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IndieView with JD Bowens, author of Adventures in Amarant: Short Stories Collection vol 1

I once heard that we only see individuals we’ve met in our goals. In that method, we by no means see a face we haven’t seen in our goals and that which we imagine in our sleep is a story comprised of individuals we’ve seen before. I wish to assume the identical is true about writing; we only write about characters we’ve met.

J.D. Bowens – 12 March 2019

The Back Flap

Amarant is a magical continent, residence to mages, swordsmen, rangers, bards, and thieves. It’s the place the Edderick brothers reside and wrestle to go away their mark on the world.


Consus Edderick is happy to be a mercenary on his first mission with his older brother Kyran. Nothing troublesome about escorting an aged priestess from one metropolis to the subsequent. The mission modifications when they’re apprehended by soldiers.

Consus, Kyran, and the priestess make a run for it and take shelter in a network of caves. They discover an extended forgotten metropolis, miles underground. Can they make it by way of the town undetected by the evil that lurks in its shadows and avoid capture?


It’s a easy job: clear a basement of rodents. In reality, it’s too straightforward for a educated mage similar to Altin Edderick. He and his brother, Ewan, have little hassle exterminating the rats. At first the rats retreat down the privy chutes to the sewers.

But one thing terrifying climbs back out: Dire rats, rodents the dimensions of canine with a bony exoskeleton. Only by traversing the sewers of the town will he have the ability to uncover who is leading these creatures of evil.


There’s nothing extra tragic than the sudden demise of a liked one. There’s nothing extra harmful than unfettered curiosity.

A precocious halfling bard convinces Kyran to retrieve his lute from highwaymen. Kyran agrees to do it, for the correct quantity of gold. He finds the highwaymen already lifeless, killed by their own sorrow. Now ghosts from Kyran’s past attempt to lure him to his own demise. How can he escape?

Be a part of the Edderick brothers as they face one perilous journey after another. Then be a part of them on their grand journey in THE PILGRIM STONE.

Concerning the ebook

What is the e-book about?

Adventures in Amarant is a set of brief stories that comply with the Edderick brothers – Kyran, Altin, Ewan, and Consus – as they traverse the continent of Amarant, clear up magical mysteries, and fulfill harmful quests.

Each brief story follows two brothers, the third focuses on all four. These brief stories are a prequel to a trilogy that follows the same characters.

When did you start writing the guide?

I wrote these stories after writing my first novel for the collection (The Pilgrim Stone). I noticed that a good way for the reader to turn out to be more acquainted with the world and protagonists can be to learn some brief stories before they read the first novel. Writing these stories was an exquisite experience.

Most of the fantasy brief tales I’ve read (or heard about) are lengthy and more like novellas. There aren’t too many brief stories which are – pardon my redundancy – brief. I needed each brief story to be a small adventure for the reader, a bit of quest that begins and ends in just some pages.

How long did it take you to write down it?

That’s an amazing question. With modifying and evaluation it took about 72 hours. In fact, I didn’t write all the things inside 72 hours. That’s 72 hours spread out over three months.

As a result of I’ve a day job, I don’t actually write lots through the week. Nevertheless, give me 4 hours in a Starbucks on a weekend and I’d simply eek out half of a brief story.

The place did you get the thought from?

I’d like to say it’s based mostly on a real story… however I can’t recall the final time I ran into an actual wizard.

I’m an enormous fan of D&D (Dungeons and Dragons); I began enjoying in highschool (2.5 edition). The brief tales, A Journey By means of Shadows and The Rat, the Raven and the Crow, are based mostly on comparable adventures I skilled in D&D. The characters and the result are quite totally different, however they’re comparable in content material.

A Bard on the Street to Sundrow is predicated alone private expertise with family tragedy. A dying in the household has a ripple impact that follows you through life, notably if that individual was your father or mother or a sibling. This brief story captures the experience one may need when being visited by the ghost of a beloved one.

Have been there any elements of the e-book where you struggled?

A Journey via Shadows was arduous to write down and it was additionally the primary brief story I wrote. I had the problem of introducing the brothers, the gods, the world and magic in just some brief pages. I’m very proud of the outcome.

I also needed to evoke that eerie feeling one may experience when traveling by way of a lost metropolis. I don’t need to give away any spoilers, but I consider I succeeded in that effort.

What got here easily?

A Bard on the Street to Sundrow was the simplest story for me to write down. It’s surprising to me that it was. It doesn’t hold the same incredible journey feel that the other two stories have. Whereas there are thrilling moments, there’s a larger give attention to the remorse one carries years after the passing of a liked one.

Are your characters solely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world individuals you realize?

This can be a enjoyable question. Yes and no. I as soon as heard that we solely see individuals we’ve met in our goals. In that means, we by no means see a face we haven’t seen in our goals and that which we imagine in our sleep is a narrative comprised of individuals we’ve seen earlier than. I wish to assume the identical is true about writing; we only write about characters we’ve met.

The brothers are an amalgamation of individuals I do know and fictitious parodies I created to fit the story. I wish to assume that each one my characters are based mostly on some real interplay I had with a person in the actual world.

Everyone knows how essential it’s for writers to read. Are there any specific authors that have influenced how you write and, in that case, how have they influenced you?

Terry Goodkind was my first fantasy author. I read his books in the 8th grade and it modified my whole studying habit. Abruptly an 800 web page e-book was an honest weekend read. My tastes have modified however The Sword of Fact collection holds a special place in my coronary heart.

Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman (The Dragonlance Collection) blew my world broad open. There have been so many well-imagined characters in a world rich in history. It was the primary time I noticed that I might create a whole universe of tales in my thoughts.

Do you’ve gotten a target reader?

I wish to assume that my goal reader is anybody who likes an ideal journey. I anticipate I’ll draw attention from male readers 15+ with a fantasy background. Nevertheless, you don’t need to be a fan of fantasy to take pleasure in a brand new world and new characters.

About Writing

Do you’ve got a writing process? In that case are you able to please describe it?

For a novel, I prepare an overview and spend a day simply stewing on the story. Then I’ll park myself in the nearest café and write till I’m overcaffeinated and have to go for a jog.

Do you outline? In that case, do you achieve this extensively or simply chapter headings and a couple of sentences?

I keep a chapter by chapter define. Each chapter has a pair of points about vital events or conversations. Once I initially start writing a novel, I only have 20 chapters which might be absolutely developed in my mind. However as I write, the story evolves and modifications. Subplots reveal themselves in addition to opportunities for character improvement. Additional chapters are added. I often double the books size as soon as the method begins. It is so much enjoyable!

Do you edit as you go or wait till you’ve completed?

I edit as greatest as I can whereas I’m writing the rough draft. I need to full something that’s not totally atrocious for my editor. Upon completion I’ll go through the manuscript with a fine-tooth comb and attempt to deal with any grammatical errors, plot holes, and inconsistencies.

Did you rent knowledgeable editor?

I didn’t hire knowledgeable editor for Adventures in Amarant: Short Stories Collection Vol 1. I’m in the process of “editor-shopping” for The Pilgrim Stone (the subsequent guide in the collection) and all subsequent books in the trilogy.

Do you take heed to music when you write? If sure, what gets the fingers tapping?

In fact, I do. I’m not a monster. I will take heed to anything from electronica to people music to Kentucky blues to basic jazz and bebop to celtic music. It is determined by the mood of the chapter I’m writing. I can’t take heed to somebody like Arianna Grande once I’m writing a serious dying scene.

About Publishing

What made you determine to go Indie, whether or not self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Was it a specific event or a gradual course of?

Initially I assumed I’d go the route of conventional publishing. I used to be daunted by the world of self-publishing; the advertising, advertising, modifying, ebook covers, and all the opposite every day duties – it just appeared overwhelming.

I despatched out question letters to publishers and was turned down 72 occasions. As most writers do, I felt a robust have to share my story. The more time I spent investigating the world of self-publishing, the more I assumed “yeah, I could do this.” I ended sending question letters in April of 2018 and haven’t appeared back.

Did you get your guide cover professionally executed or did you do it your self?

I hired knowledgeable and I encourage everyone else to do the same. Working with imagery is way totally different from writing, consider me. Jessica Dueck designed my covers and she or he’s executed a unbelievable job. She’s so easy to work with and she or he’s very artistic. I used to be fortunate to seek out her.

Do you’ve gotten a advertising plan for the e-book or are you just winging it?

I have a advertising plan but there are occasions the place I am capturing from the hip. I know there are essential gadgets of success for an indie author: great ebook cowl, strong blurb, well-informed evaluations, and visibility on social media and Amazon. Acquiring all of these things collectively (especially the critiques and visibility) is an ever-evolving process.

Any recommendation that you simply want to give to different newbies contemplating turning into Indie authors?

First, work in your craft. Be a part of writing groups, discover beta readers, and evaluation your story time and again. There’ll all the time be a better author than you, so attempt not to get discouraged. Concentrate on what makes your story totally different.

Second, do your homework. Immerse yourself in podcasts on advertising, self-publishing, and advertising. Ensure you know all the important gadgets you’ll need in your success and then attempt to get all of this stuff before you launch your ebook.

Finally, know that no matter plan you might have will change once post-launch. Adapt and transfer with the market and the retailers that sell your ebook. It’s not straightforward. It’s rather a lot of work but the reward is that you simply own your e-book, you personal your brand, and you own the income.

Finish of Interview:

Get your copy of Amarant: Short Stories Collection vol 1 from Amazon US or Amazon UK.