Interview with James Marie York

What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a hard question to answer. I will read about anything just because it is in front of me. If I had to narrow it down though, here is my top five for now (this could also change tomorrow):
1. Cell by Stephen King
2. Starters by Lissa Price
3. Rachel Morgan Series by Kim Harrison
4. Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
5. Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything - but my favorites are anything that take me to another place or time. I love reading far out tales of other versions of our world or even other worlds. Reading the authors descriptions and seeing it my mind is what reading is all about for me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now I have an old Nook - one of the first they released. My old faithful Nook is still kicking, but I don't pick it up as much as I used to. When I do e-read, I typically grab my tablet or my phone - mainly because they are always with me, so right within arms reach.
Describe your desk
Cluttered - papers stacked high everywhere you look. Small strips of paper with notes jotted down in messy piles on either side of my MacBook laptop and a mound of small notebooks beside those on the right. If things are too neat, my brain doesn't function as well. ;)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rural Kansas in a town very similar to the one in my book. This town has very much influenced my writing - honestly, it was my mind kinda wandering about my hometown that got me to the idea of my book. It started with thinking about the Native American legend that says my hometown will never be hit by a tornado… from there my mind kinda meandered over to Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy was saved from the tornado… and then I started thinking how would it be if an entire town got transported and saved. After that - things just kind of started falling into place.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote and illustrated short stories as a child - of course most of them were hidden away in the bottom of my closet for no one to see. I didn't start really writing until 2011. Then I had an event in my life that made me stop writing and I closed down Word and put away my ideas. After a couple of years it felt right to start and finish the first book of the series. Now that is done and I am on to the 2nd.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Kansas town that is transported to another realm to save it from a tornado. In this new place, living green is the norm. The natives from there that want more destructive technology are sent to our version of Earth to live. It is very sci-fi/fantasy and fun.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love going back and reading my book once it is complete and seeing how all the thoughts and ideas I had come together perfectly to tell the story. I also love hearing how people relate to what I wrote. So many good things come from writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
The support I have received means more to me than I can ever express. I have been blown away by the emails, letters, and PMs I have been sent encouraging me and supporting me. Without my fans I have no one to write for, so their backing is amazing.
What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on book #2 of the Nowhere Series. I'm hoping to have it out in ebook and print by mid December 2014.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many authors that I read regularly - but I have been an avid Stephen King fan since I was in grade school and actually own every book he has written. I'm also a hug fan of Kim Harrison and Karen Marie Moning - if you have never read any of their books, I highly recommend grabbing a copy.
Published 2014-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Nowhere I Know
Series: Nowhere, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,110. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
What happened? How did we get here? Those are the two main questions that have been asked since we all realized we were no longer in Kansas. Us, our homes, streets, buildings, cars, I guess pretty much everything came with us, too. Which also leaves us the questions - what did we leave behind and how are we going to survive?