Today's Darklight On is... JM Bray
Welcome, JM Bray!
How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre?
As a reader, my favourite books always include an element of the fantastic. When I started writing my mind went there first. There’s a freedom to it, the boundaries are less distinct. I like that.
Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?
Pantser. I get a “what if” idea, then a character comes from there. Then I mull the two for a while and if they still seem solid I start writing. But I have only the broadest notions where the story will go.
Do you have a favourite of your characters?
No. I love them all for varying reasons, even my sociopathic villain.
What are you currently working on?
The third book in the Shroud series, with a working title of Shrouded. Book two should (hopefully) release in the first half of next year.
What is your favourite part of the process of writing?
I enjoy all of it, even editing. If I have to choose: it’s the moment where I’m blindsided at what happens in a scene. That’s magic.
What can we expect from future instalments of the Shroud series?
Mending the Shroud, book two, picks up the story a month after Tearing the Shroud. Vincent, Jule and the rest of the gang are falling deeper into love, adventure and everything that goes with it.
Who are your favourite authors?
It depends on the genre. Fantasy: Raymond E. Feist or Anne McCaffrey. Horror: King or Koontz. Alt-mythic/Historic: Stephen R. Lawhead. Romance: Ainslie Paton.
What are you currently reading?
Scarlett by Lawhead. It’s a re-imagining of the Robin Hood story.
Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or TV series?
The director's cut of the movie, Highlander. I’ve watched it at least twenty times.
Do you have advice for emerging writers?
Keep everything you write. You never know when those partial stories will bloom into something wonderful.
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About JM Bray
JM Bray lives in Southern California with his college sweetheart and their two dogs. When not writing or working his day job, he loves to cook, play the guitar, and travel with his wife. Every chance he gets, he races an old Porsche named Tuffy at tracks in the southwest.Catch up with him via:
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