Interview with Jonathan Fore

What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on book 3 of the Lexicon Chase and the Kingdom of Everhope series, Lexicon Chase and the Sapphire Scales. This third book in the series continues the Lexicon Chase story with more suspense, action, danger, and internal self realization of our favorite heroin, Lexi. Joined by the cast from Lexicon Chase and the Harlequin Scrolls, and Lexicon Chase and the Riddle Song, Lexicon is forced to brave new dangers, encounter new and imaginative people, and face the wrath of the tri-band as she quests to bring back the Sapphire Scales.

Lexicon has become a favored character of mine, and the cast includes some pretty great people I can't seem to get out of my head. There is Milk, the fair skinned and somewhat demented assassin now committed to Lexicon's cause. Miguel, the middle aged Captain and father figure who just can't help but protect Lexicon and her kingdom. The more mature Buckhead, General of the Everhope Guard. Maybell, the ever fretting and surprisingly brave handmaiden and confidant of Lexicon. Magdaline, a new member of the cast, and captain of the Everhope Rangers. There is always Stephan, the one time stable hand turned knightling (knight candidate) and full-fledge love interest for our young princess. And many others...

I'm not sure where this series will end. I enjoy hearing from the fans that are now reading and talking about the first book in the series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Butcher. Anyone who wants to escape into a novel needs to read Jim Butcher's, the Codex Alera. Of all the reading I have done in my life, this series stands head and shoulders above them all. Nice going, Jim.

There is also Elizabeth Moon, Steven King, Dennis Lehane...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am reading. I read and listen to audio books all the time. It is my trade...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually by recommendation, but I will often check the best seller's lists, new releases, BookBub, places like that. Most of it comes from recommendations from friends and family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called Balls to Four, later named Holiday Watch. It was about a young soldier standing watch in the middle of the night in an arabic country (unnamed) and thinking about his family and the Christmas he was missing. I wrote it specifically for a veterans' holiday writing contest, and it took first prize. The story even published later, and won two other awards... This was back in 2003 or 2004, and it started my writing career.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read a lot of different genres, but tend to gravitate toward fantasy, science fiction dystopian, and survivalist action adventure. However, some of my favorites do not fall within this, such as Lovely Bones, so I try not to limit myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Initial response would be 'paperback', but I do really like my Kindle. However, I like the interface design of the iBooks app, but do not own an iPad. I also really like Overdrive, an app I use on my iPhone. It allows me to download text and audio books from my home, and there's never a late fee!

But what's most important to me is to read.
Describe your desk
Normally, it is my dinning room table, but I do have a desk I bought with the intentions of writing. It is currently covered with my writing references (yes, in hard cover...) and about seventeen billion hand drawn pictures by my daughter, for who the Lexicon Chase series was written. I also use my lap when I am in the garage, or the table at Starbucks, or my desk at the office (where I earn a living) and so forth. I don't need a specific place to write, just my laptop and some time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Lexicon Chase series was written for my daughter. She was eight at the time, and a veracious reader, but all of my books were more of an adult nature (horror, survivalist, apocalyptic) and I wanted to write something she could read. So in 2005, I wrote "By Any Other Name," a novella. As my daughter got older, I decided to rewrite the story just for her. Then things kind of got out of hand...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was the aggravation of working with publishers. My first novel, Blackwater' was published by a Chippewa Publishing back in 2007, and it took nearly two years for the book to come out. During that time I wrote a number of other novels, more than a few of which sat with other publishers for two years or more. It was extremely aggravating. So, I pulled all the submissions on the same day, and began self publishing.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a writing process, at least that I know of. Most of my novels start as a simple sentence, one was an image in my head, another was a joke someone told me. From there, I picture the scene in my head and begin writing. Sometimes this goes on for nine or ten hours, and when I finally can't see the screen anymore, I have a plot. When I am done writing a novel, it sits for a while, I reread it, change it, set it aside for a while, over and over.

This might not be a very good process, but I have written seventeen novel in eleven years. However, I have to admit, some twelve or thirteen novels dry-fired during that time. Either way, it works for me.
Published 2016-01-29.
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Books by This Author

Lexicon Chase and the Riddle Song
Series: Lexicon Chase and the Kingdom of Everhope. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,190. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Lexicon Chase and the Riddle Song now an International Award winning novel! Book 2 of the critically acclaimed young adult series, Lexicon Chase and the Kingdom of Everhope.
Lexicon Chase and the Scrolls of the Harlequin
Series: Lexicon Chase and the Kingdom of Everhope. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,300. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
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The critically acclaimed young adult fantasy novel for readers 10 years of age to adult. Lexicon is a brutally bullied teen who finds refuge in the fantasy kingdom of Everhope. With a cast of diverse, relatable characters, Lexicon faces challenges that teach her to stand up for herself, for her friends, and to risk everything for her new kingdom.