The Virtual Book Con Author Interview – J.A. Essen

JAeHere is my author interview with J.A. Essen for The Virtual Book Con Event featuring sci-fi and fantasy authors. We will be highlighting the Changes on the Horizon Duet which includes Perilous Love and Saving Robor: Erotic Fantasy Adventure. Both books are available for FREE on KU so make sure to grab your copies today.

What is your favorite thing about the fantasy/sci-fi genres?
Dragons, dragons, dragons! I’ve always had a fascination with dragons ever since I was in grade school. Loved drawing them, and then loved reading anything with them as I grew older.

What is your favorite fantasy/sci-fi based movie?
This one is really hard because it’s such a wide genre. Dark sci-fi would have to be Event Horizon; Sam Neil is just wickedly evil in that one. Fantasy would have to most likely be the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series. They played a role in the duet I wrote.

How many books do you current have in the fantasy/sci-fi genres and which one would you recommend new readers starting with?
While everything I own is eBook, I would highly recommend readers check out A.G. Riddle’s Origin Mustery series (Atlantis Gene, Atlantis Plague, Atlantis World) and Richard Phillips’ Rho Agenda series (The Second Ship, Immune, Wormhole).

What one thing has changed about you or your writing from when you first started to now?
My writing has actually come full circle. I started writing more of a contemporary romance, then fantasy, and now I’m back on several contemporary romance series I have planned.

If you could vacation to any spot in the world with anyone where would you go and who would accompany you?
That one’s easy. The Maldives or Seychelles, in an over-the-water bungalow with my wife… for at least 2 weeks, kid free. =)

What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing or publishing a book?
The publishing part doesn’t bother me, but with my Changes on the Horizon erotic fantasy duet, keeping all the characters separate and the development of the two different (human and Elven) fantasy worlds.

Do you find that you sell more books during certain months or holidays versus other times?
DO NOT, I repeat do not launch a book between the middle of November and the end of January. It is book death. Everyone is gearing for all of the holidays and sales just plummet.

If you had one redo in life what would it be and why?
I don’t think I honestly would. There’s too much likelihood of a “butterfly-effect” and I wouldn’t want anything from today to change.

What is your favorite part about being an author?
The freedom of having a different persona that is much more socially interactive. I’ve always been an introvert, so being able to develop my “writing self” has been very liberating.

Do you have any specific reviews or comments that stand out that you have received over time?
There was one negative reviewer on my very first book that I will never forget. They actually said that if they could give it NEGATIVE stars they would. It was my first 1 STAR review and I think the first one always sticks with you. The thing to do is treat it like ROM on a computer. Let your mind reboot and delete it. Just move on past it. There are always gonna be haters. You just can’t let them get to you.

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