On my blog today, author J.M. Richardson tells us a little more about himself and the second book in his James Beauregard series of books, ‘The Barataria Key‘.
My fourth novel, The Barataria Key, was just released on December 21, 2016, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. More than five years into my professional writing career, and I love this as much as ever. I don’t know why I find that strange. In the mind of the average person, writing a novel is such an immense undertaking. I could see a person sort of trudge through it like wading uphill in waist-deep snow, only to collapse at the summit with a “Whew! Glad that’s over!” I could understand a person wanting to do this almost as a notch on their belt; another achievement they can claim before moving on to some other thing. I don’t see it that way. This is something I love to do. I love to create. I love to share what I create, whether it’s cooking, brewing, or writing another story. I slide it in front of you, prop my chin, watch you take a bite, and wait in giddy anticipation for you to tell me what you think.
Now that The Barataria Key is in the hands of readers, I’ve made eye contact. I’m awaiting that response. I’m waiting to see what people think. It’s very important to authors that people review our books, perhaps in their blogs, but especially on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. More reviews leads to more visibility, and that in turn leads to that chance to actually make this a full-time career.
Yes, I have a day job. Most of us do. I’m a teacher in Fort Worth, Texas, and I love my chosen career. It’s what I chose to pursue while attending Louisiana State University. I have been educating high school kids for over eleven years, but I’ve spend a lifetime making art, whether it’s playing some Pearl Jam song on my guitar or writing poetry. I need to relieve myself of the anxieties in life; the obsessions and self-loathing. I sometimes write in my own blog if something weighs heavily upon me. But my favorite thing to do has always been to write new stories. It’s like I’m some kind of supreme being with the power to create new life and new environments. If I can I imagine it, I can breathe life into it.
I’m a super history and social sciences dork. I have taught history and geography. I also teach AP psychology. So naturally, I like to tinker with the personalities of my characters. The Apocalypse Mechanism was the first book I ever wrote, and my latest novel is the second installment of what I like to call The James Beauregard Series. James is everything I hate about myself—my demons, obsessions, habits, fears. He’s the first character I have created in my professional career. He’s dark and messy. He’s flawed, to the point that my editors wanted to tone him down out of fear that readers would not like him. But I fought for him. He needed to be flawed; human. I fought for him because despite the reflections of my own darkness, he is everything I wish I could be. He is bold and brilliant. He is an odd paradox of fear and fearlessness. He is good and kind, but irritable and anxious.
James finds himself an unlikely adventurer. A professor in New Orleans, near my hometown, he is more brains than brawn. He cracks no whips, nor single-handedly takes out an entire company of Nazis. Still, he finds himself at the heart of global mysteries and conspiracies that span centuries.
Here is the blurb for The Barataria Key:
It lurks in the shadowy recesses of the French Quarter, among the flickering gas lanterns and Creole courtyards. In the humid, teeming swamps of Barataria. A dark secret. An ancient force. The will to remake one’s history. James Beauregard finds himself at the center of an insidious conspiracy, two hundred years in the making. From the backstreets of New Orleans to the once pirate-infested waters of the Gulf Coast, the race begins to unravel the mystery of The Barataria Key.
The James Beauregard books bend historical perspective so that we may be able to speculate the what-ifs. Who knows how accurate our history books are? Guesswork based on a few documents? How would differing perspectives change that if we could speak to people from the past? Historical accounts are easy to play with. It’s fun to take something well-known to be accepted as fact, and spin it a little. I like to weave an alternative account that challenges what a reader thinks he or she knows. Hopefully, the reader finds him or herself immersed and intrigued. If you find yourself reading one of my books, that is my wish for your journey into my stories. I hope you would get as much enjoyment out of it as I do.
‘The Barataria Key‘ is available now from the following links.
About The Author
J.M. Richardson is an author published by Winter Goose Publishing. A native of Southeast Louisiana, he is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, where he studied history and education. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughters. He is always working on a new story, and enjoys brewing, playing guitar, and traveling with his family.
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