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Interview with James R. Landrum, Author of Rise of the Dunamy

Rise of the Dunamy

Synopsis

When Detective Sofia Milena finally tracks down those responsible for the grisly murders that have been taking place in her jurisdiction, she is forced to reexamine her position on good and evil; among other things.

When a string of gruesome murders break out all over downtown Atlanta, the case falls on the desk of the most promising new detective on the force, Sofia Milena. Along with her strong-armed partner, Eric Bishop, they attempt to locate the men responsible. Thwarted at every turn by the twisted minds behind the crimes, Sofia allows her attention to be stolen away by the overwhelming charm of medical examiner and colleague, Lucian Grey. As a break in the case brings Sofia in contact with those responsible, she is forced to reconsider everything she believes about good and evil; as well as some things she believed to be myth.

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Author Bio:

James R. “Beau” Landrum works as a video production manager for a court reporting firm in Birmingham, Alabama, and lives in a small suburb of Birmingham with his wife, Delilah, and their two children. Rise of the Dunamy, his first novel, is the first installment of his Dunamy Series. Beau’s interest in the world of fantasy fiction began with Greek mythology at an early age and carried on through adulthood. He says, “The most intriguing stories for me have always been the ones that make fantasy seem obtainable in reality; a trait I hopes to carry into my own writing.” The idea of the Dunamy came to Beau while watching television in 2008. A show that illustrated the amount of gang violence around the U.S. caused him to question how to keep his soon-to-be-born daughter safe in a world filled with such violence. In the days and weeks that followed, the story of the Dunamy began to unfold; and in the years that followed, the first portion of the story was written, centering around the character of a young, strong female protagonist.
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James, Keep Calm and Answer These 24 Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I suppose I am. I enjoy learning new ways to get my point across through writing which forces me to learn new words. I wouldn’t say I’ve always been that way, which is why I need to use a thesaurus so often during re-reads.
  2. What is your favorite color? My favorite color has changed a number of times throughout my life. Currently, most shades of green are the most appealing to me.
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Prattville, Alabama, and lived there until I was 5. We moved to Douglasville, Ga. and were there until I was 18. Although the majority of our time was spent there, we have always had family in Birmingham, Alabama and my parents have owned property in Cropwell, Alabama since I was very young; so we spent a great deal of our free time there, also.
  4. What is your favorite football team? Now you’re talking! We are a college football family and we pull hard for the University of Alabama. As far as professional teams go, I like the Falcons, but I love to keep up with former players from U of A.
  5. Who is your favorite author? That’s a tough one. I don’t have time to read these days. I’ve always loved the works of Edgar Allen Poe, but I suppose he’s more a poet than an author. I’ll go with William Joyce. He’s a children’s book author and we have a number of his books in our nightly reading rotation with the kids.
  6. What is your favorite book? Where the Red Fern grows is pretty much my all-time favorite.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? My full-time job is editing and preparing deposition videos for trial. I spend all the time I can with my kids until their bedtime, then TV with my wife for a little while before bed. Writing happens during the free seconds I find here and there.
  8. Do you have a day job as well?  I do. I’m the Video Production Manager for a court reporting firm in Birmingham. I basically take deposition videos and get them ready to go to trial.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?  The best advice that I can give is to keep track of all of your ideas. Every single idea you have should be written down or emailed to yourself because any of them could lead you to a great twist in your story. Also, writing the book is the easy part. Getting people to look at it is where the work comes in.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? It’s a gift, I think. I used to hate writing when I was in school. I could crank out a paper in no time, and it would get a good grade, I just hated being told I had to do it. Now, I write because I want to, and it helps me deal with a deal with stress.
  11. Where do you write? On my couch or at my desk.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? That usually depends on my mood. Most times I play music while I’m working. In my world, it’s a little difficult to find silence.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? It depends on the time of day. I allow myself a single Coke in the morning, so if I’m writing then, it’s Coke. After that, it’s probably sweet tea.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life?  Finding someone willing to read my work and mentor me was a big task. I suppose it was a challenge; I just looked at it as part of paying your dues. Getting over my complete ineptitude with regards to the use of commas and semicolons is a pretty big challenge, too.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started the book some time in 2008; maybe May. I finished the original manuscript in about a year; edited for a year; shopped it around for a year or so; then a year with my publisher working on the manuscript to turn it into something worth reading. It was  published in February of 2014, so nearly 6 years of effort to get it to that point.
  16. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? Sofia is a Colombian woman and incredibly beautiful, so it’s hard not to say Sofia Vergara, they even have the same name. I don’t know that she fits the role perfectly, but she would be a consideration. As far as everyone else, i would struggle to name anyone. I don’t know a ton of actors/actresses by name. Sofia is kind of closed off to people, so I don’t know that she would care about me all that much; but she definitely wouldn’t have a reason to dislike me.
  17. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? My wife and I have tried a number of things. We’ve boosted posts on FaceBook, but that really only gets a little attention. I’ve paid for a promoted tweet on Twitter, which worked out alright. Mostly, you have to try and capitalize on free download days. When Amazon allows you to do them, you need to get the word out to every service that will promote it for you and make sure they have ample time to get the word out before the days arrive.
  18. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I’ve currently gotten 2 1-star reviews on Amazon. One said the book was too “long-winded” which absolutely shocked me. The other made a number of claims that I actually felt were covered in the book. I don’t know which is harder to take. I think it’s hardest for me to accept that the “long-winded” comment also didn’t finish the book, but felt they should review it. Not entertaining someone is pretty painful for me to accept. That was my whole reason for writing down my thoughts.
  19. What has been the best compliment?  One commenter, a person who reads for a living, said that it made her excited about reading again. That was a really good feeling
  20. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? It’s all imagination. I used Atlanta for the location and worked there a number of years, but I don’t really know the area to the detail I put in the book.
  21. How did you come up with the title?  My publisher and I bounced ideas around for a few weeks. My original idea was “Shades of Grey”. That was the idea for the first few years and by the time I got together with Kent, 50 Shades of Grey had come out, so it kind of killed the title.
  22. Will there be a sequel?  Yes. The concept is a 5-7 book series in my head. Could be less, but I doubt it would be more. I did however leave myself some avenues to expand on the idea in a completely different series, as well.
  23. What project are you working on now?  The second book in the series is underway. I’m about 15k words into it, and I’ve only focused on one small part of the book. Guess I’ll be “long-winded” in the next one, too.
  24. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? None. I think you did a great job! I’m willing to answer anything, so feel free to contact me if you think of something.

 

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