- If you were not a writer what would you be doing?
I’m currently in between jobs right now (along with a good chunk of the North American population) but if I had a choice, I would be working on audio description. I’ve taken a couple classes for it and it’s something I would like to do for a job someday. It’s just like storytelling except you’re doing it for blind people in a movie/tv show.
- If you wrote a book about your life what would the title be?
How the Tortoise Won
- What is the hardest thing about being an author?
Knowing that no matter how much time, energy and effort you put into writing the perfect story, it will always be imperfect, and those imperfections will be laid bare for all to see. Your love of the craft is what needs to keep you motivated. Anything else and you’ll give up quickly.
- What is the best thing about being an author?
You never know who you will touch or influence with your words. Whenever people say that it was a great story and it moved them in some way, that’s a great feeling. Even if it rubs people the wrong way and they give you a bad review because of it, that too is an achievement.
- Have you ever been star struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it?
I’ve actually never met any of them in person (one of them is dead), but I’m always glad to meet the author of a book I read/will read. It inspires me to continue my own books.
- What book changed your life?
None changed my life per se, but a lot as influenced me. Think and Grow Rich; Rich Dad Poor Dad, and The Dispossessed. There is also the Bible.
- What were your some of favorite books growing up?
I liked to read a lot of adventure books like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
- What books are currently in your to be read pile?
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers; The Stand b Stephen King and a whole list of other books that are too numerous to mention.
- Which do you prefer ebooks, print, or audio books?
I prefer audio books if they are available since it’s relaxing; e-books come second since they make for really good reading on the train. I prefer to read print when it’s summer. That way I can read outside at one of my favorite parks.
- If you could live inside the world of a book or series which world would it be and why?
Chronicles of Narnia. I find Aslan to be a majestic creature and I would like to be in the service of someone like him. He’s like the perfect king. I also like the idea of becoming someone important in another world. I think all children fantasize about that. You could live a whole lifetime as a prince or princess and still be back in your old world before anybody missed you.
Publisher: Storywell Press
Number of pages: 80
Word Count: 13500
Tagline: Only proven fighters win mates. Cain isn't a warrior, but he's going to fight for a chance to win a partner
Cain wants an Evite—a woman—of his own. In a world where mating is strictly controlled, he must follow the rules and enter Carnia; New Eden’s prestigious annual mating festival.
Many fight for the privilege, but few are chosen.
After a humiliating defeat, Cain’s best friend shows him another way—albeit a secret, forbidden way—to get into Carnia. A way that might offer Cain an opportunity to win a mate, or cost him everything.
Because not only must Cain prove he’s worthy to take part in Carnia…
…he must also survive it.
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Excerpt Chapter 1:
Cain landed hard on his back amidst shouts and jeers. The dirt felt cold against his skin, and his opponent—a short and muscular boy named Zak—danced menacingly around him, daring him to get back on his feet. At first, Cain didn’t budge. He was paralyzed by the noise of the crowd, which was quickly turning into a mob. The crowd consisted mainly of Adamite youth. They had gathered in the gymnasium to watch one of the many bouts that took place in the month prior to Carnia. At seventeen, Cain was now at the age where he could compete for the privilege to be chosen for Carnia, but so far things were not going well. Beyond the crowd of Adamites, Cain noticed that some of the Elders were watching from the elevated seating nearby. They were all dressed in white tunics, which was the customary dress. All Adamites wore some variation of a tunic, but the Elders’ tunics were a bit more elaborate, some of them adorned with decorations along the fringes in special colours to mark status. And unlike Cain, who was covered in sweat and dirt, they were unblemished. One of them, a bald-headed man, shook his head in dismay. Cain knew what that meant, and a torrent of fear and emotion washed over him. He curled himself into a ball and started sobbing. Displaying such emotion did not help, but he could not control himself. He wanted nothing more than to be swallowed into the earth.
“Get up, sissy! Are you an Evite?” Zak taunted. The crowd chimed in as well.
That last one hurt, because nobody among the Adamites ever had a mother. To be called a mother’s boy meant you were somehow one of the Evites. And sometimes Cain wondered if, in fact, he was. He continued sobbing, and as he buried his face in his oversized boxing gloves, he began to wish he was an Evite. He wished he could live amongst them because at least then he would never have to prove his masculinity.
“Get up!” Zak repeated. “What’s the matter with you? I barely hit you.”
The referee, who was a small boy, knelt beside Cain and began the countdown, slamming his palm into the dirt floor, kicking dust into the air each time. Cain did not move. When the referee declared Zak the winner, cheers erupted. The crowd hoisted the victor up onto their shoulders and carried him off. Cain had his eyes closed the entire time, but he could hear the noise slowly receding.
When Cain finally opened his eyes, everyone including the Elders was gone, and all he saw was a tall, wiry young man with dark hair standing above him. Through pain and tears, Cain recognised him. It was Abe, his best and only friend since early childhood. Abe held out his hand to Cain. “You ready to get up?”
About the Author:
Jay DeMaarten has been a lover of writing since his high school days. He is a journalist and freelance writer, publishing articles on a wide range of topics. His primary passion, however, is fiction in all its mediums. Jay enjoys storytelling in both the spoken and written word, and for the last six years he has been learning and experimenting with writing fiction. He developed a special love for science fiction and fantasy during his days at the University of Guelph, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in 2013. Since then, he has been working on a full-length novel entitled Noah’s Ark, which will be published in 2020. When not writing, he enjoys walking, watching movies, exercising, and studying. He is currently studying accessibility media at Ryerson University. Jay resides in Toronto.
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