Wednesday, 13 June 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Exiled by J.R. Wagner (Part 2)

Get ready for the second part in The Never Chronicles Blog Tour! Today we have J.R. Wagner with us for a brilliant and spectacular interview! Wondering if Exiled is right for you? Check out yesterdays post for a review of Exiled!

Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)At the Other End:
James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone.

Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear.

James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever.

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Author Bio:
J. R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, during a blizzard. J.R. drafted his first story, a sequel to Return of the Jedi, when he was ten years old. A self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, he had lofty aspirations of working with George Lucas on filming the
project. In 1990, he began filming his version of The Lord of the Rings in his parents’ basement, but the plug was pulled after he nearly burned down the house. Since then, J.R. has written two full-length screenplays and a thriller novel.
After graduating with a kinesiology degree from Arizona State University, J.R. returned to Pennsylvania, where he took up writing once again. He began writing Exiled while vacationing in Maine.
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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
If you followed me very closely –that is, you were a member of my immediate family, you would know that I’ve written the following wonderful, life-changing pieces of writing. Jaws 5, Ghostbusters 3, Batman 2 (before there was a Batman 2), the screenplay adaptation of The Lord of The Rings, which was in the process of being produced until I nearly burned the house down.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

Based purely upon speculation and my ability to see into the future, I’d say a combination of panic, elation and a burning desire to hide in my basement for several months.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

I’ve been writing nearly my entire life so it wasn’t as if I got up one day and said, “I’m going to write a novel!” This particular novel, which is part of a larger series, began with a scene I had visualized and decided to expand upon while on vacation in Maine with my wife. Upon returning from Maine, I decided to make a wager with my best friend, who also happens to be a writer. We were going to race to see who could reach 50,000 words. The loser cooked dinner for the winner. Roger cooked and I published my novel.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. It is up to the market as a whole to decide whether my book is worth reading and telling their friends to read. If everyone thinks my book is a piece of crap and nobody buys it –the market has spoken. If my book sells, the reviews are mostly positive and I’m getting calls from Pete Jackson and JJ Abrams about purchasing the film rights, the market has spoken. In the scheme of things, negative reviews are the opinions of single people. I care more about the ‘voice’ of the market (the readers) than what any one person could say.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?

It took roughly one year got get a first draft. Another six months to refine and review and edit –drafts two and three. I’m still tweaking and the ARC’s have gone to press. It won’t end until we go to final press.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?

I knew what I wanted in my mind. My cover artist sent me four options. Unfortunately, none of them felt right. So, being the control freak that I am, I gathered images, threw them together in photoshop, sent it to the designer and said. “I want this –only prettier”. What he came back with was absolutely perfect.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

I wrote book #1 and book #2 in the Never Chronicles series as a single book. I then split it in half to meet length guidelines for my target readers. Once the smoke settles from the Exiled launch, I plan to begin refining book #2 and begin work on #3.

8. Top 5 books

-  Something Wicked This Way Comes –Ray Bradbury

-  The Hobbit –J. R. R. Tolkein
-  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe –C.S. Lewis
-  The Stand –Stephen King
-  Harry Potter (all of ‘em) –J. K. Rowling

9. Recommended books
All of the above plus… Legend –Marie Lu, Divergent –Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games –
Suzanne Collins, The Knife of Never Letting Go –Patrick Ness, Hunted –Cheryl Rainfield, Peter
Pan –J. M. Barrie, At Home –Bill Bryson, The Zombie Survival Guide –Max Brooks, On Writing
–Stephen King

10. Why read your novel?

 If you’re sick and tired of vampires, werewolves, and ‘paranormal romances’, read my novel. If you’re looking for character depth surrounded by new and exciting settings, read my novel. If you like magic, mystery, suspense, adventure all wrapped in a humanizing shell, read my novel. If you like surprises, twists, turns, foreshadowing and chapter endings that leave you salivating for the next, read my novel. If you like being transported to another place and time and finding yourself becoming part of a character –feeling his or her emotions, read my novel.

 Want MORE of the Tour? Check out these stops: 

May 19
Book review at Kara Loves Reading:

May 20
Book review at EK Family Books:

May 21
Book review and giveaway, and an author interview at Books Are Magic:

May 22
Book review at Urban Bachelorette:

May 23
Book review at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile:
Book review at A Case of Reading Insomnia:

May 24
Book giveaway at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile:
Book review and giveaway at Word Spelunking:

May 25
Book review and excerpt at Paranormal Indulgence:
Author guest post at A Case of Reading Insomnia:

May 26
Book review at Words May Kill You:

May 28
Book review at Bookchelle:
Book review at YA Novel Reader:

May 30
Book review and guest post at Thinking Cat Blog:

June 1
Book review and author interview at The Once and Future Librarian:

June 5
Book review at Daydreamers Thoughts

June 6
Author guest post on books, writing and reading at Cheryl Rainfield’s blog

June 7
Book review at My Cute Book Shelf:

June 8
Author interview and book giveaway at Daydreamers Thoughts
Book review with Roxanne Kade

June 9
Book review at Book Spark:
Book review at Trisha’s Book Shelf:

June 10
Author interview at Mr. Book Wonder:

June 11
Book review with Katy Sozaeva
Book review at Mr. Book Wonder:

June 12 ( <-- Previously at BMOP)
Book review at Behind a Million and One Pages:

June 13 ( <-- You Are Here)
Author interview at Behind a Million and One Pages:

June 14
Author interview and book review at Jeanz Book Read ‘N’ Review:

June 15
Book review at Claire Louise Reads:

June 16
Book review at JJ Reads:

June 30
Book review at Bitten by Book Lust:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the interview (I had a blast) and awesome review! And of course, thank you for hosting Exiled on its blog tour! I love this blog and I'm honored to be a small part of it.


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