Today, we are honoured to have an interview with author Jon David, who has written The Savage Peak (Part I of The Morgalla Chronicles). Recently, Jon and I connected via Facebook and he kindly agreed to an interview.
Where do you come from and how did this place influence your writings?
I’m from southeast Michigan, in the suburbs north of Detroit. Growing up in the 1980’s, I saw more than one movie and tv show that took place in your average American suburb, Goonies comes to mind.
I, along with many youths, I think, had the mindset of our regular, every-day American lives disrupted by an alien invasion, or monsters, or vampires. That’s how Morgalla started, but it grew to the point that her world is much larger and more complex than ours. Even a mighty oak starts off as an acorn.
In July, you published your first book, The Savage Peak (Part I of The Morgalla Chronicles). Congratulations! What genre is it in and who is the target audience for the book?
Thanks. It’s been a long time coming. Morgalla falls under many genres, but my publisher has it listed primarily under YA Fantasy. Other categories the book falls under are sci-fi and even those who enjoy comics and anime would love her story.
This blogger: It sounds like your book can appeal to a great many audiences. I hope you find them all!
What three things inspired you to write the book/series?
First, I wanted my own little slice of our pop culture. I’ve always loved creating and entertaining, and I just know that people will find Morgalla a unique and fun addition to our entertainment landscape.
Second, as a kid, I was a huge fan of Star Wars (of course), but also Star Trek and Transformers to name a few. However, I never drew any of these characters, but instead my own. I wanted my OWN Star Wars, so to speak.
Third, the American Dream: do what you love and enjoy the success of your labor.
You have received positive reviews online for The Savage Peak. Why do you think people have enjoyed it so much?
First, because Morgalla is new and original. Second, even though she faces some dark and evil things, she faces them with a light-hearted demeanor. And, third, she’s mortal. Indestructible characters are boring and you want to see (or in this case read) stories of characters overcoming the odds.
This blogger: You have listed three very good reasons for why people have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy reading your story. And I completely agree, indestructible Marys-Sues are boring in the extreme.
Which of the characters in the story is the most like you? And how?
Morgalla, hands down. She, and another character who has yet to be seen, represent two elements of my own psyche: she’s the id.
She states the obvious with no filter, and she says and does things that some people only WISH they could. She’s one person in a serious world, surrounded by death. How do you deal with it? Be honest.
On a meta-level, what does your story mean to you?
Bear in mind it’s a four-part story with each chapter helping the characters grow, Morgalla especially. Part one is a loss of innocence and being forced to face new experiences, whether one is ready or not.
If you could go back in time and speak with a younger Jon David, what advice would you give him about the writing process?
Read more. Don’t self-publish. Careful who you trust.
This blogger: I definitely agree with the first and third parts of your advice to yourself. (I am self-published author, though, so it would be hypocritical if I agreed with the second 😉.)
What, in your opinion, is the most challenging part of the writing process?
Honestly? Getting people to read it. You can write the best story in the history of literature but if you can’t hook people to read it, it could all be for naught.
This blogger: Very true!
How has writing changed you as a person?
I’ve grown a thicker skin, that’s for sure. It’s also made me aware of how difficult writing well is. I look at stories in book-, TV-, or movie-form and I know what those writers went through. Sure, I can criticize with the best of them, but I’d like to think that I’m a little more empathic towards the creator’s feelings.
Even if I didn’t like the work, I think I can find something nice to say about it. Most of the time, anyway.
When people tell you that they have read your book and they discuss it with you, how does it make you feel?
Honored. They may have spent money (to which I thank them), but they paid with the most precious commodity we all have: time. Time is finite and we all only have so much of it. They took the time to read my work to the end and make me aware of it. I can’t think of any greater gift you can give to an artist.
This blogger: That’s a really lovely answer; a very appreciative one at that. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Outside of writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Drawing and bodybuilding.
Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to say that you haven’t already in this interview?
Morgalla’s story only gets bigger and more epic. Check it out!
End of Interview
Alas, that brings our interview with author Jon David to a close. I would like to thank him for his time and to wish him all the best with The Morgalla Chronicles, in his drawings and other endeavours as well.
You can purchase The Savage Peak (Part I of The Morgalla Chronicles) on Amazon. If you’re a fan of fantasy, whether it be YA or otherwise, you’re going to love Morgalla. Check out the series NOW!
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