your own now with very little cost to you.
Thank you for stopping by and saying hi! I look forward to interviewing you again when yuor next book is out!