Hello, well spring is still not here. One weatherman said he expects us to go straight to summer. That is fine with me. I will not fuss about being hot, after this winter.
This week I am talking with the new author M.J. Steven, who has written an eBook titled We All Die! Hello M.J.
M. J. - I am glad to be here John.
-- What made you decide to write this story?
M. J. - Actually it was everything that has been going on over the past few years with all the shootings. I thought it would be a good story on what would happen if one of our military members was driven to revenge, instead of duty.
-- How did you get started writing?
M. J. - I started probably like anyone else, I decided to sit down one day and write out a story that had been brewing in my mind for several weeks. I was not, and still am not, sure it will sell, as it is quite a bloody story. Even with the love story that leads into it, people may not get hooked on it. I wrote for a few weeks and then put it away. Then pulled it out and let a couple of my closest friends read it. From there it went back into rewriting stage.
-- I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.
M. J. - You and they read it and told me that you thought it was a good story. So, I decided to make it better. And that is where I am at today, making it better by adding more to the love story and even to the main plot.
-- Is this type of writing you plan to do or is there other work you would like to try?
M. J. - Crime fiction is one my most enjoyable genres, but someday I may try to write a serious story where the lovers live happy thereafter.
-- What can you tell us about your protagonist James A. Jones?
M. J. - He is your normal high school kid that grows up not knowing what he wants in life, except the girl that he is madly in love with. He is not the rough jock type and we see this when he gets beat up trying to protect his girl after encounter with the local hoods. And like any normal kid he sees a bright future in the new military poster. He decides that they can make him what he wants to be and goes to sign up.
-- It does seem that is what gives him the courage to ask her to marry him. Was that your idea at first, before the story went bloody?
M. J. - Yes, it was. I thought it would be a nice family tale about how he made a man out of himself in the military. It still shows that and more, especially when he gets out.
-- How do you think the type of individual targeted in the story will react to how it plays out?
M. J. - Hopefully, they will realize it is fiction and even though fiction can come true, it is written to entertain, not to be acted out in real life.
-- I want to thank you for letting me read the draft and for talking with me today. Maybe we can chat again when the story comes out in eBook about how it is doing.
M. J. - My pleasure. I enjoyed your eBooks, which is why I decided to go that route with this one. I will be glad to answer any questions you have any time.
-- I do have one more. Have you thought about making this into a video game?
M.J. - Yes, there have been talks with a new company about turning it into a one-person game. We will see where that leads in the future.
-- Thanks again and I hope we can keep in touch.
Well, folks my talk with M. J. Steven was very enjoyable. I cannot wait to see the latest edition of We All Die!
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Until next time, think warm thoughts and hope spring gets here before another snow storm.