Interview with debut novelist Justin E. Geary

Today’s guest author is debut epic fantasy novelist Justin E. Geary to share a bit about his book Midnight’s Cloak, Book One Of The Age Of The Wrath Series. He’s at the start of virtual book tour with the Virtual Book Tour Cafe.

Bio:
Justin E. Geary lives in western Maryland,
where he spends his time reading various authors and exploring different
subjects. In addition to fiction, he enjoys history and some science. He is the
nephew of 1942 Pulitzer Prize winner Laurence Edmond Allen. 

Justin’s hobbies are chess, pool, and writing epic fantasy.
He started reading Edgar Allen Poe with interest at the age of sixteen and
started writing screenplays at the age of nineteen. Screenplays were
unfulfilling for Justin because they lacked depth. 

Later on, he wrote his first
novel at twenty-one and Midnight’s Cloak,
his second at twenty-four. After finishing the rough draft, Justin decided that
fantasy was his escape from the world. Without a college education, Justin decided to seek editorial help,
sinking twenty-one hundred dollars of his own money into the editing and
proofing of his manuscript. Justin calls the expense a small price for something
he loves so dearly.
Welcome, Justin. Please tell us about your current release.
Midnight’s Cloak is
an Epic Fantasy novel about a Prince named Raziel, who becomes a very powerful
Clonan. Raziel’s magic is
tainted and very strong. He leads an army to the city of Quenendor to conquer
it. The first battle of the world war is in Quenendor. You will be introduced
to the key players of the story in the first novel and you will see them start
to grow and develop as characters. I have humorous characters and situations to
lighten the story up a bit. To better help readers zero in on my work, I would
say that my series is similar to Robert Jordan’s books. I really don’t want
people to buy the novels who are not interested in the genre. It’s as
important to me that you enjoy the book as it is getting paid. I want to get
paid but I want readers to get what they want for the money as well. Sample
chapters are available on Amazon.com if you’re curious.
What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t know if
anything actually inspired the book so much as the words just started coming
out. I can’t really
explain where they came from. While my work is influenced by Jordan, I try to
stay creative.

Excerpt:
After a half hour of travel Aramina woke up.
“You okay sweetheart?” Lot asked.
“I think so,” Aramina said. “I take it the Cael
are dead.”
“Yes. Why didn’t you use your magic?” Lot asked.
“I started to, then one of them jumped me from
behind. After that everything became hazy,” Aramina said.
“You’re not dizzy or anything?”
“I feel fine,” Aramina said softly. She looked to
the right where Clophues rode the gelding and had Snowflake’s reins.
“His name is Clophues. I don’t think he would have
shot you. He was just scared.”
“The Cael were chasing him?” Aramina asked.
“Yes.”
“Could you let me down so I can ride Snowflake.
This saddle is a bit uncomfortable.” Lot stopped Tracker and Aramina climbed
down. Clophues stopped his horse as well. She went to Clophues.
“May I have my horse back, please?” Aramina asked.
“Maybe I’ll give her back to you, but I’d like a
kiss first,” Clophues said, simpering. Aramina stuck her hand out, expecting it
to be filled with Snowflake’s reins. “I’d prefer a kiss on the lips,” the West
woodsman said, perking up.
“I’d be careful with her?” Lot warned. Aramina
dropped her hand and looked back at the samurai. Her look told him to shut up.
Lot watched the two of them intently. She turned back to Clophues. “I can’t kiss
you from up there,” Aramina said. Clophues bent sideways to get closer to her.
When he got close Aramina grabbed his ear hard and yanked him from his gelding.
The West woodsman hit the ground, grunting. Lot chuckled.
“Would you like another?” Aramina asked angrily.

Clophues stood up and
brushed off his coat. “You’re mad,” he said.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I have already
started Shadowlance, the second novel in the Age of the Wrath series. I would
like the next novel to be longer. This one was only about three hundred and
sixty pages including Appendix and Glossary. The second book will focus on
Clophues’s
perspective, who is a character in the first novel, and a new character Clio.
While my plot is often character driven, Shadowlance focuses on the staff and
the struggle to get to it.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I wrote “Wall Climbers,” which was my first short story, I was shocked at its potential.
I’d written
hideous screen plays at seventeen, but they were so bad, it’s
embarrassing.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If
not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
It’s my dream
to write full time but I don’t. Right now I’m
collecting unemployment and looking for work. People don’t seem to
understand the amount of work that goes in to writing a good novel. I have to
write it, get it edited, proofread, double check the proof because I’m
obsessive compulsive, submit to a publisher, and pay them to put it in print.
It’s a lot of
work and lots of money goes into preparing it. I promised myself I’d give
this novel two years of marketing efforts, if I don’t make it
by then, I’m going to
find a job and say to heck with it. 
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My
obsessive compulsive behavior during the proofing phase is my quirk. I suffer
panic attacks at this time because I try and make the manuscript absolutely
perfect. I have to expect a hundred and ten percent from myself, because I have
to know I’ve given
it my all. I have to know I’ll never stop writing the books but if
there’s no
demand for them it’s like
walking into a brick wall.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I
wanted to be an Indian (Native American.) I used to go to the Pow Wows in the
area and get my face painted, and always loved visiting the Indians in front
frontier town when I was a child. I can remember one time where I saw this
authentic plains Indian chief headdress at a Pow Wow. It was ninety dollars and
I had eighty from my birthday. I begged mom for that headdress but she wouldn’t bend. I
settled for a Dream-Catcher. Reflecting on it now I’m glad she
didn’t buy it
because I would have ruined it while playing.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
If
you like my novel please keep an eye out for the next one. While I’ll do my
best to promote, it’s more
difficult for self published authors because we do all of the work ourselves.
My Kindle is $2.99 and is free in the lender’s library for Amazon Prime
members.
Thanks for stopping by, Justin. Happy virtual book touring!

Readers, you can follow Justin on Twitter and purchase his book through Outskirts Press.

One thought on “Interview with debut novelist Justin E. Geary

  1. Unknown says:

    Thanks for posting my interview Lisa. I hope to work with you again in the future. I hope things are going well for you Justin.

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