Writing a book involves not only your writing skills but a number of experiences that could be jotted down on a piece of paper. Appreciating the work that Authors do today we don’t have just one but two authors Jess and Keith who found love in each other sharing some of his experience with us.
1) Tell us about your recent book.
Everybody loves a hero.
Everybody loves an antihero with a heart of gold.
Nobody loves a demon.
Nobody but Mal Sinclair, though she doesn’t know it.
Ben was just looking for a vacation from hell, but found his life’s purpose instead.
If this sounds like your sort of story, check out Always Darkest, the first in a planned trilogy called The Arbitratus. Ronoven, a demon dreaming of an escape from Hell finds an excuse for an extended vacation on Earth, where he pretends to be a young drifter called Ben. Everything is going great – until he meets Chris. This unassuming teacher is using an assumed identity, too. Cursed with immortality and named in a prophecy Ben thought was fake, Chris becomes an unlikely friend. Together the two of them discover the main subject of the prophecy, Mal, a young woman not only fathered by an angel, but also the last in the direct line of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Mal learns her true identity but is determined not to be forced into a corner by circumstances or some ancient scrap of paper. Falling in love was never part of Ben’s plan, but together he and Mal are drawn into conflict that could destroy them. Slippery ancient gods, as well as angels and their fallen siblings bring to bear all of their power to force Mal to their side. With the help of a small band of allies, Mal tries to shake free of the cage of prophecy and end Hell’s hold on Ben. It’s a story about a coming war, about choosing sides, about good and evil. And more than that, it’s about remaining who you are even when you are faced with things that are that much bigger than you.
2) Can you share little details about your background?
We are one of those married couples that sitcoms never get right. We’ve been married for twenty years and still can’t get enough of each other’s company. We’re lucky enough to live in the beautiful mountains of Vermont with our two children, three cats, a dog, and an immortal guinea pig.
Jess: I’ve worked in newspaper and art publishing, freelance writing, cake decorating, and at the moment, in addition to my writing and editing, I work as the program manager at a residential transition facility for youth in recovery.
Keith: I spent many years as a chef and business manager and now I run a quaint country store.
3) What motivated you to write this book?
Keith: Fantasy in some way, shape, or form has always been my favorite thing to read, regardless of the subgenre involved. It’s an escape, to a degree, a place where you can leave the world you know behind for a while. I’ve always wanted to be a part of that.
Jess: I’ve also been a fantasy fan my whole life. The first book I remember reading on my own was The Hobbit and no matter what else I’m doing, what phases I’m going through, I always come back to fantasy. I’m particularly excited about dark and urban fantasy because it takes the mundane things of the world we live in and makes them something new.
We met Ronoven through some research into the occult and realized he would be a great character. Our discussions about him led to the seeds of our universe. Telling Ben’s story has been our main motivation. And the more we write in this universe, the more fun we are having.
4)What are you currently working on?
We are currently working on expanding our universe on our website through publishing free cannon expanding short stories there, as well as writing short stories and novellas both for traditional publication and for sharing with our readers via our website and social media.
We’re also hard at work on the sequel to Always Darkest, called Before the Dawn, the next leg in the journey our characters are taking.
5) When did you start writing?
Keith: I’ve only been writing seriously for about two and a half or three years.
Jess: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I wrote pretty seriously in college for a while, then I got out of the habit, sort of lost the spark. When Keith and I started writing together a couple of years ago, I found that passion for words again.
6) Which writers inspire you the most?
Keith: Both of us read all the time. I think we have a lot of favourites in common, too. I love Tolkien, David and Lee Eddings, Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks. But I love a great spy novel or war story, too; Tom Clancy for example. And I read a fair amount of non-fiction; I always enjoyed Richard Ketchum in particular for historical writing. I tend to read a mix of things for pleasure and to learn, particularly about military history.
Jess: We are definitely people who always have books at hand. I usually have one going in every room of the house and my Kindle in my purse when I’m forced to leave it. We share a lot of favourites in common, definitely all the fiction writers already mentioned, and Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Douglas Adams, Lovecraft. We pass books back and forth a lot. Harry Potter was on a scheduled rotation when Book Seven came out. I’m a pretty big fan of Stephen King, too, myself. I admit I’m not one for The Classics, as they say, or anything too lofty. I’ve read all of the expected titles over the course of my academic career, but I don’t enjoy it, with the exception of Shakespeare, which I love. I read to have fun or to fall into a different world and see it though the characters’ eyes.
7) Any future projects you are working on.
As ideas occur to us we’re starting to make notes and write vignettes that will be part of Fiat Lux, the third book in the trilogy. We have an idea for a satellite novel about Ben as well that we are slowly starting to realize. Needless to say, it’s a busy time for us!
8) What are your hobbies?
Jess: I enjoy playing the ukulele badly, reading, and binge-watching unhealthy amounts of TV.
Keith: In my free time I enjoy writing poetry, reading, or cooking something that my family will think is amazing.
We love to cook together, go hiking, and spend time together and with our boys. Of course, we also love writing together.
9)Is there any book you personally love and would recommend all the readers?
Jess: Well, we obviously want everybody to read Always Darkest … But if I have to pick a book that’s not ours, I always go back to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It’s clever, original, and fun.
Keith:I would recommend Earth by David Brin to anybody. It’s one of my favorite books of any genre.