Interview with J.E. Lowder, author of Tears of Min Brock

Publisher: WordCrafts Press

Publish Date: September 22, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

Tears of Min Brock is Book I from my epic fantasy series, War of Whispers. It is a dark and brooding story that follows a young girl of 14 summers, named Elabea (pronounced Ela-bay) who hears a whisper calling her to the shining land of Claire; a kingdom that was supposedly destroyed in the Dark War.

Outcast from her family and village, and with her childhood friend, Galadin, as her only companion, Elabea sets out on an epic quest to become one of the most powerful beings in the world - a storyteller.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

About ten years ago, I had a crisis of faith. When I was in the darkest part, friends suggested I start journaling. My creative brain thought: Why not spew it out into a story instead? So I drew upon my pain and hurt, as well as my subsequent discovery of life and  faith, and poured my emotions into the characters and plot. At the same time, I didn’t want to write something that was “churchy” or “preachy" nor are the books theological answers to life's riddles or quandaries. The series is more of a look inside our characters when life and faith don’t seem to work.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?

I think I just did! There's tons more, so if your readers have specific questions, they can contact me and I'll be happy to answer any of their questions. I will add that the actual writing took place in the wee hours of the morning around 5 AM until I had to go work. Coffee + inspiration + perspiration = book.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?

With my new publisher, I was given the gift of rewriting the book. The story stayed the same but my style of writing changed and I fleshed out my characters more. I also made the dystopian aspect more prominent as well as Elabea and Galadin's friendship.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Doing it in small chunks of time for years on end. I have no complaints, but there were days--sometimes weeks--when I'd stop writing because it just seemed pointless.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?

No, because as a professional musician, my ears are trained to analyze and critique, so music distracts me as a writer. However, for Tears, I used symphonic pieces to help inspire me when I wasn't writing, sort of like scoring music for a film. For example, Galadin's theme is "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky. The villains of the series, the Ebonites, used Gustav Holst's "Mars." Vaughn Williams symphonies, which are very pastoral, I used for the nation of Allsbruth and Claire.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Aside from writing at 5 AM for ten years? :) When I proofread my work,  I'll often read it out loud and in character. My wife and kids LOVE it when I do this, especially when reading Paradin's lines (you'll have to read about him in Tears!) Thankfully, my neighbors haven't heard me yet or else I'm sure they'd call the cops!

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Oh, yeah! War of Whispers is a four book series--all of which are written--so we're about to release Book II, Martyr's Moon. I do have  a bunch of short stories as well as a coming of age thriller set in the 70's, but for now, I'm focusing on the fantasy books.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

Hey, did you all hear? We're about to release Martyr's Moon! Very pumped!

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love to hear from people! You can contact me at my author page as well as going to my blog. 


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