What was the hardest part about writing this book? The hardest part for me was getting started. I had never written anything that I ever intended to finish before this novel. I was so nervous I must have rewritten the first chapter seven or eight times before it was finished. Once I got going, I feel like the rest flowed pretty organically. I experienced some writer’s block, but not much. The first draft only took around seventy-five days to write.
Will you write others in this same genre? I plan on finishing the JC Mather trilogy up and will definitely continue to write young adult fiction. As long as my wife reads it, I will continue to write it. That being said, I have some serious ideas for a few things outside the YA realm as well.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I want readers to make that judgment for themselves. I have talked to a few different people who have taken completely different things away from the book. The exciting part is when someone gets something from the book that I didn’t even realize myself. Makes rereading my writing even more exciting.
What books have most influenced you most as an author? I think the book that influenced me most as an author is “On Writing” by Stephen King. I did not take all the advice, though it is hard to turn it down, but the book made me realize that I have all the tools to be an author and the only thing stopping me is me. If you are an inspiring author, it is well worth a read. That being said, I’m not sure I can ever keep up a 2000 word a day pace.
Who is your favorite author and why? I think it is obvious that I really love the work of Stephen King. My favorite book by him would have to be The Stand, closely followed by The Dark Tower series. I also really like The Eagle Series by Simon Scarrow. It is tough to get the books in the States, but they are worth the wait when I get them shipped from England.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Absolutely! I am working hard on the second book in the JC Mather series and expect to put out a few short story collections in the next year. I will keep everyone up on release dates, but except to but my second book out in late 2013 or early 2014.
Where can fans contact you or find out more information? I can be contacted on twitter @jewellbe or at my website www.jewellbe.com. I also have a blog up at jewellbe.blogspot.com. I would love to interact with fans or anyone who wants to talk books or sports. Feel free to ask, I will probably answer.
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Genre – YA Supernatural Thriller
Rating – PG13
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