Jacques Antoine


By day, Jacques Antoine is a professor at a small college in the southwest, by night he writes action-adventure stories. At first, he wrote "kung fu" tales just for his daughter, when she was a little ninja studying karate. As she grew up, the tales evolved into full-length novels focusing on the dilemmas of young adults, but always set against the background of martial arts adventures. When he's not writing or teaching, he enjoys walking his dogs in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside Santa Fe.

The Emily Kane Stories are based on the central insight of Japanese martial arts, captured in the little word "sen." It means, roughly, initiative. It can take many forms, and is visible in all walks of life. In Karate, "go no sen" means "counter-attack." But in other contexts it might also refer to resilience, or responsiveness, or a deliberate choice. The common element lies in the insight that responsiveness or deliberation is not the same as passivity, and neither is aggression necessarily a sign of initiative. True initiative lies deeper than the difference between activity and passivity.

Smashwords Interview

As an introduction, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
When I’m not writing, I’m a college professor, a husband and the father of a 14 year old daughter. As a young man, I studied three different martial arts: judo, aikido and kempo. I ended up incorporating martial arts into my current series mainly because of my daughter’s interest in shotokan karate. The books aren’t about her, but you could say that they were inspired by her experiences in a few different dojos. And I consulted her on all the fight scenes.
What are your books about?
The series I've been working on recently is called The Emily Kane Adventures. These are primarily about the struggles of a high school student to make sense of her life when extraordinary events overtake her family. She's a loner, one of those kids who doesn't open up to others readily. She studies martial arts after school, and she's gotten to be proficient. When disaster strikes, she discovers that her hobby maybe the only thing that can save her, or it may be the very thing that will destroy her.

The first book in the series, Girl Fights Back, came out the summer before last. The second book, entitled Girl Punches Out, came out last summer. The third book, Girl Takes Up Her Sword, came out last spring, along with a longish short story that follows Emily Kane on a spiritual journey to Kathmandu. That one’s called Girl Spins a Blade.

I've also begun work on a new trilogy about the aftermath of an alien invasion of the earth. They come, they conquer--eventually, the human race rallies to defeat them. But at what cost? The novels follow the efforts of a sister and brother as they try to rebuild a life for themselves, bereft of family or friends, beset by dangerous predators, and not always certain who they can trust. What sense can they make of the new race that the human species had to become to prevail? The series is tentatively titled Taking Back Earth, and the first book will be called Atavism.
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Where to find Jacques Antoine online


End of the Road
Price: Free! Words: 80,210. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Roads end. They begin somewhere, too. In between, all manner of things happen: friendship, betrayal, horror and maybe even joy. For some, the End of the Road brings love and happiness, for others agony and suffering, and for a precious few, sorrow may lead to something revelatory. The potholes and pitfalls found in this anthology are many, but for every character, there is an end of the road.
Girl Fights Back
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 88,050. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
A military-genetics experiment gone missing captures the attention of every intelligence agency in the world, and they will stop at nothing to find it. Meet quiet, unassuming Emily Kane. Her only passion is the martial arts, and her only friends are the boys from the dojo. Not until a trained assassin attacks her on a college visit, does she realize the danger her family secrets pose to everyone

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  • SODIUM:1 Harbinger on April 07, 2015

    I love this series! The aliens are scary, but also vulnerable, and we can prevail, because when it comes down to it, humans are pretty tough nuggets. It's creative, inventive, imaginative. I can't wait to try the AMP series and the Omega series. Keep 'em coming.