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Sunday 15 November 2015

ℚ Ion 417:Raiju: Ion 417 [1] - James Darcey

Today we have the pleasure of meeting up with author to talk about his début novel,  Ion 417: Raiju (, James Darcey, 251 pages), a Science Fiction Fantasy, book one of the Ion 417 series.

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Hello James, welcome to BooksChatter.

What was the inspiration for Ion 417: Raiju?

"The initial inspiration came as a backstory to a character in a game.  Her story quickly expanded out to where her name and abilities are all that’s left relating to the game."
How much of yourself is reflected in this book, and how?
"I’m sure every author sticks little bits of themselves in the books they write.  I’m no exception.  Though most of the me bits are woven into the secondary characters."
The first thing that draws me to a book is its cover.  Can you tell us about your cover for Ion 417:Raiju - why you chose that concept and who the artist is.
"The concept depicts her first major display of power on Earth, and highlights her traits.  The artist is Mikey Brooks, who does his own line of children’s books.  He chose a Japanese model to pick up on the character’s ethnic heritage."
Why should we read Ion 417: Raiju and what sets it apart from the rest? 
"Several things set it apart.  First is that the story takes place in Japan.  I try to give readers a taste of Japan without bogging down in all of the overly publicized quirks. 
Sendai, Japan
Second is that she is a strong female lead, boasting abilities that have been ignored by other writers of special ability people."
Can you tell us something quirky about Ion 417: Raiju, its story and characters?
"An ion is a charged particle.  Her name derived from the ability to manipulate electrical charges.  It was 4:17 in the afternoon when I named her."
Who would you recommend Ion 417: Raiju to and what should readers be aware of (any warnings or disclaimers)?
"Although I don’t really ‘target’ a group of readers, I think most young adults would relate to it.  I use my words to get concepts across without the need for graphic portrayals.  Thus, I felt no worry about even letting my mother read it."
If you could / wished to turn Ion 417: Raiju and the Ion 417 series into a movie, who would be your dream team?
"Kiki Sukezane would be the lead, and of course location is Sendai, Japan. "
What do you like to write and read about?  Do you stick to a particular genre or do you like to explore different ones?
"I write science fiction and fantasy.  Ion fits a little bit in both worlds.  I’ve also written ones that are more traditional sci-fi, as well as swords and sorcery fantasy.  This is the area that I read the most."
What is your writing process?
"I start with a character, and place that character into a situation.  From there the story just starts rolling. "
What is in store next for Ion-417?
"This is part of a series.  Adversaries are starting to rise to the challenge she presents, and then there is the introduction of interpersonal entanglements.  Above it all looms her dread of being discovered."
And as a final quirky thing, to get to know you a little bit better... do you have a pet or something that is special to you that you could share with us?
"My other hobby is model trains.  I don’t have pictures of me with them though.  Currently I am working to build a room that I can run them around tiny people and towns."
Funny, that is something I have wanted to do for years... laying tracks all around the walls of an entertainment room!  Many thanks again for joining us today!

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