How I write. Huh. That's an interesting one. I'll start out by saying it's changed over the years, just as my style of writing has changed. The most recent trend is one I didn't see coming. Like most writers, I write both novels and short stories. Regardless of the length of what I'm writing, it usually starts out as a random thought that comes at some odd moment - usually while I'm running - that I dutifully jot down in my 'ideas' notebook. There it'll sit for days or weeks, maybe even a few months while I mull it over and try to figure out a full-fledged story for my random idea. One recent work started with just a name. Took me a long time to figure out what that guy did and what I was going to write about, but it's my favorite piece that I've written so far. Which leads me to the unexpected trend part. That piece started out as a short story. Ok, a long short story. One that tickled at the edge of being a novella. So, naturally, I made it longer and turned it into a book :) I've done the same thing with two other short stories now - fleshing them out and turning them into books - and I think I quite like the concept. But who knows - next month I may be watching cartoons and writing fan fiction while wearing bunny slippers and pig pajamas.
As for my inspirations, you name it, I’m inspired! Honestly, I don’t know. Ideas come to me and if it’s interesting enough it sticks and becomes a long and winding thing with words. Mythology is an influence. Folk tales and fairy tales too. A lot of my works take themes and characters from those and use them in one way or another. Not strict retellings, just hints here and there. And if you’ve read my work you’ll know I love animals, and I think everything I’ve written works some kind of animal in in some kind of way. Oh, and my fellow writers inspire me. I seriously have the best writing group ever. We trade critiques do beta reads and help out with queries. They inspire me immensely with their talent and creativity, their cheers and commiserations and general awesomeness. Go Inkbots!
Breakshield by J.B. Rockwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First, I would like to thank the author J.B. Rockwell for giving me this book for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The world building was nicely done and the story-line is very good. It did start out a bit slow, but picked up pretty quickly. The characters are well developed and written. I am looking forward to reading more of this series and more from this autor.
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