Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An Ordinary Magic by Jason Thibeault BLOG TOUR + AUTHOR Q&A

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An Ordinary Magic By Jason Thibeault

A new sorcerer has moved into La Croix, upsetting the tranquility of the other otherwise idyllic Caribbean fishing village. But Panon, the town’s priest, can’t afford to waste time wondering about the newcomer. He needs to concentrate on fixing his relationship with his son, Jaime, who has been called by Dela Luamba, a powerful spirit, to join the church. The problem? Jaime doesn’t believe in magic or the spirits anymore. To protect his son from a potentially terrible punishment, Panon must hide the truth from Dela while he tries to make everything right. But when Panon trades for a bit of magic guaranteed to help Jaime believe again, everything goes horribly wrong, turning Panon’s world upside down. Drawn into an epic struggle of good versus evil with the mysterious sorcerer, Panon, Jaime, and the whole town must battle the walking dead, malicious spirits, and potent Voodoo. It’s up to Panon to discover the only power capable of saving his son…and redeeming himself. An Ordinary Magic is a fast-paced, entertaining, and thought-provoking work of literary magic realism.

Author Bio: Jason Thibeault received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine and his Master of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. He has written one full-length mainstream literary fiction novel, Ordinary Magic (coming 2013), and turned to young adult fiction in 2010 with the founding of Dime Novel Publishing—a publishing house devoted to resurrecting the serialized dime novel format. Jason has worked at a publishing house, numerous technology startups, taught composition and creative writing at the university, run his own consulting company, and currently serves as a marketing executive. Jason is the author of several Dime Novel Publishing storylines including Marmalade, the upcoming Dem0n series (early 2013), the upcoming The Fantastic Adventures of Boyd Stone series (late 2013), and the upcoming Gearborn series (Fall, 2013). Dime Novel Publishing distributes its works through a variety of electronic and print channels including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble. Jason currently lives in Gilbert, AZ with his wife, four kids, and dog.

Author Q & A 

Q: How did you come up with the plot of An Ordinary Magic? 

A I can't put a finger on any one, specific inspiration for the plot of "An Ordinary Magic." The book took shape over 20 years ago while I was an undergraduate studying creative writing at the University of California, Irvine. At the time, I needed to develop a senior thesis for my enrollment in the Campuswide Honors Program and knew that it was going to be a novel of some kind. But it was a novel that needed to be grounded in scholarly research (that was the requirement). I had always been interested in Voodoo and polytheistic religions so I settled on a novel set in a fictional Caribbean town and based it on a Voodoo-like culture. The plot, which is really secondary to the characters in a work of literary fiction like "An Ordinary Magic," was heavily influenced by my own relationship with my biological father and step-father. The specific details, well, they are just the product of a very active imagination.

Q: What are your favorite writing conditions? 

AI don't really have favorite writing conditions. I don't need silence. I don't need solitude. I can pretty much write anywhere.

Q: Who is your favorite writer and why?

A: My favorite writer is probably Cormac McCarthy (with a close second of Toni Morrison). Not only are his stories moving, his characters believable, his settings perfect, but his mastery of language adds a dimension to his writing that most writers never grasp. His work is as much art as it is storytelling.

Q: What was the hardest part about writing An Ordinary Magic? 

A: The hardest part about writing "An Ordinary Magic" was ensuring that the characters were believable. Writing a compelling plot is easy. Getting all the facts straight can be handled by a good outline. But making sure characters are believable requires really thinking through what they are doing, why they are doing it, how they are doing it, and what that means to everything else happening in the book. In a quality piece of literary fiction, everything is interconnected both causally and thematically. That's hard to do.

Q: What is your favorite book / series and why?

A: A little guilty pleasure here. My favorite book series, hands down, is the Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. I am absolutely amazed every time I re-read these stories how intricate and detailed the fantasy world is that Brooks has created. Although his characters can be a little shallow at time, the stories are tantalizingly drawn and the plots are well through-through making for an immersive reading experience.

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