By Jon Messenger
(also, apologies about the formatting in this post. When it comes to technology, I am rather medieval)
THE EARTH GIVES WAY TO THE SEA,
THE SEA BOWS BEFORE THE WIND,
THE WIND FEEDS THE FLAME,
THE FLAME BURNS THE WORLD OF MAN DOWN TO THE EARTH.
The sleepy town of White Halls harbors a dangerous secret.
On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty-year-old son, Xander, still lives at home, but he’s going to college and dating the leader of the schools top sorority. It’s all very… normal.
However, when a man is miraculously saved from being hit by a bus, Xander’s life turns in to the living embodiment of the tornadoes he can suddenly create with a flick of his wrist. Whether he wants this gift or not, Xander must learn to use his new ‘super power’ quickly if he wants to survive. For his kind is a dying race, and when this sleepy town has a sudden influx of new, blonde, fire wielders, no one is safe, especially Xander.
It doesn’t help that one of these blondes happens to be the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Xander can’t deny the instant connection he feels to her so, when she tries to kill him, it certainly makes things complicated.
(no but seriously guys, these covers are freaking amazing. Like. Every single one. I want to be a Clean Teen author JUST so I can have these cool covers!)
Okay. Calm down Emily. Now, for the interview.
Q: What would you like readers to take away from this book?
A: Wind Warrior doesn’t come with a deep moral lesson like a lot of YA and younger books. I write all my stories to act as an escape. The one advantage to Wind Warrior over my normal Scifi books is that it’s based in a time period that’s obviously easily relatable. If anything, I want Wind Warrior to be an escape from every day life; to appreciate the possibilities of what could be.
Q: What’s your favourite part of writing?
A: I grew up reading comic books and was always fascinated by the stories that delved into “What If”; stories that took the normal and twisted it away from normal. Since being a child, I’ve always found myself doing the same thing with books I read or movies I watch. For me, that’s the best thing about writing. I get to take normal life and say “What If”, then explore where that new alternate universe will take us.
Q: Do you think you’ll keep writing New Adult?
A: My first love is Scifi. I’ve written four Scifi novels before and have another in the works, once the World Aflame series is complete. However, the ladies at Clean Teen Publishing have been amazing enough that I’m considering a Young Adult novel, just for the chance to publish through them again!
Q: And finally: best bit about Clean Teen Publishing?
A: When I started writing in 2007, I found that a lot of agents and publishing companies don’t have a true passion for the author. They love the books and they love the money they get from sales, but the author is a means to an end. When I fired my first agent, I got a letter that said, “We’re sorry to lose you, Mrs. Messenger”… Missus. The difference is that there is a genuine passion in Clean Teen Publishing for me as an author. It’s not just a passion for the author, however, that makes them so great. They have a passion for their readers. They created a rating system for Young Adult books because so many YA books have surprisingly amounts of violence and sexual content. As opposed to censoring books, they prefer to keep readers informed before they ever flip open the cover of the book. That level of passion is what drew me to CTP and what makes me want to publish with them as long as they’ll have me.
Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an United States Army Captain in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2002, writing Science Fiction has remained his passion, a passion that has continued through two deployments to Iraq, a humanitarian relief mission to Haiti, and an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. Jon wrote the “Brink of Distinction” trilogy, of which “Burden of Sisyphus” is the first book, while serving a 16-month deployment in Baghdad, Iraq.
Connect with Jon:
Author Website: http://www.jonmessengerauthor.com/
YouTube: Watch the trailer today! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PbsBD3XeT4
(giveaway starts TOMORROW, people. It will go for a week, and you’ll have opportunities each day to earn more entries. As for what it’s about…well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see!)