Interview with J.B. Kleynhans

What is your writing process?
It used to be quite spontaneous, not really doing any planning other than the few main scenes that I knew would define the story. Now that I've written a couple books however, I feel the need to be much more calculating, so that the stories can remain consistent. Other than that, as long as I have a cup of coffee and a laptop, I can write anywhere, anyhow.
Announcement
As of the 1st of June, Dream of Embers Book 2 will sell for the price of $2.99 (US), so please get your copy for free before then. Also, I'm nearing completion of the first installment of Remnant Pages, which will be released for free somewhere in the near future.
Describe your desk
My desk is a big table that can seat 12 people. I have Christmas lights behind me hanging from a giant bookcase. The lights don't come off... ever.
What influences your writing?
Without going into what inspired each and every book, I guess I can single out music as a good companion for the loneliest job in the world. Even though I don't have any musical talent myself I do feel my imagination fueled by a good song. It really does help set the tone when I'm working on an important scene.

Also a lot of elements I use in my stories are born from the exposure to the Rugby culture in South Africa; a brutish sport that at its best produce gentlemen at heart. This contradiction is something I use to temper fantasy stories with what I hope will be seen as a deep-seated realism.

Finally, larger-than-life characters, real or fictional. I simply love them, and to me writing with persistence often came down to the desire to not only create my own, but have their stories finished like they deserve.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. And then still find the time to study and do things like trail running, ballroom dancing, reading and watching an inordinate amount of sports.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, they're the reason I'm here! Sincerely, the audience is everything. A lot of the work I'm doing I'm giving away for free, which is partly based on the gratitude I have for readers giving the books a chance. The feedback received has been hugely rewarding.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town on a farm. A closeness to animals and nature is probably very evident in my writing. Having always been used to wide open spaces I had the ultimate playground for a boy's imagination, where I honed my stories before I could even read or write in English.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
A two part answer. First, seeing a story come together the way I imagined it, (Dream of Embers book 2 had like ten different variations before I was finally happy with it) and second, getting praise from readers, both those close to me and the kind souls abroad.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was called Angaria, and even though I was very serious about it at the time, in hindsight it was a way for me to develope my writing. It was however a very good story and I'm still using Angaria today, being the junkyard I go to when my other stories needs some spare parts.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is providing me with a lot of options that I didn't have before, like circumventing the custodians of publishing and posting my work whenever I like. Being able to make available my work for people on the other side of the world within an instant is quite something. I also like the feature of being able to publish books as free to the reader, as it is a good marketing tool and fair to first time readers who are willing to give the books a try.
Published 2017-05-13.
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Books by This Author

Legend of Axiatés Episode 8
Price: Free! Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Fedaro turns to an old contact in order to stage an unlikely escape through the blockade of Bodka. In the deserts of Tulan, the Goddess seeks the blessings of the people, and for her troubles she runs into the original owners of the desert.
Legend of Axiatés Episode 7
Price: Free! Words: 12,360. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Betrayed by Fedaro, Beluka wakes up after his capsule comes to a halt in the wilderness. Not knowing where he is he runs across what could be a military facility, but does not receive a very warm welcome. Elsewhere, the Goddess visits the small town of Merlor, and comes to leave her mark on the town, all the while seeking the blessings that would pave her way forward.
Remnant Pages Spearhead
Price: Free! Words: 140,150. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
"They are beyond redemption... Death is a mercy... when you fight the Fallen, you fight to kill...", that is the old mantra. For so many years have the soldiers of Lanston stood against their Fallen brothers that the one isn't quite complete without the other. Bold new developments send the conflict spiraling out of its comforts, accompanied by a betrayal of the greatest order.
Legend of Axiatés Episode 6
Price: Free! Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Waking up from their journey through the capsule system, Fedaro and Gloria scour the tranquil town of Bodka, but find more trouble than they were prepared for, their road to the Imperial Empire blocked. Elsewhere the Goddess herself tries to find a way through the Tulan desert, and Captain Mestarés must track down Fedaro if he is to save his career.
Dream of Embers Book 3
Series: Dream of Embers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,350. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » General
Shala and her Wolves make a desperate journey to Nem Nemuris after their heartbreaking discovery in the Crimson City. On road, they find a relentless enemy by the name of the Thunderchild, often regarded as the most powerful warrior on earth. Only the Wolves would dare stop him, and their final confrontation is inevitably decided in a land where Kings come to die.
Dream of Embers Book 2
Series: Dream of Embers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,340. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Forced from her own kingdom in exile, Shala escapes the continent with nothing more than her two trusted Wolves. She fosters a fragile hope that seeking asylum in the Crimson City will help her reclaim the throne of her beloved Attoras. Tasked all the while with the studying the Remnant Pages, Shala comes across a terrible secret borne by a creature that was once her homeland's greatest enemy.
Legend of Axiatés Episode 5
Price: Free! Words: 11,800. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Fedaro, Gloria and Beluka come to a place called the Desolates after their harrowing escape from Scithea. The Desolates offer them a harsh welcome and tensions rise between the three of them as Fedaro's eventual goals become evident. A strange peddler seemingly adds to their misery, as he offers them a weapon that is not his to give.
Legend of Axiatés Episode 4
Price: Free! Words: 8,810. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A tale of high fantasy, with guns, swords, magic, and anything that makes the heart beat faster. Follow the lives of individuals that live and breathe the romances of the past and excitements of the future, all of who live in the shadow of the Goddess, Axiatés, destined to create a second sun for the earth.
Legend of Axiatés Episode 3
Price: Free! Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
A tale of high fantasy, with guns, swords, magic, and anything that makes the heart beat faster. Follow the lives of individuals that live and breathe the romances of the past and excitements of the future, all of who live in the shadow of the Goddess, Axiatés, destined to create a second sun for the earth.
Legend of Axiatés Episode 2
Price: Free! Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
A tale of high fantasy, with guns, swords, magic, and anything that makes the heart beat faster. Follow the lives of individuals that live and breathe the romances of the past and excitements of the future, all of who live in the shadow of the Goddess, Axiatés, destined to create a second sun for the earth.
Legend of Axiatés Episode 1
Price: Free! Words: 7,130. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A tale of high fantasy, with guns, swords, magic, and anything that makes the heart beat faster. Follow the lives of individuals that live and breathe the romances of the past and excitements of the future, all of who live in the shadow of the Goddess, Axiatés, destined to create a second sun for the earth.
Dream of Embers Book 1
Series: Dream of Embers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,020. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Following the death of its last great King, the dominion of Attoras falls into the care of Shala of Evrelyn, a living vessel of the light of Seluin. The young ruler is soon confronted by the scavengers of Kingdoms, hoping to put their own pretender on the throne, Shala finding herself at odds with creatures from deathly realms and more.