(Late) Happy Easter and Spring Break’s End! As the hecticness of the week off wears away we get back to work and the job has been piling up badly. For today, I bring you a special treat. Those of you who’ve been looking for your next read, seek no more!
Recommendation for today: Author J. A. Armitage.
J. A. Armitage is the author of the Paranormal YA series Guardians of the Light, the captivating story of young Anais and how she finds love, fear and mystery in the hand of a mysterious immortal partner. The first book of the series, Endless Winter, is on sale at Amazon and has captured the heart of many readers around the world.
From J. A. Armitage today we bring you the first installment of her new series, The Labyrinthian Trilogy, coming live on April, 10.
Here’s a sneak peek:
When Kimberly’s father loses his job and it looks like her whole family will be homeless, a mysterious old benefactor saves them by leaving his ‘mansion’ to them in his will. However, their new house, with it’s history of spooky happenings and disappearances, is not all it seems. When Kim’s little brother goes missing, it’s up to Kim and her new friend, Nate, to find him. The problem is… When they do – who will find them?
The first in a new YA series, The Labyrinthians begins a story of adventure and of terror and finding yourself when everything else seems lost.
About the Author:
Born in a small town, J.Armitage longed for adventure and travel.
Age 20 she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob.
Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decided to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby.
She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs.
Somehow she finds time to write.
The author has been kind enough to answer some questions for the blog and the readers to get to know her better:
1- How long have you been writing?
I said to a friend of mine that I was going to write a bestseller about fifteen years ago. I did nothing about it for thirteen more years. Personal circumstances in my live changed about three years ago and I decided now was the time to actually do it. Not quite made it on to the best-seller list yet 🙂 I published my first book, Endless Winter in Jan 2014
2- When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
As I said, I’d had it at the back of my mind for years. Then there was a book published that sold in the millions (Won’t say which one) and I thought – I can do better than that.
3- What is your favorite from all the characters you’ve created?
I’ve cast of characters but I think my favourite is Aethelu from the Guardians of The Light series. She’s beautiful but doesn’t realize it. She has been overshadowed by her gorgeous big sister all her life but the truth is, she’s just as pretty as her, if not more so. Also she’s very carefree and strong headed and wears red for every occasion. I like that about her. She’s pretty scrappy too. I also have a fondness for Nate in My new series, The Labyrinthians. He’s a bit of a nerd. I do like nerds!
4- What do you think is the hardest part of writing a novel?
Honestly, I love writing. I don’t find it hard at all. The story just flows and I like where the characters lead me. The hardest part is marketing. l wish I could afford someone to do that side of things.
5- What would you say to a debuting writer that hasn’t had much success?
It’s unlikely that you will have success on a first book, no matter how brilliant it is. You need to build a readership. write more books and the readers will come. I’ve only known a couple of people that have hit the jackpot on their first go. I’ve known a lot that have become successful after their fifth, tenth, twentieth book.
What is your favorite writing resource?Coffee. Lots of coffee and a supportive husband that makes it for me
6- What author has inspired you the most?
I find this a difficult question to answer. I must have read a million books in my time and I’ve enjoyed most of them. I discovered a love of reading through Enid Blyton books. From then I moved onto Judy Bloom, V.C Andrews, then on to Romance books like those by Jackie Collins. From there I read thrillers and crime books such as those by Harlan Coben. I read the Harry Potter books about fifty times each and most recently I’ve read hunger games, Maze runner and I’m currently reading The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks. I couldn’t chose who influenced me the most because they all have, and many more. This year my ambition is to read a lot more indie books