Interview with Justin Beghtol

Published 2013-09-11.
Describe your desk
From a glance, it's overly cluttered with stacks of books and papers and broken things I'm supposed to fix. I know where everything is, more or less. Sometimes I clean down to the wood, but it never lasts.
When did you first start writing?
When I was quite young, maybe twelve. I can't recall the age, but I had just read the Book of Three, and I wrote my own "Book of Two". It was probably only a few pages, and it's lost to time, but I can still remember a line like "He rolled onto the sword causing a nasty cut of terrible pain" or something like that. Pretty bad. I've gotten better. :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
The last story of Duranaki Chronicles featured Doogan, a visitor from outer space who comes to the magical planet and interacts with our hero, T'vance. To develop the space world, I leveraged a lot of themes from a multiplayer computer game I created years ago called Galactic Conquest. Quarantine Lost is an epic tale that continues what I started at the end of Duranaki Chronicles, merging the worlds of T'vance and Doogan, who deal with the consequences when magic isn't contained to a single world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The love of telling stories, my way, at my own pace.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll let you know when I consider having some. :) Smashwords has been a great platform to get my work out to more readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating scenes that give me chills, even after I've read them a hundred times.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm finishing up a book called Underhouse, which I wrote for my daughter. She loves to read, but my Duranaki Chronicle books have too many adult themes, so I wanted to make something a bit lighter. It's a great story, and I can't wait to get it out there.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Anton Wilson, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, Piers Anthony
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my nexus7 for its all around awesomeness.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact is, I find staying in bed far more inspiring. But I get up, because I must work, so that I can do the many other things I love. Although sometimes I do find inspiration knowing coffee is waiting for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, spending time with my wife and daughter, movies, restaurants, computer games.
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Books by This Author

Quarantine Lost
Series: Dúranaki Chronicles, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 282,300. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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There are planets known to the Empire, planets quarantined for their unique energy fields, planets on which strange, unnatural things occur. The locals have been known to call it viiri, or magic. In no instance has it been found to function in space, or on other planets. Until now. Quarantine Lost explores the struggles of two very different protagonists who attempt to contain this new threat.
Dúranaki Chronicles, Volume 1
Series: Dúranaki Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 127,350. Language: American English. Published: March 8, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Dúranaki Chronicles features five short stories revolving around T'vance Arain, a hot-headed drug addict, assassin, and aspiring mage.