Author Spotlight: JGJ Fairhurst

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What inspired my novel –

Inspiration came from many sources. Reading other novels & authors is an obvious answer but far too important to leave out for the sake of avoiding cliché. Personal experience is a huge part too. For example, I have a friend who wears glasses. Whenever it’s just me and him he would shout “hey, four eyes!” when he seen someone else wearing glasses. The offended party would turn round, see my friend with glasses on and then see me without. I’m sure I don’t need to point out who was always chastised for the yelled insult. Thankfully, It never lead to me being punched or beat-up but if looks could kill I would be dead fifty times over by now. I put this ‘trick’ in one of my short stories. There are lots of real life incidents that can make for interesting reading. If you remember it, then by definition it’s memorable. Chances are someone else will see the humour, the joy, the sadness, the awkwardness or whatever the case may be too. There are countless novels in your memory bank, the hard part is working out how to best utilise the material you have stored there. I used my “hey, four eyes!” memory in a short story called ones boy’s war. I think it made for a brilliant read but hey, we would all love to write our own reviews, right?

What’s it about –

The children of duty & justice interweaves fantasy, romance, politics and religion with mental illness, gender relations, and broken families.

The book follows Osyron Rymore as he leaves the family home to find his way in life. He joins the marshals (the law) in the hope of seeing justice done and being someone of worth in the world. However, it’s not long before world events outmatch one ideological boy and his honourable intent. All kingdoms have united into two empires that now sit tentatively side by side. Guided by scripture, Emperor Horim of Olbaid foresees an inevitable war and plots to strike before being struck. Horim hatches a plan to frame neighbouring empire, Miria as instigators to win support for his holy conflict. Despite a predicted death toll in the millions and a war expected to span decades, Horim see’s no price too great to shape his legacy and see off the preordained demonic invasion.

Due to this brewing war, most seasoned marshals are conscripted into the army leaving Osyron and fellow recruits with tasks that outweigh their experience. Opportunity is on the rise for criminals and a child trafficking ring is suspected to be operating in a coastal village in the far reaches of the empire. Osyron is sent alone. Here he meets Daniela Callahan, a fisherman’s wife who leads him on a journey further that any charted map and beyond all belief.

Additional info –

I have a deep love of the fantasy genre and wanted to create a medieval, fantasy world that incorporates and explores modern topics and issues. I wanted to write a novel that did not lean too heavily on fantasy elements just for razzmatazz sake. The idea was to keep real people with real issues as the meat and potatoes of the story and use fantasy as flavoursome gravy. I find there are too many novels that do it the other way around. At the very least I wanted to offer a fresh take on the traditional cornerstones of the fantasy novel, something a little different without sacrificing what makes fantasy such a well loved genre to begin with.

If anyone reading this is contemplating writing a novel or even a short story, then I urge you, do it. Don’t tell yourself you’re not a writer. You were not a walker once and if you applied that same logic back then you’d still be crawling today. It’s challenging but you can do it. Writing yourself off leads nowhere, writing a novel leads to be continued.

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Author bio – I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and still enjoy living there today. I worked as a stock auditor for seven years which involved travelling around the towns of Great Britain and Ireland. What may sound glamorous on paper were countless hours daydreaming out of a mini-van window. My first novel, ‘The Children of Duty & Justice’ is a direct product of those daydreams. Like a lot of folk, I wanted to write a novel but always dismissed the thought, telling myself. “But you’re not a writer.” This horse before the cart logic only pacified me for so long. I decided to test the waters with a short story, something light to gauge my aptitude with the pen, or as these are modern times, I guess the keyboard would be more apt. That short story became my 116,000 word debut novel. Maybe I was a writer after all, or perhaps I just really suck at short stories.

Here There Be Pirates; Featuring E.C. Jarvis

 

Do you like stories with pirates? If the answer is no, then you can leave and go do something else other than read the rest of this.

Have the strange people gone? Yes? Good. Well here we are then.

I wrote a book. It’s an action/adventure/mystery/romance in the theme of fantasy steampunk. Quite a mouthful right? Really it’s just a rollicking good story about our heroine Larissa, her counterpart – a reticent yet highly skilled fighter named Holt – her genius engineer friend Cid, and a cat.

The first book The Machine is where the story starts and really you need to read that before you can read book two, The Pirate. It’s available now for only $0.99 (or equivalent currency in your location), at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B43XF08.

You go read that now and come back to me here, I’ll wait…

Now that’s out of the way, you want to find out what happens next don’t you? Well lucky you. Book 2, The Pirate is out on 29th February. The same team are off on yet another adventure. Poor Larissa has a bit too much to handle on her plate, and now that she has become the Captain of the pirate airship all responsibility falls squarely on her shoulders. I do like to torture my poor characters. It’s good for them (at least that’s what I keep trying to tell them. I’m not sure they agree.)

The story is fast paced, action packed, funny in places and a compelling page-turner. There’s never a dull moment in my books because who wants to write/read dull stuff? Not me, and presumably not you either.

Here’s a little sneak peak for you:

“Set the five-minute fuse going and place the bomb in the middle cell. It’s far enough away from the furnace room that it won’t destroy the ship, and far enough away from Barton not to kill him.”

“Not wanting to slaughter your way off the ship today, huh?”

“These men are only following orders.” Holt cast a wistful glance up the stairs. “Most of them, anyway. Set the next fuse when we get to the mid-deck and leave it in the staircase so the explosion doesn’t catch any of the black powder. The last two we’ll light when we’re about to get up top. How do we get off?”

“The pirate ship is sailing aft. It’s…invisible.”

“Invisible.”

“We’ll have to jump.”

“Into thin air,” Holt said.

“It’ll be there,” she tried for reassurance as she held the bomb with the longest fuse up to a gas lamp to light it. She wasn’t sure if she was trying to convince Holt or herself.

“Who’s piloting?” Holt asked.

“Cid.”

Holt gave a grunt in response. It was not a grunt of approval.

“You think you can make it with those still attached?” she asked, pointing to his chains.

“Too late to worry about that now.” He nodded at the bomb.

Larissa jumped a little as she suddenly realized that the clock was ticking. She rushed to the middle of the corridor and placed the small bomb through the bars of one of the cells and chanced a quick glance at her pocket watch.

“Five minutes,” she whispered, heading back to Holt, who’s already started up the stairs. He’d collected a short-sword from the Captain and carried it in both his hands. Larissa would have doubted the ability of most men to be effective being so restricted. Holt was not like most men.

“What if we see people?” she whispered as they ascended.

“There are sixty-two men aboard. I would find it odd if we did not see anyone.”

“I mean what do we do if people see us?”

He turned back and cast an appraising glance over her. “Do not let people see you.”

 

Did that catch your attention? I hope so. If it did then you can order your copy here.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BO319EW

 

Let me know what you think if you read them. You can find me any number of places:

https://www.facebook.com/E.C.JarvisAuthor

https://twitter.com/EC_Jarvis

https://www.ecjarvis.com

Happy reading!

 

 

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E.C. Jarvis is a professional bean-counter (accountant) and semi-professional word spewer (author). She once got the two confused – it was not pretty. Born, raised and currently living in England. Over the years, E.C. Jarvis has managed to accumulate a husband, a daughter, and a cat.

 

Books You Must Read in 2016

After the previous blog of promoting authors and it’s great success, I have decided to arrange a book list too!

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Kyra Dune: The Dragon Within

http://www.amazon.com/Kyra-Dune/e/B00A5WOHGQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1437859997&sr=8-1

 

M.A. Rey: The High Kings Will

http://www.amazon.com/M.A.-Ray/e/B00IREBFUU

 

Kim Fry: Scream For Me

http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Fry/e/B00HJEGTIM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

E.H. Demeter: Secrets

http://www.amazon.com/E.H.-Demeter/e/B00QP2PXA4/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

Angel Thomas: Shadows Of The Mind

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00SARZLFY

 

Angie Grigaliunas: Nightmare In Writers Retreat

http://www.amazon.com/Angie-Grigaliunas/e/B00SADA9NM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_2

 

Rosa Arcade: Notes To My Younger Self

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/484884

 

Beth Hammond: Sound Of Stones

http://www.amazon.com/Beth-Hammond/e/B00QZKJ8UW/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

Stephanie Ayers: Til Death Us Do Part

http://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Ayers/e/B00H1XOA50/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1453231578&sr=1-2-ent

 

Nathan Jarmusch: Den Of Thieves, A Den of Quills Anthology

http://www.amazon.com/Den-Thieves-Angel-Blackwood-ebook/dp/B00WUN4RQI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453231649&sr=1-1&keywords=den+of+thieves+anthology

 

Christine Haggerty: Acquisition

http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Haggerty/e/B00H1YLN4A/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1453231702&sr=1-2-ent

 

Eric E McClure: Touch Of Life

http://www.amazon.com/Eric-E.-McClure/e/B00J7PFPSG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1453231749&sr=1-2-ent

 

Lorraine Johnston: Later Tartan Gator

http://www.latertartangator.com

 

Shelley Roe: Heroes, A Pheonix Quill Anthology

http://www.amazon.com/Heroes-TPQ-Anthology-Shelley-Roe-ebook/dp/B016FR57NQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453231882&sr=1-1&keywords=heroes+a+tpq+anthology

 

Paul R Davis: Drowning In The Sands Of G’Desh

http://www.amazon.com/Paul-R-Davis/e/B00WXHL32W/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1453231943&sr=1-2-ent

 

RA McCandless: The Flames Of Perdition Series

http://www.amazon.com/Tears-Heaven-RA-McCandless-ebook/dp/B00H4IBDSE/

 

Christopher Taylor: Old Habits

http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-R-Taylor/e/B00OM67WB8/

 

Alizabeth Lynn: Cancer Sucks

http://www.amazon.com/Alizabeth-Lynn/e/B00R0U1QH4/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_5

 

Thanks so much to the authors who helped to put this blog, and the previous ones together! – Dana Villa-Smith