New Release - The Journey of Jimini Renn by April Kelley + Author Interview
TITLE: The Journey of Jimini Renn
AUTHOR(s): April Kelley
PUBLISHING: May 10th -
In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas.
As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.
I have a special guest today. April Kelley stops by with her new release, The Journey of Jimini Renn, and she answered some questions for us, also. Thank you and welcome, April.
1. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
When I first started writing seriously the main think that challenged me used to be plot, making sure there weren’t any plot holes and creating a cohesive story. With a few books on the subject and a class or two I feel like I’m doing much better at this. Now the thing I’m finding most challenging is the setting. I’ve never been one that really paid attention to setting as a reader so writing it, I find I don’t either. Find what to tell and what not to tell, and when is very challenging. However, I’ll approach this the same way I did plot, by educating myself and working at it a little bit at a time.
2. Are there any new authors that have grasped your attention?
I’ve recently picked up a book called Broken Bones by Deja Black. She’s fairly new and this book can be found wherever books are sold. Anyway, I loved this books. Her prose was beautiful and the characters were gripping.
3. How did you come up with the title for your book?
The Journey of Jimini Renn was the easiest title I’ve ever had to come up with for a book. I wanted something that would highlight Jimini’s very unique name and still tell what the reader can expect.
4. Did you learn anything from writing your book, and if so, what was it?
I learned that everyone has a journey to take and everyone’s journey is unique. I also learned that it’s important to take a risk every now and then because the rewards are worth with it sometimes.
5. Do you read your reviews? Do you have any advice for how to deal with the bad?
I used to read reviews and then I realized the reviews aren’t for me anyway. Reviews are for the readers, so I very rarely read them now. If I need an opinion on the book I ask my beta readers. My advice is to take what you can from the criticism and move on.
6. When you are driving down the road, what music do you listen to?
Mostly alternative rock or possibly the Beatles, which is sorta the same thing I guess.
7. What is the biggest surprise you have experienced after becoming an author?
I think how difficult this job really is. It’s the hardest, most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I knew I’d love it, but I didn’t realize that I’d be righting fourteen hours a day sometimes. Foolish, foolish newbie.
8. What do your friends and family think of your writing?
Most are supportive of me. I’ve lost a few friends because I write in the LGBT genre, but they weren’t real friends anyway.
9. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you! I love you! If you keep reading, then I’ll keep writing.
10. What are your views on social media for marketing?
Social media certain helps me connect on a personal level with the readers, which is the most important reason to market using this tool. It’s call social media for a reason so connecting with people on a personal level should be the biggest priority.
— THINK FAST —
TEA OR COFFEE? Coffee
DOG OR CAT? Cat
LISTENER OR TALKER? Talker, probably. I talk way to much lol
SING IN THE RAIN OR DANCE IN THE STREETS? Considering I look like an idiot either way, why not do both.
COWBOY BOOTS OR SNEAKERS? Cowboy boots
SWEET OR DILL? Dill
POOL SIDE OR BEACH? Beach
MUSIC OR SILENCE? Silence most of the time.
SUITS OR BOOTS? Boots
QUICKIE OR CANDLES? Candles.
LIGHT OR DARK (AS IN SHADES PULLED)? Dark
ROMANTIC DINNER AT HOME OR OUT? Romantic dinner at home
PAPERBACK OR E-BOOK? eBook
CITY OR COUNTRY? I’m a country girl all the way.
BIG SPOON OR LITTLE SPOON? Little spoon
Thank you April, for being here and congratulations on your new release.
“Help me,” the man whispered, so lightly Jimini could barely hear it.
Jimini nodded, taking the jug from the man with his free hand. “Let go of my hand and I’ll prop you up so you can drink. In exchange, I ask that you do not shot the gun again.”
The man still held on to his hand as if his life depended on it. Jimini put his hand over the man’s and tried to pry his fingers away. It was pointless. His grip tightened even more. Jimini sighed and started working around the restriction.
“Why?” The man croaked out when Jimini moved his body, so he was cradling the man’s head in his lap.
Jimini pushed the man’s back up and wriggled around until he was sitting up, leaning against him. “I’m misunderstanding the question.” Jimini handed the jug back to the man. “Drink slowly, not a lot all at once.”
The man tipped up the jug and took a long drink, some spilling out of the corners of his mouth, not listening to Jimini’s words of caution at all. “Do you not understand my words?”
Jimini reached up for the jug with one hand, the other bracing them both with a fist in the dirt. He took the jug and set it down between his legs. “You need to go slow with it, let your body adjust to the water. Going from nothing to full could make you sick.”
The man was heavy against him, his long dark hair tickled Jimini’s face as it came to rest against Jimini’s shoulder.
“Why are you helping me?” The man asked. His voice was deep, and he sounded better this time as if the water wetted his throat enough to speak clearly.
“Why wouldn’t I extend help?” Jimini asked.
The man tried to laugh, but he winced instead. “Where did you come from?”
Jimini wasn’t sure if he should answer or not. “What happened to your water, sir?” he asked instead.
“It got stolen.”
“Did you not pull the gun on them the way you did me?”
“You aren’t from around here, are you?”
“No.” Jimini wasn’t stupid enough to tell this man where he lived. “What is your name?”
“You tell me first.” The man picked up the jug and took another drink of water.
“That is very rude, sir.”
The man set the jug down again. “Aaruth. My name’s Aaruth.”
The man sat up, moving off him and letting go of his hand. “You wouldn’t happen to know how to stitch a wound, would you?”
“Yes. On more than one occasion. My mother was very good at that task before she passed on and taught me well. I’ve even had to sew up a cut on myself before—”
“I don’t need your fucking life story. Just sew up the cut on my stomach, will ya?”
Jimini sighed. “You’re manners are astonishing.”
Living in Southwest Michigan, April resides with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Ever since she wrote her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won't stop telling their stories. If April isn't reading or writing, she can be found
outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods. If you wish to contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit her website at authoraprilkelley.com