This week we’re getting to know author J.S. Fields. If you love the hero’s journey with all the trappings of traditional fantasy, you’ll love The Source trilogy. The first two books, Center Of Magic and The Isle Of Brigadoon, are available now and the first is free until Saturday, January 20.
Thirty years ago a spell was cast that exploded the magic in those who wielded the power and millions were consumed by fire. Countries and Governments that had grown dependent on wizards for the new arms race were left floundering and confused. Tensions rose and bled into World War III, and the world was broken by the global bombardment. Magic was thought lost forever.
Reese, a young girl, knows the stories and the lore. She has grown comfortable with life in the miles of caverns that make up Mammoth Cave. When Tereo, a wise traveler, arrives to weave a tale of fantasy and fact, the pulse inside her screams out that she is meant for more.
Tereo knows that Reese is the only one that can help him perform an unimaginable task. Together, with her cousin Erik and her friend, Emily, the team departs to move the Center of Magic.
Dangers, both magical and mundane assault them from all sides. New faces and allies find them, while betrayal lurks close. Can they accomplish their goal before the gathering evil finds the Center of Magic and destroys what’s left of their world?
1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.
I’m J.S. Fields, Kentucky boy, born and raised, feel free to make fun of my accent (you know that I have one). I’m working on the last book in The Source trilogy, which is a YA fantasy. If you like magic, dragons, werewolves, a floating island, in a post-apocalyptic world, you may like these books.
You As A Reader
2. When did you first fall in love with books?
I know this is not going to be popular, but I really didn’t like to read when I was a kid. I wanted to be outside, constantly, but the older I got the more I liked it. I’ve only loved reading in the last ten years.
3. What’s your favorite book from your childhood?
By the time I got to high school, I would read anything by Edgar Allan Poe, he was about the only thing that held my reading attention. I know I’m weird, it’s okay, the normal ship sailed away from me, long ago.
4. Of the books you’ve read, which one changed you the most?
The Lord of the Rings probably changed me the most, it taught me you didn’t have to be the biggest person to make a difference.
5. What’s the last book you read and your current favorite?
The last book I read was The Dark Tower IV – Wizard and Glass. Stephen King is always interesting; wordy, but interesting. I just recently started reading the Dark Tower series.
My current favorite is The Road. I re-read it on vacation and I guess I had forgotten just how good it was in so many aspects.
6. If you could meet any author, alive or dead, who would it be?
I would want to meet Edgar Allan Poe, that guy was broke, on drugs, a drunk, possibly disease ridden, and while all that was happening he turned out some of the best writing in history. It should make all of us (writers) feel bad for saying we don’t feel like writing, I’d just want to find out what made him keep writing.
You As A Writer
7. When did you first know you were a writer?
I always loved to write, even when I didn’t like to read. I guess I’ve always been a writer, it just felt like a socially acceptable way to lie my butt off.
8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? If so, what was it about?
I remember letting people pick items that they wanted me to put in a story and make it up on the spot. While I don’t remember my first story, my favorite when I was younger was about a vampire in Montana, because I thought if people go to Montana they never came back and the vampire was the reason.
9. What has been the most difficult part of your writing journey? The best part?
The most difficult part has been finding time to write consistently, doing this with a full time job and a full time family that I love spending time with means, I get less sleep if I want to write anything.
The best part is when I write something and it even surprises me that the story went there, it wasn’t supposed to, but there it is in all its glory. I also love discussing with other people’s theories on what they think will happen next in my story. I love a good theory!
10. Of all the writing advice you’ve received, what helped you the most?
I don’t think it was ever writing advice, but just advice from my mom in general. She would say, “The world doesn’t owe you anything, if you want it, go get it.”
11. Tell us about your current project and any others you’re working on.
My current project is the final book in The Source Trilogy, it’s a post-apocalyptic world, where wizards and witches were part of a new arms race, until all “full bloods” were destroyed by a spell. War ensued and left the world in ruins. Now ancient beings called Sources, who are a magical conduit to partial blood wizards have emerged and spells can only be cast if a Source is near. One Source, Ambrose wants to burn this world to the ground and rebuild it as he sees fit, but he’ll need The Center of Magic to do it. A young girl, Reese, living in Mammoth Cave thirty years after WWIII, may be the key to keeping it out of his hands. When a Source named Tereo asks her to come with him, she knows she must but not without her best friend Em and cousin Erik who will help on her quest.
Fun Stuff About You
12. Besides writing and reading, what are some of your other interests?
I love hanging out with my family. We love to go to the movies together.
I’ve been a Seattle Seahawk fan since I was a kid and yes I’ve always lived in Kentucky. And because I’m from Kentucky, of course, I’m a UK basketball fan – Go CATS!
13. If you could become an instant expert at any one thing, what would it be and why?
If I could be an instant expert in any one thing it would have to be in Microexpressions. I think it would be incredible to be able to read someone just by small involuntary movements in their face or body language.
14. You’ve just won an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where would you go?
My wife and I went to Hawaii, about a dozen years ago, it was beautiful and tranquil. I would definitely want to go back there, we did so many things and relaxed at the same time, it was amazing.
15. How can people connect with you?
16. Anything else you’d like to tell us?
Thank you so much for giving authors, an outlet to share our “crazy”. I hope my ramblings were enjoyable.
Thank you J.S. for letting us get to know you a little bit. I haven’t finished Center of Magic yet, but I can tell you I’m stoked I’ll get to read two more when I’m done!
If The Source trilogy sounds like your kind of book, you can find the first two books (the first of which is free until Saturday, January 20) on Amazon.