I’m hosting an interview with J.M. Bogart, author of YA fantasy “Liminal Lights”. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.
1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Internet distractions! The minute I open my browser to research something for a book, my writer brain’s natural curiousity sends me on a crazy journey that usually results in reading articles that have nothing to do with my original internet search.
2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Liminal Lights?
Liminals are faerie-like creatures who have no magic of their own. Instead, they harvest what they need from human teenagers who are unaware of this energy. Unlike others of their kind, Liminals only take what they need to survive. The rest they shape into usable talents and creativity that the teenagers can use. Unfortunately for them, the human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.
3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
This is the first book of trilogy.
4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?
That’s actually a difficult question. Outside of writing fiction for both middle grade and adult readers, I spend a lot of time writing blogs, creating technical and creative documentation, and editing for others. My day is filled with writing related activities, but I can only dedicate about an hour day to my personal writing. When my own writing is going well, and the other commitments are under control, I’ll forego sleep to make extra time.
5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?
If I’m really honest, I’ll have to say that I don’t have a favourite – or, at the very least, I haven’t found it yet. I love middle grade classics: Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Anne of Green Gables, Matilda, the Narnia series… there are too many to choose just one and none stand out as the one book I love more than others. Books are like my children – I love them all equally, but for very different reasons.
6) What are you working on now?
I am currently editing “Shadow Shifts” the second book in the Liminals series and drafting the ending of the third book of the trilogy. At the same time, I’m also working on completing a loose sequel to “Money, Masks & Madness”, which falls into the New Adult genre.
Title: Liminal Lights
Author: J.M. Bogart
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy
What if faerie magic is real?
Nadia discovers an ancient truth hidden by Liminals, coveted by Shadow Monsters, and protected by humans.
Somewhere, between faerie legends and story books, lies the truth to magic. It grows in children, matures, and is eventually captured by Liminal beings. These small, faerie-like creatures harvest and manipulate it, crafting it into the talents and skills inherent in humans. The rest, they keep for themselves in an effort to sustain their own life forces.
The human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.
This is the first book of a trilogy.
J.M. Bogart believes there’s a spark of magic in every person, regardless of age or background. Her upper Middle Grade novels are written with bright and imaginative youth in mind. She hopes to provide fun and appropriate content combined with challenging language and concepts for readers drifting in those precocious middle years.
Ms. Bogart spends her days writing, editing, and caring for her very busy family. She used to dream of the day when Mary Poppins would swoop in to help with the children, but now that they are older she wishes those chaotic days filled with giggles and sunshine hadn’t disappeared quite so fast. You can follow J.M. Bogart on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.
Other Books (Women’s Fiction):
Money, Masks & Madness (2013): http://www.amazon.com/Money-Masks-Madness-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B00CCH5IIS
Reflections (2012): http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B009JUQ30S
Remember Newvember (2011): http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Newvember-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B0052UAG70
Twitter: @JenniferBogart https://twitter.com/JenniferBogart
Publisher Website (Morning Rain Publishing): http://morningrainpublishing.com/project/liminal-lights/
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