Title: THE BOOK KNIGHTS
Author: J.G. McKenney
Pub. Date: July 5, 2017
Publisher: J.G. McKenney
Formats: Paperback, eBook
From the award winning author of EON’S DOOR comes an Arthurian tale like no other.
When her parents are condemned to death by Morgan Fay for the crime of reading, Arti Penderhagen becomes a fugitive. Hunted by Mordred, the sadistic police captain who recites poetry to enhance his physical strength, Arti escapes to the Isle of Avalon, a sanctuary for outlaws. There she meets an old librarian named Merl who tells her about the Grail Tome, an ancient book in Morgan Fay’s possession that can alter the course of history. Can Arti steal the book in time to save her family?
THE BOOK KNIGHTS is a fantasy adventure in which knights wield words as weapons, librarians are wizards, and books can change the future.
Although the name on my books is “J.G.” McKenney, you can call me John. I’m a writer and a teacher. I also consider myself a book knight, but you’ll need to read my latest novel to find out what that’s all about.
My fascination with fantasy and adventure began at a young age when I discovered works like THE HOBBIT and THE CALL OF THE WILD. That early love of reading has matured into a need to tell stories that transport readers into worlds full of wonder and enchantment. It’s an addiction I don’t intend to kick. The problem is I’ll be dead long before I can write all the books I’ve got in my head. There…just thought of another one.
In the winter, if I’m not at work keeping tabs on my Co-op students, you’ll find me at home working away on a manuscript, reading someone else’s book, or walking with my wife and best friend, Wendy. If it’s Friday afternoon, I’ll be playing hockey with the boys.
Summer’s my favorite season because it gives me more time to write. It’s also the time for boating, swimming, and reclining in my zero-gravity chair under the shade of the maple trees next the lake shore. Oh, and walking with my wife. If it’s Thursday afternoon, I’ll be playing golf with…you guessed it…the boys.
I’d love to hear from you. Follow me on Twitter @JGMcKenney or reach out through my “Contact Me” page with your questions or comments. I’ll let you know about my promotions, including when I offer free books!
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE BOOK KNIGHTS, US Only.
3 winners will receive an eBook of THE BOOK KNIGHTS, International.
Interview with J.G.
When did you decide to become a writer?
It wasn’t so much a decision as a compulsion. I always enjoyed crafting stories, and as a child I knew it would be something I would eventually do. But I didn’t write my first novel until I was in my forties, late for most authors.
Do you try to set a number of words per day?
I don’t have a set number of words a day. I write as often as I can, and I find that I have to form the story in my mind (a scene or chapter at a time) before I’m ready to write it. I used to fret about not writing every day, but I don’t anymore.
What struggles have you overcome as a writer?
The biggest struggle I have is finding a balance between writing and the responsibilities of everyday life. I wish I could write more and faster, but I realize that I need to compromise and not beat myself up when I don’t get as much done as I’d hoped. I’m also not good at, nor do I enjoy the promotional work authors must do, but it’s necessary.
Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?
I’d love to sit down with J.R.R. Tolkien and talk with him about his work. It would be a fascinating discussion.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write as much as you can, and don’t feel guilty when life gets in the way. Just write what you like, and stay at it. FINISH IT. And read as much as you can to develop your own voice. Good authors are your instructors, their books are your classrooms.
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