Monday, March 12, 2012
Janet Beasley's Fantasies
First and foremost Janet is an epic fantasy author. She is the founder and the creative force behind JLB Creatives, a subsidiary of her and her husband’s company Multi-Tech Productions, Inc. Together she and her husband have co-authored non-fiction books and been published in trade specific magazines regarding technical theater, production, and audio visual. They have produced and directed everything from full scale productions, to festivals, to haunted houses, and beyond. Traveling the nation they have spoken at international conferences and served as a facilitators regarding live events - production coordination - and technical theater. This dynamic husband and wife duo has even had their moment of fame, appearing in TV commercials and spread ads as local talent.
Please tell us about the Hidden Earth series.
Synopsis for HIDDEN EARTH Series Volume 1 Maycly:
Maycly is a world everyone longs to experience, but for Iona, left alone to fend for herself, Maycly has become a fading dream. After years of endless searching for her missing family, she had all but given up hope. But the Grand Wizard, SUL, had a plan.
An epic tale of Good versus Evil, Maycly is filled with adventure, trials, love, and epic battles, along with fantastic flora, creative creatures, and characters that come to life. Will Iona discover her true destiny? Will she ever find her missing family? Is Maycly bound to an existence of Evil for eternity? What will happen to Earth? Only the tales of HIDDEN EARTH hold the answers.
What sets your book apart from others?
Maycly is a fresh new way to deliver epic fantasy. It holds the key elements of quest, love, trials, and epic battles, but it differs from your typical style characters. You won’t find orcs, elves, or faeries - but rather vauhlpeezies, chukkons, and sprites. Maycly is filled with over 70 illustrations drawn by my full time illustrator, Dar Bagby. We make quite the sister team. Maycly is a timeless tale of good versus evil. Typical you say, but the battles take place on the planet Maycly where a vast majority of the inhabitants cannot die, while other inhabitants are not exempt from death and have never experienced the tragedy of losing loved ones. I’ve written Maycly with more than one goal in mind. The entire novel was crafted with a film in mind, yet I worked diligently to create 60+ chapters that could stand alone as TV episodes should it be discovered.
Is it available in print, ebook, and Kindle formats?
The paperback released February 26, 2012 and includes all three parts, black and white illustrations, family trees, teaser recipes, and other exciting back matter. The paperback will truly be a collectors item. This is due to the beautiful layout done by graphic design professional Connie Thompson (author of A Fascination with Feathers released June 2011). The ebooks are slated for release sometime during the week of March 11 if all goes as planned – but we all know how things can pop up when uploading ebooks. Each ebook for Maycly will be a separate part, and will contain color illustrations and corresponding back matter to what is revealed in that particular part.
What has been your most rewarding experience during the writing process?
The most rewarding experience for me would have to be helping others along the way. I truly enjoy promoting my fellow authors, and helping them conquer the most difficult tasks we all as authors (traditionally published or indie) face, those being platforms and promotion.
We all know how important promoting our work has become. How do you get the word out both off and online?
For me online promotion comes as second nature. I enjoy social networking and have met some of the most talented authors and artists from around the world. I have the usuals: a Facebook Fan Page, the JLB Creatives Blog, I tweet, and comb the web searching for quality content to share. I also have a Flickr.com site where people of all walks of life may download as many of my scenic nature photos as they’d like to use on their blogs, websites, brochures, business cards, and more. It’s my way of giving back, my pro bono marketing, for my fans both current and future. Offline is the most fun for me. I love to meet people face to face and discover what they have to offer in life. Exhibiting at local library events and hosting book signings at smaller book shops, restaurants, and other community oriented places are some of the venues I enjoy spreading the news about my books. I’m currently in the process of setting up book tour with about 7 or so stops as we travel this summer from Florida to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Can you tell us your writing goals for 2012 or beyond?
2012 holds the promise of many things that will coincide with Maycly. There will be two companion books being released. The first: a full size, full color illustration book complete with detailed descriptions of 60+ illustrations including ten maps. The title of the illustration book is The Chukkons Say, “Ye Need ta Be a-Seein’ Maycly.” The second companion book will be a cookbook. It will hold menus and recipes from the the restaurants on Maycly. All of the recipes will be able to be prepared and consumed here on Earth. It will also contain short bits regarding the history of the restaurant owners, along with photos and illustrations. The title of the cookbook is “More Than Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup.” And as if that’s not enough, fans are now able to shop for their favorite characters on T-shirts, hats, mugs, jewelry, and more. There’ll even be doggie apparel for Maycly’s canine fans. To top it all off I’ll be continuing to write Volume 2 with the goal being having it finished in time, slating a hopeful 2013 release.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Amazon Maycly Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Earth-Maycly-Parts-Three/dp/0984881301/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330093987&sr=1-1
Amazon Author Bio Page: http://www.amazon.com/Janet-Beasley/e/B0067AK386/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
The best place to start would be www.HiddenEarthSeries.com for the novels
JLB Creatives Blog
Like the JLB Creatives Facebook Fan Page
For FREE digital photos fans may visit Janet Beasley = JLB Creatives on Flickr
Follow me on Twitter @JLBCreatives
And if you’re into videos and book trailers I’d like to personally invite you to subscribe to the JLB Creatives YouTube Channel
Janet, thanks so much for taking the time to visit. I hope all of your endeavors are successful.
Susan, I appreciate the interview. I wish you success with your books as well.