My guest today is Jonathan L. Ferrara, debut author of the young adult urban fantasy, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin, just released by Dragonwell Publishing. He was born in San Pedro, California to an Italian fisherman and a mother from New York. Growing up with one older brother, Jonathan had several hobbies: finding the best hiding spots to jump out and scare his mother, discovering new fantasy book series, and imagining outrageous, whimsical worlds full of magic. He is now happily married, residing in California in the City of Angels. He has two wonderful children-his dog Koda and cat Merlin. Visit his WEBSITE.
Welcome to BloggerNews, Jonathan. Why don’t you begin by telling us a little about yourself?
Growing up in a catholic household I was always taught stories from the bible. They were embedded into my head, my heart, and even in my imagination. In addition to that I was in love with fantasy stories. I put those two elements together and created a story focusing on the Seven Deadly Sins, but ultimately, the struggle of a boy who is fighting his way through darkness to find his inner light.
How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?
I had seven chapters planned out from the beginning which where specifically each of the Seven Deadly Sins. I wrote the story knowing from the beginning that I had to hit these points in the order I planned which gave me a bit of a map of the main character’s journey. The rest of the novel I let my fingers type away and take me off on this crazy adventure.
Did your book require a lot of research?
It did. I spent a lot of time reading the bible as well as folklore. I wanted to combine elements from both the things I love. The story is fantasy, but still loosely based off biblical tales.
What was your goal when writing this book?
I wanted to tell a story about the Seven Deadly Sins by giving them an origin. Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride, they weren’t just words to me. They were enriched characters with a purpose.
I’m at my desk. My dog is sleeping at my feet while I’m typing away. I’m surrounding with my odd, little trinkets around my computer. I’m sipping on a fresh cup of coffee.
What types of scenes give you the most trouble to write?
I’m not too fond of the boring, everyday. I live for the adventure, the outrageous, and the whimsical.
When writing, what themes do you feel passionate about?
I love the dark side of religion: Angels and Demons, Sin and Virtue, the Good and the Evil. I feel passionate about the struggle of the right and wrong we face throughout our life. As well, I love fantasy!
Do you have another book on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects?
I’m continuing to write the sequels to The Blackwell Family secret. As well, I do have a different book coming out early 2015 called Elijah Dart: The Angel of Death. It’s about a fourteen-year-old boy who discovers on All Hallow’s Eve that his father’s is the Angel of Death and he is to become a Reaper, training to one day take his father’s place.
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