I don’t often feature an author in my weekly column, but this newly published gal has my attention. For being brand new to the world of writing, self-publishing and marketing, Mueller seems to have all the right moves down pat. That alone sparks my interest! Let’s take a look together at the self-proclaimed fantasy author, Skyrim lover, and cat herder.
J. E. Mueller has been an active writer for years, as well as a very out-of-the closet geek. From conventions in full cosplay, to movie marathons with themed food, geekdom is far from a turnoff. Mueller also enjoys a variety of video games from Skyrim to Stardew Valley, Splatoon to Mortal Kombat.
Mueller’s debut novel, Fire’s Song, was released June 17, 2017 and today is sitting at an Amazon ranking of 774 in its fantasy subgenre. Those are good statistics for a new author almost 2 months after release. I’ve added it to my reading pile and I’ll be sharing my review in the coming weeks.
Having already lost and given up everything, Key is determined to find a cure for her curse. With her very touch able to kill, she must seek answers from a distance. In this world, if a curse born dies, then the demons win their soul. Without much more to lose, Key decides to try the last of her luck on a village catered to magic born. Her questions unleash events that take her places she never expected existed.
An excerpt was provided by the author to share with our readers. Let’s take a look inside the book:
“What foolish move is this?” He turned the swords to point at me.
“Your fire can’t kill me,” I replied simply.
“The swords can,” he said, confused and surprised by my boldness.
“Obviously,” I responded without stopping until I was in front of him. Before he could say another word I punched him in the face as hard as I could.
Not ready for it, he fell backwards. The swords clattered to the ground and I encased them in a smaller flame shield. The strain from the extra magic usage was instantaneous. I could only hope it didn’t show in my expression. My years of bluffing were finally coming into play.
Regaining his feet and composure, he glared at me. His nose was now bleeding and likely broken.
Holding up my fists I got into a defensive stance. “Wanna dance?” I asked, ready to go. My plan was very limited. I was making it up on the fly.
Questions & Answers
It’s time to delve into the Q. & A. This my favourite part. My questions are crafted to give a reader a clear look at how an author writes; what drives them; and what can be expected in their books.
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about? Mild language
Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?
I am currently working on book two of my three book series. I’ve also started to outline a shorter, possible one shot. Aiming for novella length on that one.
Question: How does your cover tie into your story?
My main character, Key, is a bit of a wanderer thanks to her curse. So the forest in the background captures that, as well as the fire capturing and displaying just what her magic can do. The demons nicely off to the sides show the added effects they’ve had on Key as well as the world she lives in.
Question: What was your favourite book when you were growing up?
As a child, Ella Enchanted and Fever 1793. As a pre-teen/young teen, Harry Potter.
Question: If you could meet any character from any book, who would it be? Why?
Modra from the Chronicles of Lorreck series. I see a lot of myself in her. The good, the bad, and some terrible decision making reminds me a lot of my own journey.
Question: When did you realize you were meant to be a writer?
When I first started writing ‘books’ around fourth grade. They were around 5-10 pages, and at that time doing something like that just for fun really showed my interest in writing.
Question: If your life was a book, what would be the tagline?
Blundering attempts at simple things with extra laughs.
Question: What advice would you give new writers?
Books change lives. You never know how your words can impact someone, how your words can change, and help another. Don’t give up.
Question: What has been the worst mistake you have made in your writing career?
Trying to show my story to an alpha before it was ready. I learned a lot from that experience.
Question: What is the best moment you have had with a fan?
A fan was rereading my book and sent me a wonderfully angry message. They forgot one of the plot twists. They knew everything would work out in the end (mostly) from prior reading, but that one moment of dread caught them off guard a second time and it was a wonderfully hilarious interaction.
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Until next time, happy reading!