I was fortunate to meet J.T Joseph through a Facebook group for fantasy writers where I had posted an ad for the blog looking for writers, authors, and poets to contribute their work. I think advertising other author’s works is a positive way to network, plus it helps other readers become aware of their work especially if they might not of known of them previously.
I was excited by the themes explored in his first novel, The Adventures of Mary Nobleman, where he explores the ideas of witches, magic, Arthurian lore, and time travel. J.T Joseph was kind enough to agree to do an interview to discuss his novel, his inspirations, and his personality.
Emberly L. Summers (E.L.S): What inspired you to start writing?
J.T Joseph (J.T.J): I have always thought of myself as a creative person and I wanted to inspire people with my writing.
E.L.S: What was the first thing you ever wrote?
J.T.J: I started writing the first few pages of my novel, then I fell in love with it.
E.L.S: Who are your favorite authors?
J.T.J: My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.
E.L.S: Which author would you like to meet and why?
J.T.J: I would like to meet Dan Brown, because I think he would be an interesting person. To meet and discuss ideas with.
E.L.S: What types of things are you inspired by?
J.T.J: I can be inspired by anything. Sometimes random thoughts enter my head, which inspire me to add to my writing.
E.L.S: Besides fantasy what other genres do you enjoy writing?
J.T.J: I’ve previously written a science-fiction short story and poetry.
E.L.S: Who designed your cover, and how did you get connect with them?
J.T.J: Rachel Lopez. She works for my publisher, Morgan James.
E.L.S: Are any of the characters in your novel based off you or people you know? If so, what ways are they similar?
J.T.J: No, not really.
E.L.S: How did you come up with the idea for the novel?
J.T.J: I started writing my novel, The Adventures of Mary Nobleman, at the same time as The Da Vinci Code Debate. I wondered what if that happened to King Arthur, because with him it could have happened, if he was a real person.
E.L.S: What would you like readers to take away from the novel?
J.T.J: I want them to know they can overcome any obstacle they may come across in their lives, and hopefully, they will find history more interesting.
E.L.S: What made you want to cover Arthurian lore in your book?
J.T.J: In a way the Arthurian lore found me, because my sophomore English class started with the reading of Sir Gawain and Green Knight. My class finished all the required reading for the semester, earlier than the teacher was expecting. So, she printed copies and had us read them, because it was a week before the review week for the midterm exams.
E.L.S: What research or preparation did you do before and during the writing of the novel?
J.T.J: I researched some Arthurian lore and other things, because I wanted to make it believable and have the reader feel like they are in the story, unlike many other novels.
E.L.S: What’s your favorite Arthurian myth and why?
J.T.J: I would say my favorite Arthurian myth is King Arthur and the quest for the Holy Grail. It would be interesting, if someone discovered the Grail!
E.L.S: What would you like your readers to know about you that they don’t know already?
J.T.J: I have overcome many obstacles throughout my life.
E.L.S: If you could be a fictional character who would it be and why?.
J.T.J: If I could be any fictional character, I would say Nightcrawler from the X-men. I think it would be interesting to have the power of teleportation!
E.L.S: Do you have other hobbies besides writing and what are they?
J.T.J: I do like to dance, whenever I am in the mood.
E.L.S: What’s your advice to other writers regarding writer’s block or self-doubt?
J.T.J: My advice to people, who have writer’s block is to keep an open mind, because anything or anyone can inspire you.
E.L.S: What are you currently working on?
J.T.J: I am currently working on the sequel, which deals with ancient Egypt and King Tut.
E.L.S: Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and helping me learn more about you.