Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Welcome Author J.M. Bray


Author bio: J.M. Bray lives in Southern California with his college sweetheart and their two dogs. After a lifetime together, they are happier than the moment they met.
When not writing or working his "day job", he loves to cook, play the guitar, and travel with his wife. Every chance he gets, he races an old Porsche named "Tuffy" at tracks in the southwest.

Personal favs:
Drink – Aquafina…yeah I know, I’m weird.
Food – I have a huge palate and am not a finicky eater. Overall I eat more Mexician food than any other, but my fav is French. Duck confit, Gigot a La Cuillère…heaven on a plate
Vacation – France. We’ve been there three times and have a fourth trip planned.
TV show – Top Gear - UK
Movie – Highlander – director’s cut. Best villain ever and the extra scenes are fantastic!
Animal – Small dogs. We have two standard size Yorkshire Terriers.
Sport – Auto racing. I race a Porsche 924S named Tuffy.
Book – Tough one as I’ve read so many… maybe Magician: Aprentice by Raymond E. Feist
Book title: Tearing the Shroud

Brief synopsis of your book:
Fall in love, be possessed, hunt a sorcerer and save the world — and Vincent thought calculus was tough.
1984 — Vincent expected college to be about freedom and girls, but then the nightmares of sorcery, monsters and other worlds began. Not even the surprising attention from his dream girl, Julie, could shake them.
Before he's even nailed his second date with Julie, he's possessed by Coleman, a warrior from another realm. Coleman is hell bent on defeating the monstrous Kafla who threatens to tear into Vincent's reality, changing both his and Coleman's worlds forever. They have one chance to stop them: Vincent must allow Coleman to share his body and wage war against the sorcerer.
Now it's up to them, the women they love, and Vincent's rag-tag bunch of role-playing and gaming friends to save the world, or see 1984 descend into the apocalypse.

Current book or project you’re working on:

What was the inspiration for your novel? It was just an idea really. A common one, admittedly, repeated in multiple cultures. That there is a reality around us that we can’t see, nor they us. But I came at it in a way I’ve never seen, or tried to at least.

Please share three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.
1) Vincent is painfully shy.
2) Coleman is an incessant flirt.
3) Julie (Vincent’s love interest) has a past that scare most guys off.

Who is the most complex character from your current novel?
Focusing on Tearing the Shroud, it’s Vincent. He’s facing so many things it became an interesting challenge to help him evolve.

Are there any characters in your book that remind you of yourself?
There are aspects of me in many of them. The one that carries the most similarities is Vinni.

If you could pick any well known or famous author to review your book who would you pick and why? Stephen R. Lawhead. I love his work and respect how he approaches it. I think he’d enjoy Tearing the Shroud.

What, who, and when were you first inspired to write?

My first writing took the form of lyrics at age fifteen. It was a love song, with no particular girl in mind.


What genre does your book fall into? Romantic Fantasy, (New Adult age characters)

Which genres do you write? Romantic Fantasy. I have a Historical Romantic Fantasy I’m itching to start.

What is the first book you remember reading, that affected how you thought or felt about something? The Bible. Some great stories there.

Is there a book you loved that was also made into a movie that you also loved? If so, how did the movie connect with you? The Lord of the Rings series. The movie wasn’t a connection, or impacting, but a lot of fun. I’m not a purist and was fine with the changes that happened.

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
When I say inspired, I don’t mean “made me want to write” because that never happened for me. Their stories moved or captured me though.
1) Raymond E. Feist. Characters you can’t let go of an a world you don’t want to end.
2) Stephen R. Lawhead. Fantastic reimagining’s of historic or mythic events and people.
3) Steven King. I think his last name tells it all.

Have you ever read a book you couldn’t finish reading? Yep, quite a few.

Do you read a book, while you are writing a book? Yes, usually several, on several levels: One for enjoyment, and another one or two as critique work for writing partners.

The process:

How many books have you written? Which book is your favourite and why? I’m on my third. All of them. They are like my children I love each for different reasons.

Is there anything that helps get you in the mood to write? Three stations on Pandora: A.A Bondy, Keren Ann, Swell Season

What were three challenges you faced when writing your book?
1) New Author Syndrome. When I finished it, I didn’t realize it really wasn’t finished.
2) Balancing time spent writing verses platform building.
3) Doubt that it was any good at all.

What lessons have you learned as an aspiring writer? Never throw away ANY writing ideas or material. I wrote the first 30 pages of Tearing the Shroud 23 years ago. If I’d tossed them, I wouldn’t be published today.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so what helps you to ‘overcome’? So far, thank God, no. (But now I’m jinxed, right? Lol)

What is the most important thing you’ve learned, either in the self-publishing or traditional publisher, route? If you’ve done your work well, someone will want your story. Don’t give up.

Book Teasers:

How can people connect with you?
Website/Blog: Site: 
Twitter: @JMBraybooks

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Where can readers find your book?

Publisher: Escape Publishing (Harlequin AU)


  1. Wow! Sounds like a pretty fantastic book! Enjoyed your interview as well--shared, everywhere.