I’m ready. I know I am, but… should I? Should I really be doing this? It was the question he worried the most about, feared even. My visions show things working out, but that doesn’t mean much. I know from experience that I can’t trust the reliability of my premonitions.
And, it was true; knowing the supposed future didn’t offer any guarantees. If anything, it complicated things. Decisions could alter the outcome, changing how a premonition was ‘seen’ compared to how it realistically unfolded. That didn’t mean the vision would be prevented, just modified. Sometimes, even with good intentions, a person could make a situation worse by trying to tamper with it. This was a flaw in his foresight; a flaw which Adam understood all too well.
“Have faith,” he whispered encouragement to himself. “Trust in the Creator.”
Adam delayed only a second longer before he traversed into the uncertain future, crossing the hidden divide; the fabric separating worlds. He moved from the shadows that paralleled the town, where unseen lives existed alongside unsuspecting, oblivious people. With his seemingly mundane act of taking one step forward, he effectively walked from myth to reality.
Realizing she was standing alone in an empty forest, Hannah had a moment of panic. “Oh, shit!” Looking around anxiously, she shouted, “Was I supposed to hold onto your hand? Because I didn’t.”
Before an answer could be given, she felt a vibration wash over her. The sensation grew and seemed to draw her into an unseen electrical field. The static charge made the hair on her body raise slightly. Oh, God!
The energy of the veil made her skin tingle and buzz. Wow! This is amazing, she thought, feeling exhilarated. Then, the world expanded around her, and she saw things that had been hidden only moments before.
Author J.M. NorthupWHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN AUTHOR? Writing, to me, is a creative outlet and artistic expression, just as painting or dancing are. I enjoy the process of building a story – the characters and worlds – whether I’m penning it or reading it. Author J.M. NorthupWHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR PUBLISHING COMPANY? Norns Triad Publications Author J.M. NorthupIN WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE? I usually write in the Young Adult/New Adult genres (which is based on the age of the protagonists and not the readers). However, I do have titles in other categories, such as Middle Grade and Romance. I like to try new things. Author J.M. NorthupHAVE YOU EVER PENNED UNDER ANOTHER NAME? No. Author J.M. NorthupYOU WROTE A BOOK TITLED “TALLY”. WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT? It’s about family. I represent several times of modern families and explore the current laws regarding them. I do this in an entertaining MMF Romance.
Author J.M. NorthupHOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS TITLE? Someone I am close to is a step-parent, and through them, I learned that they have no legal rights regarding their step-children. They cannot sign field trip slips or authorize care, even though they’re married to the biological parent. This disturbed me, especially since the child lived with them, and was under their joint care. If the spouse died, they’d have no legal claims to the child because current law only acknowledges two parents. During my research, I found information on Tri-Parenting. This intrigued me, so my story was born.
Author J.M. NorthupIN WHAT CITY DOES THIS STORY TAKE PLACE? Minneapolis, Minnesota. Author J.M. NorthupIS THIS BOOK A STAND ALONE OR A SERIES? It is a standalone. Author J.M. NorthupIS THIS BOOK A E-BOOK AND/OR PAPERBACK? You can get it in both digital and hardcover versions. A bonus – if you purchase the paperback through Amazon, you get the ebook FREE! That means you can get a book for a friend while treating yourself.
Author J.M. NorthupHOW IMPORTANT IS RESEARCH? A MUST! I believe things need to be as accurate as possible. Plus, I am a huge bibliophile, and I LOVE research. LOL Author J.M. NorthupHOW IMPORTANT ARE REVIEWS? Unfortunately, this depends on how you are published. A traditionally published author doesn’t have to concern themselves with reviews. However, small presses and indies, like me, require reviews in order to have promotional opportunities. Reviews and star ratings affect not only the author rankings but their visibility to potential readers and what avenues of promotion will run their ads.
Author J.M. NorthupDO YOU FEEL A NEW AUTHOR SHOULD HAVE A TEAM? Yes. I believe in collaboration for many reasons. You are constantly developing as a writer and your team helps you do that. Also, it ensures quality in the products you are providing. Often, an author has more information in their head about the stories and characters than is actually written. It is human nature to fill in gaps. Having another person read through your manuscript helps to catch things like plot holes, missed words, typos… Plus, it’s a fulfilling part of the process to sound board with your team. Author J.M. NorthupWHAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES YOU’VE MADE AS A NEW AUTHOR? Not having a proper editor or beta readers. My debut novel, FEARS OF DARKNESS (which is currently being reimagined), had some interesting errors that would’ve been caught had I been more aware of the resources available to me.
Author J.M. NorthupWHAT STEPS ARE YOU TAKING TO BUILD YOUR BRAND? Supporting my community. First and foremost, we are readers. I never lost my love to read, and often I find that is what refreshes my creativity to write. Therefore, I try to connect with authors and readers, sharing their reviews and stories. This builds my brand simply because people get to know me.
Author J.M. NorthupWHAT DOES THE PHRASE “LEARN THE CRAFT” MEAN? For me, it indicates that you’ve researched all facets of the industry. As an indie writer and small press owner, I have to be involved in marketing, production (i.e. covers, formatting, etc.), what the industry standards are, and even what the laws are regarding my craft. I have to understand the copyright laws and contract details to be sure I am compliant. It’s more than just penning a tale people can enjoy. Author J.M. NorthupWHAT AUTHORS PAST AND/OR PRESENT HAD AN INFLUENCE ON YOU? Kathleen O’Neal Gear & W. Michael Gearare not only my favorite authors but they have become personal friends. They’ve helped me to learn a lot about writing. Author Marnie Cate, Simone Beaudelaire, and Doug Lamoreux – Dark Fiction have helped me to develop my voice and style. My business partner, Sahara Foley and our friend, Alaric Longward have helped me to understand the marketing aspect on a deeper level. They’ve helped me to connect to resources, as well. Other authors who have influences me are Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jean M Auel, Stephenie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Margaret Mitchell, and of course, J.K. Rowling. Charlaine Harris and Veronica Roth should both be inspirational for all indies! Author J.M. NorthupIS THERE ANYTHING ELSE COOKING IN THE LAB FOR AUTHOR J.M. NORTHUP? I’m still in the process of re-branding some of my titles under Norns Triad Publications that were previously published under Creativia. In addition to those, I have several WIPs I’ve been working on, as well as other stories forming in my head. In addition to my MMF Romance, TALLY, I have a middle grade chapter book designed for parents and teachers to enjoy as much as kids, called FELINE FASCINATIONS: The Adventures of Boris and Olga. It is currently on sale for #99cents. My psychological thriller, A PRISONER WITHIN, and the first books in my Snoqualmie Valley Sasquatch series and Fears of Dakota series are available for purchase. The next books in these series will be up sometime this year, along with the 1st book in my new Sea Monster Saga series, SIREN COVE. The 2nd and 3rd books of my Military Romance Trilogy with Simone Beaudelaire – The Wounded Warriors Collection – are also available. Simone is currently revamping the 1st book, but each can be read as a standalone. They are just more meaningful when read together, as they are about each of the squad members and cover different kinds of wounds our warriors can get. You can find all links here – http://nornstriad.com/authors/j-m-northup/books-by-j-m-northup/?fbclid=IwAR3N_Iet04KsiuySJKBcNA8Cs8KFB5c3jzBWS5o97iKGbGKI-B9Sgfj2vk0