Convergence Series - Book 1
By J. M Riddles
A priestess's childhood friendship with a Lycan blossoms into love when they are reunited as adults, but when Varg wants Halea to be his mate, she is torn between her oath and her desire to be with the Wolf King who loves her. Only a blood sacrifice can stop the coming of the next convergence, and with Halea's life on the line, Varg will do anything to save her.
Convergence Series - Book 2
By J. M Riddles
After many years of hardship and separation, Halea has become Varg's mate, and life should be perfect, but it isn't. She can't escape the feeling that the Chaos Dimension will someday return, and with Lord Anshar gone, who will protect them? Though no longer a priestess, she cannot ignore the call of the goddess that is warning her of the storm ahead.
J. M Riddles
About the Author
J.M. Riddles (aka Your Humble Author, aka J) is an avid lover of science fiction and fantasy. Some of her writing also features romance, paranormal, horror, surrealism, mature, and even young adult fiction. She holds a Bachelors degree in English Literature and four Associates degrees. Some of her interests include heavy metal, rock, sci-fi, fantasy, food, art, makeup, nature, and all things nerdy. She is currently hard at work on book three of the Convergence series.
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What was the inspiration behind The Convergence Series?
All of my writing inspiration comes from dreams. The Convergence series began with a dream I had of a woman finding a dilapidated old tree house and being sad because she lost someone and that was where they used to play as children; then when she turns around, she sees her lost friend as an adult. In the dream, he was a lycanthrope, and he had also believed that she was dead and gone and was surprised to see her again. They embraced, and the dream ended. I felt like this would be an excellent premise for a fantasy romance, and so after adding a few more details and coming up with a plot, that same dream turned into the first chapter (well, technically, the Prologue) for Torn Apart.
Do you have a favourite character in your series? Who and why?
My personal favorite is the elder lycan healer, Batsuba. She's fun to write because she's old, wise, cranky, and snarky, and god I love her! But I also have to say the character I am most proud of in the series is the antagonist, Lord Anshar. Lord Anshar is a dragon therianthrope who many of my readers also love because though he is the series antagonist, he's very sympathizable and tragic.
Did you always know you would write this as a series or did that decision come later? What helped you to decide?
I realized Convergence would be a series very quickly during the plot development, mostly because the world I intended to build and the many characters I envisioned would take far more than a single book to tell their story.
What does your writing process look like?
First, I begin with a premise. In this case, my dream. Then I come up with the plot and the conclusion. I'm a plotter, and I plan my stories scene by scene. I write down my many ideas for the scenes necessary to progress the plot, then arrange them in the best order to provide good pacing and progress the story. Progressing from scene to scene does take a little bit of pantsing, but I'd say about 80% of the story is all plotted in advance.
How did you go about getting your books published?
Upon the completion of Torn Apart (book 1), I did try to get the book traditionally published, and I was offered a contract from a small publishing house, but ultimately I decided that I wanted to go the self-publishing route. Self-publishing takes a lot of hard work, there's a steep learning curve, and you definitely have to be a bit of an entrepreneur, but I was willing to work hard for this series. It hasn't always been easy, but I have no regrets.