Today, please welcome author Jes Drew to Interviews & Reviews. Jes is a homeschool graduate and a writer of Christian Speculative Fiction. She is going to talk to us today about her latest book Castaways and she is giving a copy away!
You can find her at www.pausefortales.blogspot.com
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was a little girl, badly misspelling my own versions of fairy tales and illustrating them myself. I even did the reprints - by hand. Not sure how many copies of Julia and Juliette and The Swan Princess and Flamingo Queen my mom has stashed away, but there's a few.
How many books have you written?
That's a hard question to answer, because books have so many drafts before they are complete. I generally just say how many I have published (nine); though I have about twenty complete first drafts.
Tell us about Castaways.
Castaways is about four young people who get swept onto an apparently deserted island after strange events sink their ship. It's a survival story about a girl who just can't seem to escape from danger, and a tale about a make-shift family of her, her two young cousins, and an almost complete stranger. It's also a bit of a mystery...
What inspired you to write this book?
Two words: Robinson Crusoe. I was reading it for school and I thought, huh, I wonder what it would be like if we started off with more than one person stranded. That could be interesting. Wish someone would write a book like that - hey, wait a moment...
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
My advice is 1 Timothy 4:12 - Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Also, keep your imagination ready at all times, read and analyze what you read, and don't be afraid to write what you want even if it breaks the mold. God gave you your quirks for a reason.
Awesome advice! What are your favorite types of movies?
Marvel superheroes. Especially Captain America. Especially Captain America 2. Cap's kind of my muse. Don't find a lot of characters like him, who are good just for the sake of being good these days. And look so good doing it.
That's true! So, since your book is about being stranded on a deserted island, I have to ask - if you were stranded on a deserted island what three books would you want with you and why?
Funny thing, I let my heroine in Castaways have three books - the Bible, her journal, and Pride and Prejudice. Obviously, for myself, I would need a Bible. It's hard for the others. I think I would choose a copy of my own Kristian Clark and the Agency Trap, Book Two: In the Rogue because that's my favorite of my books to leisurely leaf through and my favorite cover, and, well, Kristian is rather similar to Cap. As for the third book - can I choose an anthology of classics and poetry of my choice? Or maybe the yet unreleased book of one of my favorite authors? I just don't know!
When is your next book due out, and can you tell us about it?
My next book to be released would be Castaways book two - Fugitives. I can't go too much into it because of spoilers for the first book, but Emily is back, and so is the danger that keeps hounding her to adventure. And romance. And faith. Its planned release is April 16 of this year.
Sounds exciting! And if anyone wants to get an early start by reading the first book in the series - Castaways - fill out the form below and enter to win a print copy! This contest ends, Monday, April 16, 2018.
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