Author Spotlight: E.J. Wesley
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, E.J. Wesley!
Nicknames: The Wizard; E.J. Smooth; Dark Mischief … okay, none of those are real.
Where do you live: South Texas
Your favorite dessert: Not a dessert guy, but if you put peanut butter on it, I’ll probably eat it.
Your favorite TV series: Currently – Walking Dead; All Time – Lost
Last book you read: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Last movie you watched: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (for the millionth time)
Last song (or album) you bought: Listening to Kate Rusby (multiple albums), a modern English folk singer. She’s brilliant!
A book/series you could read over and over again: Harry Potter, of course. Or Lord of the Rings. Or The Chronicles of Narnia. Or …
Coke or pepsi? Coke Zero.
Day or night? Night, but I’m way more productive during the day.
Pen or pencil? Pencil.
Summer or winter? WINTER! And we don’t get one here in South Texas. L
Cat or dog? DOG!
Tea or coffee? Coffee, but I’m growing into to tea.
Plotter or pantser? Probably pantser, but just so far as I get completely lost and need to plot. =)
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? During my first post-degree gig in counseling. We used the Harry Potter books to get some of our kids to open up about their own troubles. Very powerful stuff, all with fiction, and I wanted to do that for people too.
What are you working on now? The second and third stories in a New Adult series of novelettes called the Moonsongs Books. They’re paranormal-action—with a Texas twist.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? Comic book artist, because I love to draw (and comics). Or maybe a musician, because I love to play the guitar and sing (and music). Or maybe a NBA player … nah!
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Other than attempting to become a writer? I’ve done some repelling in some pretty crazy places, from some pretty crazy heights. And growing up around a farm, I was always doing something near or on large animals and heavy machinery that was equally scary and awesome.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My mother.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? Dancing!
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? My sense of humor and ability to make people feel special/important—because they are.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Keep doing it! You only get better with each story. And if you quit, you’ll never know how good you can truly be.
About E.J. Wesley: E.J. Wesley resides in South Texas. He holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but prefers to examine the heads of fictional characters over the living ones. He likes his food and his stories spicy, and tries to give a little extra ‘kick’ to paranormal, horror, and the other genres he writes. In true Texas fashion, he is very neighborly, and enjoys chatting about books, movies, music, and family. His latest work, Blood Fugue – Moonsongs Book 1, is available now.
“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”
Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.
Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…
“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”
Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.