Saturday, April 18, 2020

Inside the Mind: J B Dennis

Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators.
Our guest today is J B Dennis, the mind behind Heir to the Underworld.

Lily:  Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview JB I enjoyed reading Heir to the Underworld. What inspired you to write it?
JB:  To be honest, the media’s portrayal of Hades.  I can count on one hand the number of times he HASN’T been a villain and still have several fingers left over.  I wanted to write a more accurate version of him.
Lily:  He's definitely villianized a lot. Is Benjamin as a character inspired by anyone?

JB:  Well, all the characters have a little bit of me in them.  And there is some of Harry Potter in him too (although that was unintentional).  But no, I didn’t have someone specific in mind when I made him (at least not consciously).
Lily:  I think it's great that you put a little bit of yourself into all your characters. Which ancient Greek god’s powers would you want to get?
JB:  Hecate’s.  I'm all for magic.
Lily:  Magic would definitely be a perk. Is there another book in the works?
JB:  Yes.  I’ve finished the second book and am editing it now.  It’s focus will be on Gavin Swift. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it published.  I also have another finished book that I’m editing that has nothing to do with the New Gods of Olympus series.
Lily:  I'm interested in read Gavin's story. I've found the whole idea of new Olympian gods intriguing. Now we’d like to talk about you as a writer. Do you have a ritual you go through before you write?
JB:  No ritual, I just write whenever I feel motivated to (which sometimes takes a bit of work with all the distractions of the world).
Lily:  I can understand that, there's a lot going on around us all the time. What’s your favorite time of day to write?
JB:  Night time, when it’s not too hot (my computer is against the window which gets the afternoon sun and I’m not a morning person).
Lily:  I'm not much of a morning person either. Do you use an outline or let things flow as you go?
JB:    Before I start I always have a rough, one-sentence, chapter outline so I know what will happen in any given chapter.  Keeps me from getting writers block.
Lily:  That's a great way to side step the block. Let’s finish up with some fun questions and get inside your mind. What superpower would you have if you could have any?
JB:  Magic.  Barring that, telepathy.
Lily:  Sounds like you lean towards the Dr Strange category. Would you rather never be late again or never stand in line again?
JB:  Never be late.
Lily:  Ok, what is your favorite and least favorite food?
JB:  Favorite: Eggs for food product, Lasagna for cooked food.  Least Favorite: Durian (if you don’t know what that is, be thankful).
Lily:  I've seen it on cooking shows, and from what I understand it has a very strong, horrible smell. If you could bring any mythical creature to life, what would you choose and why?
JB:  I’m an old fashioned nerd so dragons.  They are so cool. Phoenix could be a close second because they are less likely to kill us all.
Lily:  I wouldn't mind bringing a few dragons back. What’s your favorite word?
JB:  Potato!
Lily:  One of my favorite foods actually. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
JB:  I love cooking?
Lily:  Cooking can be really fun. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
JB:  Just ask me.  I’m pretty open.

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