|The Elementals by Troy Jackson|
We continue our series of author interviews today with Troy Jackson. Born in 1974 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Troy moved to the great state of Georgia with his family at the age of three where he as lived ever since. Currently he resides outside the city of Atlanta with his loving wife and daughter. His passion for history, fantasy, and science fiction began at an early age with a little nudge from his older brother. Attending Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Teaching. In his spare time he enjoys being with his family, watching and partaking in sports. Although new to the profession, he intends on writing about subjects that have always fascinated him, including fantasy, adventure, science fiction and history.
Here’s here to talk about his new novel, The Elementals:
I am a lover of all-things fantasy, historical, and science fiction, both reading and writing. I have written for many years, but “professionally” I would say only the last few years. I have always enjoyed writing, and used to always “gaze at the stars” and wonder what it would be like to finally write something and have it published. A few years ago I decided to finally put the wheels in motion and actually do it.
Again, anything fantasy, historical, or science fiction.
I like a number of authors, especially Robert Jordan (and now Brandon Sanderson), who wrote the Wheel of Time series. David Eddings. C.S. Lewis. J.R.R. Tolkein. More recent ones I’d say Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, or James Patterson.
An idea pops in my head and I have to jot it down at least and hope that one day I’ll get around to it. I’d recommend this to anyone thinking of writing. You don’t want to forget!
Well, I have written one novel, and I’d say from start to finish it took over 2 years. It’s an arduous project, but when it’s complete, it’s a fantastic feeling!
Most difficult is definitely editing. I can only read something so many times before I start to cringe. It’s why I then had a few others look it over with fresh eyes. Easiest I would say is the original writing of it, although it took a long time.