Monday, March 31, 2014

Jennifer Ainsley by Sidney Stone‏


Sidney Stone is a hiker, deer whisperer and non-pretentious wine connoisseur. An addicted reviewer on Yelp, he is also creator of affordable housing (although technically he is homeless part-time), thinks The Replacements are the best band of the Eighties and loves to boost his LinkedIn count with people he doesn't know.

He lives in both Northern and Southern California while constantly traveling to Orange County to visit his son, who can now beat his father at ping pong and chess rather easily (and is charmingly arrogant while doing it). A graduate of UC Irvine and Pepperdine University, Sidney wishes he chose at least one university to attend that had a college football team to root for.

The first scene Sidney thought of for Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War included a rather large massacre (take that for what it is worth). However, inspired by the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker; the book's violence is offset by dark humor and deep human emotion just like in real life where Sidney's darkness is offset by creatively placed sarcasm and an overwrought romanticism. For example, while Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War is a Fantasy-Horror novel, Sidney also still tears up at the end of both Field of Dreams and An Officer and a Gentleman.

Contact him at www.sidneystone.net or https://www.facebook.com/sidneystoneauthor
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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1360070.Sidney_Stone
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“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” - Matthew 10:34

Demons are preparing to launch the Final War to destroy humanity.

Can one young woman wielding the Sword of Jesus ensure our survival and redemption?

Will she lose both her love and her soul in the process?

Available at Amazon in Paperback and Kindle formats.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
This story has been with me for a long while. The inspiration for the character was a combination of an older “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Sydney Bristow from the TV show “Alias”, and a combination of backgrounds from people I know. I wrote 4 screenplays in the 90’s and, well life got in the way and I did not pursue writing like I should have. But I always loved to write, and again, this story just wanted to come out.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
The first draft of Jennifer Ainsley took me 8 months to write. It was absolutely terrible and no one will ever read that. The second draft took another two months and with that version I had graduated to merely sucky. Draft #2 I allowed three friends, who I call my Gorgeous and Intelligent Readers, to review and give me honest critical feedback. Another draft later, I gave it to a friend who is a professional writing for editing. Once the manuscript had reached the level of mediocre, I used the professional editing services of Createspace Publishing who gave me wonderful feedback and two more drafts later, I actually had a professionally edited book that I think, and initial reviews reflect, an outstanding and entertaining tale.

So from beginning to end, 22 months. This is not a book that took 30 days to write and it was been edited and vetted by numerous people before I decided to share it with the world (Or at least the few hundred people who have bought it so far).

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
When you really nail it, when you know it is good, and you cannot wait to share it with other people. That’s the best thing about writing. I love telling stories and I want other people to hear them.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Trying to find consistent time. I cannot give away my day job yet so I have to fit in writing in those nooks and crannies of life that are otherwise unoccupied. Being a single father, trying to maintain my health and having a social life, it gets tough to squeeze the writing time in.

The other bad thing is the promotion, no offense ;) I’d rather spend this time writing.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
It would have to be Jesus. Son of God for starters. Unending food and wine? I’m in. Doing miracles and helping others? Saving souls? What could be better??!! That would be my choice but yeah; the end of the first act is a bit of a downer. At least there is a great ending.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Fridge, there is a full thing of milk about a month past its expiration date that I need to throw out. Such a waste.
In the freezer, I think I have an 18 month old package of frozen corn. More waste, sigh.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
My next novel is the sequel to Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War. It will be titled: Jennifer Ainsley: This Time We Really Mean It, The Final war (Just kidding). The next book is Jennifer Ainsley: The End and the Beginning. Even more epic and encompassing, if I can pull this off it will essentially be my The Stand. Only with more humor and emotion. And maybe more severed heads…

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1 comment:

Reinventor said...

Thank you so much for featuring my book on your blog! The interview was an enjoyable experience and I hope your readers take a chance on this book. It is currently rated 4.9 stars on Amazon.

Have a great Monday!