Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Author Interview: Fire Prophet (Son of Angels #1) by Jerel Law

Today, Edwin and Emily are happy to be a part of the Fire Prophet Blog Tour
hosted by YA Bound.
Find the other tour stops here.

Fire Prophet (Son of Angels #2) by Jerel Law
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
257 Pages

"Jerel Law transports readers to a place where supernatural forces of good and evil collide. Young readers will be entertained and inspired . . . I heartily recommend it." --Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series

What if you could actually see angels and fallen angels engaging in battle--and you were expected to join the fight?

It's been one year since Jonah Stone and his sister, Eliza, discovered that their mother is a nephilim, the product of a union between a human and a fallen angel, which makes them and their little brother, Jeremiah, "quarterlings," or one-quarter angel. After embarking on an epic journey to rescue their mother and the other nephilim, who were kidnapped by fallen angels, the Stone kids have enjoyed a little peace and quiet.

But when Jonah and Eliza are attacked by fallen angels at school, they learn that quarterlings all over the world are being targeted, and separating them from their parents is the only way to keep them safe. The kids undergo special training to help them discover their own unique angelic gifts, which come in handy when they embark on a mission to find a mysterious prophet who they believe holds the key to Abaddon's defeat in a massive battle between good and evil.

Parents today are looking for fiction that makes Christianity and the Bible exciting for their kids. This series is the first Christian answer to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, the Secret Series, and other middle grade series packed with adventure, action, and supernatural fights. But the message is solidly scriptural in that God alone is always in control.

"Jerel Law has crafted a fantastic story that will leave every reader wanting more. Stop looking for the next great read in fantasy fiction for young readers--you've found it!" --Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of Dreamhouse Kings and "The 13th Tribe"

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Q & A With Author Jerel Law

Q: Everyone seems to have a "how I got published" story. What is yours?

My story, like a lot of others, is about the right door opening up at the right time, combined with
a lot of persistence. I had been writing fiction for ten years before my first book, Spirit Fighter,
was published. Four completed, unpublished manuscripts are sitting on my laptop right now.
None of them sold, but I learned lots of lessons with each. Writing those books was like going
to school for me. Each one helped me become a better writer. The fifth one turned out to be the
one that sold.

After I’d written the fifth, I did what most authors do (and what I’d done four times before with
limited success) – try to find an agent! Which can be just as hard as landing a publisher. But I
remembered a conversation I had with a local author two years prior – a great guy named Robert
Whitlow. I figured reaching out to him couldn’t hurt, so I asked if he would look at my query
letter and give me some suggestions. He agreed, read it, and to my surprise, also asked to see
the first chapter of my book. The next day we spoke on the phone and he told me how much
he liked what he’d read (I still remember how excited I was as we spoke) – and then he offered
to introduce me to his publisher. Not long after, we reached out to a wonderful editor named
MacKenzie Howard from Thomas Nelson via email, and ten minutes after I contacted her, she
requested my manuscript. Ten months later (yes, it took that long!) I had a two-book contract
for the Son of Angels series. At this point, I still don’t have an agent. And Robert has become a
great friend.

Q: When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?

The truth is, I did not grow up wanting to be an author. I wasn’t one of those kids who filled
journals with words and ideas. I was too busy playing sports, going to school, and hanging out
with my friends. The real story (although I’m not quite sure how I feel about letting this cat out
of the bag) is that around 1999, my wife and I were on vacation at the beach, and she brought
a book along that I ended up reading – The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Yeah, I know. But
looking back, I realize I had some frustration in my current job as a pastor, and needed an outlet
for some creative expression. Coming back from our trip (and having read that book), I was
inspired with an idea for a novel. I talked to Susan, my wife, about it, and she encouraged me to
get busy and write. So my first book was a Sparks-ish love story set in North Carolina (where I
live), written for her. And apparently, she was the only one who liked it. But I realized through
that that I really enjoyed writing.

Tour Wide Giveaway:
- Five Winners will receive copies of Fire Prophet by Jerel Law
- Open to US residents only

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Thank you to Jerel Law for stopping by and YA Bound for hosting the tour!

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