Meet A. J. Tupps for World Of Ink Network

AJ Tupps bannerJoining us today is A.J. Tupps, author of Young Adult Sci-fi Fantasy, Shadow Tears.

Thank you for joining us today, A.J. Tupps. Can you share who first introduced you to the LOVE of reading?  My parents introduced me to reading at a very young age.  I remember two large sets of books that held everything from Mother Goose to fantasy.  They read them to me, which I really enjoyed.  Later, I began reading them for myself.  I will always be thankful that they made reading so much fun.

Who is your favorite author and why?  If you are talking growing up I loved every book I could get my hands on.  I spent large amounts of time in the library reading The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon and Robert Lois Stevenson Treasure Island.  If I had to pick between the two hands down it would be Treasure Island.  I know it is traditional but there are so many versions.  The one I have has the part where Jim sneaks back on the ship and is pierced through his shoulder and pinned to the mast.  In some versions they don’t have that part.  As I grew up I fell in love with Hannah Howell.  To this day I read everything she puts out.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why?  Greek Mythology and the “Gods”.  They have always held a fascination for me.  In fact, I did a lot of research into this mythology, as they will have a major role in the Shadow Realm Saga series.  I wanted to make sure I had everything correct when it comes to the details.

Who influenced your decision to become a writer?  My family, in particular my son.

Why did you decide to write books for the YA market?  My husband had cancer when my children were younger.  We spent a lot of time going to appointments, staying in a hotel across from Cleveland Clinic.  During those times I made up stories for my children.  They have heard many different parts of this series.  One night while in the hotel room my son asked for the book.  It hit me that there was no book for him to read.  I told him the story was in my head.  Like any child he thought it was a simple matter.  He and his sister wanted me to write it down for them and their friends.  It was Christmas time and I watched them looking out the misty window and came up with the title Shadow Tears.  My children didn’t cry.  At times I felt the environment cried for them especially when they looked out those windows.  My little girl and I spent a lot of time looking out all the different windows we would come across.

That night I began writing the story down.  At first I thought I would have it bound at an office store and give it to them as a present.  Then I found out how much relief it gave me to concentrate on these stories.  I love my story and there is a lot of me in this book.  Here we are eleven years later and the series is written and is waiting to be edited.  My husband was very encouraging and felt my books needed to be shared with others.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?  I have always loved young adults and teenagers.  My home is grand central station.  My favorite part of writing for this group is creating the adventure into three separate realms and showing how every age of person can rise to any challenge life sends us and yet still have human frailties.  Of course I was able to delve deeper into mythology, superstitions, war strategies, history, Celts, herbs and even learned about different weapons, in particular daggers.   I find their discussions on these topics to be exciting.

The greatest challenge is mixing fiction into something that actually could be a possibility.  As I wrote this series I found I had to create several items to keep my realms in order.  I have created Shadow and Guardian Realm laws, prophecy, my bible of characters and their traits (rules to follow for their individual personalities), maps, Protector law, Seheirenel law, Stages of growth for Shadows, Guardian, and Seheirenel, Sanctuary facts, rule books for quads, vortex, seals, along with terms, and much more.

What time of day do you get your best ideas?  During the quiet of the night.  

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?  Shadow Tears is the first book in a series.  In this book you meet Selena Goodwin who discovers more about her heritage than she ever wanted.  She has special abilities that are fascinating while others are frightening to her.  All her beliefs are tested when she finds out that the mortal rules don’t apply to everybody or everything.  Her knowledge of the supernatural and myths might become her only means to survive.  She must accept who she is meant to be.

Being thrust into a world full of secrets, danger, and a family she didn’t know existed is overwhelming, not to mention a responsibility.  Luckily she still has the love and support of her adoptive father who had known all along who she is meant to be.  To make things worse she discovers her very existence is threatened by an unknown enemy.  The normal obstacles of being a teenager are hard enough.  Now she has to learn how to live a lie while falling in love and accepting her life as it was meant to be.  High school is supposed to be the best years of your life.

Selena must rely on strangers who she is not sure are reliable.  The only person she can rely on must stand between her and the possibility of death.  Selena faces these realms with reality always reminding her she is fallible.  Yet she can overcome anything with the love of her family and friends.

What inspired you to write it?  I have always been into the superstitions, mythology and history.  When growing up I created many imaginary places to explore.  I love storytelling and have practiced my entire life.  I have always had the urge to write my adventures down.  I began writing when I was in high school, but became serious about it when my husband became ill.  My son was instrumental in helping me to realize that I needed to share my imagination in print.

 

Are any of the characters based off real people?  Most of my characters are fictional.  Selena is based on me but is stronger.  Heather is based on my sister.  My children and husband influenced Tyler, Meg and Matthew.  Shep, however, is my dad.  My young cousin also influenced one other character, but when I look at my character listing for the series I have well over 1,184 characters mentioned throughout.  That number includes even the passing person.  30 are well established, as they are the backbone to the series. Of course Selena and her love are the main characters but they are involved with key players for each adventure they must participate in.

 

Has getting published changed how people treat you?  No not really.  They think it is wonderful.

 

Where can readers purchase a copy?  Halo publishing, Amazon.com/kindle, Barnes and Noble, Nook, ebooks, ipad, B. Dalton, Bowker Books and anywhere Ingram Publishing is found.

 

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

http://www.ajtupps.com

What is up next for you?  My next step is in progress right now.  I am editing the rest of the series while writing another book for my daughter.  She fell in love with a minor character and wants his beginning along with his finding his own niche in life.

 

Do you have anything else to add?  I truly enjoy writing and am looking forward to speaking to readers about their thoughts on my series.  Readers and fans can contact me on Facebook and on my blog website, (ajtupps.com).  I have a lot more to share.

 

Thank you for spending time with us today, A.J.  Tupps.  We wish you much success. 

 

Title: Shadow Tears

Author: A. J. Tupps

ISBN: 978-1-61244-310-2

Page count: 302

Genre: Young Adult – Coming of Age Novel

Price: $16.95 for paperback and $5.99 e-book

 

About the book:

Shadow Tears is the first book in a series. In this book you meet Selena Goodwin who discovers more about her heritage than she ever wanted. She has special abilities that are fascinating while others are frightening to her.  All her beliefs are tested when she finds out that the mortal rules don’t apply to everybody or everything.  Her knowledge of the supernatural and myths might become her only means to survive.  She must accept who she is meant to be.

Being thrust into a world full of secrets, danger, and a family she didn’t know existed is overwhelming, not to mention a responsibility. Luckily she still has the love and support of her adoptive father who had known all along who she is meant to be.  To make things worse she discovers her very existence is threatened by an unknown enemy.  The normal obstacles of being a teenager are hard enough. Now she has to learn how to live a lie while falling in love and accepting her life as it was meant to be. High school is supposed to be the best years of your life.

Selena must rely on strangers who she is not sure are reliable. The only person she can rely on must stand between her and the possibility of death.  Selena faces these realms with reality always reminding her she is fallible. Yet she can overcome anything with the love of her family and friends.

 

Where can we go to buy your book?

Shadow Tears is now available on the Halo Publishing website, Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Bowker Books, Ingram Distributing, B. Dalton, and many more

 

Author Website: www.ajtupps.com

 

Twitter URL: AjTupps@AjTupps

 

Facebook URL: Facebook.com/TheShadowRealmSaga:ShadowTears

 

Book Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqOgW98tpAs

 

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