Introducing J.L. McFadden, the author of the Guardian Series: Guardian, released, Adela, release in September, Choices (forthcoming in December), Adela’s Lost Guardian (forthcoming in March), and more to be named at a later date. Don't miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post! Also, it's his birthday, so Happy Birthday Jamie Lee!
J.L. McFadden spins tragedy and romance into all of his stories with picturesque descriptions that vividly paints and melts the scenes into your pleasure cortex that is a valid and important part of every readers mind. ;) Jamie Lee was born in a mixed Celtic and Slavic family in the river valleys of Pennsylvania, in his earlier years he played in bands in New York and ended up working his way into H.Q of the largest musical retailer in the world Guitar Centre; while working at the store level he managed multiple departments at once and handled all the stores merchandising logistics. He has explored the world and became the first American to be excepted into the Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol, where he enjoys learning from great masters from around the world, where he has developed his himself. He explains that the people rich and colourfully different people he has met spawned a lot of his characters.
Question: Tell us a little about yourself.
Answer: I was born in backwoods America and eventually ended up in the hoods of Buffalo N.Y, not looking for street cred, I just think living in such diverse areas gave me a chance to see the world through wider eyes. A little after a year, I moved to up state N.Y and played guitar in group after group, club after club. I moved back to P.A into a mountain town and worked in a lumber mill for about three years to be close to the family and bounced to Hollywood. I worked my way from a sells job, to managing multiple departments and handling the merchandising logistical reports of the store at Guitar Center. My Last location at G.C was at the corporate office. I was a general manager at a moving company before I moved to Ukraine.
Currently I am writing for a Ukrainian site from time to time and participating in their International Aikido group. I love to read, write and learn new languages. I try to understand people as well as I can, but at the current time I am trying to improve my skills as an Author.
Q: When did you start writing, and why?
A: I have been writing since the 6th grade and even the Liberian of the school that found my notes was trying to get me to pursue it, but I wrote and burnt, wrote and deleted book after book. I have had teachers and friends always encouraging me to publish and for some reason I just never did until this year.
I have written for a few blogs in the past always about business or history, but never spun a fictional tail for anyone. I think as a person we all have different times that we are supposed to blossom and grow into what we were meant to be.
Q: What is your latest book or series??
A: Adela which is really the first book the series and the Guardian would be the second. Next Spring I will be releasing Choices and there are more to come on this series, but I have another book that will be released in the Fall.
Q: "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
A: The Guardian series is about love, tragedy and triumphs; every once in a while, a Guardian is born and is connected to a female vampire, which is where he would get his strength. Between these two is always an incredible bond, but the ancient vampires hate this creature and always do their best to snuff them out. They Hate the bond for one real reason, the Guardian gains strength and skills way faster than a vampire and is the only thing that can stand against an Ancient in a rather short period of time. There is a hitch, if the vampire that the Guardian is connected to dies, he dies shortly after.
There is one Vampire who has just become an Ancient in the Guardian and she herself had a Guardian that was murdered, but she is doing everything in her power to protect and train the new one that belongs to a girl in her coven.
I believe everyone should start from the book Adela, because it shows how it all began with her and gives a better look at how and why things happen in The Guardian.
Q: Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
A: Adela took on a life of her own in The Guardian, which is why I wrote Adela to explain who she was and why she had such a character to herself. I had received a lot of questions about her and even a request for a book about her earlier life as I was in the middle of writing that very book. Writing her as a human was a challenge due to her being the strongest out of a group a vampires, how to strip her of all of her powers, but make you see her persona as a human was the tricky part. She is like a queen as far as she holds herself, but at the same time as a flirtatious energy to her that attacks everyone to her. Her personality and fairness even as a young woman made people want to obey her and trusted her to protect them. Her father was a wealthy duke in the 12 century. The love from the people actually drove another character mad, because one he wanted her and two he could not understand how people could want to follow a woman.
Lord Roth would be the bad guy, charming debonair and always manipulating his way with his vampire charm until Adela. Her being the first person that his vampire charm did not work on drove him even more over the edge.
Q: A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
A: Besides no animals being hurt in the making of Adela, I actually ended up dating the model that did the cover of the book. She is in no way like the Character that I wrote about, but a great woman.
My website http://jlmcfadden.com/
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Adela, by J.L. McFadden
Adela is the earlier story of Adela, giving a deeper look into the coven leader herself.
Adela is a beautiful young woman of a very wealthy family in Eastern Europe who is fending off advances from an older aristocratic German business man that has an evil presence about him. She falls madly in love with another man to see her father and his followers come under the attack and clutches of this barren try to use the enslavement of her fathers land and people to force her to be his own.
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The Lost Book of Anggird has been out for about a week now, and I've been really happy with the response! It's been my most successful novel launch yet, and the feedback from readers has been very positive :) I extended the introductory price of $.99 through this weekend (Nov. 3), so there's still a day or two left to get it at that special low price at Amazon and Smashwords.
It's amazing to think that Lost Book is finally finished and available for readers to buy. I started writing it about 15 or 16 years ago, in a spiral notebook in pencil. I have no idea why. I got up to what is now about the 55% mark, and it was just getting weirder and weirder and I really had no idea what I was doing with it. So I stopped writing it. But the characters wouldn't leave me alone, and I finally realized I had them all wrong. In the original version, Roric was truly insufferable, instead of just, um, let's say "idiosyncratic," and Perarre really was in love with the guy back home, which qualified her as TSTL (too stupid to live; one of those technical writing terms :)) And the relationship between them took a *lot* longer to get off the ground.
The big breakthrough came when I finally got a handle on Roric and Perarre's true characters. It's funny how it works with characters. For me, and a lot of authors (not saying this is true for all), you don't just assign a name, an age, a gender, and a menu list of phyical characteristics and personality traits. My characters come to me as an already-existing entity, and then it's up to me to discover who they are. So I listened to Roric and Perarre and let them tell me about themselves instead of trying to impose my own ideas on them, and learned that they were very different people from what I thought at first. Especially Roric; when he told me about his past, I was shocked. But it all made perfect sense, and really explained why he was the way he was and why he did the things he did. Oh, and by the way, he and Perarre felt like the relationship needed to move along a little faster.
After that, everything started to fall into place. I had to figure out exactly how the magic in the story worked, since that's a major element of the plot, but once I had a clear idea about the characters I could see their world a lot more clearly too.
And then it was time to write. At first I had tried typing out my old handwritten version, but quickly gave up on it since 1) it was so eye-gougingly bad and 2) there was very little of it I was going to be able to re-use. So, instead, I rewrote the whole thing from scratch. It took probably 3 or 4 months (slow for me, for a first draft, especially since I started doing NaNoWriMo), and just kept getting longer and longer as I tried to find the right ending. The original ending, with Roric and Perarre returning in triumph after totally #&%$ing up the world's magic, made no sense at all. Finally, though, I found my ending.
Then I took my 139,000 word manuscript and started revising. And revising, and revising, and revising. Some of the revising made it much better, and some of it made it worse. I got it down to 105,000 words, then realized I'd taken out a lot of stuff I actually wanted to keep, so I added a bunch back in. Then, when it came back from the test readers, I had another heart-sinking realization - the writing had been "polished" into bland, boring mush. So a couple more rounds of revision, fixing some problems the test readers had pointed out and "un-revising" the prose into something (hopefully) more lively and interesting to read.
Then the proofreads (where I was still actually adding in some significant things I'd left out/taken out earlier) and then finally I decided that was it. It was done. The final version is about 130,000 words. The formatting and putting up on Amazon and Smashwords only took a couple of days (the paperback version is now also done and waiting my approval of the proof copy), and now it's done. It's hard to believe, after all those years and all that wrestling with it and all the seemingly-endless rounds of revision, it's done, and out there, and people are buying it and reading it and liking it.
So, what's next? I'm getting the feedback on Sarya's Song back from the test readers, so as soon as I finish the draft of Book 6 of Daughter of the Wildings I'll start on that revision. Sarya's Song will be my next novel coming out; I'm aiming for Feb. 2014, though it could be March instead. Overall reaction to the book is positive, but it does need a lot of work. In the meantime, during November I'm also doing National Novel Writing Month. I'm writing fanfiction (another post for another time), which I haven't done in a couple of years. December is when I'll start on the big gigantic revision of Daughter of the Wildings. Also in the meantime, I've got a couple of stories loosely related to Chosen of Azara that are kind of halfway through being revised, that I'll finish and put up for sale.
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