JC Thompson is visiting today.
JC. tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born and raised in Arizona. I recently moved to Salt Lake City from Billings, Montana.
What makes you passionate about writing?
Writing enables me to look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary. It gives me the opportunity to take the mundane and see the wonder in it.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
That’s an interesting question. I didn’t write my manuscript in a traditional way. My book was published in a serialized format. I wrote and submitted chapters of my book to my editors at Bigworldnetwork.com, after it was polished it was released online. When forty-nine chapters were completed, ready to publish in book form, I got to do a final edit on everything I’d written so far.
All told, writing that way it took me two years.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I not only read a great deal, I’m also a big fan of movies. Guess you’d call me a bibliophile and a cinephile.
A line from the film “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” really struck me. The character Mikael Blomkvist exclaims in frustration that “The court of public opinion now celebrates people’s bad behavior.” I thought. That’s really true. So what could change that? What if there were a place where the opposite of that mindset could be taught?
Sometime later I watched John Boorman’s Excalibur. I’ve always loved Arthurian legends, and watching this film a few thoughts popped into my head.
1) What if Arthur and Guinevere had a child no one knew about?
2) What if Lancelot and Guinevere had a child no one knew about?
3) What if more Knights of the Round Table survived the final battle? Would they try to carry on Arthur’s legacy? If so, how would they do it?
Slowly all of these questions coalesced into a workable whole. From there I was able to develop the story of the Academy on Avalon, how Arthur’s line survived into the modern day and the corruption it suffered, the spreading of the bloodlines of the Knights of the Round Table, the emergence of the Bane of Pendragon and so on.
What is the title of your book?
The Lineage Saga Vol. 1
Could you give us a back cover blurb?
This is the story of Connor Murray, a young hooligan form England who finds out that he is a descendant of the Legendary King Arthur. He is taken to a school where other lineal descendants of the Court of Camelot gather to be taught by the progeny of Merlin. Lineage brings the names of the Knights of the Round Table from the dust of the old tales and gives them new life. Most importantly, it brings back the ideals of Arthur’s Camelot: that might is not right and mercy is not weakness.
What genre does your book fall under?
Do you have a favorite character, why?
To be honest, I don’t have a favorite. All the characters in the Lineage Saga are my favorites. I love it when I write dialog, their inner monologs, action scenes and the like. I just love the characters in this series.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I’ve always loved the ideals of Arthur’s Camelot. Might is not right, mercy is not weakness, cruelty is not strength. Those stories have inspired people to be better people, to aspire beyond the concepts of station and become great. It’s my hope that something I write will help someone feel they have worth, that they can be heroic and that they can become more than they are.
What else might pique the reader’s interest in your book?
In the typical Arthurian story, you have your King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table (we dance when e’er we’re able). For Lineage, I decided to flip the traditions a little.
The Arthur figure would be rougher around the edges than we’re used to. We first meet Connor Murray, our Arthur character, in jail.
The love story would not be between Lancelot and Guinevere, but Arthur and Lancelot. Lancelot’s descendant is a tough young woman named Laure Chevalier. She and Connor develop a rather fun relationship.
Guinevere isn’t forgotten. Her descendants are actively trying to kill the Scion of Pendragon.
The Knights descendants and Progeny of Merlin aren’t the typical stock either. Young men and women from all nations of the World are represented on Avalon. In volume 1 we meet descendants from Navajo reservation in Arizona, Sothern California, Southern Texas, and France. In the next volume we’ll see the diversity of Knightly descendants expand.
Where can we find your book?
Alright, here is the Internet blitz:
To read the serialized story in its raw form:
To obtain the Author’s definitive version (meaning the paperback version):
For the rest of my social media contacts:
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