J.K. Rowling wrote her first book at the age of four. Her first published novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was in 1997. She went on to becoming the first ever billion-dollar author with her earnings in 2004.
J.K. Rowling receive a Bachelor’s degree in French and the classics before achieving a postgraduate certificate in modern languages. Then, she taught English in Portugal. In addition, she not only gave the 2008 commencement address but also received an honorary degree from Harvard University.
J.K. Rowling‘s has been highly recognized for her achievements in wirting. In 2001, Prince Charles gave her the Order of the British Empire. This amazing woman, also, donated to the research clinic at University of Edinburgh. This is when the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurological Clinic was named in honor of her mother. Anne died in 1990 due to complications relating to her MS.
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.
Each summer, something amazing begins in July… SHARK WEEK!
With the first full episode airing July 17, 1988, it only gets better. With new insights and technology, we live in an age ripe with discovery!
(LOL – yep… my play on the Discovery Channel there).
Another program I love is Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates. As I watched SHARK WEEK, I kept thinking how cool it would be if Josh did a program for the event. I guess the old ‘ask and ye shall receive’ is factual because I got what I wanted!
Not only did Josh Gates make an appearance on SHARK WEEK but he also presented information on one of my favorites – MEGALODON!
The only thing I could hope for is that, next year, he has a show with Andy Casagrande!
I am honored to be here ❤
Author J.M. Northup WHAT 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. Northup WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR PUBLISHING COMPANY?
Norns Triad Publications
Author J.M. Northup IN 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. Northup HAVE YOU EVER PENNED UNDER ANOTHER NAME?
Author J.M. Northup YOU 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.
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. Northup IS THIS BOOK A STAND ALONE OR A SERIES?
It is a standalone.
Author J.M. Northup IS 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. Northup HOW IMPORTANT ARE INTERVIEWS?
I believe in interviews and place greater importance on them because it gives authors a chance to connect to readers. It also helps readers to gauge where the writer was coming from and how this story impacted them personally.
I often interview literary personalities. You can find my interviews here – https://jmnorthup.blogspot.com/search/label/Author%20Interviews?fbclid=IwAR23nl6rSHkj-TTp_AucDAfOL68-pwxwSeTe_K_R7lsb_DnOzUuGpIC123Y
Author J.M. Northup HOW 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. Northup HOW 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.
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. Northup WHAT 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.
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.
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. Northup WHAT 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. Northup IS 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
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Author J.M. Northup DO YOU WRITE FOR THE PASSION OR THE PROFIT?
I write for the passion, but I pray the profit will, one day, help to give back to my family. They selflessly support me, allowing me to indulge in my craft.
Author J.M. Northup WHERE CAN OUR VIEWERS PURCHASE THIS BOOK?
You can find my books here (including translations) – www.amazon.com/J.M.-Northup/e/B00KKQVFI0
Author J.M. Northup HOW CAN OUR VIEWERS CONTACT YOU?
I run the websites for myself ( Author J.M. Northup ) and Norns Triad Publications. You can contact me through Facebook PM, and I will respond as soon as I can. I’m, also, the admin for my J.M. Northup’s Book Group onFacebook. I encourage you all to join and participate in sharing your reviews, covers, sales – all things books (and cats or otters – I love them!).
My websites are www.jmnorthup.com and www.nornstriad.com
Author J.M. Northup Thank you all for taking the time to join me tonight. I appreciate your support and hope this is the start of a great readership! ❤