It’s time to play Book Trivia! Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us. By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows! So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!
Today our guest author is J.W. Baccaro, author of the epic thriller, Prophecy of the Guardian.
Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us! Here are your questions:
You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay. What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?
I’d say my best review from an honest, unbiased reviewer. There are some books which start off with a bang, but slow down and even die out before the final conflict is solved. So, if one thinks my book starts off running (and I don’t, I feel it starts off as intriguing, but not running per se, not until one gets to the main meat, which isn’t long) you never know if it is going to slow down or become stagnant.
For example, when I first began reading J.R.R Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings trilogy I was bored to almost death! I knew I had to keep going though because fantasy readers consider it a classic. And I loved Tolkien’s the Hobbit book so much. LOTR had to get better, right? About 6 or 7 chapters in the book became amazing to me. Likewise, I once read an urban fantasy series that I thought started up well. Fast paced, good writing. However, there came a point in the series where it just dragged for me. Chapter after chapter dragged, the action was predictable, and overall, it was plain old boring. My opinion, of course, but I never completed the series.
So, an honest, unbiased reviewer can really liven things up for a potential customer who is seeking a great read, a step out of this reality and immersed into a new world.
You have five seconds to tell us who the greatest author of all time is. In your opinion, who would that be?
If I’m honest? I failed. My 5 seconds is up. My only answer can be my influences, which range from J.R.R. Tolkien, Susan Cooper, Terry Goodkind, even the manga creator Akira Toriyama. But like I said, it took me longer than 5 seconds to think this. 😊
A young mother was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore. When asked why she did it, she opened the book and pointed a passage out. What was that passage?
The young mother was reminded of no matter how difficult things become…please, don’t give up! Here’s the passage she pointed out, one that inspired her:
Mirabel went outside to look for Darshun and found him lying down, his back to the grass, his arms stationed behind his head, gazing up past a clearing of brush, adoring the stars of twilight. He joined him.
“This world is beautiful,” Darshun spoke quietly, “look at the sky. It glows with passion. To think I once took life for granted. Now its fate is in my hands? I don’t know if I can do this alone, Father.”
“You’re not alone. We will be with you every step of the way. Besides, all of us have a part to play in this.”
Darshun sat up, facing him. “But it is I alone who am entrusted with this crystal.” He held out the silver necklace. “It responds to no other. You heard Olchemy—if I fail, the world falls. Father, I witnessed the end of the world through this crystal. I saw thousands of people die and the landscapes of earth igniting in fire. So vivid—so real it felt—I couldn’t live with myself if I fail, not even in the afterlife, my soul would linger in sorrow and darkness for eternity. I don’t want to carry this world. I do not want that responsibility over my shoulders. I’d rather die in battle as a common warrior rather than hold the fate of this world in my palm. This all just seems like one colossal test. I don’t even understand half of Olchemy’s words! A demon lord—a dark crystal? A couple of dragon gods and an unholy altar? What do these things even mean! And how am I to confront such evil powers and defeat them?”
“By having faith in all that is good.”
“But why must I be the one to save the earth? Why must I be this ‘guardian?’ I didn’t ask for this. I want to have my own life!”
“Why is a question we all ask, my son. Why must evil exist in a world of such beauty? Why must pain, suffering and death be part of life? Why must the ones we love so dearly be taken from us? Perhaps these are questions we’re not meant to understand. Not in this life. But together we can face these trials and tribulations and move forward, realizing that every creature that longs for peace is worth fighting for.” He put his hand on Darshun’s shoulder. “Son, I would gladly take your place if it were in my power to do so. You know that.”
“But I promise you this…I’ll be with you until my very last breath is gone, and I will share this burden and suffer with you, even if it brings me to the valley of death.”
Deeply sighing, tears in his eyes, Darshun turned to look at Mirabel. “Thank you, Father. I will do my best to end this crisis.”
You have been told your book has won one free year on a billboard in any one state. What state do you feel would be best for your book and why?
Perhaps NYC because of the pandemic they recently faced? Again, darkness is here, we must find a way to survive, persevere and be triumphant. Also, I believe there are lots and lots of fantasy agents and publishers within NYC.
They’ve invented a board game using the theme of your book. What would the title of it be that would be different from your book and which retail store would they place it to make the most sales?
How about…Gathering of the Elementals? Or perhaps Quest for the Crystals? A game where 1-3 people choose a warrior to go around the board, seeking the lost ancient Wizard Crystals before your opponent finds them first. The game involves dice and cards. The opponent will be the 4th player, playing as the adversary. The crystals could be anywhere. It’s all a matter of picking the right spot on the board and the right card to discover it. However, by the end there can only be one hero.
The Arbor Day Foundation has decided to pick one tree in your honor because of your writing brilliance. What kind of tree is it and why did they choose that tree in relation to your book?
The Silver Willow tree. They grow near rivers and streams and in my experience are difficult to locate. There is a powerful scene in Prophecy of the Guardian where Darshun’s adoptive fathers tell him of their race’s legacy, all beside the beautiful silver willow tree and creek.
Finally, you just got word that your book has received the NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan. Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom. On stage, you must give an acceptance speech. What would you say and who would you thank?
I’d thank my influences, my family and friends that supported me, people that helped me get the book into motion (editors and cover artists), but most of all I’d thank my readers. All those who decided to purchase my book and give it a chance, only to find it not just inspirational but also a thrill ride. I’m no literary grammar expert or professor. I’m no Tolkien or any of those famous writers. I’m just a guy who loves to create, and also please fans.
I suffered from chronic obsessive-compulsive disorder for 20 plus years. It was very debilitating, mentally. It’s also a mental disease that sometimes gets overlooked. Those who experience it know just how severe and crippling it can be. However, I pursued my dreams. I wanted my story to be written…and it was.
You go through ups and downs in life. There are unfriendly people out there who put you down, thinking you’re a nobody. But you know what? You’re doing what you love, you’re happy, content and you’re also pleasing others. And to have this all work out to the point where you become a NY Times Bestseller is a tremendous plus. It would bring me to tears, happy tears that is…
About the Author:
J.W. Baccaro is the author of Prophecy of the Guardian, The Coming of the Light and Blood Dreams. Always a lover of creativity, from works of literature to writing music with his electric guitar; even baking and cooking. When not working on his next story or lost in a good book, J.W. enjoys kicking back with a couple of tasty craft beers and binging on Kaiju movies, 80’s action flicks, Japanese animation and slasher films (particularly the one involving a hockey mask). Heck, he even enjoys a good romantic comedy. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He lives in upstate NY with his wife Melissa, his son Alexander, his German Shepherd and his three cats.
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About the Book:
“Not darkness, not light, perhaps something in between, and is claimed by the darkness…as theirs. Though being saved by the light, that which is saved must in turn save the world…”
Darshun Luthais has never experienced the Nasharin Frenzy—the unbending will to challenge a stronger opponent, no matter the cost. He doesn’t know what he will transform into, has never bonded with an elemental crystal and has never seen any of the unearthly creatures his father talks about. Even though he’s an infant in Nasharin years, his life consists of nothing but constant training, striving to unlock the sleeping power his so-called accursed race is born with.
But all that changes when he is pursued by a Dream Assassin in the dead of night. What he witnesses will forever change his outlook on life and lead him on a quest only the strongest can complete.
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