Author Interview: Jess Frankel

Check out this interview with prolific author J.S. Frankel over at No Wasted Ink.

No Wasted Ink

Dreamer, visionary, a person constantly trying to perfect their craft, and someone who is never satisfied, Author Jess Frankel works hard to produce his YA fantasy novels.  Please welcome him here on No Wasted Ink.

Author Jess FrankelMy name is Jess Frankel, pen name J.S. Frankel, and I’m your sort-of-average guy from Toronto, Canada, who now lives in Japan with his wife and two children. I had your usual upbringing in Toronto but caught the wanderlust when I went to Japan to teach English when I was twenty-six. That was—dramatic pause—a long time ago. I’ve been here ever since, fighting the good ESL (English as a Second Language) fight, and writing on the side.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started not that long ago, when I was about forty-eight. I’m fifty-five now, but didn’t get serious about it until my third novel, Twisted, came out. That’s when I…

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Over on J.D. Cunegan’s blog an interview with E.A. Copen. If you haven’t read her Judah Black novels you really need to check them out. They are awesome.

J.D. Cunegan

It’s been a while, but it’s time for another Author Spotlight! Today, I bring you all one of my favorite self-published urban fantasy authors, E.A. Copen. She is the author of the Judah Black series, as well as the Fairchild Chronicles, and she has even more projects coming in the next few months.

Let’s talk to E.A.

What was your inspiration behind writing the Judah Black series and its offshoot, Kiss of Vengeance?

They came from two very different places! When I started writing the Judah Black novels, I knew I wanted to have a heroine who was real. She’s got problems. Some are supernatural, bust most aren’t. Most importantly, I knew I wanted to write about a mom because too many stories just end when the female lead gets married or gets pregnant. Stories don’t have to end just because your heroine is a parent. I wanted to…

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When in Rome… Tell Stories

Need a good read set in Rome? Check these out!

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Growing up in the United States, I was fascinated with Rome and the Romans. I heard about Roman art, literature, architecture, public water works, roads, law, theatre, and of course military prowess. I watched movies with Julius Ceasar, where all the actors had British accents. I saw Shakespeare plays, and Christmas pageants with pretend Roman soldiers. So, I was fascinated to find that some authors are publishing fictional stories set in alternate or imaginary Rome.

In 2003 Robert Silverberg published Roma Eterna, a group of short stories with the premise that the Roman Empire survived to the present time. The stories presented a series of snapshots over a period of about 1500 years, from AD 529 to AD 1970, with most stories involving Roman politics. In 2013 Alison Morton published Inceptio, about Roma Nova, a remnant of the Roman Empire in a mountain fastness in Europe. Founded sixteen…

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Help a robot girl out

Jessamyn was interviewed by Lisa Burton a few months back and so can one of your characters – check it out!

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton Radio exists to help authors promote their books to a new audience. This spot has worked well for over a year now, but we need guests to keep it going. Here is a little data about how it works, and some past posts to browse to see what you’re getting into.

Tell your friends, maybe one of them needs a place to post.

Drop me a line at coldhand (dot) boyack (at) gmail (dot) com. Let Lisa promote your books for you.

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