1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I've always been creative. First it was drawing and artwork, then I wrote a bunch of songs, but I never got anywhere with any of that, so I finally began writing down the stories that were whirling about inside my head and found out about publishing online in eBooks. The rest is history. I've enjoyed moderate to decent success with my stories so far.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Playing with grandkids (I have three so far), long walks (in decent weather, otherwise I stay warm inside). swimming, movies, mostly the usual stuff.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I format eBooks for others as well, so I get up, get coffee (that's a given, right?), check my formatting email and answer whatever is there, then once I'm sufficiently awake and I can force myself off of FB I start writing. I write whenever I can and often that means late into the night (as most of us do, I think) and so I don't get up early, either.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
lol Lots of more famous authors than I am have said they cringe when people ask them this. My stories come from absolutely everything. I once heard people down at the complex pool and an entire story formed in my head about what I came up with. I get ideas form sounds, things, I see, a plot idea that clicks while watching a movie, something someone says that sparks an idea, anything at all.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I grew up loving superheroes more than anything, which was why I tried to be a comic book artist after the military, but that wasn't a go. My superhero adventures are what I like best, so far my Solarian stories. I use the same or similar character in "alternate universe" type stories so he's always a bit different and the people around him change as well.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
That's a tough one, since I'm pretty much an open book. Spend a little time with me and you know my life history whether you want to or not. Let me get back to you on this.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I borrow a lot from my life and others I know. For the really bad characters I draw on people I've known I never liked or who were just really creepy. If someone reads all my books they are likely to get to know which parts are about me.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
"The Echo Chamber". There's more than one and they tend to hound me endlessly until I write what's on their minds.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I have yet to write a serious romance. Not sure I could without it having a lot of sci-fi or erotica thrown in. Still working on that area.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Dean Koontz would have to be at the top of the list. John Grisham, James Patterson (but he's slowing down in his old age), Anne Rice for vampires. I like a variety of authors and genres.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Actually, although I love the Solarian, my favorite character of all has to be Power Surge form the book "Rebirth of the Gods". He's the only villain who starred in his own book of mine. I like him so much because he is the quintessential villain and wants everything just because he thinks he can get it. But he has his own unique characteristics (a lot of which surprised even me as I wrote about him) and don't necessarily reflect my own views, but read the whole story to get the full evolution of this character and how his life changes.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Finishing a story. I have tons of great ideas swirling around in my head all the time. I can barely get half way through writing a book before The Echo Chamber starts pummeling me with a new story idea. I think they do it just to bug me and make me as crazy as they are. Currently I have at least a dozen unfinished books waiting to be completed.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write every day. Don't worry about the story; just write like in a journal. Write about your day's events. Write about your thoughts. Write about what you saw happening to someone else. Describe everything with as much detail as you can and just write!
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Sitting in a padded cell in a straightjacket.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
This is a trick question, right?
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
The Solarian is my latest book. This is a character I have used since my first eBook (Parallels) with the sequel to that being XKALIBUR. This latest incarnation of this hero is as an adult on a world very similar to ours, only this one is populated with a decent number of heroes and villains, all of whom have one or more powers at their disposal.
As the opening line of this story says, "It was a quietly average day until the displaced super-hero fell from the sky."
The Solarian is the most powerful of all Earth's heroes and usually has little difficulty in rounding up and imprisoning the villains he goes after. This day begins differently when a new hero falls out of the sky quite literally and Solarian has to dig him out of the ground. Who this new hero is and how the two of them begin working together is a big part of this book's development, but the theme takes them into conflicts with certain villains and a few heroes as well.
Here's a short excerpt from the opening chapter:
My eyes widened as far as possible as I witnessed a section of empty space high above all the towers struggling to compete with one another for supremacy of being the tallest building in the city as it suddenly began to “froth and roil” as though it was water bubbling in a witch’s cauldron. Having never witnessed such a sight as air “boiling” before, I knew a situation of the highest magnitude was in-the-making. I was right.
As the air currents roiled-and-boiled-and-tumbled-about (Might make for a good line in a children’s book, eh? I can already hear the wicked old witch cackling as she stirred her cauldron.), the epicenter of the air mass grew darker than dark. Then a flash of light as bright as anything I could conjure up split the morning sky and scattered the ensuing darkness.
A form shot from within the resounding explosion and dropped straight to the ground below. It moved so blindingly fast even my special vision powers weren't able to keep up with it as it struck the pavement. My cameras all swiveled to keep up with the speeding mass as it dropped several hundred feet from start to finish. I was now looking at a crushed car on Fifth Avenue. No, it was more than crushed. Whatever had projectiled out of the explosion had smashed all the way through the car and broken through the asphalt beneath. Fortunately it had been a parked car and there hadn't been any living people inside of it at the time.
The Solarian can be found at any eBook retailer, including B&N: , Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A9S9VQM and Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/346493 (and all retailers supplied by SW).
I assume I will be eventually writing a sequel this book and left it open for one, but so far the other plots in my head are keeping me busy enough. The next book on my agenda and which I have already begun writing is "No More Mr. Nice Guy". This also is a superhero adventure, but one where the main character, literally the hero in this story, goes from uber clean to having not only his reputation sullied, but his character as well. Changes begin occurring in him that he isn't too thrilled with, but in the process he accrues greater power and isn't that after all what any hero would want? But will he continue on in the manner he is if it means losing his perspective on society and possibly his soul?
The Solarian: http://www.amazon.com/Solarian-Many-Worlds-ebook/dp/B00A9S9VQM/
Forever Undead: http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Undead-Darkness-ebook/dp/B003O2SHVA/
Pumpkin Patch Tales: http://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Patch-Tales-ebook/dp/B009GNUCOG/
F.U.L.L.M.O.O.N. W.E.R.E.W.O.L.F.: http://www.amazon.com/F-U-L-L-M-O-O-N-W-E-R-E-W-O-L-F-ebook/dp/B0054DW308/
Jacob Drake is the author of various Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and Erotica books, all available on Smashwords. His only problem in writing is not having enough time to write to completion all the stories he gets in his head. "If I wrote constantly until the day I died I still would never be able to exhaust the imagination that is the source of these stories.
"I've always loved reading, so somewhere along the line it only seemed natural that I would sit down and start writing the type of stories I like to read. And that's only because I can't always find a book I want to read that encompasses the type of story I want. Sure, there are lots of great authors out there, but they don't always have their next new novel in my hands at the time I want to read it. Certainly there won't ever be another new book by Robert Heinlein or Isaac Asimov, though I wish with all that's in me there were.
"I wrote my first story in high school for an English class. Had no idea what I was going to write until Sunday night (This was due the next day) when I sat down at my typewriter (Yes, this was back in the Stone Age before PCs came available) and started pounding on the keys. I turned in the finished story the next day and received an "A".
"But I didn't write anything else (except songs, of which I have more than 100 finished) for many years, mostly due to the fact of raising a family and trying to be responsible (I hate that word). That came about because I had a story in me banging at the inside of my head, demanding to be let out. This time I sat down at the keyboard at my PC and began writing. I don't recall how long it took to complete that story, but it's now published as "Parallels."
"I was quite satisfied with how that turned out, so a bit later I wrote the sequel to that book and called it "XKALIBUR". I then wrote a smattering of horror stories as well as a few more books and then a bunch of stories based on female superheroes who get into - ahem - trouble each and every time they go out on patrol.
"But none of these stories ever saw publication and that was okay with me (to a point), because I realized that deep down inside of me I was a writer and I had stories that kept screaming at me to write them. So I did, even though I had nowhere to publish them. My wife well knows how many times I said, "I just want my stories out somewhere so other people can read them! What good does it do if they sit on my computer and no one else can enjoy them?"
"I tried getting book publishers interested in my works, but they wouldn't even deign to read my intro letter. Many other authors know that feeling, too. I attempted to get an agent, with pretty much the same results. Most agents are too busy trying to place the stories for the author's they already represent.
"I then read something on the internet one day while searching for online publishers. Someone had published his story at a place called Smashwords.com and it hadn't cost him a cent. I don't recall who that was, but I wish I could thank him for having the sense to write that blurb where I could read it.
"I entered the name into my browser bar and hit "enter". Sure, I had to register, but that was free, so I did. Figuring out how to get my stories formatted properly in order to get them uploaded onto Smashwords was a bit of a chore, but Mark Coker's Style Guide was pretty much clear on the subject and eventually I had it all done for my first book.
"Once "Parallels" was published online I was like a little kid on Christmas morning with a tree filled with presents underneath.
"Within the next month I had all of my completed stories formatted and uploaded, which meant I had to take all my horror stories and put them together with a book title. Then I had to do the same for my B.A.B.E.S. stories, but that worked easy enough, once I figured out what program to use (Picasa3) to make covers with.
"Now I work on getting my latest novels written so they can join the rest of my 'family' of eBooks that are now available on all the eBook retailers' sites.
"Not all of my books are for everyone, especially my erotica classifications, like the "Complete Book of B.A.B.E.S." and my "Rebirth of the Gods" book. Someday I'll get around to writing the promised second book to that series, honest."