Thursday, May 3, 2012

Jericho Solus - Blog Tour stop

Hi people! It's time for another blog tour stop.
This time I had the pleasure to interview Jeffery Moore, the author of Jericho Solus.

A little about the book:

“They watch me—the feeling as acute as a sharp, cold blade against
my skin. I may have lived an ordinary existence, but I can fight.
Though my memory is like a beast cowering in the shadows, I
know in my core I can fight, as if it’s what I’m wired to do.
Her breaths echo in my dark cell. Is she real? She fills my
emptiness with heat, and God help the people that harm her.
I am the Solus. My name is Jericho, and killing is what I do best.”

Jericho’s captivity begins a journey to a forgotten past, forgotten comrades, and forgot
ten love. His remembrance pulls him back in time to reveal an unexpected metamorphosis to his current state. As memories move Jericho back through history, his captors propel him forward into a surreal world, until both timelines combine to expose who and what Jericho is.


About the Author:

Jeffery Moore writes speculative fiction. His stories transcend genre boundaries, making them difficult to categorize. He writes what he likes to read and the stories that entice him most are stories with character displacement, characters that for whatever reason are thrust into alien worlds or environments. Though in broad terms his stories may be categorized as Fantasy, you will read none of the Middle Earth or vampire themes and characters—he feels these are done to death. Moore strives to introduce concepts into his stories that haven’t been done.

Jeffery was born in Germany. As a military brat, much of his childhood was spent abroad, growing up in Germany on military installations. He subsequently enlisted in the military and served for ten years as an army pilot. While in the military, he lived in Italy and South Korea and deployed to many European countries. He has traveled to Australia, Japan, Singapore and most European countries. His experiences and contact with many different cultures helps form some of the elements in his stories. He currently works for a global IT company and lives in Massachusetts.
Jericho Solus Blog.
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1 – What was the main inspiration for write Jericho Solus?
I got the idea for Jericho Solus four years ago while in an online writing class. We had a simple assignment to brainstorm three book ideas. This idea started from the notion of a man waking in a cold room alone without a clue how he got there. When I began writing the plot outline, I wanted to have the readers suspect it was the old ‘alien abduction’ cliché and then move the story to something unique. As with my previous novels, I have a play on memory and how they play in Jericho’s self discovery. This is a theme I really like and if I had to pinpoint inspiration of this concept it would be ‘The Madness Season’ by Friedman—I love the way her character struggles for his memories at the beginning of the book.
2 – Were you inspired by some real people?
I belong to a little writing group and we’ve been very active since we all linked up about three years ago. Each of us are avid writers and I attribute our critiques to fueling our passion for writing. They are great writers and I thrive off their encouragement and criticism. The single most helpful piece of advise I can give a writer, especially a new writer, is to find a few folks to trade chapters with and critique each others work.
3 – I can’t help but to compare “The Three” (Jericho, Sensum and Insid) with the important of number 3 in some religions. The Three have any connection to that?
The triumvirate is common throughout history and within fiction. I did not intend them to represent the “Son, Father, and Holy Spirit”, but the overtones are there in that the intent of the three is to make a whole. I think they are more along the lines of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Others are the lion, scarecrow, and tin man. I don’t think the theme is uncommon (courage, logic, reason) and I had a lot of fun with it.
4 – What actual places inspired the Geography of the Red Waste? Or is all just a product of imagination?
It’s really just my imagination. I wanted an environment that if something changed, it meant something big was happening. Wastelands are not uncommon in fiction, but I thought the rains and the desert lake were different. I also wanted to show the changes as really a foreshadowing of the events of 10,000 BC on Earth…when it is theorized that large meteors impacted Earth, causing the end of the ice age and the extinction of many large mammals.
5 - While you were writing some of the characters, Did you end up being angry, upset or disappointed of him or her?
Nice question. Yeah, sometimes Jericho took me in a different direction I didn’t want to go. One thing many writers will say is that the characters will grow legs and run in a different direction than what is intended. Finishing some chapters that I feel really ‘click’, I’ll do a fist pump, but I never really get upset with my characters.
6 – Jericho is one of the most interesting character I ever read, perhaps because he has lived so long. How did you choose which historical moments to write about?
It was more difficult for me to find historical moments than to write them. I wanted to fit the historical episodes into a story of themselves that still fit with the main story. This was really challenging. It would have been easy to pick just random historical events. If a reader reads the episodes in reverse a story will be there that they may have missed (i.e. the gradual assimilation into humanity).
7 – Did your experience living around the world help with anything to create the world of Jericho?
I think the stories I write are all influenced in some way from my travels. More so in ‘The Bounds’ trilogy, which is a melancholy story that I started when deployed and away from my family for 18 months. Some of the mannerism in the alien cultures are derived from my experiences. Simple things like the way the Brin nod in ‘The Bounds’ is something I observed while working in Greece.
8 - How was creating characters who had no human experience? Was it difficult to imagine such characters?
This is really perhaps the most difficult thing to do. My rant against the Fantasy genre is all the different races of characters (i.e. elves, dwarfs, ogres, etc…) are nothing more than humans in costume. They have the same human values and characteristics, they just look different. I really want to give my races some distinguishing quality that is not human. Alien races can still laugh, desire, love, and hate, but there should be something different other than physical appearance—case in point is vampires, although they are overdone to death. The story I’m currently working on showcases the ‘Nilas’, a wraith-like race that change form from a process called ‘clutting’.
9 - Can we wait for a sequel? And if the answer is yes, what can we expect to find in it?
With the historical fiction aspect of Jericho Solus, it would be fairly easy to have dozens of spin-off stories. There is a ton of material. Each historical episode can be weaved into a fleshed-out story. I must admit that I have thought about doing a follow-up of the Marrigan and her relationship with the Kurrin (how a human woman births so many insect-like creatures). I really wanted to investigate that part of the story more, but it just didn’t fit Jericho’s story line.

I really want to thank Jeffery for taking the time to answer my questions!
I really hope you enjoy his book as much as I did.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever feel lost? Jericho Souls didn’t know who he was, where he came or what his purpose was. He woke up one day in a strange place and found out he was heading someplace else and somehow this reactivated his memory. Through several flashbacks we discovered Jericho’s past.

This is a great book, an excellent science fiction one to be more specific. To be completely honest the first two chapters were a little hard for me to read, I felt a little like Jericho trapped in the cage and not knowing what was going on. But fortunately, it only got better, especially when he started to remember his past I felt in love with the story. A great example of why we should give every book a chance.

I never read this kind of science fiction before, one that involves alien people and other world creatures. But the characters and the surrounding are so well described that you feel you are actually seeing them. This proves the great ability of the author to translate to words, all the things that were in his imagination.

The way the author changes from the first person to a narrator, gives the story the sense of movement that requires for us to really feel we are part of the story. Every time a new piece of the puzzle is revealed we surprised as much as Jericho and Gebal. The action takes place a lot during the story and is a resource very well exploded, because it feels natural and goes according to what is happening.

The thing I loved the most is the lack of humanity in some characters, which probably wasn’t an easy thing to write. Generally when some writes about another type of being, it tends to have some similarities to humans. But here the author makes a wonderful job by showing us how they didn’t have these humans’ characteristics before, and then, why and how they incorporated them.

Jericho Solus is one of those characters that you love, then you don’t like and then you love again. At the end of the book you ended up really understanding him and his actions. Is through him that we can experience much of what makes us humans.

In conclusion, an excellent book very recommendable.

Thanks to Jeffery Moore for let me being part of this!

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  1. Excellent review, and interview. You definitely got it right in the review. And I love your interview questions. You asked such interesting questions, and got fascinating answers in return.

  2. Hey, nice review and interview. :)

    Came from good reads. Nice blog. I loved the backgroung. :)
    Read that also


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