#ASI: Jaden Sinclair

Where are you from?  Kansas

How many books have you written? 34

Which is your favorite? The bloodmate books are my favorite right now

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I think I was about 13. Use to make up things all the time and started hand writing things down here and there. Soon after just sort hit me that I really like it, so took typing as soon as I could and kept right on writing.

What are your current projects?  I have many projects going. Currently I have some self-publishing things going on, a partnership started with the name TJ Black, and then things for my publisher as well. Guess you can say, about three titles are being worked on.

What inspired you to write your first book?  I read a werewolf story that just grabbed me. Ended up reading it several times in fact before sitting down and trying to write up my own. And I also wanted it to be nothing like any wolf stories I’ve read before. That book ended up being my first Shifter story, and also got me into my very first publisher.

What book are you reading now? At the moment, none, but have three that are waiting for me. Only thing is, once I pick it up nothing else is going to get done.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? Yes I do.

What is one random thing about you? I knit

What does your writing process look like? Sometimes that depends on the day.  I’ve been a stay home mom for 14 years, so there are some days I might not get on the computer until afternoon, depending on what has to be done at home.

How important are names to you in your books? For me, the right name is important for the right person in the story. And I like different names also, so always looking for them. If I hear one, I always write it down for later on.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? I do read them, but never have respond to them.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  I can’t do mysteries. Not sure why, just unable to write one.

What is your favorite book and why? I don’t think I have one really

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Do you have any advice for other writers? Don’t give up. You want it, then go and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Just relaxing if I can. I’m either on the go with my boys and their sports, playing catch up in house, or writing. So if I get a chance to nothing I take it.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? My website I try to update.
www.jadensinclair.com
I’m also on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/jaden.sinclair

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The Paladins of Naretia Press Release by TP Keane

To those of you who have been following me as I interview authors and their books, it’s now my turn. EEEKK. Yes, with trembling knees and fingernails bitten to the quick, I take my first steps into authordom and ask myself the same questions I posed to them.

Following the brave authors before me, I am releasing my debut novel, The Paladins of Naretia, (book one of the Naretia series), a young adult fantasy novel.

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What is the book about?

A vision sparks the beginning of treachery and war in the kingdom of Naretia.

The story is told by a nearly three hundred year-old wizard, Olórin, and a seventeen-year-old tyrannical queen, Aria. Olórin knows only one thing for certain: that his adopted son, Aramus, will end all life if things are left the way they are. He must scour the kingdom for otherworldly ingredients to make a potion that will save him. If he cannot, then by his eighteenth birthday Aramus’s father, Dantet, will send his dark army to kill his son and take Aramus’s powers for his own. The evil God will be free to walk upon mortal soil and incinerate all who live there.

Olórin is optimistic, however, that Aramus’s human side will prevail over the rising darkness within him. He also hopes that his love for his son will be enough to steer Aramus away from the darkness. But underhanded deeds by traitors within the wizard caste prevent Olórin from achieving his goal, and Aramus turns before the potion is ready. Olórin is faced with an impossible choice: his son’s life, or all who dwell in the kingdom of Naretia.

What was the inspiration for this book?

I woke up from a dream one night, after having witnessed a strange and dynamic world (which was later to become Nareita) fall into chaos in my dream. In it, I saw the fiery winged figure of a young man with amber eyes. I began to wonder what an ominous, but obviously torn, figure would have to do with the destruction of the world and how it might affect him. So, in truth, the world was created by my unconscious brain and everything else just fell into place after that.

What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?

I also write in science fiction and I’m working on a book as we speak. Science fiction and fantasy interests me the most because I’m not limited by the bounds of reality. Should I decide that there are three moons in the sky, then there are three moons. I’m only limited by my imagination and that’s the kind of freedom I love to write in. Not only that, but I love to figure out the dynamics of the different characters between each other and the strange environment they have been put into. Working out the logistics of the science side of things for Scifi is a bit more daunting, however. But I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge.

Can we expect more?

This is just the first book of the Naretia series, of which I’m expecting about 4 in total. Also, the Scifi novel I’m working, Kepler One, on is a trilogy. My love of literature, and strange worlds, won’t allow me to stop writing, so, yes, you can expect a lot more.

Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?

In my youth, I was a terrible student, not for the lack of brains but rather for the lack of interest. I remember every parent teacher’s meeting, my poor parents would come back exasperated with me because every year it would be the same. “She could be fantastic, if she only tried a little harder.” Little did they know that my lack of interest stemmed from a lack of an ability to be able to spell. There is a history of dyslexia in our family, although I’m not sure if I am dyslexic. But I’ve struggled all my life with reading, writing, directions, and my confidence suffered because of it. I learned to work around my issues and mask them as best I could. The only thing outing me was reading in public, so I avoided that at all costs.

Despite my lack of effort, I never lost my interest in hearing the teacher reading fantastical stories. It was the best part of my day as a child. I would relive those tales at night when I couldn’t sleep and I made up my own stories, but never told a soul. It wasn’t until I had my own two children that I began to tell the stories bubbling around in my noggin. My confidence grew, and soon I began to write them down (thanks in large part to spellcheck). After writing a couple of books, I finally found my groove and out came The Paladin of Naretia.

I love quirky authors, or books where the worlds ooze imagination. That, of course, is only second to a good story. My favourite authors are, Douglas Adams, JRR Tolkien, Jonathan Stroud, Ransom Riggs, John Green and, of course, JK Rowling.

Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?

I have so many. My favourite books are the ones that remain with me after I’ve read them for one reason or another. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Charles Dickens – A Christmas Tale, Mrs. Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs, or most recently, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – NK Jemisin.

Have you written other books we should know about?
I have written other books, but this is to be my debut novel.

If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?

When you live inside your head as you make sense of your make-believe world, don’t forget to come up for air. Inspiration can be found in the world around you, and the biggest characters of all are not on paper. Believe in yourself, and remember, those who love your work will keep it in their hearts much longer than those who don’t.

Where can we find your books?

My book has yet to be published. The release date for it is Feb 28th 2016. But you can join me at the release party and enter a chance to win a fab prize, on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Where can we find out more about you?

I’m all over social media, most of my links can be found on my website

Website
Facebook
Twitter @tpkeaneauthor

Bad Blogger

I am a bad blogger. I haven’t made a post since last year! And even then the last post was me ranting about the amount of books I have piled in my To Be Read list. But my lack of blog posts doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy.

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I am currently working on eight different books, plus at least five more that I just started mapping out in the past week or so. My problem being I have all these ideas, but no inspiration or drive to actually piece them together into anything coherent.

So while it has never stuck with me in the past, I have taken to writing everything down in my pretty notebook and folding the pages down in a method I learned from my dad.

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Been working on a project for my dad, and slaving away in my classes. I’ve also been working with my family to get ready for moving day. Soon we will be packing up our whole house to move… a few roads over. If it wasn’t for my short trips to Facebook, I wouldn’t even know what day it is. So I’m going to try and pop on here more often, but if I am absent for long periods of time, you know I am neck deep into something. Happy (late) New Year!

Book Goals for 2016

As of midnight on December 31st, I am no longer buying (or grabbing freebies) books for at least one year. I started this year off with a goal to read at least 65 books on my TBR list. I accomplished that and more, but also went from 2000ish to over 4000 books on that list. So my goal to put a small dent in it failed.

Next year my reading goal will be at least 100 and no more new purchases. Which is going to be hard because I have a small addiction to all the free ones I can find. Just before writing this, I thought I would go to Amazon and stock up on the freebies, and probably will again before the end of the year, and probably got close to 50 if not more. All free because I am a poor writer who can’t even afford a $0.99 book. Mind you this list does not include the hundred or so paper/hardback books that I own sitting on my shelves that I have also yet to read.

This means that I’m going to miss out on a lot of great books in the coming year. 😦 But I need to do something that is actually going to help shrink my never ending TBR list.

So if anyone knows of any good freebies that I should look into, speak now or forever hold your piece.

I AM FORBIDDING MYSELF FROM BUYING MORE BOOKS AFTER DEC. 31ST FOR A WHOLE YEAR!