Hello, everyone! Today, I’m chatting with fantasy author J.E. Reed.
What inspired you to write?
Books have always been a love of mine, especially fantasy. There’s nothing quite like escaping into a world that you know couldn’t possibly be real, but some small part of you wishes that it was. With this love, I started creating my own worlds as a child and my writing grew more elaborate as I got older. I feel like my world changed when I discovered fanfiction. For those unfamiliar with the term, fanfiction is taking characters you love and twisting the original story into whatever you want it to be. I never expected the story I wrote to blow up the way it did on the site and it inspired me to write an original work.
What are you working on writing now?
The sequel to RUNNING WITH THE WOLVES. I’ve completed the rough draft, but as all the authors out there know, that is only the beginning of the journey. I’m also penning the story of a side character that has been much loved by my early readers, but you’ll just have to wait to see who that is.
Do you have a favourite food or drink that helps you write?
Macha Green Tea. I can’t get enough of it.
What’s your favourite kind of music?
I listen to almost anything, but it always pertains to what kind of scene I’m writing. Action must be fast paced and heart racing. Love needs to be a song that makes you want to dance and aching sadness needs to come from a place buried deep in your soul.
Forest, country, beach or city?
Forest or Beach. I love the outdoors, which is evident in my book. I’ve grown up running the woods and have had the opportunity to visit the beaches of Hawaii. Honestly, I could never choose between the two.
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Couples Retreat. I don’t know why I love this movie so much, but I can almost quote the entire thing.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work at Sea World as a whale trainer since before I can remember. I would still love to do this, but as an adult you realize some things. The first was schooling. I had my eye set on an animal trainer school in California, but I had no desire to travel that far. My focus shifted to Marine Biology and then to working at the Cincinnati Zoo. Somehow I ended up working with people instead of animals, but I’ll take nothing off the table. Life is a gift and I’m capable of doing whatever I set my mind to.
What’s your favourite season? Why?
Spring. There’s just something about the smell in the air and the bright colored flowers. Needless to say, I love long hikes in the spring.
Who are your three greatest literary inspirations?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Paolini, and J.K. Rowling
What’s your favourite quote, ever?
Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own. -Bruce Lee
Thanks for joining us today, J.E. It’s been a pleasure chatting with you.
Thanks, Book Squirrel! I’ve had fun!
Readers, you can get your copy of Running With The Wolves in your favourite store via the links on the author’s website.