Author Interview: Joseph Jeffrey Brown
Joseph Jeffrey Brown has been writing books since age twelve, and has always aspired to be an author. Music is another of his passions, because he has listened to Beethoven since a very young age, and has composed several original symphonies of his own. He lives in the Pacific Northwest
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When did you first realize you wanted to be an Author?
After reading R.A Salvatore’s work. The Drizzt Do’Urden series are the best books I’ve ever read, and I wanted to inspire others in the same way Salvatore inspired me.
What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing?
I just suffer from insomnia and while typing the story, I act out the voices of my characters.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
How much easier writing became with time. It’s very rough starting out at first, but smooth seas never made a good sailor.
Where did you get ideas for your books?
The Elder Scrolls series.
Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why?
Oblivion: It represents a testament of everything I’ve outlasted and gleaned from the ordeal of the editing process.
What people do you think will love your book the most?
My writing is unbiased. I never wrote my book for any particular age group or audience. I think anyone can love it.
What do you think makes a good story?
Conflict, righteous fighting and a compelling main character.
Who are some of your favorite Authors?
Definitely R.A Salvatore. His fight scenes and the way he weaved words together like the dizzying flow of Drizzt’s swords always stayed with me.
If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?
Christian Bale. He’s awesome and does justice to every character he’s ever played.
Who are some of the people who influenced your love of writing?
Probably my close and devoted circle of friends. I love them all.
Is this book considered a dark Sci-fi book such as aliens or other decimate the earth or something lighter like ET?
Sci-fi doesn’t necessarily mean aliens, but it is a good example of the genres extreme polarities.
I consider this book more middle-aged fantasy with sorcery, swordplay, castles and strange creatures.
What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Sci-Fi Writer that you gravitate toward Sci-Fi Movies and Television such as Lost in Space or Stargate?
I’ve only ever watched House: MD. I grew up on Pokemon and Dexter’s Laboratory but I don’t think that counts.
Sci-Fi is often grouped with the Fantasy and Paranormal genres; do you find a close connection between them?
I think if they are make-believe and entertaining, then they all share a common bond.
If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be?
Every single author starts out as what you are now, a student. I have always accepted men for who they are so that they can learn what they become. Don’t let one man’s opinion govern your course. If even one person enjoys it, it’s art.
What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)?
Be good to one another. You can’t hold a light to someone’s path without lighting your own.
What projects do you have up and coming?
Sequel to Oblivion: The Last Dragonborn
Is there anything else you want to share with your readers?
If you enjoy the book, I encourage you to share it with others and please write a review on the amazon website. It helps more than you know. Thank you.
An Excerpt from: Oblivion
The lead assassin seemed to recognize the danger suddenly and reacted, shooting forth powerful crimson flames launched at the Dark Elf in a frightening cascade, the sweeping fires crackling hungrily through the dusty air.
But Lazareth’s green fire seemed lying in wait, surging from his body in a protective radiating sphere, an emerald void that swallowed everything in its path but did not harm his allies. He had gained a measure of control, feeling as though he stood amidst the depths of a pool and could contain the tides before him, and realized all at once his magic did not kill indiscriminately. The barrier of jade flames consumed the magic of the assassins and crushed their bodies as though gravity gripped their forms hundredfold, devouring their remains, burning them to cinders and stealing their lives in a frightening flash. Only a few assassins, disappearing into the wreckage, managed to escape the heightening sweep of the Dark Elf’s power.
Laz shuddered as the power swept through him, the killing force emanating from the depths of his being and seeming to shake loose his heart. But the battle ended in seconds and the whole of the enemy force dotted the floor in charred bits of nothing, the ripples of passing heat swathing the air’s surface, the smell of burnt flesh heavy in the atmosphere.