Jaleta, is a pleasure to have you in our blog today.Â What did you just finish reading?
I just finished reading a friendâ€™s manuscript, very entertaining story about dogs, twin souls, demons, and past life regression. Iâ€™d recommend it, but I have no idea when it will be published.Iâ€™m also reading The Returning by Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Itâ€™s a fun space opera romp, recently released.
What book(s) have changed your life?
All of them. If you want one particular book that has influenced me more than anything, Iâ€™d have to say the LDS scriptures. No matter how many times I read them, I find advice, encouragement, hope, whatever I need at that moment.
I taught myself to read when I was four. I canâ€™t remember ever not knowing how to read. Books opened my imagination to new possibilities, new ideas, new worlds. When I discovered science fiction in fifth grade, I was hooked. For life. Itâ€™s an addiction I donâ€™t want to ever break.
How long have you been writing?
Iâ€™ve been making up stories for as long as Iâ€™ve been reading. I didnâ€™t start seriously writing until we bought our first computer in 1994. It was a Commodore128 we found at a garage sale. I spent a summer writing my first three novels. Itâ€™s another addiction I hope to never break.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love the classic SF authors – Andre Norton, Isaac Asimov, Zelazny. More current favorites include Julie Czerneda and Elizabeth Moon. Iâ€™ve made so many new author friends since publishing my book, Iâ€™m astounded at their talent. Frances Pauli writes some great romantic SF and fantasy. Berin Stephens has a hilarious YA SF out there. Look them up. You wonâ€™t be sorry.
Tell us why you wrote your new book
I couldnâ€™t stop myself. Itâ€™s book 2 in a series with 11 books. Iâ€™ve written them all because they are really the same storyline. No, no cliffhangers at the end of the book, just another episode in the overall picture.
What is it about?
Priestess of the Eggstone continues the misadventures of Dace. After the fiasco on Dadilan (Book 1, Nexus Point) where she left the planet literally in flames, sheâ€™s just trying to make a living as a courier pilot for Belliff. What she doesnâ€™t know is Belliff is a front for the Targon Crime Syndicate and the copilot she just hired has an entire species chasing him for stealing their god. Add in the hot Patrol agent from book 1 trying to recruit her and youâ€™ve got one giant mess. Itâ€™s a lot of action and adventure and a dash of romance.
Is there a book trailer for your book?
I wish there were but Iâ€™m hopeless at those. Maybe if I bribe my friend…
Where can we find your books?
http://www.jaletac.com has a list of most of my work. But long story short, I canâ€™t get in to update it. Iâ€™m working on it. Nexus Point is available on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, pretty much everywhere online. Priestess of the Eggstone is available from the publisher – http://journal-store.com/bookstore/priestess-of-the-eggstone/ – and pretty much everywhere else online.
Check the Facebook fan page if you do Facebook. Iâ€™ll try to keep the links current on there: Jaleta Cleggâ€™s Altairan Empire Series. I promise I donâ€™t do spam, only blog posts and the occasional announcement.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Write, write, write, read, write some more, submit what you write, write more, find people who know what theyâ€™re doing to critique your work, write more, submit again, read, analyze other peopleâ€™s books to find what works and what doesnâ€™t, write, submit.
But most all, believe in yourself. Trust what youâ€™re doing. And have fun. If you arenâ€™t enjoying writing, no one will enjoy reading what you write.
Tags: Altairan Empire Series, Andre Norton, Dace, Fantasy, inter galactic travel, Isaac Asimov, Jaleta Clegg, Julie Czerneda and Elizabeth Moon, Nexus Point, planet, preteen, Priestess of the Eggstone, SF, tween, ya, Zelazny