Character Interview: Joshua David Sims

Today I am interviewing Joshua David Sims, a character from Dr. Don C. Kean’s book, I Didn’t Sign Up For This. Recently I interviewed Don Kean (which you can read here).

Bookstack-255x300Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.

My name is Joshua David Sims but everyone calls me J.D. I am from a place called Fishing View, Kentucky down “tween the rivers” in Western Kentucky. I was born and raised their and I hope to spend the remainder of my life their. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen or have ever been to in my life. I grew up down on the Cumberland River with my parents and my younger sister and brother where we raised corn, tobacco, and cattle. I have the finest of families and am truly blessed to be so cared for and loved by them all. I can still remember just like it was yesterday all of the fun times I had with family and friends doing my very favorite thing in the whole world which is fishin. Fishing View has some of the finest fishin holes along the whole river. The huntin ain’t too bad neither. I returned home after the war ended and was blessed with the good fortune to be able to get my own place just upriver from where I was born, where I raise mules, cattle and corn. .My very favorite memory is on the evening of my 8th birthday when my daddy gave me my first gun. Read more

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Author Interview: J.J. Anderson

Today I am happy to introduce author J.J. Anderson on my blog.

Julie_Anderson__051 (2)What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.

I don’t write in any particular genre. In fact I dislike being ‘categorised’ in that way ( although that’s the way Amazon and other on-line retail sites, and indeed, actual bookshops, are organised ).

My first book was a collection of short stories entitled ‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’ published by The Story Bazaar (my own imprint) in April 2015 as a paperback and ‘e’ book. It chronicles the life of a modern English village over the course of one calendar year. The twelve, inter-linked stories portray a wide cast of disparate characters. At the centre of the book are four generations of the Marshall family, who negotiate the daily hazards of family life. Around them, babies are born, plots are hatched, matches are made and marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call. As Thornton Wilder said, ‘The life of a village against the life of the stars

What book are you promoting right now? What is it about?

Since then I’ve been working on a novel for young adults entitled ‘Reconquista’, set in 13th century Spain that is out now. This is a is an adventure story set in 13th century Al Andalus ( Spain ). I began to write it, ten or more years ago, as a serial story for my nephew and god-son. We have a home in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and it is a place full of history. My nephew was about to visit there for the first time. I wanted to engage him in the history and romance of the place, so I write an adventure story, delivering ‘episodes’ on a gradual basis. He’s twenty one now and the story which I wrote for him has changed out of all recognition. Read more

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Betrayed is on Wattpad

I have decided to try something new. I have a novel-in-progress about Clytemnestra — in a previous incarnation it was called Fatal, but I have renamed it Betrayed. For those of you who don’t know, Wattpad is this great site where you can read and comment on people’s work for free. It’s social media for writing. There is everything from fan fiction to published authors.

I’ve just designed a quick cover for Betrayed — this is in no way final and the title might change as well.


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April Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

And welcome to all of my new subscribers! I can hardly believe that April is already here — I hope the flowers are blooming wherever you are.

Prophecy is now available everywhere:

I had Prophecy enrolled in Amazon Select for 90 days, which means that the ebook was exclusive to Amazon for that time. When my 90 days came up, I decided not to re-enroll, so now, Prophecy is available on all of the online retailers — Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Scribd, iBooks… It was an interesting experience being in Select, but hopefully having Prophecy more widely available will be good too.

Book Signing at Chapters:

On Saturday, April 16, I will be at the Kamloops Chapters starting at 1pm to do a book signing. Chapters has also arranged for me to be interviewed on the Midday show on April 15 as a lead up! If you are in Kamloops, hopefully you will drop by.

Book Release Party:

My book release party was fantastic — I have so much great support! My husband Eric played guitar, and was even joined by my super talented singer friend Kelsey. NoFeet the snake made an appearance, we had cookies and snacks, I did a reading from my book, and the press even showed up. I wrote a blog post about the experience along with some pictures which you can read here. I also posted a YouTube video of me reading a passage from Prophecy, the same one I read at the party.

Writing Update:

I am busy at work on Book 2 of the Antigone series called Fate. The book is actually mostly written, but I realized the last part needs a fair amount of work, so I am currently re-writing that. I’m also doing a quick edit on my novel about Clytemnestra, Betrayed. And that leads me to…

Betrayed on Wattpad:

I’ve decided to join Wattpad and serialize my Clytemnestra book, Betrayed (previously titled Fatal). If you don’t know, Wattpad is a free social media writing site where people can post their writing and others can comment on it. There is everything on this site, from fan fiction to poetry to short stories to novels. I’ve posted the first chapter of Betrayed and you can click here for my Wattpad profile.

Here’s a synopsis of Betrayed — it’s based in Greek myth but is definitely not YA.

"There is a smell of murder. The walls drip with blood." From Agamemnon by Aeschylus

Queen Clytemnestra, the original femme fatale, rules the powerful ancient kingdom of Mycenae, kills her husband when he returns victorious from the Trojan War, and takes his cousin as his consort.

Enter her world, where men dominate, family duty is paramount, and women do as they're told.

Clytemnestra, sister to the devastatingly beautiful Helen of Troy, is destined to marry a man of her father's choosing and leave her home to be queen of a land she's never set foot in. That is, until her childhood friend, Agamemnon, decides he wants her for his own.

What drives the obedient, dutiful Clytemnestra to betrayal?

Questions and Author Interviews:

I’ve had some interesting questions this past month and have been fortunate enough to participate in several author interviews.

Here are the links to the interviews — the one from Blue Books was especially fun because she made of little doodle around our interview:

Lisa Haeleton’s Reviews and Interviews

Blue Books

Awesome Book Assessment

Nicki J. Markus’ Blog

A question I received recently:

Why did you decide to retell the Oedipus myth from the point of view of Antigone when Antigone has a story of her own?

I decided to do this because I wanted to start the story at the beginning. Oedipus’ and Antigone’s stories are most famously told by Sophocles in his Oedipus plays, the last of which is called Antigone. My book, Prophecy, is the first of a planned trilogy mirroring each of these three plays. I wanted to get to the roots of Antigone’s amazing sense of duty that we know her for and thought the place to start would be with the profound impact her family story must have had on her life.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Currently Reading:

I’ve just started reading a YA fantasy called Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. So far it is engaging, fast paced, and full of beautiful, fluid writing. Hamilton’s descriptions of the sand and the desert are amazing.

I am always looking for new books to read and love recommendations, so feel free to email me with the name and author of a book you’ve enjoyed lately. 🙂

Fun Facts About Greek Myths:

I’ve decided to add a section about Greek myths to my newsletters. This month, I’m introducing the Sphinx, which is important to the Oedipus myths.

There are different Sphinxes in the ancient world, but the one from Greek myth is a monster with the head of a woman, the wings of an eagle, the body of a lioness, and a serpent-headed tail. In the Oedipus myths, she is tormenting Thebes by demanding anyone who wants to pass answer her riddle. Those who answer incorrectly are killed and eaten. Oedipus, who had just been visiting the Oracle at Delphi and had just unwittingly killed his father, King Laius, on the road, meets the Sphinx. The riddle she poses to him is: What walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening? Oedipus correctly answers a man — with each of these representing a stage in a man’s life. The Sphinx is devastated and throws herself off a cliff and dies.Oedipus then makes his way to Thebes, where he is a hero — and where he meets Queen Jocasta, whom he marries, fulfilling the terrible prophecy that he was running away from, that he would kill his father and marry his mother.

Whew! I feel like this was a long newsletter. Thanks for reading,

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