Dragon Soul Press proudly announces author J.E. Feldman has joined the ranks. Though primarily a Fantasy author, she writes in a plethora of other genres as well. Her novel Quest of Angels will be the first to publish with DSP.
Introduce yourself. What is your experience with writing?
My name is Jade Feldman and I’m an author of multiple genres; my favorites consisting of everything Fantasy and Horror. I currently reside in the humidified state of Florida with my random assortment of rescued animals.
I have been in the writing world for a very long time. After searching for publishers who would be willing to take on an eight-year-old went awry, the dream of becoming an author was put on the back-burner for a while. Being an avid reader helped launch me into the community and I was receiving paperbacks via mail to R&R personally for amazing authors at a very young age. When an offer to translate and coauthor with someone was made, I was underage and unable to accept. The missed opportunity had me reconsidering how I would become known in the world.
It was then I decided my debut novel would be the first in a trilogy. By fourteen, I had already written hundreds of short stories, novels, songs, poems, and other snippets. With my improving skills, I considered none of these prodigious enough to be my introduction to the world. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I began writing The Dragonscale in the back of my 9th grade World History class after completing a test early.
Illness had me graduating high school early and tackling college directly after. I threw myself into writing, building a safe haven in a Fantasy Writers group on Facebook, and on expanding my knowledge. Even with so much knowledge under my belt, I still hesitated publishing my debut novel. The universe tossed someone amazing into my path to help push me through the final step.
And here I am today. Working multiple jobs in the writing industry and answering interview questions on a website that has been years in the making. Stop hesitating. Take the leap.
Do you think writers have a normal life like others?
Yes and no. We do the same activities as everyone else for the most part. The only difference is we have entire worlds in our heads filled with characters grumbling throughout the day to be written. It can get crowded in there.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
Since I was little, my mom always read stories to me and would keep me entertained with some of her own. I remember being three-years-old and getting asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. My older cousin said “a princess.” My answer was “author.”
Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
A combination. It depends on which story and how far along it is. As I begin to wrap up the story, I prefer having loose outlines to lead the way so I don’t forget any important details. I have given up doing detailed outlines because the characters are extremely rebellious the entire journey.
Do you read much? If so, who are your favorite authors?
As mentioned prior, I’m an avid reader. To list all of my favorite authors would probably take an eternity. The ones that stand out off the top of my head who also inspired some of my own writing are as follows: R.A. Salvatore, Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory, Margaret Weis, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin, James Patterson, Kristin Cashore, Sarah J. Maas, Audrey Grey, Adrienne Woods, A.W. Exley, Neal Shusterman, Brian Jacques, Philippa Gregory, L.M. Montgomery, etc.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Keep moving forward. Always thoroughly do research, have an open mind, and set a list of goals. As you accomplish the goals, create more. Always keep improving and do not allow anyone to hold you back. If this is something you truly want, you can make it possible.
Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?
Absolutely! Fans are the backing to one’s entire career. It would be unfair to them to receive a response back from a personal assistant. I fiercely believe in staying levelheaded and keeping in touch with everyone.
Do you mentor?
Over the years, I have taken many authors under my wing. We have all grown together into an amazing community. Networking is the best way to meet incredible people from all over the world. I highly recommend finding a group early on to create roots.
Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece?
Yes. I had such a lucid dream about zombies and aliens that it turned into my short story called Hazardous. Some of the events in my other books are loosely based on dreams, such as The Faerikyn Apocalypse, but most are from random ideas and daydreams.
What is that dream goal you want to achieve before you die?
My goal is to help as many authors as possible to realize and achieve their dreams. The writing community is so hushed with how to properly navigate the aspects of publishing that it becomes hard for people just starting out to successfully get past the hurdles. It can become frustrating and many give up before they’ve really begun.