Sunday, January 12, 2014

Author Interview – J.J. Ward @MI7Ward

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Image of J.J. WardDo you intend to make writing a career?

Chance would be a fine thing!

How important do you think a good title is?

Titles are always the most difficult thing to write. You want something that captures what the novel is about but also makes the reader look twice and think, Hmmm! However, I think we’ve reached a point now where it’s sometimes a bit gimmicky: “Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred”, “When All Our Days Are Numbered Marching Bands Will Fill the Streets & We Will Not Hear Them Because We Will Be Upstairs in the Clouds” – these are actual titles. Google them, if you don’t believe me.

How did you come up with your title?

I wanted something to overarch the series – ‘Tales of MI7’. ‘Tales’, I thought was quite an evocative word, a little archaic, a little whimsical: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Tales of the Unexpected. The subtitle, ‘The Kramski Case’ didn’t therefore need to be all that arresting.

Who designed the cover?

Me. I wanted something original, so I wasn’t going to go to Shutterstock. Not that I’ve anything against them.

They say every cover tells a story. What about yours?

One of the best comments on my cover came from Kay Bolton, the lady who first reviewed the novel on Amazon. She said: “I love the fact that the cover is plain, it made me feel a like I should be meeting a man in dark glasses in a park somewhere to pick it up.” The font is “village” which is the one used in The Prisoner.

Tales of MI7

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Genre – Espionage Thriller

Rating – PG

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