The Unburned Island Other Investigator Series Book One Auden Johnson - Dark Fantasy Horror - A haunted island. An unusual demon. Can this team of magical investigators solve the mystery of the Unburned Island?
Date of Publication: April 2017
Number of pages: 148 pages
Word Count: 30,000
Cover Artist: Auden Johnson
A haunted island. An unusual demon. Can this team of magical investigators solve the mystery of the Unburned Island?
An Interview with Author
Welcome to JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
Tell us about your newest book.
A group of paranormal investigators with some interesting abilities are trapped on a haunted island. They knew it wouldn’t be a simple investigation. Then, Kiran Ava develops a new helpful ability that puts her in dangers. I love haunted location stories and I also enjoy writing characters with magical powers. It’s also fun to take certain paranormal creatures like dragons, demons and shifters and try to do something different with them. It’s the first book in The Other Investigator series.
Writing isn’t easy. What was the most difficult thing you dealt with when writing your newest book?
The Unburned Island is book 12. Generally, all characters in my books have powers. By the time I wrote this book, I was running dry on ideas for unique abilities. Fortunately, I watch a lot of anime. They’re never short on magical abilities.
Tell us a little bit about your writing career.
I started publishing while getting my first masters. I was fortunate enough to have a part-time job that allowed me to do outside work. When I had a free time, I was writing books and working on blog posts. Several years later, I got another masters in Publishing. A lot of things I learned during those years helped me immensely when publishing my own books. So far, I’ve released 13 dark fantasy books. 14, if you include Creators of Darkness. I wrote that to be a free for newsletter subscribers.
They say Hind-sight is 20/20. If you could give advice to the writer you were the first time you sat down to write, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your marketing efforts and have patience. What worked for one author may not work for you and that’s okay. Get creative. With marketing, try to balance between connecting with writers and connecting with readers. I had a lot of writers following me and interacting with my content. But, none were interested in buying my books.
What was your most difficult scene to write?
When writing the backstory for the Merging Worlds series, this one character was dead before book 1. But, as I was working on the timelines, I realized they had to alive but would die later in the series. This meant I spent more time with them and got to know them. I really didn’t want them to die but they had to. Their death scene broke my heart.
Are themes a big part of your stories, or not so much?
I tended to write characters who were either bullied in the past or are currently being bullied. My characters often have trouble finding a place they belong because they’re different. Diversity has always been one of my passions so I make sure my characters have a range of skin colors.
What are you working on now?
Years ago, I told myself working on more than one book was a bad idea. But, because of time, I’m writing 3. One of them is a photography books called To Other Worlds. It’s a fantasy story inspired by some of my nature and landscape shots.
Is there a release date planned?
To Other Worlds will be available the first week in September.
Who is your favorite character from your own stories, and why?
I’m also working on the fourth and final book in The Merging Worlds series called The Sciell’s Legacy. Ren is a new character. He’s 17 and I’m having a lot of fun writing from his POV. He inherited a lot of power from his parents but he has trouble controlling it. Ren’s the eldest of four and his sibling turn to him more than their own parents. He acts older than his 17 years but he’s still a momma’s boy.
Most writers were readers as children. What was your favorite book in grade school?
My parents got me An American Girl: Meet Addy series. I read those books over and over. I still have them. My copy of A Wrinkle in Time is so messed up I don’t even want to touch it. I used to read that book over and over as well.
What are your plans for future projects?
I plan to release Book 2 of the Other Investigator series this year. This will be an ongoing series where Kiran, En and co. will solve paranormal cases. I’m hoping to release The Sciell Legacy next year.
Is there anything you would like to add before we finish?
I’m also a nature photographer. I’ve been working on increasing my hiking level to capture those beautiful landscape shots. Follow me on Instagram to see some of my photos.
Good luck with your newest release, and thank you for being with us today.