Hello Readers and Writers!
Today we want to introduce you to a huge supporter of the #WritersCommunity. He is an author who will go to great lengths to help another author who needs a lift. He is a published author whose Fantasy novel has been well received by readers and praised for his creativity and intrepid characters!
Introducing Jacob Rundle!
RL: When did you start writing as a career?
JR: I have always “been” a writer. While growing up, I was always embracing my imagination. There wasn’t a time I didn’t have a story roll through my mind, and I always told myself that one day, I would get published. Technically, I started about 2 years ago when I started working on Augur of Shadows (AOS).
RL: What's your current work in progress?
JR: Currently, I’m going through a round of developmental and copy edits with Three Furies Press with AOS. Also, I am preparing to participate in Twitter’s Pitmad with a new story. It’s a YA fantasy story with dystopian elements and historical reimagining. I’m really excited to share this story with the world. I have put so much love into it.
RL: You write Fantasy books. What led you to write in that area?
I have always loved the idea of having super powers. Telekinesis was my favorite (I still hope one day I wake up and can move things with my mind). There is nothing better than diving into a world filled with dragons, witches, mages, etc. It allows me to escape reality.
RL: How do your books rebel against the status quo in the genre?
JR: In AOS, I have three characters who come from all different backgrounds. I wanted to showcase how such an apocalyptic event affects everyone. Henri, who is the MC in book 1, is from New York City. Siméon is from Haiti, and Etlina is a proud Latina. AOS deals with the MC and his friends who must bring forth a cataclysmic event in order for there to be a future.
RL: You are also a reviewer! What made you decide to start reviewing books?
JR: I LOVE to read books. Besides writing, there isn’t anything better than picking up a good book and seeing how another author’s mind works.
RL: As a reviewer, what bit of advice can you give authors looking for publicity?
JR: It’s quite simple... Be POLITE. Reviewers don’t owe you anything. If you reach out to them and provide a copy of the book...you can request a due date, but don’t demand it. The author has to remember that he or she is NOT the only one requesting a book review.
RL: Talk to me about the path you choose in publishing.
JR: Well, I chose to go indie with my first series. Originally, I queried numerous agents and received numerous rejections. That’s part of the life of an author. After a year researching and building my platform, I have grown in my skills in writing and marketing. I feel more ready now to try and get into traditional publishing after all I had learned.
RL: How do you manage writing time? Is finding writing time an issue for you?
JR: Well, with any form of art...there must be sacrifice. I give up sleep to write and work full-time. I get up early, venture to a Barnes & Noble and write. Or, I stay up way past my bedtime after work. My books aren’t going to write themselves. Everyone will have to give something up in order to be successful.
RL: Does your personal life influence your writing?
JR: Yes and No. I choose to go home and write. I’m at the point in my life where I want to focus on my writing. If something happens in my personal life then I will deal with it then.
RL: Any plans to write in other genres?
JR: Actually, I have quite a few projects going on. I have a MG story, a few YA Contemporary stories, Dystopian, and a thriller.
RL: Where do you see your writing career going in the future?
JR: I see myself sitting at a bookstore, talking about books whether they are mine or someone else’s. I know I’ll be successful because I have the will and drive to succeed.
RL: What are you reading right now?
JR: Right now, I’m reading The House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess. I received an ARC from her publicist. The story is intriguing, and the cover is amazing! I can’t wait for this to be out in the world!
RL: What can readers expect from you in the future?
JR: You can expect more stories! Plus, Augur of Shadows will be re-released in July 2020 with Three Furies Press.