Interview with J.B. Valbere

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've spent my childhood in Greece before developing a taste for travel and go roaming around the globe. The magic atmosphere of the islands, the dales of Arcadia, and the philosophical background of antiquity gave me the purpose of uncovering and retelling, in a fictional framework, the rich, colorful currents of Tradition, and the spiritual foundations of the ancient world.
What kind of books do you write?
My books are about revolutionary dreams, studies of constructive imagination, and innovative action. They are products of painstaking research, in libraries and on the Internet. Each book is part of an underground history concerned with the myths, symbols, and secret events that bear on the development of the Arcadian Ideal. Stylistically, although I was trained in the evaluation of concrete facts and rational purposes, I prefer the self-conscious craft of fiction-writing or various forms of Narrative poetry.
When did you first start writing?
I was very lonely as a child with no siblings or friends. When my family faced an economic disaster, we had to move in an industrial area of Athens, and I was imprisoned within the depressing round of home and school. What I remember from those times is a permanent melancholy mood and a longing for adventures at all costs. Then, when I was ten, I discovered the existence of public libraries, and every book-self became for me, a wild forest of meaningful ideas, experiences, and evaluations. Each manuscript was a friend and a microcosm. All those pages allowed me to witness, different times and places, hear different voices and savor tales of forgotten gods. I think that in those times I began to find some satisfaction in the act of writing and the euphoria of creating lines kindled warmth and glowing feelings.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In pursuit of the arcane secrets of the mysterious Arcadian Circle, the author steps into a landscape of powerful old forces but all he can remember of the journey is a mysterious woman called Thalgea. In a series of unexpected encounters, she leads him to explore the visionary illumination and the mind-provoking insights of Arcadia. She helps him to discover the traditions of the most distant past, and break down the barriers between insanity and the age-old evil until he succeeds to change his life and finally break the umbilical cord that connects us with everything we consider real.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are visionaries in the extreme. They are voicing the ethos of their generation and demand concrete details in the recovering of a world where Love was the ruling emotion. My fans are a bridge in the darkness, a part of myself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There are Seminars, painting, and frequent travels to Arcadia or around the world. Plus, I am adopted by two cats and have to do a lot of things to repay their kindness and Love.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most probably, the impermanence of things manifested in Nature and human life. There are so many things to be done, so much to experience, create, and enjoy in this ephemeral form of reality, before we become just a name in the sand, or dust in the wind.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is the process of discovering beyond the dazzling surface; the feeling of a subtle, unobtrusive, and deeply moving beauty behind the words. The greatest joy of writing is the erotic union of two separate notions which give birth to an idea, a conclusion, and a result. For me, writing is a game of sweet intoxication applied to color, design, taste, and voice.
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, there is a rich tradition of ancient authors in Greece. Most of them have something important to say. As for the modern ones, they are too many. Every author that will turn over half a library to make one book, every writer who wants to be a positive influence and ‘help others,’ every person who dedicates his life in soulful writing, deserves my love and respect.
What are you working on next?
The next books, still on the drawing board, are the second book of Thalgea, a History of Arcadianism, and a surprise book named ‘The Calendar of the Arcadian Trees’. Also, a book of Narrative Poetry with its roots in the oral tradition of ancient culture is nearing completion. The name is ‘The Circle of the Silver Maze.’
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords does not sell books and services to authors but directly to readers. Furthermore, it offers distribution to major online eBook retailers, and thus it becomes a long-term investment in every author’s writing career. Smashwords is a window to the big world, and I am very thankful for that.
Published 2018-03-05.
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Books by This Author

The 13 Gates of Arcadia
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 90,550. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
The 13 Gates of Arcadia is a unique and radical revision of human history. Drawing on archaeology, psychology, myth, and spirituality, it penetrates the legends that surround the mysterious Arcadian Circle, examines the underground history of Arcadia, and provides a fascinating insight into the world of an authentic Earth Wisdom which transcends cultural and national boundaries.