The League of Scribes: Interview With Jaq D. Hawqins

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The League of Scribes is a legendary group of authors who write grand adventures in the realms of science fiction and fantasy. They are able to write rich, compelling stories while keeping content in the PG –PG-13 range.

If you have been on a quest to find clean sci-fi and fantasy novels, you have reached the right place.

This week, we present:

Jaq D. Hawkins

Jaq D. Hawqins - Author:

Otherwise known by her Code Name: Namadla

Jaq D. Hawkins - Author:

Namadla is a character in the second book of the series, Demoniac Dance. Sort of a law unto herself, and she keeps a pet dragon which is frowned upon by most of the goblins. They have an understanding with the dragons, you see, and having one getting loose and wandering freely in the caverns makes some of them nervous.

Jaq D Hawkins was originally traditionally published in the Mind, Body, Spirit genre, but moved to indie publishing soon after releasing her first Fantasy fiction novel, Dance of the Goblins. She currently has five novels released which include the Goblin Series (Dark Fantasy), comprised of Dance of the Goblins, Demoniac Dance and Power of the Dance. There is also a combined volume of the full Goblin Trilogy available.

Ms Hawkins also writes Steampunk. The Wake of the Dragon (Airship Pirate Adventure) is soon to be followed by a follow-up novel to expand on the airship pirate alternate history universe. A science fiction novel called The Chase for Choronzon is in progress, as well as further writings in occult subjects, some of which continue to be traditionally published while others are destined for the indie market.

She lives in England with her family, which includes several cats, and works on amateur filmmaking when she isn’t writing. Most of the time she juggles deadlines between the two. She is a strong advocate of human rights and equality, which is reflected in her Fantasy stories through diversity in central characters.

A Sample of Jennifer Kibble’s Work:

In the world of the goblins, there is only one rule…

The complete series!

Goblin Series by Jaq D. Hawkins:

A saga spanning three generations in a feudal world governed by magicians several generations after life as humankind knew it is devastated by a planetary pole shift, known to the goblins as the ‘turning’.

Dance of the Goblins*

The goblins lived unseen by man for many generations and were forgotten, consigned to legend, but a fluke sighting when a man wanders into the entrance of a forgotten underground transportation system revives an ancient war between the species, originated by misunderstanding and prejudice of a species which appears alien to the superstitious humans.

Demoniac Dance

A young girl running away from an unwanted marriage finds a new life among the mysterious magicians in the land across the river. What she didn’t bargain for is the presence of the goblins who have befriended her benefactors.

Power of the Dance

Khemael is a creature of beauty and grace with a mostly human appearance. His love of stretching his leather-like wings and flying freely in the world of men brings far too much attention to the existence of the goblins. Haghuf knows that the inevitable responsibility will fall to him to destroy Khemael who, in the world of the humans, would be called his grandson.

Worlds of magic and dragons in the realms of goblins and magicians await to be discovered in the complete series, The Goblin Trilogy!

Who would love your books?

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Old school Fantasy readers who enjoy alternative worlds, magic and dragons.

What was the inspiration for your latest book/series?

My latest book, to be released soon, is called The Chase For Choronzon. It grew from some fantastical ideas in a conversation on a forum of magicians.

If a movie of your book were made, what movie(s) would it be most similar too?

Dance of the Goblins and its sequels are destined for film. While the scope is not quite as broad as Lord of the Rings, the look will be similar and it will appeal to the same audience.

Do you use music while writing? If so, what music do you use? Is there a theme song for your book?

I write in silence, but the idea of The Dance, the spirituality of the goblins, arose while listening to a soundtrack for the Phantom of the Opera on Ice show. It was used in a fan animation for the book.

However, the music for the film will be done by a folk musician known as Damh the Bard. His YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/damhbard

What authors or books inspire you most?

My biggest inspirations have been Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, Roger Zelazny’s Amber, and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series.

If you were conquering the world, what fantasy or sci-fi creature/race/entity would you build your army out of? Why?

Oh goblins, definitely. They’re a little unpredictable, but they know warfare and the winged ones can control dragons!

Would you rather ride a galactic unicorn or a space dinosaur? Why?

I’ll go for the unicorn. It’s the glittering rainbow in its wake, you see. Appeals to my hippy nature.

When did you decide to be a professional writer?

When I was 14. I was in an Advanced Composition class, churning out short stories at an incredible rate, and it suddenly occurred to me that this was what I wanted to do.

Are you a planner, a discovery writer, or a hybrid?

I’d say a hybrid, leaning towards discovery. I get a concept, start to write and see what the characters do, then start planning a couple of chapters ahead for where they need to go. Sometimes the ending comes to me early and I just have to fill in the middle.

What is your number one piece of advice for aspiring writers?

Put your story away for at least three months, then read it with fresh eyes. You’ll be amazed at the improvements (not to mention the typos) you’ll see.

Where do your books fall on the Rating Scale of PG to PG-13 Content (1 = How To Train Your Dragon, 8 = The Dark Knight, 10 = Borderline-R-Rating).

Apart from one borderline R-rating scene in Dance of the Goblins (some nudity, implied sensual content), most of the series would probably rate 6-8. It can be a bit dark, but I’m not into graphic sex or violence.

If you could own one magic or sci-fi object or technology, what would you choose and why?

One trick some of the goblins can do is a Chameleon-like trait. They can fade into their surroundings, effectively invisible. I could see that as being very useful.

To Interact with Jaq D. Hawqins, check out the links below:

Readers:

  • Do you have any more questions for Jaq D Hawqins?
  • Would you rather be in a battle against goblins from Middle Earth or from The Labyrinth?
  • If you had chameleon-powers, what type of pattern would you try to wear?
  • Would you rather have a Luck Dragon from Never Ending Story or a Pern dragon?

If you would like to join the League of Scribes, please e-mail lpalmer@lpalmerchronicles.com

*Editor’s Note: Dance of the Goblins does have one scene with nudity and some sensual content.

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