I hope you enjoy getting to know Maniac author member E.J. Brock.
Let’s start with the basics: when did you first know you were an author?
Probably as early as 11. That was the year I won first place for a short story I wrote.
How many books have you published?
Are there any that did not get published?
Are you still going to make that happen?
I’m not sure about one of them. The title is I Am and it is a story about God creating the Universe. I feel a little arrogant to presume I know the heart of God, or even His awesomeness. Yes, to the other. That title is The Leveler. Again, I’m just building up my nerves to let that one rip.
Written any really bad stories that we will never see?
What do you have currently out now?
My last release was Lucifer’s Lament. I have another one coming out in early November. Samson’s Issues – The Nazarites. Then, there is a third one that will be available a few weeks from now called Beyond The Shadow of Death. This one is close to my heart because it is the story of my sister’s transition.
Editor’s Note: Since this interview, all three stories have been released. Please check them out.
What keeps you motivated to write the next story?
God keeps putting stories in my spirit. My readers keep demanding more.
As long as people are reading my books, I’ll just keep writing my two series. Even after 31 books, the half hasn’t yet been told. I am in the process of formulating (in my head) a YA (young adult) series. I am sure it will be the next generation and spin off from my Spirit Mate and Sanctioned Mate series.
What can we, as your support group, do to help you?
Spread the word.
What is the wildest thing a fan has said to you?
My series are called A Spirit Mate Love Story and A Sanctioned Mate. One of the wildest things is that all of my readers want to be characters in the series. Another is many say that my series has lead them to study their Bible more. (Probably to see if what I write is truth or fiction – LOL!)
How important are reviews to you?
Reviews are important to every author. They validate the hard work we put into penning these tales.
Ever receive any hurtful reviews? Elaborate?
I received 1 for Brock’s Redemption and 1 for Ramiel’s Symphony. I think the one for Ramiel stunned me to my core. The reviewer called me a sociopath. It still amazes me that I had 40 5-star reviews on that book, but that 1 1-star still puts me in my feelings.
What conventions are you planning to attend in 2017?
I’ve traveled to two long distance ones this year, RSJ (Romance Slam Jam) in Los Angeles and RT in Atlanta. I only have one more I’m doing this year, Black Girl Passion Chicago Experience on Nov. 11.
Are you planning any independent reader events for yourself?
I’ve done several local ones this year at Chicago Public Libraries. I am looking to setup a couple next year on the East Coast.
Tell us one thing you’d like us to remember about you?
Remember that I write a mean old school love story. Remember that I started a second career (my writing) in my golden years. I hope that I am an example that you are never too old to start over!
Any authors you recommend?
There are too many authors for me to name them all, yourself included. Beverly Jenkins, and Iris Bolling are two seasoned authors that I enjoy. At the end of each of my books I always recommend authors that I think my readers will enjoy. My latest find is W Park Brigham. She is a fairly new author whose work I enjoy immensely.
Who inspires or motivates you?
My inspiration comes from God and the written word. There are many people who have never, nor will they ever, enter a church. We as writers can make God’s word live, even today. There are many stories that can be retold by aligning the scripture with today’s environment.
Any last thoughts?
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to reach your readers. It is a blessing to have had this opportunity. If any of you have never tried my books, please give them a try. My readers say that my first book – Brock’s Redemption – is a one hit hook!