Book: Mortem by J.J. Gonzalezcategories: Book, Paranormal, Young Adult, Fantasy, Demons, Shadows, Young Writer, Debut Novel, Death
J.J. Gonzalezabout this book: Edgar Blair is a guy who you could call a spoiled brat. The day he's murdered, he quickly sells his soul to get a second chance to live. When you deal with Death, there's always a catch, so while he figures out how to recover his soul, he has to fight ghosts and shadows, and his own inner demons. To add to all this turmoil, he falls in love with a childhood friend.
• What inspired you to write this book?
What inspired me to write this book was the fact that I loved ghost stories and the occult. At first, it was going to be purely about ghosts, but as I changed, the story changed, and you get a mix of a few things in it.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
The book is written for teenagers and young adults to read, although it's possible some older people could enjoy it.
• How did you come up with the title?
The book's title was hard for me to choose, but the story is based around Death, and Latin is one of the languages which predates many modern-day languages, so I decided to name it Mortem.
• Why did you choose this cover?
I had quite a hard time choosing an appropiate book cover, until I remembered that my uncle was good at drawing in a dark style, something that went along well with the book, so I called him up and we worked together, and ended up with what the book has.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing the book was actually releasing it. It takes a lot of editing and proofreading, hell, I wrote it in three months and it took me three years to release it.
• Did you do research for your book?
I did a bit of research; I wanted the the characters to visit a lot of sites around the world where there were ghosts, so I would investigate everything I could about each place.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Writing this book taught me that publishing a novel is, in fact, possible and not a crazy dream for crazy people. It just takes some time and dedication. Now, to all my readers, I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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