Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Interview - Bridgebreaker by Joshua C. Cook

What inspired you to become an author?

I really wanted to get back to doing something creative. I had always made up stories in my head as a child, but I always acted them out, never wrote them down. As I got older, I got away from the more creative and artistic things I used to be involved in. I wanted to get back to it, and writing seemed like a good fit. I haven’t looked back sense!

Do you write in different genres?

Somewhat, I tend to write more Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but I’ve dabbled in more Thriller style stories, and the new series I’m starting (going along with my current series) is a post-apocalyptic one.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

That’s tough. I’m going to say this, it depends on the day. And I mean that. I find it’s easier for me to write certain genre’s on certain days. How the day is going, what’s going on in my day to day life, those things help put me in a certain ‘mindset’ and that leads to my writing.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

Well, Bridgebreaker being the second book in the series was pretty easy to name, as I have mapped out the overall story arc, and how things are going to move along. I have the series titles all mapped out now.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

Before. If only because I write based on a ‘seed sentence’ and I know how the book is going to go. For every story or even series, I have a single sentence that everything grows from. With this series, it was that creation had an echo. Things just flowed from that.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Definitely. Cendan Key, the protagonist of the Echo Worlds series has a lot of myself in him, just turned up several notches. Analytical mindset, and certain attitude towards dealing with problems.

What book are you reading now?

I just finished rereading the old Dragonlance series. It was the annotated version which was pretty interesting this time around, reading it from a very different perspective having gotten into writing.

What books are in your to read pile?

I don’t do read piles. I go get a few books that look interesting, and read them. Rinse and repeat. Since I tend to read 3-5 books a week, I just go hit the local library and explore.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I have two works in progress, the next book in the Echo Worlds series, titled ‘Bridgemaker’ and the first book in my post-apocalyptic series. That book is titled ‘The Green Miles’ and the series will be called ‘Worker Road.’

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding time. A bit cliché I know, but between my day job, family time, reading time, I get busy. But I try hard to find time to write every day. My biggest gaps are after I publish a new title, I tend to take roughly two weeks off, mostly to work on marketing things and give my brain a bit of a rest.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

S.A. Hunt. He’s VERY easy to work with, and does a pretty good job! His prices are pretty reasonable to boot.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

I’m not one for a lot of music when I write, but I like Rainy Mood. It’s just a loop of rain sounds. Now I will listen to epic style instrumentals off of You Tube when I’m brainstorming ideas, but prefer silence or the Rain noise when I’m actually writing. 

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

Ability to go back in time 5 seconds at a time. I’d use it to rewind when I say the wring thing at the wrong time. Heh.

The Echo Worlds
Book 2
Joshua C. Cook

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication: September 12th, 2016

ISBN: 1536949280

Number of pages: 238
Word Count: 64731

Cover Artist: S.A. Hunt

Book Description:

The Bridgefinders have won a battle they never expected to walk away from. The Slyph has been pushed back, and now faces open rebellion from Grellnot.

War is brewing on the Echo World, a war that has large implications for us. Within the Bridgefinders something rotten has taken hold, as one of their own starts down a dark path of jealousy, anger, and hate.

When a woman from a mysterious group known only as the Shrouded, comes with a warning, her appearance proves to be a tipping point as the Bridgefinders face a new challenge, the evil within.

About the Author:

Josh Cook grew up in a highly literary family, with an English Professor mother who taught rhetoric. Having a long term love to fantasy and science fiction, Josh began writing three years ago. Outside of writing, Josh enjoys politics, cooking, hiking, and a good argument.