Today I have great pleasure in welcoming Mending The Shroud Author JM Bray to tell us about his new release and exciting blog tour!
Can you tell us about your writing journey from idea to published manuscript?
It was both a very long, and surprisingly short journey. Around 1989 I had an idea inspired by a passage from the Bible. An army surrounds a prophet and his people and the he prays that his servant’s eyes be opened. When they were, he say the armies of heaven as well. The story suggests that the angels were already there, but couldn’t be seen. This started a big ‘what if’ for me. What if there were another existence, between ours and that eternal realm, that we didn’t know about?
I typed about thirty pages, yes, typed personal computers were pretty rare then. I’d been married just a few years, we had two daughters and life became busy with trying to provide. So, I put the pages in a red binder, slipped it in my box of artsy stuff and got on with life. In 2012 I found the notebook in my desk and, after reading the pages, thought there was still a story there. The rough draft came in about 3 months, the editing took another six, and in Feb 2013 I started sending it out. Escape Publishing picked it up in April and released Tearing the Shroud, December 2013.
Now, Mending the Shroud, book two in the Shroud trilogy is out and available for purchase.
What do you love/hate the most about being a writer?
The personal level of what we do. It’s a true love/hate thing for me. Writers grow these stories, pouring ourselves into them. It’s an amazing, glorious, wonderful process. Then we set them out for the world to see. You know that not everyone will enjoy your work, but it still hurts a bit when they don’t.
What is your favourite genre to read?
I love Fantasy, it’s my go to genre. In my “real life work” I deal with tons of life issues. When I read, I want something as far away from it as possible. Sure, there are still similar plot point conflicts, but with magic, strange beasts, and other realms, it makes them more palatable.
Who is your favourite romantic lead in a book or movie and why?
Westley, from The Princess Bride, perfectly portrayed by Cary Elwis (whom I’ve met.) He knows that he loves Buttercup, long before she realizes it, but never pressures her or forces the moment. Instead, he lets her come to the realization in her own time. He also doesn’t give up on their love, no matter what obstacles stand in the way.
Can you share a motto or inspirational quote that has helped you achieve success?
The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know. — Socrates
After accepting bodily possession and saving the world, Vincent thought his life would get easier. He thought wrong. The Shroud may not have torn wide open, but it did tear a little, and the retribution for the failure is coming hard, fast, and directly at Vincent and the people he loves. His only hope is to once again accept possession from Coleman and do battle with the deformed, terrifying Kafla. But this time, he’s not alone. Jule, the woman he loves and hopes to marry, is possessed as well, and together the four of them become a formidable team. Together they hope to stave off the invasion and take the fight to the Realm, but only a supreme sacrifice can mend the Shroud and save both their lives and their worlds.
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