In my Christmas selection I’m sharing two previous features with two very original authors. The first one is UK author Simon Jenner. He sent me an interview with John Smith the protagonist of ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’.
Interview with John Smith, star and hero of ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’ by Simon Jenner.
Thanksgiving is upon us once again when the people of America and Canada… well… give thanks. In Simon Jenner’s book ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’, you get dealt a pretty rough time by the author. What, if anything, do you give thanks for?
That is a very good question. It is hard to imagine that I have much to give the author thanks for, especially given that he pulls me from a perfectly comfortable (if boring) existence into a dark world of secret police, psychos and pimps. One day I’m happily living off my rich family’s charity and the next I’m facing a trained killer and an angry pimp armed with only a toothbrush. What sort of person would do that to you?
I guess that what I’m most thankful for is being introduced to the delectable Savannah Jones. In my past life I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get close to such a beautiful woman and even if I had I would never have had the nerve to talk to her. Most people don’t see past Savannah’s looks because she comes over a little naïve, but underneath she’s the smartest and bravest woman I’ve ever met. Our first meeting doesn’t go too well. I’m shocked to find out that she’s a prostitute, but that’s a whole other story. I’m a bit naïve myself at the start of the book, but as the author throws us deeper and deeper into trouble, Savannah and I soon learn to survive in a world of killers and scum, and experience comes thick and fast.
Thankfully, Mr Jenner gave me the skills and a resolute stubbornness, often mistaken for bravery by others, to cope in most of the situations that he throws at me. One of the best skills is my ability to mimic accents and that alone helps Savannah and I out of more than one sticky situation. I love that the book doesn’t always have to be about the guns and the fighting and that he gives me the ability to think on my feet. I’m not one-dimensional and I’ve got brains. I certainly give thanks to the author for that.
He also gave Savannah and I a great supporting cast of characters who provide us with the adventure to end all adventures. The book has got it all in terms of action and plot, but what really makes it tick is that each character is different and, love them or hate them, you can’t ignore them. Good or bad, they’ve all got depth and they make it easy for me to shine in front of Savannah. Did I mention how gorgeous she is?
All right, Mr Jenner, so you did me a favour. It’s true what they all said. I was a waste of space, but did you have to put me through all that just to show me the error of my ways? On second thoughts, don’t bother answering. Knowing him, he’ll take it out on me in the sequel planned for early next year. He’s got a sick mind and I don’t want to take any chances.
I can truly tell you the novel is fabulous and I had a great time reading it. For more information see:
Links to Simon Jenner’s pages and books:
My website: http://simonjenner.com/
Link to Ethan Justice: Origins: http://www.amazon.com/Ethan-Justice-Origins-Adventure-ebook/dp/B0087S6AA6
Simon’s talents are not limited to adult fiction. He has also sent me information about his new book about dieting:
Considering Christmas is coming it might be just what we all need.
The second author is Gem Thomas:
Hi all: I’m Olga and as I’ve been promising you I’m going to be bringing you authors as guests to my blog once a week. I am leaving them tell you in their own words what they think any readers would like to know.
My first guest is Gem Thomas, who is indeed a Gem and real character. See what you think and support his work! I for one I’m fascinated by his new project!
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
2. What do you do when you are not writing?
Live it up. Have fun.
3. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I first started writing when I was a child. I created all types of fiction. Action stories were my favorite. All the time, superheroes would be fighting villains in my stories. I recall writing what is now called fan fiction. At the time, I did not know of this genre. It was my story about another boy who floated down the Mississippi river, next to Tom Sawyer. I stopped writing so much in high school. By college, I was too busy to write fiction. After college, I finished my first novel in September of 2010.
4.How did you choose the genre you write in?
I cover many genres and plan on moving into more, once I am clear of my newest novel. The Strong Roads Series are historical-fiction works. I went to Hawaii right after college to learn more about myself. While in the local library, quite early in my adventure, I learned about an amazing tale of the Spanish being in Hawaii centuries before Captain Cook. I was immediately intrigued. I always enjoyed learning about world history so, I was able to turn this legend into a narrative. I am excited to say I am the first person to have done this.
5. Do you want to talk about your newest work?
My newest novel is titled Strong Roads: Blues and Greens and Blood. It is the continued story of the main character in sixteenth-century Hawaii. What interests so many people, I think, is the potential of it being a true story. My main character is made a high chief by the aristocracy and he falls in love with an even higher-classed woman. Their relationship breaks social norms. Then, war erupts in the Island and their lives are forever changed. I combined ingredients from literary classics and am pleased to share it with everyone. But, what I am doing different is releasing it in a digital format. Readers will be able to tap a character’s name and hear how it is pronounced in the ‘native’ tongue of Ancient Hawaii. This is only possible, because of modern technology. Everyone will enjoy the story and love the interactive medium it is told in.
6. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Yes. I have a crowdfunding campaign. I am raising money for advertisements associated with the release of Strong Roads: Blues and Greens and Bloods. Indiegogo.com is hosting the project and allows for international contributors, which is perfect because my story is able to be enjoyed in the international scene, especially throughout Spanish-speaking countries. There are plenty of rewards for everyone that donates to my crowdfunding project. www.gemthomas.com has information.
Next Monday (as Tuesday is Christmas and you might be a bit busy) I’m planning to remind you of two of the great authors who’ve graced my blog with their presence. Both love to write about vampires…Deborah Palumbo and Jodie Pierce.
And now I leave you with a reminder of my books:
‘The Man Who Never Was’
And don’t forget my new series of novellas, Escaping Psychiatry about a psychiatrist and writer and her adventures.
‘Cannon Fodder’ (Escaping Psychiatry part 1)
‘Teamwork’ (Escaping Psychiatry part 2)
And ‘Memory’ (Escaping Psychiatry Part 3)