Jim West, author of Libellus de Numeros, stopped by today for an interview.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I am a Cyber Security Expert working for the US Military overseas. It keeps me quite busy needless to say.
When did your first start writing?
I started the story over a decade ago, but left it for many years. I picked it back up last summer. I am happy I did follow it through.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Jules Verne and Alexander Lloyd. Their books were simply magical to me from a science fiction and fantasy perspective as a young reader.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
My two daughters. They both are part of this story in many ways. The main character of Alex is based upon them both.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The first chapter I completely wrote and has hardly changed a bit since it was written is 'Honor and Punishment'. I felt that chapter captured exactly the vision I had in my mind.
What is best writing advice you can give?
Follow through with your story. Finish it no matter how 'bad' you think the writing is. Just to get to 'The End' is a significant accomplishment that many never reach. More people say I would LIKE to write a book, or I have an idea...but it is an entirely different thing to actually put in the hours, the restless nights, the cases of writer's block, etc to see it all the way through.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
Young readers should know that this book, much like real life doesn't always have super happy endings. Also every ending is another beginning. This is just the first book of four in my series and the next will be out by this Summer. Keep in touch with the series on the website at MagicaeMathematica.com, or social media on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About the book:
Alex, a young precocious girl, mysteriously gets transported to a strange world where Latin and Math combine in formulas and equations with magical effects. With a cruel council leading the only safe city of its kind in this world, she will have to prove her worth to stay as well as help this city as it is the target for two evil wizards who seek to destroy the city and its ruling council.
Will the council's mighty army of guardians be enough to repel the onslaught of the two wizards' wrath?
To help the city and also get back home, she will need the help of the greatest mathematician of all time, Archimedes. In a world where math is magic, Alex wishes she paid more attention in math class.
About the author:
|Jim West was born in Killeen, TX in 1977 and grew up mostly in central Louisiana. For over 18 years he has worked in the Cyber Security field and came up with the ideas and concept for the Magicae Mathematica series about a decade ago. His first book of the series, Libellus de Numeros, is one he hopes will resonate with its young readers. Jim is a father of two SMART and beautiful girls whom he loves dearly and when he himself is not away 'saving the world' they live in Dubai, UAE with his wonderful wife Eman.|