J. Aleksandr Wootton is a Virginian and a bookworm, if by "worm" you mean "dragon" - he hoards books in shelves and spare rooms and likes to sleep surrounded by them.
In his spare time he chairs the folklore department at Lightfoot College. His research focus is on post-war Faerie.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing (or managing the business surrounding writing, which is its own full-time job on top of writing itself), I am often found reading, cooking, catching up with friends far, hanging out with friends near, playing ultimate frisbee, walking to a library or perusing a used bookstore, studying martial arts, in a pub, or in church.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I was 8; it was terrible.
It began with some vague notion of being an Argonauts-type epic sea-quest with monsters to battle en route, then got all Sinbad-like in an Arabian desert with an attempted betrayal and theft of a genie's locket, and finally - in the twist that nobody saw coming - became, in its final sentence, the worst Star Wars knockoff imaginable.
Needless to say, publishers have been hammering at my door ever since.
When Oberon needs to sacrifice her family to restore his shattered kingdom, Petra will fight for their freedom and sanity as the world she knows and the people she trusts are transformed by supernatural invasion.
Petra is supposed to be starting college, but these fairies are real and they need her help. There’s just one catch: they want her to become a desperate tyrant’s sworn servant. Forever.
Smashwords Style Guide
on Aug. 04, 2013
If you plan to publish with Smashwords, indispensable; otherwise, still very helpful.
The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success
on Aug. 05, 2013
Plenty of good information here, but the book would strongly benefit from a re-write - it's plagued by arguments ended in mid-thought, lack of internal transition between thoughts in paragraphs, missing words, many sections that simply repeat or rehash previous sections, and so on. Not quite enough to spoil the reading experience, but enough to jeopardize the credibility of content. A reader who didn't already know Smashwords and author Mark Coker's credentials would likely be turned off.
Smashwords Book Marketing Guide
on Aug. 06, 2013
An incomplete listing of great ideas and useful information. Highly recommended, especially if you're new to this.
Noticed a couple of typos, but nothing worth worrying much about.