In this weeks Author Spotlight, I meet up with the very talented Claire L Brown, author of, Jonah Axe and the Weeping Bride, a fantasy, mystery, and thriller.
What is your book about?
What if you could change a moment in time? What impact would it have on you, on the world around you now and in the future? Jonah Axe is the head of the Apollo Programme. His team is tasked with travelling in time and changing moments to have immediate or long-term impacts. After the death of his two protégées, Jonah is recruiting a new team, made up of an archaeologist, a soldier, and a time slippers’s daughter. Assisted by the help of a young computer genius and his creation, the work to alter time to achieve the goals of their over seer, Apollo.
What inspired you to write this book?
There are moments in everyone’s life where they wonder what they would have happened if they’d said yes instead or no or turned left instead of right. I wondered if I was allowed to change a moment, what would the ripples be? Would they be good or bad, would I be able to live with the choices I’d made?
Who is your favorite, and least favorite, character in the book?
My Favorites are they Apollo Team, Noelle, Henry, and Harper. They have such a strange and powerful dynamic. They are each intriguing in their own right and together they have a lot of drama, conflict, love, and history to deal with. My least favorite would be Grayson. He’s the anti-hero; the man you love to hate.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I write the story that comes to mind; it’s like seeing a movie in my head. So if I have a fantasy film playing in my mind, I write that. I don’t stick to one genre. I find it challenging to try and write an interesting story without always being in the comfort zone of a genre convention.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
This is the first in an open-ended series; I’m just going to see where the characters take me and how they develop that will dictate how many novels are in the series.
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I’ve always been a writer, even before I knew how to put pen to paper. I have a very over active imagination and spent a lot of my childhood alone so I would write the stories I wanted to read. Writing allowed me to escape from my own life and create a world where I wanted to exist
I love Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, any Shakespeare plays, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Lerox,
Other than your own book, what is your favorite novel?
I love Pride and Prejudice, Phantom of the Opera and Henry V
Have you written other books we should know about?
Jonah Axe is my second release my first is a mythology/fantasy - The Draco Chronicles, Homecoming.
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
Write everything that comes to mind, never stop writing, dreaming and imagining, no matter how long it takes. There are many distractions in life, don’t get bogged down, find the things that inspire you the most and follow your star.
Where can we find your book?
Where can we find out more about you?