Monday, April 3, 2017

Jacob Reifsteck ~ an interview and his novel ~ Miran

Jacob Reifsteck

TITLE: Mirain
RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2016
AUTHOR: Jacob Reifsteck
CATEGORIES: Action/Adventure & Fantasy
KEYWORDS: action & adventure, sword & sorcery, magic, princess, monsters, knights, medieval times
ISBN: 978-1537541273
IMPRINT: Chimera

ONE LINER: Tired of all the tales of damsels in distress, Princess Sofia decides to slay a few monsters herself, with the reluctant help of her guards.

AUTHOR BIO: I'm just you average guy with his heads in the clouds. Raised in a fairly small town in between Ohio and West Virginia, the things I liked were usually not exactly what my friends and peers enjoyed. With the support of my family, I started my extra curricular writing when I was just out of high school. Things really took off when a group of people fairly similar to me in my third year of college. I've had my writing published in a few small local associations, but being a Ravenswood author is by far my most notable achievement, and Mirain is the work I am most proud of. 


Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter = Definitely the snow. But only until Christmas. Then it can go away.
            Spring            = Finally being warm again. Not a fan of the cold. At all.
            Summer = The usual. Vacations, beaches, the complete absence of cold. Really, really don't like being cold.
            Fall = Football season. They can go outside and be cold, they're getting paid. I'll sit inside my warm house and watch.

Q: If you could morph into any creature what would it be?
A: Bald Eagle.
            If you don’t mind me asking, why?   
A: Nothing patriotic, I just think it would be amazing to fly over mountains and into the clouds. And to also be a super predator so you wouldn't have to worry about something trying to eat you.

Q: Snack of choice – chips, pretzels, popcorn, or cookies, cake, candy? Or maybe you’re a healthy snacker - fruit, yogurt, nuts, raisins?
A: I have an incredible weakness to sweats.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: I don't care for it, but I need it because of my weakness to sweet snacks!


Q: When did you start writing and why?
A: I've had ideas all my life, but I didn't put them down until shortly after high school. The reason being that I was fortunate enough to have a supportive teacher say that they liked my writing style, and thought it was interesting. I didn't write well enough on the subject to get an 'A', but apparently I was amusing to read along the way.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Everywhere. Life, history, other books, Television, video games. Just about every story I've come across I've wanted to duplicate, or thought about how I would try to make it better.

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A: I saw the Lord of the Rings movies and was hooked on the franchise and Fantasy genre ever since. My favorite movie, book, and video game are all in the same genre, so it only made sense to stick with what I knew best.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: Starting and continuing. For me the hardest part was to convince myself to try, even if the end product wasn't that great, but to put it out there and see what I could do. I have nearly crippling self doubt sometimes and just have to convince myself to move forward and improve.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: Right now I'm trying to keep my head on straight. Since I got published, I've sort of dived into the fantasy genre. This means reading more books, watching more movies, playing more games in Fantasy, and at some point I need to make it back to the surface, stick with an idea, and write about it.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Not anytime soon. I started a few chapter in to another fantasy story, but I might continue with the Mirain story first. At any rate, it will probably take me a while.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Yes, I do.    






Princess Sofia, just recently turned old enough to have her own personal guards. The guards, Hector, an unproven, yet ambitious young knight and his sarcastic squire, Mark, sees this as an opportunity of a lifetime to guard the noble lady from the safety of her castle...but the lady has other plans. Her home, the land of Mirain, has prospered under years of peace, but the princess becomes alarmed at the news of possibly superstitious events at the outskirts of the kingdom. Even more alarming is that few knights bother to acknowledge them, preferring to instead compete in tournaments for personal glory and recognition. The princess drags her unwilling guards to investigate the reports of monsters in the far off corners of the realm. Soon, they discover a much bigger problem than anyone anticipated.

As Hector began to pull himself up, the troll recovered and set its remaining eye on Sofia. Seeing the creature focusing on her, the princess took a step back and tried to light the matches she needed to make the fire for her spell. Drawing his sword, Hector leaped off the rock and slashed the troll across the back. His blade managed to draw the creature's black blood, sending it into a fury. Without looking at the troll, Hector kept low and rolled backwards out of the range of it's club. The heavy wood weapon slammed into the rock Hector had been standing on, cracking it and causing the top half to crumble on top of the knight.

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