Interview on “Meet The Author”

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the “Meet The Author” blog by K.M. Francoeur. The interview is posted on the blog but I wanted to give you a preview here. Below are the first few questions of the interview. If you would like to read more, click HERE.


J. G. McNease Interview Preview from “Meet The Author”

J. G. McNease

Question:  How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was just a little girl, but started writing novel-length fiction about a year ago.

Question:  What was the name of the first book you ever published, and when was it published?

The name of my first book is “The Last Navigator”. I published it in May of 2013.

Question:  Was this book published by a publisher; or did you self-publish?

I chose to go the self-publishing route with “The Last Navigator” using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program.

Question:  Tell our readers about this very first book.  (For example:  What was the inspiration for writing it, and what was it about)?

My inspiration to write “The Last Navigator” came from experiences I had while participating in a graduate school course in Hawai’i several years ago. While visiting the School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, we learned of the Navigators, and of Nainoa Thompson, one of the few remaining true navigators. The Navigators are a group of people who use natural elements, such as the stars, the planets, the movement of the waves and clouds, to find their way in the ocean. The title, “The Last Navigator”, was inspired by the Polynesian Navigators and, although it is not about them, the Navigators in my book do use the stars to find their way. I pulled from elements of the Polynesian Navigator traditions to write “The Last Navigator” and develop my characters. The storyline and many of the characters were also shaped by my background as a social worker and my desire to learn about and understand the human condition.

In writing “The Last Navigator”, I wanted to create a story that pulled from my experiences in Hawai’i as well as from current societal and personal life themes. Themes such as the empowerment of women and the hardships of single parent households are evident in the book. The main character in “The Last Navigator”, Lani, is a young female whale who dreams of being more than average. She wants to make a difference—and she does. In developing her character, I wanted to empower young women to follow their dreams and not simply conform to the norms of this world. Lani is shaped by her life experiences and her relationships with other characters, such as, Mother, and Kilo, and even the zany character of Manny, the sea turtle. She learns through trials and overcoming obstacles that she can indeed reach for the stars and achieve great things. My hope is that in reading “The Last Navigator”, some part of Lani’s character will resonate with each reader. Whether that resonance is found in her search for life’s meaning, or her desire to go against the grain, I hope she will touch the hearts of readers young and old.

News and Other Nuggets of Knowledge

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

My first short story, The Woman in the Zebra Hat, is now available to download on Smashwords.com. This was my first experience publishing through Smashwords and I have to say that I’m thoroughly satisfied. Their process is quick and easy if you follow their Style Guide. It took the guess work out of the publishing process and I got multiple formats for free. If you would like to check it out, just click on the book cover below to be directed to the Smashwords website. The story is free to download and it includes a preview of The Last Navigator at the end. It’s the perfect lunchtime read!

The Woman in the Zebra Hat: A Short Story

In other news, I’ve submitted the final version of The Last Navigator to Amazon’s CreateSpace for a proof to be printed. The proof has shipped and I’m waiting (im)patiently to get it in the mail. I can’t wait to hold the physical copy of my first book in my hands. What a thrill! Overall, my experience with CreateSpace has been satisfactory. The process is easy and, best of all, it’s free! The only thing you have to pay for is the proof and personal copies.

Sales of The Last Navigator for August have been pretty abysmal. I know that $2.99 is a stretch for someone to pay to get an ebook by an unknown author. In an attempt to make it a bit easier on the wallet, I’ve decreased the price of The Last Navigator to $0.99 in hopes that my sales will increase and more readers can experience a great story. If you want to download The Last Navigator at this discounted price, click HERE.

On Labor Day (September 2, 2013) I will be releasing The Last Navigator on Smashwords in multiple ebook formats. It’s a Labor Day special and you can pre-order your copy today!

Do you prefer to read your ebooks via your iPad or iPhone on the iBooks app? Or would you rather download a PDF version and read it on your computer? Do you have a Sony Reader or a Palm reading device?

The Last Navigator is available for pre-order in the following formats:

  • EPUB (for reading in Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others)
  • Kindle (.MOBI file for Kindle devices and Kindle apps)
  • PDF (for reading on a PC and other e-reading devices or printing)
  • LRF (for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub)
  • Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices)

Want to pre-order your copy? Click HERE.

One more topic I would like to address is the topic of reviews. I received a great review from Sherrey Meyer (Found Between the Covers) recently but haven’t seen any increase in reviews on Amazon. I hope that those of you who have read The Last Navigator and have liked it will think about writing a review on Amazon. It only takes a couple of seconds to write a quick review and I would truly appreciate it!

I hope to write up a post on my publishing experiences with CreateSpace and Smashwords soon so be on the lookout for that. School is back in full swing and I’m excited about things to come this fall!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease

The Back to School Freebie Event Begins Today!

On your mark…

Get set…

GO!

The Back to School Freebie Event has begun and will last ALL WEEKEND LONG! Get your free copy of The Last Navigator today or Saturday or Sunday! You have THREE WHOLE DAYS to download The Last Navigator for free from Amazon.com.

Don’t miss this opportunity because it is the last freebie event of the summer!

To download your free copy, simply click on the book cover below to go directly to my bookstore. From there, all you have to do is click “Buy from Amazon.com” and complete your FREE DOWNLOAD!

The Last Navigator Cover Art

If you have any problems downloading your free copy of The Last Navigator, please don’t hesitate to contact me using the form on the Contact page. The Fourth of July Freebie Event got 47 downloads. Let’s beat that number during The Back to School Freebie Event!

Get the word out!

Share with your friends and families!

Thanks for all of the love and support!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease

Coming Soon: Back to School Freebie Event

Starting this Friday, August 2nd, The Last Navigator will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to download for THREE WHOLE DAYS!

That’s right!

Don’t miss out on this Back to School Freebie Event, August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th! Download The Last Navigator for yourself and tell your friends and family. This is the last of the free events this summer so get your free copy while you can!

I’m so excited to be able to offer The Last Navigator for free this weekend! To download your free copy, simply click on the cover image below which will take you directly to my bookstore.

The Last Navigator [Kindle Edition]

Mark your calendars so you won’t forget about this amazing opportunity!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease

Back to School Freebie: August 2-4, 2013

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The summer is coming to an end and school is about to begin. It’s the perfect time for families to take their last beach vacations, buy new clothes, and stock up on school supplies. It’s also time to get a free copy of The Last Navigator during Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday weekend!

Not spending your last summer days soaking up the sun on Florida’s beaches?

Worried you will miss out on the Sales Tax Holiday deals?

Have no fear!

You don’t have to travel to Florida to get a Sales Tax Holiday deal this year! The best part about this Back to School Freebie event is that you can get The Last Navigator for ABSOLUTELY FREE from ANYWHERE in the world.

That’s right!

You can get it from the comfort of your own home. You can even download The Last Navigator while you are still in bed!

Not sure how to download The Last Navigator? I’ve made it SIMPLE with my own Amazon Bookstore! No more searching on Amazon for The Last Navigator and trying to figure out how to download. All you have to do is click the link below and it will take you straight to my bookstore.

The J. G. McNease Bookstore

This Back to School Freebie Event is 3 DAYS LONG! If you didn’t get a chance to download The Last Navigator during the Fourth of July Freebie Event, now is the time to do it. The Back to School Freebie Event is August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2013.

Don’t miss out!