JL Bryan is a full-time indie author living and writing in Georgia. His novel Jenny Pox and the subsequent series, The Paranormals, have received praise throughout indie circles as well as over 250 reviews on Amazon.
His latest book, Fairyvision, the fifth book in the Songs of Magic series, is due out this month. Read my interview and be sure to check out the Songs of Magic series, starting with book 1, Fairy Metal Thunder (Free on Amazon Kindle).
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. I’m really excited for Fairyvision!
Thanks for having me on your blog, Amy!
1. Fairyvision is part of a longer series, The Songs of Magic. Could you briefly tell my readers who may not know the series what it is about?
The story follows a teenage garage band from small-town Wisconsin who steal some fairy instruments, which enchant crowds and make them into international stars. They find themselves on the enemies list of the fairy queen, Mab, who is trying to keep magic and fairies very secret, so they’re constantly battling dangerous supernatural monsters, like unicorns and teddy bears. The story also follows the fairy troupe whose instruments were stolen, which lets us spend a lot of time in the fairy world.
2. Most of your published works fall into this series or another great series, The Paranormals. Do you prefer to write books in a series rather than one-offs?
Not particularly, it’s just worked out that way. I didn’t expect to write any sequels to Jenny Pox at all (the Paranormals series). With the fairy books, I knew there would be several, because the fairy world is a very rich, fun place full of surprises, and I just love exploring it.
3. I try to be Indie-Friendly at this blog. What advice do you have for aspiring authors who are considering self-publishing?
The best thing is to really spend time to learn your craft. That will take years if done properly. If you don’t offer work people will enjoy, the no amount of pretty packaging or marketing will really help you. It’s also very important to have your books thoroughly edited and proofed. Finally, I would suggest that you write whatever you want rather than trying to fit into a commercial trend, because you actually never know whether a particular book will be successful or not. Writing whatever is authentically inside you is your best chance at having something unique to offer.
Everything I make up along the way! I enjoy the settings–sugar swamps, the glitter volcanoes, the Abominable Mountains. Creatures like werewalruses and saber-toothed ducks. Muffin-trap plants that offer cupcakes and pastries between their big green jaws. Sometimes my favorite things are just small, passing details, like the glowing green zombie cows in the Hauntlands.
5. How many books do you plan for this series?
Seven books. The new one is number five, and then I plan to write two more within the next year or two.
6. You mention in a recent post on your blog that you may be taking a break from Songs of Magic for some new projects. What project on the burner is the closest to reaching readers’ hands?
The closest is probably this dystopian story with a dash of time travel, since it’s fully outlined and several chapters are already written. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a bit dark and more of a serious story, closer to Jenny Pox than the fairy books. I like to go back and forth between different tones and genres.
You can read the first Paranormals book, Jenny Pox for free on Kindle as well as Fairy Metal Thunder. To read my reviews of some of JL Bryan’s books, head on over to the reviews section of this blog. Look for Fairyvision this month. Happy reading!
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