Friday, October 20, 2017

J.T. Bishop, Guest Author

If you're looking for this week's contest, please look at the previous post. I also posted that today.

Today, I want to welcome Judy Bishop. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, J. T. Bishop began writing in 2012. Inspired by a video that theorized the meaning of the end of the Mayan calendar, J. T. began the Red-Line trilogy. The video surmised that the earth was the central hub of activity for extraterrestrials thousands of years ago. J.T. didn’t know whether that was true or not, but it did spawn an idea. What if those extraterrestrials were still here? Two years and a lot of work later, the first three Red-Line books were complete, but she’s not done. The Red-Line saga develops as she continues to write new books.


Under J.T. Bishop, she's the author of  High Child. Here's the summary of the book. "Gifted with unique abilities, Royce Fletcher struggles to find his place in the world. Living a solitary life in the woods, he finds his quiet existence disrupted by unexpected visitors. Visitors he would prefer to avoid.

Despite his attempts to protect himself, Royce finds himself caught up in an unexpected romance, a local murder investigation, and a destiny he has little interest in pursuing.

The more he tries to pull away, the more drawn in he becomes, until he must face the demons that refuse to go away. Demons that risk more than just his life, but all that he holds dear.

Following the events in J.T. Bishop's fourth book, Curse Breaker, High Child is a fast-paced, page-turning, suspense story that will keep readers guessing until the end."

Thank you, J.T., for taking time to write a piece for the blog.

My Favorite Thing about Writing

What do I love about writing? Most of the time when people learn I’m a writer or they read one of my books, the next question is usually “How do you do that?” or “How do you come up with your ideas?” And the next thing they say is “I could never do that.” And my next thought is usually, “you could if you wanted to.” But most people don’t want to. They’d rather read the story after it’s done. Understandable, of course. Writing a book with a variety of characters, a complicated plot and subplots, that keeps a reader turning the pages is challenging at best. So what do I love about it? What brings me back story after story?
The creative side is the big draw. I like coming up with intriguing story lines, relatable characters, fast-paced drama and gut wrenching emotion. It gets my heart racing. My sole purpose is to grab that reader and pull them into my story and keep them there to the bitter end, putting them through all the ups and downs right along with my characters. Once I have a story in my head, it begs to be written, and then the fun begins. Putting it into words is its own challenge. The ebb and flow of writing is special to me. I love the feel of it when I get a special scene to flow perfectly, or when the exact right words I need flow from a character’s mouth onto the page. And I know, I just know, how that will affect the reader just the way I want it to. It will elicit the emotion that I want and grip the reader by the gut, pulling them into the character’s world as if they were there themselves. There is no greater thrill for me when I get it right and I can feel that pull myself. I’m drawn in just like everyone else. I cry, laugh, and gasp just like the reader, and when that happens, I know I’ve succeeded. If I’m not having fun writing, then I know my reader won’t have fun reading. That’s the bottom line for me.
I guess that’s why it’s so easy for me. Since my youth, I’ve loved being drawn into stories, whether it’s a book, or a movie, or a TV show. If you can make me care about the story and its people, make me root for the underdog, shudder at a first kiss, or hate the bad guy and love the good guy, you’ve got me and I’ll hang with you till the end. That’s what I want for my readers. If they’re not doing the same, then what’s the point? Life is hard enough with all that’s going on in the world, so if I can be the one that can help you escape from all of that for just a little while, then I’ve accomplished my goals and that makes all the difference. That’s what I love about writing and why I’ll keep doing it until the words run out.

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