Reynold Jay has written several thrillers. "Forty Days to Armageddon" is the first in the series. The series, "Seeds from Heaven" is now available worldwide. He is the winner of the 2014 Best HUB Fiction Writer award. Reynold Jay is noted for using impaired characters in his writing and is an advicate for Somalia, seniors, and the handicapped. Upcoming children's books in 2014 include The Wurtherington Diary Series.
Young Adult Book Company: What is the buiggest surprise when you were writing your lastest book?
My biggest surprise is that I wrote a fantasy series. When I began writing a few years back I loved writing the thriller, Forty Days to Armageddon I figured that I would never do fantasy. However I worked with Amara on her non-fiction story of her abusive childhood and that experience placed me firmly inside the head of a child. It was a gut-wrenching experience for both us and the book did well in the marketplace. Meanwhile I became interested in 3D movies that I watched in my home. The result was that I was watching a lot of stuff that I would not have watched otherwise. If it was in 3D I purchased it and watched it. In that much of this was animated fantasy by Pixar like Brave Wreck it Ralph, and Frozen, I quickly realized that I was missing out and knew that I could come up with something special. My work with Amara was the foundation and the motivation came from the 3D viewings.
YABC: If you could live in any fantasy world, which one would it be?
R.J.: My wife says I live in fantasy land and she is correct. I live in my own little world and my characters are so very real to me. I do enjoy other fantasy worlds like Gulliver, Frozen, Brave, and most Pixar films. I really do not read much at all, simply watch movies for entertainment so I have no knowledge of what a Harry Potter novel would look like in print. I imagine it is best as that way I am not derivative of others writers at all. I really do not write to play to large numbers of readers. I create my own world mostly for myself and figure if others are drawn into it that I am fortunate. I do love the past and if readers are not interested in history at all they will never pick up my books. As I think about it now, I would love to live in the Swiss mountains with William Tell during the Dark Ages or Robin Hood battling the cruel King John.
This is a story of a tragic and terrifying childhood, as told by a little girl living in a dysfunctional family in the Midwest during the seventies and eighties. You will see it as she did, telling it day by day—as best she can. How could one possibly view the world with all the horror she endured? You will see it thorough Amara’s eyes as only she can tell it.
Don is one of the promising western writers of our time. This is a good way to meet his delightful characters and then plan to follow this author at HUB pages where he is popular with everyone. THis is an enjoyable reading experience. Five stars.