IndieView with JDeVereS author of The Elfkin Journals: Blending of the Races

What can this tiny team of 7 multi-racial Elfkins do against an entire Empire? As I was frequently in a travel mode between the USA and China – it took me nearly 2 years to complete this book. I care about people, I care about Nature, I care about “fair”! Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? If so can you please describe it? Thanks to the many applications/tools available to writers in this day and age, I edit as I go… then I seek independent objective reviews… then I run spelling and grammar checkers again and again. Many of these images are gradually being added to my website. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) End of Interview:
For more from JDeVereS visit his blog. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? The “bad guys” in this novel are all those closed-minded souls who believe there is only one way to live… one way to believe… one way to love! Get your copy of The Elfkin Journals: Blending of the Races from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? How long did it take you to write it? Fortunately, I have an extensive background in both arenas – so I was able to make the mental transition. I try to stress the great potential held inside each person! I find their love ballads very soothing! In the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, we lose track of the many heroes and heroines that touch our lives on a constant basis. Most of my formative years were spent in the hills, valleys and on the beaches of Sonoma and Napa Counties in California. What I looked for as a teenager and an adult has been pretty constant…
Show me! Unfortunately, the enemy they face possesses genetic mutations that make them the equivalent of ‘minor gods’. The answer to this question is pretty much the same as the last question. Where did you get the idea from? A story that I hope will bring our two cultures closer together. JDeVereS – 1 May 2019
The Back Flap
Warder   Garith   De’   Graoin   and Doctor Lan De Tian lead a team of “Misfits” on a quest to save their universe from a plague that is sweeping through an entire civilization. In this battle there is no   safe place   to hide… your dreams, your future, your past… even the shadows of the night are all susceptible to attack. For a minimal fee they will handle “the heavy lifting” and help a new author “spread the word”! Shakespeare, Dickens, Verne, Andre Norton (Alice Mary North), Ursula K. I typically storyboard with extensive notes. Amazingly, the ‘bad guys”! Don’t lecture me! Everyone with a soul and a desire to see all people live in peace and support one another! I am constantly told that “life is not fair”. In this case, “Hues of Creation” (the cover art for this novel) was a “blue ribbon” winner. There are numerous venues available to “indie” writers… many are relatively inexpensive. Sigh! red hair on one character that suddenly appears blue in a subsequent chapter). The characters are entirely fictious… but – the essence of their being reflects the many open and closed minds/souls I have encountered in my lifetime! Lord! To win… they must save ‘the Mother’, defeat a minor god, and restore order to the alternate universe. I have no patience with close minded people! Then I set it aside for a few days and read it all again. But in the end – we are writing about real human emotions, real human interactions… we are seeking to capture the essence of the human soul/spirit. Utilizing the power of bonded mind stones, they shape the energies of the universe to reach across time and space seeking out the enemy. But – FIRST AND FOREMOST – WRITE A GREAT NOVEL! So, my one take away? About You
Where did you grow up? Small hearts! During my travels between the USA and China, I developed a great appreciation for both cultures. I am still on a steep learning curve, but I’ve learned so-o-o much! Small thinkers! Then move on to the next novel! Frequently, I awake in the middle of the night with one of the characters “patiently” explaining to me that I got it wrong! The creation of this novel required embracing new universal concepts, following the latest scientific trends/discoveries, while researching various periods in the development of this planet. What came easily? Eventually, a story began to emerge in my mind. 😊
Do you outline? Where do you live now? As the most elite team of Warders in the Elfkin Federation… they are assigned the responsibility to enter an alternate universe… find the weakness in the aggressor’s system and stop the plague. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I read many peoples thoughts on “traditional” versus “Indie” but because I have a strong background in managing “IT” systems I made the decision to go “Indie”. However, the great tool I have for writing is dialogues with family and friends
Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? WIN! Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? They either win or two civilizations will devolve into primal chaos. They have repeatedly saved me from many character errors (e.g. As writers, we can create a new setting… add pointed ears… shape-shifting… et cetera. This is another recurring theme on my website. I am fortunate enough to have family and friends who are not only avid readers but also skilled editors. About the book
When did you start writing the book? Do you have a target reader? I started writing this novel in 2016 while traveling back and forth from China. I’m a “guy”! If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? They would never react this way in a given situation! From their tiny resort camp on the third planet from a minor sun… they must embark on a journey that does not understand the concept of time as a linear progression. I would have many sleepless nights while I waited for my female leads to help me understand their feelings… how they would react in the situations portrayed in the novel! Tragically, this team knows that the reason their universe is under attack is the result of their Federation meddling in the affairs of the alternate universe. My wife is from the Guangxi province in China and the cultural transitions spurred my creativity! While visiting the many natural wonders in the Chinese province of Guangxi and the similar wonders in the USA, I began to meld them with my love for science fiction and fantasy! A story that I hope will bring our two cultures closer together. Give me a story… an adventure that lifts my soul… opens my heart… helps me to grow… while entertaining me! Le Quin, Heinlein, Tolkien, Asimov, the late great Robert Jordan… heck… the list is endless. But – like my wife – they always came through for me! Do you listen to music while you write? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? YOU UNDERSTAND WORDS AND THEIR IMPACT ON PEOPLE! The literary world is changing… I want to remain flexible. Okay, maybe there is a little bit of me added into the mix! I try to share my experiences in publishing so that other writers can avoid my mistakes and focus on methods that I know lead to success! They helped me understand what they were feeling and how they reacted! Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? We all know how important it is for writers to read. There are several e-book publishers out there that really work to help the “Indie” artist. Overtime, I began to mix the rich cultural fantasies of Chinese legends with epic sagas from around the world. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Build a website blog… go to seminars… interface with colleagues and other literary professionals! On my blog, one of my repetitive themes is that all fiction is +98% non-fiction. May sound crazy – but – I start a story and wait for the characters to visit me in my dreams! About Writing
Do you have a writing process? If I can find an agent that truly believes in my work I would certainly team with them. I frequently speak about the culture shock I experienced in transitioning from artist-oriented writer – to business-oriented marketing. But as a trained leader – I know it is the responsibility of every leader, every person who holds any amount of wealth or power, to make life as fair as possible. “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you!”   Follow the “golden rule”! We are amazing creatures with an incredible capacity for love… but we can also be small and petty. I presently live in San Diego County, California
What would you like readers to know about you? As a writer, you already have a key ingredient necessary to develop your marketing skills. They must win a battle using the curvature of time and the energies of two universal sources. But presently, I’m am following my instincts and working alone. The characters told me the story and I simply recorded their actions! Typically, I work in silence… but when I do listen to music it can be totally eclectic! If you are a true writer – you must write! I’ve won several awards for my computer art and photography over the years. “oldies”, classical, Country western… I also love a lot of the newer romantic singers of China. Put your heart into it – give it due diligence – polish it! One take-away? Eventually, a story began to emerge in my mind. Did you hire a professional editor? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Viola!