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.


Featured Interview on Pubsmart Author

My author interview is featured today on Pubsmart Author! I’ve included a small snippet of the interview below for your enjoyment. Visit the Pubsmart Author website to find out more!

J. G. McNease

J. G. McNease Author Interview (A Snippet)

 Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected? (What was it?)

I did learn something from writing my book that was unexpected. I learned that I am capable of writing a book from cover to cover. I never thought that I could do something of that magnitude before but as the chapters continued to flow through my typing, I realized that I actually had it in me to write an entire book.

Where do you want to go with your writing career? Where do you see your writing career in five years?

I don’t know where I want to go with my writing career. I have hopes and dreams for my writing but you never know where life will take you. Just a year ago, I had no idea I would be a published author. I didn’t know I could write a book either. Now I have written a book and it has been published. In five years, I hope to have a couple of books published and I would love to see my name on a bestsellers list.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

I have a few works in progress at the moment. One of those works is the companion novel to The Last Navigator called Through Ryan’s Eyes. It is the story of The Last Navigator from the perspective of the human character, Ryan. It gives a bit of background into his life and what leads up to the last part of The Last Navigator. Another work I have in progress is a fictional book about real life events that happened in my life. For now, I’m calling it Adoptee Anonymous and it is telling a story of a character named Lynn and her journey to find out more about herself. My hope is that it will be an encouragement to any adoptee who struggles with similar issues in life. My last work that I have in progress is my collection of short stories. I have two short stories written already and I’m working on the third right now. The third short story is called “Waltzing With Raindrops” and it is about a woman and her relationship with her aging father who is in the hospital after having a stroke. It is a story for all of the “Daddy’s Girls” out there.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

When I’m not writing I spend my time working. I have a full-time day job as an administrative assistant so writing isn’t my primary activity. I also spend time with my husband watching TV shows on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video…

 To read the rest of the interview, click HERE.

More news…

  • The Last Navigator will be the featured book on Pubsmart Author tomorrow, July 10, 2013.
  • I have three (3) reviews for The Last Navigator on Amazon. If you enjoyed the book, feel free to write a brief review telling others about it! I appreciate the support!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease