*5 out of 5 stars*
|Morris at book launch for Water Tower in San Diego, Ca.|
Interview: The Nerdy Girlie: When you began writing your first novel in the trilogy Skybound, did you plan on making it into a trilogy?
James: Yes, from the very beginning I planned to make it into a trilogy. For a while I was afraid that I would have to make it into four books, but I'm 90% confident that I can fit it into three, haha.
TNG: Which of your story's characters is your favorite to write about?
James: I honestly don't know who is my favorite. I know every little detail about each and every one of them. I may be too close to say, or I just can't bring an opinion to the front of my mind. I know I'm supposed to say Sam, but it may very well be someone else. I honestly think it's the Sam/Dac duo. One without the other just wouldn't be as fun. I basically get to be the jerk that pokes fun at myself.
TNG: I really enjoyed learning about how the kingdom was divided into 3 parts. Are we going to be learning anymore about that in your third novel?
James: Any more about the division itself? No not especially. Although, I have been debating doing some sort of extra story some how that tells Gabriel's story, but I'm not sure I'm ever going to get around to that or how exactly I want to do it. We will, however, be learning much more about the Surface.
TNG: Will you be taking a break from writing after the release of the third novel?
James: Take a break from writing? Hahahahahahah. No. I've already gotten started working on another series and am maybe halfway through the first book, and have yet another idea that I may want to start on soon besides that... I have way too many ideas to take a break! I may stop for, say, a month or so, but that's as long of a "break" as I'll be taking.
TNG: How has the college experience been for you? Has it helped or hindered your writing progress?James: This may sound very bad, but college has not been a super fantastic experience for me. Don't get me wrong, I love the people I've been meeting and some of the atmosphere, but I don't think the classes are totally right for me. I feel like they aren't teaching me anything I need to know and I'm writing books during class anyway. My senioritis that I developed last year hasn't gotten any better either, haha. Overall, I think that college is just another work around for me. It took some time to get used to it, so my writing was on hold while I adapted, but now it doesn't seem to be much of a detriment. I've been having trouble sleeping lately so I either write or go and sit on top of one of our school's parking lots (that's another story, though).
Giveaway: At San Diego Comic Con this year, James was kind enough to give me a whole BUNCH of awesome swag to giveaway to you amazing readers! We have a copy of Water Tower, an iPhone 4 case, a necklace, button, bookmark and tote bag! Please enter below! This contest is open to EVERYONE worldwide! ENJOY!