1) Tell us about yourself – what do you like to write? How long have you written? What prompted you to start writing?
My name is Troy Jackson, and I have been interested in writing ever since I was a child. As a child of the 80’s and 90’s I tended to gravitate towards all-things fantasy and action-oriented. My writing follows this closely. However, professionally I would say I have only written for the past couple of years when I finally decided to put some of the crazy ideas in my head onto paper.
2) What types of books do you like to read?
I love novels of all kinds, except maybe Westerns and Romance. Those just aren’t my thing…
3) Do you have another author that you model yourself after?
Writing-style wise I wouldn’t say I do, but one thing I have always followed in both reading and writing – my attention span is short and so I enjoy short chapters, a la James Patterson and Dan Brown.
4) What inspires you to write?
Ideas for great stories have swirled around in my brain for decades, ranging from futuristic tales to “what if” stories. All it takes is for a great piece of music, or a movie, or a novel I have read to get the juices going.
5) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?
Depends, of course, on what it is. A short story might pop into my head and I might write it in a few hours, or an entire novel may take me years to finish.
6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process? Easiest?
Most difficult is definitely the editing part. I loathe editing. Easiest would be plotting out the idea. It’s when I get to be the most creative and splash it all onto paper.
7) Tell us about your book and why you incorporated Confucian beliefs.
My novel, The Elementals, is a tale of good versus evil where I take actual events that occurred in ancient China, some 2200 years ago, and add my own supernatural twist to it. Back then, the teachings of Confucius were just beginning to take hold, and were quickly growing popular. What I find fascinating is that many of the beliefs in Confucianism are steadfastly held by Christians, such as strength within the family, loyalty, and respecting your elders. What many do not realize is that Confucius believed in what we know of today as ‘The Golden Rule’ (as he said, “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”). During the time period that I write about, during the reign of the First Emperor of China, Confucianism was alive and flourishing. However, it promoted free-thinking, and the Emperor began to suppress it, believing that it was a direct threat to his strict authority.
8) Where can readers find Elementals? Do you have plans for a second book?
From the very beginning I knew that The Elementals would be a trilogy. So I am in the process (albeit slowly) of writing the second book, which I hope to have completed by the end of 2013, and book three done by the end of 2014 or early 2015.
The Elementals can be found online at most retailers, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. The easiest way to look it up is by author name. Here are a few links:
It is available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook (Kindle, Nook, i-Books, etc.).
9) Do you have a website? Blog?
Website & Blog: http://www.tempestworks.com