J.M. Briggs

headshotToday’s indie interview is with fantasy writer. J.M. Briggs who follows in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Mark Twain with her new take on the Arthurian Legend.  Did you know Stephen King even wrote about the topic in The Dark Tower VI?  J.M. writes about the escapades of college students under the mentorship of Merlin trying to navigate growing up while battling in a magical war.  Like many indie authors J.M. decided to take up self publishing  after traditional publishing routes left her disillusioned and exhausted.
If you too are interested in reading more Arthurian Legend themed fantasies then check out her books and free reads on her website.  But in the meantime get to know the real J.M. in the following interview.  And I must say I agree with you J.M., sugar free chocolate pudding is an oxymoron.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a newly published indie author from Montana. Outside of writing I love to read. I enjoy crochet and hand embroidery. My favorite color is blue, I love dragons, can’t handle most spicy foods, scream in terror at almost any horror film and enjoy hiking.

Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?

Well first and foremost I’d have to say King Arthur just given much of the story line of my first series. I came to realize just how much mythology was bound up in the King Arthur mythos and how much it changed over the centuries.

Why did you decide to become an indie author?

The decision to become an indie author came after a couple of years of pursuing the tradition route. When I was about to finish book three I realized that I didn’t want the books stacking up behind me. I wanted people to be able to read them so I went a new direction.

What were you before you were a writer?

I was actually an AmeriCorp* VISTA while I planning and writing The Iron Realm. Being broke all the time kept me home and probably helped to ensure that my ideas didn’t wind up on a shelf. Over the course of three years I helped to address a lot of issues and remain very proud of my time there.

If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?

I’d say write the book first, but to be honest I wish I’d started doing social media earlier. I’m an introvert so it’s not an easy thing for me, but I realized that I needed to start working on marketing and connecting with potential readers which was hard to do all at once.

What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?

A long walk without a phone or music. It helps me relax and lets things fall into place.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date?

My three years of service in Ameri*Corps gave me a new perspective and I am proud of what I did.

Look out the closest window.  What’s the first thing you see?

The moon over the distant blue mountains through the branches of the trees.

Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there.

Sugar free chocolate pudding, I mean really what’s the point of sugar free chocolate anything.

What do you least like about writing?

Grammar and punctuation, thankfully my brother is an English teacher.

Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard.  She …”

could hear the soft breathing behind her as the sounds of the wind suddenly seemed so quiet and distant. There were no footfalls even as the sound of breathing grew louder and louder. A cry was building up in her throat, held in place by a growing sense of panic.

2015-09-30_16-27-27Latest Book:  The Iron Realm

Alex Adams is a college freshman ready to begin a new chapter in her life, but she wasn’t prepared for a magical war. Strange visions draw her towards new friends and their lives are changed forever when they learn that magic is returning to the world along with an ancient enemy. The line between legend and history blurs and their only allies are the three-thousand year old mages Merlin and Morgana who must teach them to control their own magical gifts if anyone is going to survive.