Author Interview – And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee

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and the wolf shall dwell

Joni Dee aka J. Dital

1. Tell us all a little about And the Wolf Shall Dwell

John is a regular Joe working in the City of London. A chance meeting and the death of a man on his way to work, which he witnesses, thrusts him into a world of espionage, politics and Jihadi terrorism. It is essentially a spy thriller, but not a Bond wannabe: the implications are far more political, and it can pass as a political thriller as the scheme traces back all the way up to the corridors of Westminster. No more spoilers!

You can get the first six chapters on my website, it’s still in pre-edit mode, so people – please be gentle

2. Where did you get the idea for the book?

I wrote on my introduction to the book on Inkshares that the idea for this novel came to me while I was walking into Liverpool Street station in London on a very early, cold and dark morning, on my way to work. That was not a cliché. I had written numerous drafts of other ideas and ended up throwing them all to the recycling bin…Then the idea had hit me on that dreary morning. I initially thought what if some guy was chased and ended up bumping into me – would I do something or just freeze on the spot? I rushed to write down the scene the very same evening.

3. Why did you decide to use Inkshares – a crowdfunded publishing site?
I came across JF Dubeau’s book “The Life Engineered” which I reviewed for NetGalley and I distinctly remember I was on the tube on the way to work when I finished it and saw the Inkshares logo and patrons pages (funny but everything seems to happen to me in the mornings, whereas I’m not a morning person at all!). As a result I started exploring Inkshares and decided to upload an Idea. A guy called Vincent Lim liked it, and wrote on my draft page “let’s do this mate!” – You can still see this comment on my page at the very start.

This gave me the kick in the rear-end that I needed and I revived the “three years plus working project” and uploaded chapter one… The rest is, well soon will be history!

4. Why do you write?

I love it. I see brilliant authors like Graham Greene, le Carré, (Roger) Zelazny to match your genre here and I envy them, envy their gift to leave me in a pool of emotions. When as a boy I read Frank Herbert’s Dune, I faked illness to stay home in order to finish it. I’d like to be able to get people to read something of mine and react the same way, I guess to make them feel things they may not have otherwise felt. For me, when I smile to a book, even a small smirk, I think – this has done something here just by playing on my strings. I want to be able to do that too…

5. What are your plans for the future with your writing?
There’s an old saying in Yiddish and Hebrew: Man makes plans and god laughs. If this becomes a best seller and I can go and make a career out of this, I’d be over the moon. If this stays a side profession, and I manage to get this book to as many people as possible and maybe even write a second one, I’ll be content as well. I am taking this one step at the time – let’s get this crowdfunded first!.

6. What’s your favorite line from the book?

Two faves:
First, as anyone who read the preview can see, I am obsessed with the sun, which we don’t see enough of here in London, and I refer to her as a female.
“The sun washed over the Kremlin building. Her rays jumped off the armored vehicles, emphasizing the spectrum festival that was St. Basil’s Cathedral and its proximate buildings.”

“You said it Murray: the Iron Curtain is indeed singing its swan song. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

Both from chapters not yet published anywhere, the latter is an allusion from King James’ Bible, Isaiah 11:6.

7. Why should readers help support your book?

Well… That’s a curve ball… It’s good, it’s refreshing, and it offers a fresh take on the spy thrillers genre with an anti-hero protagonist who could easily have been you or me. I think the imagery will kick them right into the heart of the City of London and will make them forget about their own life and problems while they read. Isn’t that the ultimate goal?

Plus I’m a great guy!

Check out And The Wolf Shall Dwell on Inkshares

Asteroid Made of Dragons

asteroid made of dragonsOverall review:4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Imagine a tea party.  Frank Zappa is the host, and he makes some “special” mushroom tea.  Attendees at the party include William Goldman (of The Princess Bride fame), Lewis Carroll (Looking Glass fame [of course]), and Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide) and they are told to collaborate on a novel.

I have to say even THEY would have had a tough time coming up with a book as entertaining as Asteroid Made of Dragons.

It has been many years since I have enjoyed any book as much AMOD.  Granted, during the first couple of chapters I was in a flashing brain state of WTF is going on??, but by Chapter 3, I was totally hooked.  And laughing.

I dearly love mashups as a rule, and this book was the mashup to end all mashups.  Just about every mythological, fairylogical, pixielogical, archetypal, supernatural and general magical creature/thing made an appearance at some point (I didn’t see unicorns or Orcs, that I recall – but I could have just overlooked them).  And, there were also steampunk-type airships, ghost-pirate zombies, at least one vampire (I think – all signs point to that fact), a seer and of course, the dragon asteroid.

The story itself (once I fully committed to the ride) was an entertaining Wild Mouse twister.  I never knew WHAT was going to happen next.  Characterization was neatly and skillfully done – especially considering the gamut of creatures that appeared at nearly every turn of the page.

Editing was outstanding.  At the end of the book, the author gives credit to “Lindsay Robinson for her blistering developmental edit.”  I have a feeling that this book was not the easiest book to edit – so more power to Lindsay!

I just had one small gripe – there was a sentence in about horses/riders “looping” which made no sense (horses lope).  I am a long time horsewoman – and when I run across inaccuracies like this I always get a sour face.

The cover art is very good, accurately portraying the lighthearted feel of the book itself.  Writing craft – I would say that Adams is well on his way to journeyman status.  And, worldbuilding – pretty good – considering there was so many worlds mashed together.

All in all – a classic and a must read.

Story Line:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Characterization:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Readability:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)
Writing Craft:4 Stars (4 / 5)
Cover Art:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Worldbuilding:4 Stars (4 / 5)