Good afternoon you B-E-A-Utiful bookworms, and a happy Mothering Sunday to all.
It is with great pleasure that I introduce Justin Enos, author of the exciting fantasy novel, From Wrath to Ruin, as featured below.
Without further ado- Justin, the floor is yours.
1) Justin, what led you to pursue a career in writing?
Well, it was one of the few things I was good at in school- I always enjoyed writing. I didn’t give much thought to actually doing it for a living until a few years ago. Coming up with story ideas was never a problem: I have notebooks full of them, but there were so many other things going on in my life (so many distractions) that it was easy to come up with excuses not to write. I’m so glad that I finally buckled down and forced myself to put pen to paper!
That’s amazing. I imagine it feels wonderful to have written this novel.
2) Do you specialize in any particular genres?
I’ve dabbled in military sci-fi and historical fiction, but mostly I write fantasy.
I’m very much the same in that regard, Justin. ^_^
3) Do you have any literary heroes/heroines?
Hmm..quite a few. The short list would be Neil Gaiman, Bernard Cornwell, Jonathan Carroll, and Anne Rice.
Ooh, I love Neil Gaiman. I couldn’t put his books down.
4) Which book would you say has influenced you most in your life so far?
And, why do you feel this is?
As a fantasy writer, it may be a bit cliched to claim The Hobbit, or The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a major influence, but there it is. I loved those books growing up and have read them more than any other books in my life.
One of the best Christmas presents I ever got was The Hobbit record and booklet set from the old animated movie. I listened to that as many times as I read the books and can still recite lines from the record/movie, and could probably sing along with all of the various songs.
I fell in love with Tolkien’s maps and was awed by the amount of work he put into developing Middle Earth- the history, the languages, etc. Using the appendixes in the back of my copy of The Return of the King, I once spent several days translating all of the various inscriptions and verses printed on the books and the set box. Okay, maybe I was a little obsessed…
I actually find that incredible. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to sit down and translate something that complex. I’m actually a little in awe of you right now.
5) Talking more generally, Justin, have you always loved literature?
Yes! I got addicted to reading at a young age and never looked back.
6) If you could ‘ship’ (pair two fictional characters together romantically) two fictional characters, who would they be?
The Evil Dead’s Ash, and Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen.
An excellent choice. ^_^
7) As you were growing up, which fictional character did you most admire, and why?
Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, from the Chronicles of Prydain. He dreams of being a hero, even as his adventures teach him that it isn’t all about shining swords and glorious battles. He learns that being heroic is more about sacrifice and determination, about overcoming his fears and always standing by his friends.
Oh my! I know this character from Disney’s The Black Cauldron. It was one of my favourite animated movies as a kid. I shall be adding The Chronicles of Prydain to my reading list!
8) Now, if you could be shipwrecked on a desert island with just one fictional character, who would you choose?
Lara Croft- either version, though I would have to lean toward Alicia Vikander. She would have the international connections to get us rescued…and if not, I would be stranded forever with a beautiful woman. Darn!
Hehe, how would you cope? 😉
An interesting choice, and one I admire: Lara Croft has long been one of my favourites.
9) Justin, do you prefer to write in a notebook, computer/laptop, or using another method?
Definitely a notebook. I never commit my work to my computer until I am in the final stages of editing.
A man after my own heart. I can relate: for me, nothing beats writing on actual paper, feeling the words come to life beneath your fingertips.
10) Finally, if you could give your younger self a message, what would it be?
Just one? Yikes! I would pass on a great quote I discovered a couple of years ago. It has become one of my favorites. “It is better to regret the things we do, than to regret the things we do not do.”
A beautiful and inspirational quote. I’d like to thank you for your time, Justin.
It’s been a real pleasure.
If you’d like to learn more about Justin, you can find his website, here:
OR, find From Wrath to Ruin online:
A few details about From Wrath to Ruins:
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: BookBaby
- Publication Date: April 26th, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071RMY1ZK
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- US Prices: Kindle $3.15, Paperback $17.99
- UK Prices: Kindle £2.25, Paperback £13.26
In exile from his homeland…
As a mercenary, Tijodrin has wandered far and wide, and now his travels have
brought him to the great city of Hohvenlor, a city he knows well. He quickly finds
himself caught up in a fierce rivalry that threatens to destroy two powerful
merchant families and turn the streets of Hohvenlor into a battlefield.
Within the city walls, Tijodrin will find danger in many forms. Can he survive
the endless plots of the vengeful merchants and the swords of their bloodthirsty
henchmen, as well as the lurking daggers of the shadowy assassin’s guild?
You’ll have to read From Wrath to Ruins, to find out.