Thursday, 30 May 2013

Restrike Blog Tour: Author Spotlight: Reba White Williams



Hello, Therians!
 
As promised, Reba White Williams is here today for a quick chat. 
If you'd like to know more about the JKSCommunications Restrike Blog Tour and the other stops in the tour, click on the link.





BOOK DETAILS

Paperback
$12.00
ISBN: 978-1939052001
Mystery
350 pages
Delos
June 1, 2013


Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba White Williams’ exciting first novel, Restrike.


Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene moved from North Carolina to New York after college to make their mark on the art world: Coleman is the editor of an influential arts magazine and Dinah is the owner of a print gallery in Greenwich Village. But their challenges are mounting as one of Coleman's writers is discovered selling story ideas to a competitor and The Greene Gallery is in the red because sales are down.


When billionaire Heyward Bain arrives with a glamorous assistant, announcing plans to fund a fine print museum, Coleman is intrigued and plans to get to know Bain and publish an article about him. Dinah hopes to sell him enough prints to save her gallery. At the same time, swindlers, attracted by Bain’s lavish spending, invade the print world to grab some of his money.


When a print dealer dies in peculiar circumstances, Coleman is suspicious, but she can’t persuade the NYPD crime investigator of a connection between the dealer’s death and Bain’s buying spree. After one of Coleman’s editors is killed and Coleman is attacked, the police must acknowledge the connection, and Coleman becomes even more determined to discover the truth about Bain. In an unforgettable final scene, Coleman risks her life to expose the last deception threatening her, her friends, and the formerly tranquil print world.



AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

 Let's get to know Reba a little better.
 
Hi Reba,
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today.

1.                  Tell us a bit more about yourself.

I was born in Mississippi, grew up in North Carolina, and came to New York as soon as I got out of Duke. I was lucky to get a job in the research department (I was an English major) of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., where I worked for nine years. McKinsey supported my going to Harvard Business School, and armed with an MBA I joined a securities firm on Wall Street as an analyst. I later wrote about the investment business for Institutional Investor magazine, and got very involved with my husband collecting fine art prints. This interest led me back to school for a Ph.D. in art history…and writing for art magazines and the exhibition catalogues that accompanied the exhibitions we created from our collection. We donated our collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington five years ago, and with that, I was free to turn all my writing to fiction, at last. But I’m not totally divorced from art. All of my books – two finished, two in process – are set in the New York (and London) art worlds.

2.                  Describe yourself in three words.

Curious, observant, considerate.

3.                  You have a love for art as well as books and writing, how do you find balance between the two?

I answered this in (1). I’m still involved in art, but it’s passive. I’m no longer doing art history research and collecting has nearly stopped, but my art-related knowledge and experiences are alive in my books.

4.                  Tell us more about The Print Research Foundation.

This was a stop-gap. We had to move our collection out of the offices where my husband and I worked when we retired, so we moved the collection, the archives (we had files on the more than 2,000 artists in the collection), and the library to a building in Stamford, CT – created the Print Research Foundation – and made it all available to scholars.

5.                  You’ve written articles for a number of publications, how does article writing differ from novel writing?

At last, with fiction I can use my imagination.

6.                  What do you do when you’re not writing?

Reading, most of all. I’m also a busy gardener and bird-watcher. My husband and I travel a lot, U.S. and abroad, and watch a lot of movies.

7.                  Who/What inspired you to start writing?

Again, my answer is reading. I’m from a family of storytellers, so it’s in my genes.

8.                  What has been the most rewarding experience on the road to being published?

Nothing is as much fun as writing.

9.                  What is the best advice you’ve been given as an author?

Keep writing.

10.              What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Keep writing.

11.              Who are your favorite authors to read?

I reread Jane Austen and Dorothy L. Sayers. I don’t miss anything by Jane Smiley and Elizabeth George. And nearly every new mystery that’s published.

12.              Restrike is a fantastic mystery novel, what made you choose this particular genre to write in?

I’m a fan of cozy mysteries, à la Agatha Christie.

13.              There are many interesting characters in Restrike, including Dolly, Coleman’s dog. Tell us more about the inspiration behind her character?

I’ve owned four Maltese terriers over nearly fifty years. Muffin is the newest, now a year old. I know the breed well, and they are great companions. Everybody needs one!

14.              Are any of your characters based on people you know?

All the nice and noble people in my books are based on people I’ve known. The bad guys (and girls) are imaginary.

15.              Who is your favorite character, and why?

I have to pick Coleman. I admire her drive, bravery and concern for others...and her sharp mind.

16.              Are you working on any special projects at the moment?

The second in the series, Fatal Impressions, is finished and will be published in March, 2014. I’m hard at work on #3 and #4, and I’ve got the setting picked for #5.




Praise for Reba White Williams and Restrike


“There’s a major new presence on the crime scene...Reba White Williams. Restrike will strike a big hit with sophisticated readers who love culture, uncommon criminals and terrific writing. You won’t be able to put this book down!”
 –Alexandra Penney, bestselling author of How to Make Love to a Man, former editor-in-chief of SELF magazine



“A captivating glimpse into the glitzy New York City art scene”


–Jane Cleland, author of Dolled Up for Murder, a Josie Prescott Antiques mystery



“Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Sue Grafton, and a few others, have a new sister in the celebrated sorority of women mystery writers. Her sophistication with art, fashion, food, and scent add extra pleasure to the heart-beating tension.”

–Susan Kinsolving, author of The White Eyelash, Dailies and Rushes


 
For art lover and mystery fan alike, Restrike is a feast.”
–Susan Larkin, author of Top Cats: The Life and Times of the New York Public Library Lions, American Impressionism and other books


 
“I was up all night. WOW! A suspenseful, roller coaster ride through the sexy world of art. You get to learn the inner workings of a serpentine world and have fun at the same time.”
–Barbara Guggenheim, author of The Ultimate Organizer and upcoming Art World: The Second Oldest Profession


 


“An intelligent, fascinating thriller…Agatha Christie meets Muriel Spark”
–Bert Fields, author of Royal Blood: Richard III and other novels




“Reba Williams channels Agatha Christie in this smart and sassy whodunit that takes on the print world and hits a strike – and a restrike”


            –Jonathan Santlofer, Nero Wolfe Award winner
 


 A first-rate thriller, which holds our rapt attention until the end.”

–John Julius Norwich, author of A History of England in 100 Places: Stonehenge to the Guerkin



Restrike is a thrilling and compelling story of murder and treachery. Reba Williams kept me spellbound.”
–Francesca Zambello, Director of Glimmerglass, director of opera and musicals, including The Little Mermaid



A novel that does what the best fiction should always do: it fully inhabits a fascinating subculture. The investigation at the heart of this novel is not just into murder, but into the nature of fraud, forgery, and the secret selves that often rise up unexpectedly to ambush us.”

–K. L. Cook, author of Love Songs for the Quarantined and The Girl from Charnelle



“A fascinating glimpse into the harrowing, high-stakes world of art fraud. Restrike is a smart, fast-paced mystery peopled with vivid characters both charming and dark.”
–Mindy Friddle, author of The Garden Angel and Secret Keepers



Restrike is savvy, saucy, and scary – a worthy debut from a writer who bears watching.”

–Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and What We Saw at Night



“A fast-paced tale of nefarious dealings in New York’s art world.”
            –Tom Cook, Edgar Award winning mystery writer



“Starts out with a bang and keeps you riveted! A first rate debut!"
            –Steve Berry, New York Times bestelling author



Awards:
·         2001 Gold Medal Award from The Spanish Institute (with Dave Williams), November 2001.


·         Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship (with Dave Williams), October 2000.


·         2000 Woman of Distinction Award, for extraordinary professional accomplishments.  New York State Senate, May 2000.


·         2000 Swan Award (with Dave Williams), lifetime achievement for furthering the arts both nationally and internationally, Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.


·         Pratt Institute, Pratt Legend, 2000.


·         1999 New York City Council Woman of Achievement Pacesetter Award.


·         Distinguished Cultural Leadership Award (with Dave Williams), for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of the Empire State, February 10, 1999.


·         Award from Primary School 164, Brooklyn, a culture and arts magnet school, for “Dedication and support of the arts in public school education,” June 11, 1998.


·         The Augustus Graham Medal (with Dave Williams), presented on behalf of the Brooklyn Museum of Art Board of Trustees, for “Outstanding support of the arts,” April 30, 1998.


·         The Polish Order of Merit, Cavalier of the Grand Cross of Poland, First Class, honoring contributions to the financial industry in Poland.


·         Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities (with Dave Williams).  Appreciation:  “In helping to re-establish a very special environment, you have begun a renaissance which we hope continues until the school has regained its original beauty,” October 25, 1995.


BUYING LINKS:




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 


Reba White Williams has written articles for American Artist, Art and Auction, Print Quarterly and Journal of the Print World. She served on the Print Committees of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum and The Whitney Museum. She was a member of the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly, and is an Honorary Keeper of American Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University.


Williams grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University and her ambition at 21 years old led her to New York, where she began writing about art, business and finance. Williams eventually earned her MBA from Harvard, MA in Art History from Hunter, PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and MA in Fiction Writing from Antioch University.


She worked as a library assistant, researcher at a management-consulting firm, a Wall Street securities analyst and writer for Institutional Investor magazine and other financial publications, and her expertise and passion for the arts led Williams to write a mystery novel series revolving around art fraud. The first book, Restrike, releases June 2013.


Williams has served as President of the New York City Art Commission and Vice Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2009, most of her and her husband’s collection—about 5,000 prints—was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.


She and her husband founded the annual Willie Morris Award for best Southern fiction, now in its sixth year. With her husband and their dog Muffin, who is fictionalized in her books, Williams divides her time between New York, Connecticut and Palm Springs.



Connect with Reba



Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Review: Restrike by Reba White Williams


Hello, Therians!
 
A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading Restrike by Reba White Williams. I'm reposting my review today for the JKSCommunications Restrike Blog Tour.

Check it out below, and be sure to stop by tomorrow as Reba will be stopping by for a quick chat!




BOOK DETAILS

Paperback
$12.00
ISBN: 978-1939052001
Mystery
350 pages
Delos
June 1, 2013


Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba White Williams’ exciting first novel, Restrike.

Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene moved from North Carolina to New York after college to make their mark on the art world: Coleman is the editor of an influential arts magazine and Dinah is the owner of a print gallery in Greenwich Village. But their challenges are mounting as one of Coleman's writers is discovered selling story ideas to a competitor and The Greene Gallery is in the red because sales are down.

When billionaire Heyward Bain arrives with a glamorous assistant, announcing plans to fund a fine print museum, Coleman is intrigued and plans to get to know Bain and publish an article about him. Dinah hopes to sell him enough prints to save her gallery. At the same time, swindlers, attracted by Bain’s lavish spending, invade the print world to grab some of his money.

When a print dealer dies in peculiar circumstances, Coleman is suspicious, but she can’t persuade the NYPD crime investigator of a connection between the dealer’s death and Bain’s buying spree. After one of Coleman’s editors is killed and Coleman is attacked, the police must acknowledge the connection, and Coleman becomes even more determined to discover the truth about Bain. In an unforgettable final scene, Coleman risks her life to expose the last deception threatening her, her friends, and the formerly tranquil print world.

 

Praise for Reba White Williams and Restrike

“There’s a major new presence on the crime scene...Reba White Williams. Restrike will strike a big hit with sophisticated readers who love culture, uncommon criminals and terrific writing. You won’t be able to put this book down!”
 –Alexandra Penney, bestselling author of How to Make Love to a Man, former editor-in-chief of SELF magazine


“A captivating glimpse into the glitzy New York City art scene”


–Jane Cleland, author of Dolled Up for Murder, a Josie Prescott Antiques mystery


“Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Sue Grafton, and a few others, have a new sister in the celebrated sorority of women mystery writers. Her sophistication with art, fashion, food, and scent add extra pleasure to the heart-beating tension.”

–Susan Kinsolving, author of The White Eyelash, Dailies and Rushes

 
For art lover and mystery fan alike, Restrike is a feast.”

–Susan Larkin, author of Top Cats: The Life and Times of the New York Public Library Lions, American Impressionism and other books

 

“I was up all night. WOW! A suspenseful, roller coaster ride through the sexy world of art. You get to learn the inner workings of a serpentine world and have fun at the same time.”

–Barbara Guggenheim, author of The Ultimate Organizer and upcoming Art World: The Second Oldest Profession

 

“An intelligent, fascinating thriller…Agatha Christie meets Muriel Spark”
–Bert Fields, author of Royal Blood: Richard III and other novels

 

“Reba Williams channels Agatha Christie in this smart and sassy whodunit that takes on the print world and hits a strike – and a restrike”


            –Jonathan Santlofer, Nero Wolfe Award winner
 

 A first-rate thriller, which holds our rapt attention until the end.”

–John Julius Norwich, author of A History of England in 100 Places: Stonehenge to the Guerkin



Restrike is a thrilling and compelling story of murder and treachery. Reba Williams kept me spellbound.”

–Francesca Zambello, Director of Glimmerglass, director of opera and musicals, including The Little Mermaid

 

A novel that does what the best fiction should always do: it fully inhabits a fascinating subculture. The investigation at the heart of this novel is not just into murder, but into the nature of fraud, forgery, and the secret selves that often rise up unexpectedly to ambush us.”

–K. L. Cook, author of Love Songs for the Quarantined and The Girl from Charnelle


“A fascinating glimpse into the harrowing, high-stakes world of art fraud. Restrike is a smart, fast-paced mystery peopled with vivid characters both charming and dark.”

–Mindy Friddle, author of The Garden Angel and Secret Keepers


Restrike is savvy, saucy, and scary – a worthy debut from a writer who bears watching.”

–Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and What We Saw at Night


“A fast-paced tale of nefarious dealings in New York’s art world.”
            –Tom Cook, Edgar Award winning mystery writer


“Starts out with a bang and keeps you riveted! A first rate debut!”

            –Steve Berry, New York Times bestelling author


Awards:

·         2001 Gold Medal Award from The Spanish Institute (with Dave Williams), November 2001.

·         Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship (with Dave Williams), October 2000.

·         2000 Woman of Distinction Award, for extraordinary professional accomplishments.  New York State Senate, May 2000.

·         2000 Swan Award (with Dave Williams), lifetime achievement for furthering the arts both nationally and internationally, Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.

·         Pratt Institute, Pratt Legend, 2000.

·         1999 New York City Council Woman of Achievement Pacesetter Award.

·         Distinguished Cultural Leadership Award (with Dave Williams), for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of the Empire State, February 10, 1999.

·         Award from Primary School 164, Brooklyn, a culture and arts magnet school, for “Dedication and support of the arts in public school education,” June 11, 1998.

·         The Augustus Graham Medal (with Dave Williams), presented on behalf of the Brooklyn Museum of Art Board of Trustees, for “Outstanding support of the arts,” April 30, 1998.

·         The Polish Order of Merit, Cavalier of the Grand Cross of Poland, First Class, honoring contributions to the financial industry in Poland.

·         Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities (with Dave Williams).  Appreciation:  “In helping to re-establish a very special environment, you have begun a renaissance which we hope continues until the school has regained its original beauty,” October 25, 1995.


BUYING LINKS:



REVIEW

Murder mysteries are always exciting to read. They allow the reader to escape reality and play detective for a few hours. And then there's always that moment of anticipation when the perp is finally revealed.

Williams does a brilliant job of keeping the suspense alive with each turn of the page, and there is never a dull moment as murder, greed, hidden pasts and family secrets grip the art world.

There are a multitude of interesting characters, and even though the story's main focus is the murder of a print dealer and Coleman's determination to discover the truth about his death, each character has their own side-story which kept the story flowing and added to the main plot. The mystery unraveled at a good pace, revealing some very surprising truths about certain characters.

All these truths, along with the many twists and turns within the plot, culminate in one thrilling ending with even more surprises.

I enjoyed every minute spent amongst the pages of this fantastic read. Lovers of suspense and mystery will be riveted by this book.

It deserves nothing less than...

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Reba White Williams has written articles for American Artist, Art and Auction, Print Quarterly and Journal of the Print World. She served on the Print Committees of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum and The Whitney Museum. She was a member of the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly, and is an Honorary Keeper of American Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University.

Williams grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University and her ambition at 21 years old led her to New York, where she began writing about art, business and finance. Williams eventually earned her MBA from Harvard, MA in Art History from Hunter, PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and MA in Fiction Writing from Antioch University.

She worked as a library assistant, researcher at a management-consulting firm, a Wall Street securities analyst and writer for Institutional Investor magazine and other financial publications, and her expertise and passion for the arts led Williams to write a mystery novel series revolving around art fraud. The first book, Restrike, releases June 2013.

Williams has served as President of the New York City Art Commission and Vice Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2009, most of her and her husband’s collection—about 5,000 prints—was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

She and her husband founded the annual Willie Morris Award for best Southern fiction, now in its sixth year. With her husband and their dog Muffin, who is fictionalized in her books, Williams divides her time between New York, Connecticut and Palm Springs.


Connect with Reba




Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Tristis Manor Blog Tour: Character Bio: James from Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)


 
 Hello, Therians!
 
Today, in my second stop of the JKSCommunications Blog Tour for J.R. Wagner's Tristis Manor, we are going to learn a bit more about James, the MC from Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)
 

Don't forget to grab a copy of Tristis Manor and show your support for RAINN!
(Links below)
 
CHARACTER BIO

Full name: James Lochlan Stuart IV

Age: 16

Birth date: December 5th 1881

Brief Description: (direct quote from Exiled, chapter 1, paragraph 1) ‘The drawn face of the taller was partly concealed by his midnight-black, shoulder-length hair. The deep-blue robes he wore did little to conceal his lean build. With every word he spoke, striations in his jaw muscles contracted and relaxed. Despite being in his mid-teens, his concerned expression and the weariness in his eyes gave him the look of a much older man.’


Neither of James’s parents believes in magic or sorcery at the time James was born. In September of 1885, James’s father meets a man named David Ogilvy who reveals the existence of magic as well as something even more shocking –Ogilvy believes James is the anointed one.  The one prophesied by the greatest of all Seers to end the dreaded Epoch Terminus. (The destruction of all sorcerers.)


After some convincing, James’s parents come around and integrate themselves into this society they previously believed was nothing but make-believe. They became bent upon educating James in the ways of sorcery along with keeping him safe from those who would use him for ill deeds. 


When James is just twelve years old, his father is killed protecting James from a group of would-be kidnappers.  James blames himself for his father’s death and carries the heavy burden of guilt and anger with him as he matures.


Nearly four years later, James is convicted of murdering his mentor, Akil Karanis, by the council of sorcerers and banished to The Never (think Alcatraz for sorcerers).  James must find a way home in order to prove his innocence and stop the Epoch Terminus. There is only one problem; no one has ever escaped The Never once they’ve been banished.








SYNOPSIS


Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series.


 Grab your copy today and support a worthy cause!
 
 

 
From March 20 - July 20 all proceeds will be donated to
 RAINN

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR


J. R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, during a blizzard. The snow made travel by car impossible, so his father called an ambulance when his mother went into labor. The ambulance became stuck at the bottom of their home’s driveway, prompting the dispatch of a fire truck, which towed the ambulance to the hospital where he was born.

Maybe it was this experience that destined J.R. to love adventure.
A competitive cyclist, triathlete, mountain biker, and adventure racer, he once received a medal for saving a woman’s life during the kayaking section of an adventure race.

J.R. drafted his first story, a sequel to Return of the Jedi, when he was ten years old. A self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, he had lofty aspirations of working with George Lucas on filming the project. In 1990, he began filming his version of The Lord of the Rings in his parents’ basement, but the plug was pulled after he nearly burned down the house. Since then, J.R. has written two full-length screenplays and a thriller novel.
After graduating with a kinesiology degree from Arizona State University, J.R. returned to Pennsylvania, where he took up writing once again.
He began writing Exiled while vacationing in Maine.

Connect with J.R. Wagner:



Monday, 27 May 2013

Review: Tristis Manor by J.R. Wagner

 
 Hello, Therians!
 
Welcome to my first stop in the JKSCommunications Blog Tour for J.R. Wagner's Tristis Manor.
 
J.R. is a truly gifted writer and I enjoyed the first book in his epic fantasy series, The Never Chronicles, so much that I couldn't wait to read this novella.


SYNOPSIS

Margaret lives in a constant state of fear. Fear of her mother, whose constant state of anger and unwillingness to speak of Margaret's past have long since pushed Margaret away. Fear of disappointing her father should he ever discover the events of that day. Most of all, Margaret lives in fear of her abuser's return. Margaret turns to self-harm to cope with her pain and fear. Only when her self-inflicted injuries bring her near death does she realize she has the power and the support from an unlikely place to stand up to her fears and believe in herself again. Tristis Manor is a novella from The Never Chronicles, an epic fantasy series.

 Grab your copy today and support a wonderful cause!

 


 
From March 20 July 20 all proceeds will be donated to
 RAINN

REVIEW

I have to admit, I never read the synopsis for this novella. All I knew was that is was written by J.R.Wagner and it was a, The Never Chronicles novella, and I was sold.


My heart ached for Margaret and I physically felt the pain she inflicted upon herself. I couldn’t believe that such a young girl would put herself through that trauma, but as her story unfolded and the truth about the horrible incident that constantly haunted her was slowly revealed, the escape the pain provided was clear and evident, making me want to protect her all the more.

Her mother was wretched and my loathsome feelings only multiplied the more I read. Her fate was well deserved. I was appalled that she even allowed the Marquis back into her home after what he had done, and without even taking into account her daughter’s feelings. Of course, the reasons for her total disregard for Margaret came to light in the latter part of this book, but still, now that I think of it that woman deserved a slow and torturous death.

I was pleasantly surprised by Margaret’s strength of character. She didn’t allow the incident to completely break her. She fought back, driven by her need to protect her sister as well as herself— she refused to go down without a fight. And then, when she was sent away, she showed a high level of maturity. Understanding and accepting the situation for what it was, even as it broke her heart.

Wagner is a master at creating vivid scenes that jump out from the page. He captures his characters’ feelings so well that as a reader I felt everything. I only wish the story had been longer.

It gets…

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

J. R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, during a blizzard. The snow made travel by car impossible, so his father called an ambulance when his mother went into labor. The ambulance became stuck at the bottom of their home’s driveway, prompting the dispatch of a fire truck, which towed the ambulance to the hospital where he was born.

Maybe it was this experience that destined J.R. to love adventure.
A competitive cyclist, triathlete, mountain biker, and adventure racer, he once received a medal for saving a woman’s life during the kayaking section of an adventure race.

J.R. drafted his first story, a sequel to Return of the Jedi, when he was ten years old. A self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, he had lofty aspirations of working with George Lucas on filming the project. In 1990, he began filming his version of The Lord of the Rings in his parents’ basement, but the plug was pulled after he nearly burned down the house. Since then, J.R. has written two full-length screenplays and a thriller novel.
After graduating with a kinesiology degree from Arizona State University, J.R. returned to Pennsylvania, where he took up writing once again.
He began writing Exiled while vacationing in Maine.
Connect with J.R. Wagner:





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