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Fallbrandt – Author Interview – JMD Reid

February 25, 2021
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  1. What drew you to write in the fantasy genre?

It’s what I fell in love with. Ever since I read Lord of the Rings, almost all I have read is fantasy. It’s so imaginative. You can have almost anything happen in them. You can create outlandish worlds that could never exist. It’s creative.

  • Who are your fantasy author heroes?

Robert Jordan, R. Scott Bakker, and Brandon Sanderson.

  • How do you plan a series like the Jewels of Illumination or The Storm Below?

They are very different origins. The Storm Below was my first. I intended it to be a light-hearted adventure with flying ships and sky pirates and then, in my world building, I discovered a secret of the world that changed it into epic fantasy. I only have a book ahead planned writing that series. I knew what I was writing and the next book was shaping up in my head. I felt 5 books was what I needed even if I wasn’t sure how I would get there.

Jewels of Illumination, I had a much more concrete ending and what would happen. I knew the major events of the books. And even though it deviated a lot from my outline, the general gist didn’t change.

  • What do you feel are the key points in fantasy stories?

Great characters. That’s the key point of any book. But great characters who are exploring and unveiling and discovering a world that is fantastical.

  • Can you tell us a little about the new series Masks of Illumination?

It’s a companion series to Jewels of Illumination. They are separate series that can each stand-alone, but they compliment each other. It follows Foonauri, a noblewoman exiled from her home and tired of being just a pretty bauble on a man’s arm. When she is invited to join a thief group and steal an artifact, she might just find what she’s searching for.

  • How does constructing a standalone novel differ in the writing process?

It doesn’t. Its just a shorter story. You don’t have to worry about setting up future events, I suppose, but it’s merely the scale that’s different.

  • Is poetry a new venture for you?

I dabble from time to time.

  • What characteristics have changed in your main protagonists from the first to last book?

It depends on the characters, but it’s usually about going from weakness to strength. Not necessarily physically, but in understanding who they are, in overcoming flaws, in accepting their place.

  • Do you have plans for other books in the two series?

Not for the Storm Below, but Assassins of Illumination is a sequel to Jewels of Illumination.

  1. How long have you been writing?

Seriously since 2013 but I started back in 1993 or so in Junior High.

  1. How do you juggle your own writing with client’s projects?

I have a schedule. I spend X time on their stuff and X time on mine. I use timers and have my work day scheduled.

  1. Do you have a dedicated writing space? Can you describe it?

Since I moved back in August, I do. No more writing in the living room! I have an office. It has my desk, some book shelves, and my recliner that I write on with a laptop. I have some posters for decoration.

  1. Where can readers find you on social media?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JMDReid

Facebook Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/158087188138155

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/61bSz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMDReid

  1. Do you have a blog?

I do: http://JMD-Reid.com

  1. What message would you like to send to your readers?

I hope you’ll trust me in take you on a journey to another world. The characters might go into the dark, but the light is always on the other side.

Find all JMD Reid’s books here: https://www.amazon.com/J.M.D.-Reid/e/B00P44PBQK%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Bio:

JMD Reid has been a long-time fan of Fantasy ever since he read The Hobbit way back in the fourth grade. His head has always been filled with fantastical tales, and he is eager to share the worlds dwelling in his dreams with you.
Reid is long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest in and around the City of Tacoma. The rainy, gloomy atmosphere of Western Washington, combined with the natural beauty of the evergreen forests and the looming Mount Rainier, provides the perfect climate to brew creative worlds and exciting stories! When he’s not writing, Reid enjoys playing video games, playing D&D and listening to amazing music.

JMD Reid is also a ghostwriter, which gives him a great deal of freedom to work on his own fantasy. It is his passion, that shines through his stories. JMD Reid has a lot of stories in his head and is looking forward to sharing them with his readers.

Where’s Your Happy Place..?

June 5, 2013
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Halcyon – definition: calm : tranquil : peaceful : happy

Where is your happy place?

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With spring in full flow here on the prairie’s, the trees have burst forth with waxy new leaves, the bird’s are busy building nests and evening’s can be spent on the deck. From my writing desk I can view through the front and back of the house onto the acreage so I am surrounded by nature – perfect. Gone are the stark grey and black birch tree trunks of the winter months. Squirrels scamper about, woodpeckers are busy drumming, and butterflies flutter. There are flashes of bushy tails  and vibrant wings against the green foliage. The air is full of bird song and croaking frogs with an evening chorus from the coyotes. Life is abundant.

 

 

New Writing DEsk 003So my happy place is either at my desk with the windows open or on the deck or walking (although the walking has been curbed somewhat with my back problems of late).

As a young child, one of my happy places was actually a small graveyard – bizarre I know, what can I say I was a strange child! I would sit in the quiet stillness underneath a willow tree beside a child’s gravestone. I cannot really explain why I felt so peaceful there but I did. Most of the time I was playing with numerous friends on bicycles, go-karts, building camps in the forest or generally hanging out but sometimes I just needed that peaceful place. Maybe it was because I was the oldest child of four and I wanted some space? Whatever the reason I felt re-charged and calm after visiting my special place.

Now-a-days, I can ‘escape’ into my creative world just as easily and find happiness there but experiencing life is always fun.

Interview with Gary Vanucci…

December 9, 2012
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I’m delighted to introduce you all to Gary. He is a fantasy author so I welcome him to my blog and hope you all follow him to his!

1. Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

I can’t pick a favorite! I do enjoy minor character goblin named Barguth in my 2 novels. Also, my rogue character Rose has taken on a new life of her own and her personality has emerged in my mind, making her easier to write than the rest of them.

2. Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

Fantasy. Period. I enjoy it more so than any other, especially from a writing standpoint. You are only limited by your imagination. I attempted science-fiction years ago, but it did not have the same flow.

3. Have you got a favorite place to write?

My basement…or at the jersey shore if I can get away. I sometimes write shorthand if I am somewhere and cannot get to the netbook or computer…you know how it is, right? Sometimes the voices just want to get out!

 4. What inspires your stories?

Classic fantasy, comic books, playing role-playing games, sometimes mundane life events. It depends. The world is my inspiration.

5. Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

Yes, I have joined a writer’s circle recently entitled Skulldust Circle. A great bunch of speculative fiction authors with an eye toward ‘making it’ in the writing world. We are all successful in regards to becoming writers as soon as we put pen to paper. I write for myself mostly and enjoy it when my writing inspires or touches someone else.

 6. What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I was a writer/reader since I could start reading comic books and I was a singer/songwriter/lyricist in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

7. Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

I have three books out already, a Dungeons and Dragons RPG supplement and a short story in ‘A Gathering of Dust’, which is an anthology from my writer’s circle. All of my heroic fantasy can be found on Amazon and CreateSpace: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gary+f.+vanucci

8. If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

I’ve already met R.A. Salvatore at GenCon 2011 (and it was awesome), so I suppose meeting George Martin might be a kick. I would have loved to have met Douglas Adams, too, but that is not in the cards. R.I.P., Douglas.

 9. Where can readers find you and your blog?

Google me. Seriously. I have a Goodreads page, a Facebook page, a twitter account, I am a member of the Independent Author Network, Skulldust Circle and I can of course be located on Amazon.

 10. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

My friend and peer, Nicholas Titano. He supports my writing, helps me stumble through writer’s blocks and pushes me to be my best.

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Creative Dabbling….

August 13, 2010
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Creativity is, and I hope, will always be a large part of me. I have experimented with many different types of creative ‘hobbies’ – knitting, crochet, jewelry making, interior décor, collage, pottery – yes the list is large and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. They captured me for a while and I strived to master the more difficult aspects, including advanced knitting! My sweet mother-in-law was always on hand when I had ‘lost’ my count or my place in the intricate pattern. No knit one, purl one for me!

Although I have always been an ardent reader, it never struck me to try my hand at writing. I enjoyed being transported into a story and was happy to be lost there. When I ‘discovered’ Stephen King for the first time with his book, The Stand, my appreciation of story telling changed a thousand fold. I even wrote to the great man – I was that impressed. To my utter delight he wrote back and now his letter is framed and in pride of place beside my writing desk. What more motivation could a writer have?

It would take many years before ‘writing’ became an all consuming passion. Lost amongst marriages, childbirth and child raising, the renovation of several homes, running my own companies and my biggest adventure yet – emigrating to Canada.

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