Well guys, I promised that J.S Council would be back and she is! She took time from her busy schedule to do a little interview with me! So without further ado, here she is again to tell us a little bit about how she got the idea for this book, how she would deal with trolls - and who would win in a fight between Sailor Moon and Elsa! The result of which may upset some fans! XD
Let's not waste any time and get straight down to the interview!
Hey Jessika, thanks for coming back to my blog! So what’s new with you?
Hi Dan! It is so good to be back on your blog. Thank you for having me again. As you can probably tell, I have been extremely busy with work, writing, wedding planning, and my plot to take over the world (hehe), but the start of this year could not be any better! I hope all is well with you as well.
For the benefit of the readers, tell them all a little bit about yourself and why you became a writer.
Well, I’m an administrative assistant at a pretty large property management company by day. By nights, weekends, and lunch breaks, I’m an author of two novels and in the creation phase for the third. Along with my love for all things Japanese (language and culture), dance, anime, and art, writing completes my life in unexplainable ways. Even when I HATED reading as a child, creating life through verbiage was better than eating ice cream on a hot summer day.
Coolio! Now tell my readers a little bit about your Airion series. What’s it all about?
It is always so hard to capture my series in a few sentences but I’ll give it a shot. Airion is an epic fantasy series set in an underwater world, called Airion. The main protagonists, identical twins, Kobi and Raili, are thrust into a whirlwind of danger and adventure when Raili is kidnapped by the enemy sister country of a nation they had no idea they were from. Everyone keeps telling them that they are destined to raze a great nation but not all destinies are written in stone.
And where did you get the inspiration for this series?
Ironically enough, I got my very first inspiration for this series from a combination of a wet spot on the carpet of my college dorm room and an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog (the episode where Courage has to save his masters from an underwater world after they were sucked down through a puddle of water).
Oooh, interesting! Now, without giving away too many spoilers, tell us a little bit about your latest book.
Airion: Light and Dawn is a continuance of Airion: Return to Zire. The twins are now 14 years old and have gained the epically massive powers that everyone fearfully awaits in the first novel. Due to the circumstances of how book one ended, the twins are forced to fight one another in book two. With Kobi controlling wind, water, and lightning and Raili controlling fire, earth, and lighting, no one is sure what is more dangerous—their combined power if they are together or the clash of the elements if they fight against one another.
Sounds intense! And if the cover is anything to go by it sounds like it's gonna be epic!
So how long did it take you to write it?
Unlike the Return to Zire, which took almost four years to write due to poor planning, Light and Dawn, which was MUCH better planned out, only took 6 months to plan and write out. It was much smoother this time so I’m using the same method for book three. ^_^
What inspired you to write this book/series?
Well, after the first book, there is no way I couldn’t write this one. ;p
Correct answer! So is writing your hobby or your main profession?
As much as I wish writing was my main profession, it doesn’t pay the bills at the moment so I guess I’ll have to call it a hobby... For now. ^_^
Yeah I know that feeling! XD Do you have any other hobbies other than writing?
Oh, I have hobbies aplenty! I have been a dancer since I was six years old. I also draw, speak, read, and write Japanese, and sing (karaoke...:))
Newsflash! Hollywood just contacted you and said that they want to turn your series into a big budget film – and you get to choose the cast, director and music. Well not really - sorry. But if that DID happen who would you pick?
That is a good question. I get this one quite a bit but my answer always changes. I would actually like for this series to be CG animation with the likeness of The Adventures of Tintin movie. I would also like for Steven Spielberg to be the director, and Josh Whechelto to write the music. That would make for one EPIC movie series I think. ^_^ As for voices…. That would all depend on who could truly capture the character. They don’t have to be famous, just good at what they do.
As a follow up question – can I make an appearance in it? XD
Can you voice act? If so, HECK YEAH! Come on down!
Can I voice act? Well, I DO have my own Youtube series you know! XD Anyway, let's have another hypothetical situation. Someone has just told you (either via email or to your face) “Your book sucks!” How do you react?
FINISH HIM!! Haha, I’m just kidding. No, honestly, I would try to engage in conversation about why the book wasn’t satisfactory to him or her. If there was something that I could address, I would work on it for the future and learn from it. But if the person just didn’t like the storyline or something, I would just brush it off as difference of opinions or taste. You can’t please everyone.
Too true, my friend. Too true. So what is the most important lesson you’ve learned as an author that you can impart to other inspiring authors?
You can be your own best friend or your own worst enemy when it comes to planning, writing, and publishing your novel. It is easy to criticize yourself to the point of stagnation but DON’T DO IT!! Keep going and push through it until it’s done.
I might have to follow that advice myself. Now, where do you see yourself in five years time from now?
Hmmm, I see myself in the middle of writing my second series, which I have already started thinking about. I can also see my first series in the process of being made into a movie (Any film people out there want to take a stab at it??). Life in 5 years is going to be sweet! ^_^
Cool. Wish you all the best with that :) Ok, now how about some more general questions? What’s your favourite time of year? Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn? (that’s what we Brits call “Fall”)
Summer, Summer, Summer, and more Summer! During these winter months in Washington D.C. I am reminded of how much I really adore the smouldering hot sensation of summer!!
Favourite TV show or film?
That is darn near impossible for me to answer. Haha. With sooooo many good dramas and films out there that are great for different reasons, naming just one is just plain cruel! Cruel I tell you! However, Kill Bill Vol. 1 should be noted as one of the best action movies of all time… Just saying.
Favourite Actor or Actress?
Come on, Dan! That’s hard, too! Will Smith and Denzel Washington is a given, but I am really liking Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez right now. ^_^
Ok, I'll try to make the next question a little easier. Favourite band/musician?
I would have to say that my favorite singer at the moment is still Florence and the Machine. Lately, I have been getting into a lot of dubstep music (Thanks to my friend and constant companion, Pandora) and my favorite bands for that are The Glitch Mob and Blackmill right now. ^_^ Good Stuff!
Dolphins HANDS DOWN! They use 20% of their brains capacity (Humans can’t even do that), they have their own language, including giving names to one another, and they also have the creativity and learning capability of a toddler, which means that they are permanently stuck in the phase where everything that they experience is soaked up like a sponge and stored in their brain so that they learn and conform for the future. See you got me started…. I could literally go on all day. Haha. Dolphins are truly amazing creatures. Hope that people will start to realize what is happening to them in Japan and stop it.
Interesting. Do you have a “writing ritual” or anything like that?
I have to be in the mood to write. I can’t be too happy/excited or too sad/angry. I write best when I have a cup of tea or coffee sitting on the table to my right side. I have to be outside or sitting by a window (in the winter) or it doesn’t work. Before I can start writing my actual novel, I have to have the story planned out in my Writer’s Journal or I’ll hate my life when the Writer’s Block comes (which it will). ^_^ Oh yeah, I have to use only blue ink when writing in my Writer’s Journal.
Yeah I'm kinda the same in that respect. Now, you have a choice of either attending a beach party, visiting a comic convention or going to see a huge music concert. Which one do you pick?
Wow, another difficult question. If you changed comic convention to Anime Con, I would have to go with that. But in this case, I would beach it all the way! There is nothing like a good beach party.
In case you hadn't noticed, I don't like my questions being TOO easy to answer! XD What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
That is a tossup between my phone, my driving/walking music, and my Writer’s Journals, which I take them both with me everywhere whether I get to use them or not.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
This definitely wasn’t a pet peeve until I started driving again this year but I would have to say when people change lanes suddenly without signalling. Oh my goodness, it burns my butter when people do that! Also hate it when people type “how r u?” in messages, emails, or even texts. It burns my eyes.
OMG IKR? I mean like WTF r they thinkin? rofl! Ahem, moving on... What do you think the meaning of life is?
Well, honestly, I’m not sure if there is a divine meaning of life as we know it. I think the meaning of life is to actually live and thrive in your life’s pursuit of happiness. Have fun, have adventures, learn everything, and most of all, ensure the survival of your children and theirs by helping to leave the world in a better condition than you found it and full of wonderful books to read. ^_^
Ok, now for some just for fun questions! Why did the chicken cross the road?
See, what had happened was, he dropped a dollar and the wind blew it to the other side, so he had to go over there to pick it up. That’s the true story of why the chicken crossed the road. ;P
And we've finally solved the mystery! But how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
You get the day to spend with your favourite fictional character. Who do you pick and what will you do?
I would love to spend time with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (All four of them). We would eat pizza and I would have them teach me about their individual fighting styles. That would be an epic day.
As long as it's not the Michael Bay Turtles then that gives my thumbs up. Now, imagine you suddenly find yourself gaining superhuman powers (for any number of reasons) similar to Kryptonians. Place these superpowers in order of preference (highest to low). Superstrength, superspeed, superbreath, superhearing and supersight.
Easy! Superspeed, superstrength, supersight, superhearing, and then superbreath.
Now let’s go back to that nasty person who said your book sucked! Using any or all of the above powers, what will you do to this troll if given the chance?
Hahaha... Dan... There could be children reading this... Hehe. :P Let’s just say that troll would being buying a copy of both novels for their entire family when I was done with him/her. Oh, and they would be really flexible moving forward. :)
Oh no! Evil ninjas are attacking! How do you react?
I would go into J. S. Stealth Mode, cornering each ninja individually and taking them down in style. Actual Reaction: Run away screaming Home Alone style with my arms flailing above my head, hoping my fiancé would swoop in and save me.
Ok - now this one MAY upset a few fans but I have to ask this! Who would win in a fight between Sailor Moon and Elsa from Frozen?
Oh, now that is a fight I would LOVE to see. I would say Sailor Moon would be the victor because she has fought plenty of people with freeze powers and canned them when she did her dance finishing move. As always, she would get beat up pretty bad first though. Haha.
To any Frozen fans that might be upset with this result, all I can say is... Let it go XD Anyway, Ben Affleck as Batman. Does that work for you?
I don’t know about that.... I’m actually kind of worried about this casting. We’ll have to see, but I’m not convinced yet. He has some big shoes to fill.
To be fair, people didn't want Michael Keaton as Batman when he first did it, but he turned out ok. Though as far as I'm concerned, no one will ever play a better Batman like Kevin Conroy! Now, this is something that has been bugging me for a while. What DOES the fox say?
The fox said a lot of things in that song. Haha. I actually missed it when it came out a few years back because I was still in Japan and it was never big over there. Interesting video for sure, but the fox should have said, “Buy J. S. Council’s Airion Series on Amazon!!” Hehe!!
Excellent! What a clever fox! Now, aliens have arrived on Earth and you’re the first person to speak to them. What do you say to them?
I would walk right up to them and say….. “What the heck took you so long? I’ve been waiting on you forever? E.T. said he would be right back and that was like 20 years ago, man!”
*sniff* That brought back some feels! Anyway, final question... and this is the big one. On a scale of 1 to Awesome, how much do you think Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is gonna rock?
I’m sorry Dan, I not sure your scale is accurate enough. I think it is going to be FREAKIN AWESOME! I’m so excited!!
Freaking awesome it is then! Thanks for stopping by!
I hope everyone had as good a time reading these answers as I did writing them. Thank you so much for having me again, Dan. As always, it has been a blast and a pleasure chatting with you today. Seriously, if there is anything that you need from me, please let me know. ^_^
And just to end the interview, you can find links to the Airion series and J.S Council's twitter at the following links.
Airion: Light and Dawn on Amazon
Until next time. Have a great weekend!