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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Darklight On... JM Bray

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.


Thanks, JM!

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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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  1. Great to read more about you, JM. Continued luck with your writing.

  2. Thanks Eleni. It was a blast to do. Thanks for stopping over!

  3. JM, all my hubby's gaming friends will want your book now because - guess what? - they were all gamers at school in the 80s - though most of us didn't start university until '91. Honest! Tearing the Shroud is a fab premise and I love the narration. Congrats on the launch and best of luck with the rest of the series.

    1. GO Gamers! It was a fine balance, including just enough of it to provide the needed premises. I tried to approach it in a way that a large majority will find enjoyable and I hope they like the result! It looks like we may see book two somewhere mid-year, but that is still in the works.


  4. Enjoyed your interview! Am looking forward to reading your novel in the near future.

    1. Awesome Linda. The Darksiders are a great group. Stop by anytime.

  5. Interesting interview, JM and Eleni. I'm also a sucker for writing series and I like your advice about keeping everything you write. Good luck with your ms's.