Today I am pleased to introduce you to author J.D. McGowan. Mr. McGowan is a first time author with a new book of short stories available on Amazon.
Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.
- Have you always wanted to be an author?
I suppose you can say I caught the bug after high school.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
Hmm. My love for urban fantasy and westerns.
- What is the name of your latest novel?
The book is a collection of short stories called The Secret of Olden Woods.
- How did you come up with the concept for your novel?
Two television shows come to mind. The Big Valley and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wanted to create contemporary rustic family of shape-changers. The supernatural aspect really takes a backseat to the relationship the characters have with one another.
- Who is your favorite character and why?
I play no favorites. (Smiles)
- Who is your least favorite character and why?
Ah. See question five. (Laughs)
- Which character do you relate to the most and why?
I have Josiah’s protective nature and sense of family loyalty. I share Kate’s often-irascible temperament and Sherman’s wit. Nina Olden, in many ways, is a beautiful mystery to me.
Does that answer the question? (Laughs)
8. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?
Message? None that I’m aware of.
- What books have influenced you the most? Why?
Hemingway’s short stories. I admire the compression of his prose. Elmore Leonard’s westerns: Hombre, Valdez Is Coming, and his short stories. Richard Matheson’s horror and fantasy novels and short stories had a big influence on me. He made both genres accessible to me because they were so modern in their approach. I think Stephen King said Matheson brought the terror into your local 7-11. Louis L’Amour ‘s Sackett novels.
- Who are a few of your favorite authors?
Louis L’Amour ‘s Sackett novels. I love their family code: “When you step on the toes of one Sackett, they all come running.” James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Charles R. Saunders, Robert B. Parker, and Nancy A. Collins are favorites. The list is endless.
- What author would you love to have a conversation with?
Moses. I mean, the cat wrote the first five books of the Bible. And God All Mighty was his editor!
- Any future projects you would like to talk about?
I have a few ideas rolling around in my noggin. (Smiles)
- If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?
You have to crawl before you can walk.
- Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?
How about the blurb?
Meet the Oldens, a proud bucolic family of were-creatures—or shape-changers, as they call themselves—residing in western Washington state.
Grandmother Nina Olden, the owl-changer, is the enlightened matriarch of the Olden clan. The eldest of her three grandchildren is Josiah Olden, the bear-changer, who is independent and even-tempered, yet loaded for bear when he or anyone in his family is threatened. He enjoys ’70s pop music, blackberry wine, and making Olden Golden Honey, his enterprise.
The middle grandchild is Sherman Olden, the wolf-changer, a good-natured ladies’ man and grade-school teacher. The youngest is Kate Olden, the puma-changer, who is often ill-tempered and misunderstood, as she is trying to find her footing in the world.
The Oldens live by an ancestral code known as The Path: always honor and defend the family, the land, and the sacred rites, come what may. Witness the trials, tribulations and triumphs of this unique family in their lifelong quest to preserve and protect their family honor.
Books excerpts can be read HERE.
- Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?
I’m still up and coming myself. (Laughs)
For more information about JD McGowan, please visit his WEBSITE.
Thank you for sitting down and chatting with me tonight. I have ordered my copy of The Secret of Olden Woods and cannot wait to read it.