First of all I’d like to welcome you and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions. I love your blog and although I had been anxiously awaiting the release of your novel…I received an advanced copy to review. So I will be able to share my comments with you as well as my readers.
Exiled follows the main character, James through the trials and tribulations he encounters through his life. It opens with James on trial for murdering his mentor, Akil who, for all intents and purposes has played the role of James’s father in the latter part of his life. James is convicted and banished to ‘The Never’ –where the worst criminals are sent. James is different for many reasons. James is a sorcerer –a very powerful sorcerer who some believe will be the one to stop the event foretold to be the end of his kind, the Epoch Terminus. When James wakes in The Never, he is powerless and alone. In order to get home he must brave the hostile environment that is The Never and unwrap the mysteries surrounding escape from the place thought inescapable.
James is a combination of many people –as are all fictitious characters, I believe. Every person has a desire to be special –to be ‘the one’. I tried to show the readers that the challenges of being looked upon as someone special can be repressive. It isn’t easy being a leader. Much must be sacrificed. For James, a normal childhood, people close to him and eventually his freedom are a result of being the Anointed One.
I think I have several messages twisted in the plot –some of which won’t come to life until later books (and I’m not ready to divulge at the moment) Sacrifice is a major theme in Exiled. James’s parents must sacrifice their normal lives to see that their child is raised properly. James must sacrifice, as I said, his childhood in order to prepare himself to become the Anointed One. The others James meets in The Never all have sacrificed something as a result of their exile.
Outlines and I are like oil and water. The story tells itself, I’m just a conduit between the keyboard and the storytelling part of my brain.
I began Exiled in September 2009. I finished in October 2011. Since then I’ve gone through more revisions than I can count on both hands. The editorial process is still going on. I sent my final revisions in last week and am waiting for the publisher to come back with the interior for my approval, then it will go to the printer.
At the moment, I am totally engrossed on seeing Exiled released and making that as successful as possible. Everyone has a dream in life, this is my dream. Seeing it through is just as important as writing the last paragraph. My family has sacrificed (speaking of sacrifice) much of their time with me in order to facilitate my dream-fulfillment quest and I owe it to them to give it my best shot. The sprint to the finish, some call it.
How much did you know about life as an author before getting yourself into this crazy world? How much time do you spend writing and marketing?
Write. A lot. Read your genre every day. www.figment.com is a great resource. Start a blog, build a following –even if you not considering trying to publish yet. The sooner the better.
Here is J.R.'s book:
To add to this wonderful experience and glimpse into Jame's world, J.R. was kind enough to provide us with a special interview with Akil Kranis. My simple request took him on quite a journey, and you won't be disappointed by what you learn...
Please, Mr. Wagner, share your amazing experience.
J. R. Wagner was born on January 20th, 1978 in
In 2001, Wagner returned to Downingtown, where his creative fires were re-stoked.He married and fathered two beautiful daughters, Iris and Sydney.Wagner divorced shortly after
Not long after meeting Lisa Stojowski, Wagner fell in love. During a trip to