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Interview with J.A. Duxbury

Hey, y’all! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means… new author interviews! Today, we’re speaking with J.A. Duxbury. J.A. has been such a pleasure to get to know over the last few weeks. She’s very knowledgeable about the business but she also has a way about her that just makes you want to hang out with her for hours. Her books all have something in common, they were born from her dreams. I mean that quite literally. Each of her books started with a dream and she built it from there. How awesome is that?! I wish my brain liked me enough to just hand out book ideas while I’m sleeping! J.A. creates worlds and stories that swallow you whole. Her writing speaks for itself, so I suggest you pick up one of her books and get lost in another reality. Trust me, you’ll love it.

When did you first realize that you wanted to be an author?

I've liked writing since I was about 10 and wanted to be an author then, too.

Do you have a favorite holiday?

I have a variety that I like. I've always liked Australia Day because it's traditional that everyone has a barbecue with the most people you can ask but I also like ANZAC Day because I fully appreciate what our men did for us in the first World War.

Out of all your stories, do you have a favorite character?

I have to say that when you have a series about dimensions when the main character meets himself over and over, it's fun to explore what environments do to a person.

Do you live by a motto?

Timing is everything.

Do you leave ‘easter eggs’ in your stories?

I have. One of my secondary characters introduced himself as Boris Karloff.

Where do you hope to be in three years?

I hope to have a lot more books out and be on the road with my caravan and partner.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on the book. I do National Novel Writing Month every year and my first book I wrote in about two months and I did the same with its sequel. Heart of Deception started as one book but got split into two and that took about three months to write both books.

Name two things you can’t live without.

My desktop with its 2 x 27" curved monitors and (in summer) my spa.

If you could choose any author to mentor you, who would you pick?

It would be Stephen King.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

A bit of both. I like company but I do work best on my own.

In your opinion, what does a book need to succeed?

A good plot, good visual markers and great characters. Oh and a sense of humour

Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?

Write. Don't stop and don't let anyone tell you it's not a real job or worth it, just keep writing.

Blurb for Heart of Deception:

The precious Heart of Radiance, the ultimate object of interest in the eyes of a professional thief, but in the eyes of Marek Janosik, it's an easy steal. However, Marek's luck changes,and he's caught by Prince Hector of Albermarle and given the choice to help the Prince uncover a secret that could destroy the royal family of Albermale and put them under the control of the British Royal Family. However, the tables are turned and Marek is forced into stealing from the kingdom he was hired by. Trapped by the consequences of unfair blackmail, Marek must now truly make his decision and choose to betray the trust of Prince Hector and the royal family,or uncover darker secrets of the contacts digging him deeper into a hole he can't climb out of.

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