Average Joe and the Extraordinaires
by Belart Wright
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GENRE: Action Adventure, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
On a dark and balmy Floridian night, a strange and mysterious dark haired woman stalks the shadows of the local college football stadium, on the prowl for secrets buried deep beneath the Earth. These secrets, she knows, may change everything including this small town.
While knocking back illegal drinks with his friends at the hallowed Orangetown Pickers’ college football stadium, average kid Joe Black finds himself desperately trying to save the life of a beautiful dark haired woman after a deadly explosion violently interrupts his fun and games. While trying to fathom why he would even do something so reckless he soon finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of terrorist plots, mistaken identities, hard boiled detectives, the criminal underworld, and of all things magic as he tries to escape with his life and make sense of it all.
Joe faces many challenges from all new enemies, assassins, and even his own friends. Can Joe navigate all this danger, escape with his life, and handle his biggest challenge to date, finding something about himself that is truly extraordinary? Find out within the pages of Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.
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Joe could feel more sweat beading on his forehead. He didn’t back away from Blonsky’s stare despite his own fear. He couldn’t. He just wasn’t taught that way. His mom, dad, granddad, and grand-mom had all taught him to never back away from a stare. A man is only as good as his handshake and if he can look another man in the eye without flinching, his granddad had always said. It was somewhat of a family motto.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Belart Wright author of Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.
Hi Belart, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Thanks for having me. I appreciate your time. As far as my background goes, I am 26 years old and a huge fan of fictional worlds. Some of my favorites include the worlds of Nosgoth, Hogwarts, and Westeros. As of this year, you can put Lordran on that list too. I’ve been writing books since I was in fifth or six grade and have been creating stories ever since my loving family members bought me my first toys. I’ve grown up in Detroit Michigan with a lot of imagination, so my stories are usually urban fantasies with a unique blend of realism and make-believe.
What were you like at school?
I was all over the place at school. Mainly, I was the kid who liked to get to know everyone. Even as a kid, I knew everyone had a story and coolness of their own so I tried to be fair to everyone and get along with all. I could be a little jerk at times though and I always had a nasty love of mischief so for certain teachers I was heavenly and could do no wrong and for others I was demonic and did outlandish things just for the sake of laughs. The latter description of me should remind those who’ve read my book of a few characters.
Were you good at English?
It was always my best and favorite subject. I usually breezed through classes. The books I read in these classes definitely ignited my love of reading and writing.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I had none really until late high school, then I knew I wanted to be an author and possibly a game designer. Back in middle school, I had wanted to draw comics more than anything, but I had no drawing talent which discouraged me. Right now, I’d be glad to make some type of living wage doing this so that writing future books is easier. Keeping that passion alive while working two jobs is not the easiest thing to do.
Which writers inspire you?
I have a few including: J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Amy Hennig, and Yoshihiro Togashi. J.K. faced a lot of the struggles I face now so she is a constant inspiration, but everyone here has work that has so much passion and thought put into it that it’s greatly inspired my own projects and passion over the years.
Give us an insight into Joe, your main character. What does he do makes him special?
For this book that I’m now promoting, Average Joe and the Extraordinaires, Joe has literally nothing special about him. That was the whole premise, an ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation with extraordinary people. However, clever readers will pick up on some things about Joe that do make him stand out above the rest. Many of those things will resonate with the reader as well, because many of us have parts of ourselves that are actually extraordinary.
What are you working on at this time?
At this current moment I’m working on too much and have no time for any of it. The sequel to Average Joe and the Extraordinaires is in the editing phase and it’s called Average Joe and the Beauty. I also have a prequel done for Average Joe called Liandra and the Dream Reader. That one is already done and I’m just waiting on the cover to get finished. I’m currently writing a Dark Fantasy LitRPG called Hell’s Glitch: Escape from Adventure. You can find it, in rough form, on my Wattpad. I update it every week with new content.
Which actor would you like to see playing Joe from Average Joe and the Extraordinaires?
I’m bad at this, so I’ll pass. Hollywood always picks actors I wouldn’t expect, but they usually turn out good.
What made you decide to sit down and start writing?
A lot of reasons really. #1 would have to be my overactive imagination and the fact that I believe that I have some ideas that haven’t been seen anywhere else. I want to hurry and release some good stuff before anyone beats me to it.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Unfortunately, I live a mostly unstructured life. I have two jobs and a lot of distractions from family and friends as well as my own attention span. What I do is, I write whenever I can. I write on the bus ride to work, on lunch breaks, in the time before my shift starts, at parties, while waiting for a date to arrive, at restaurants, etc. I carry my notebook with me everywhere in a satchel and any quiet (or not so quiet) moment that I can find to myself is a good moment to read or write.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere, mostly everyday life or some video game I’m playing or show that I’m watching. It usually starts at “what if…?”
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I do a little of both. I’m both a planner and a “pantser”. I can plan a book all I want, but I won’t really understand my book or the current scene until I start writing it. Writing it also changes most of my plans so in many cases I’m forced to write on the fly anyway thanks to some sudden change I made to the story, like a small detail added that changes everything else.
What is the hardest thing for you about writing?
Finding the time and focus for it as well as the confidence needed to continue what I’m working on. Sometimes it feels pointless and like it’s not as good as I want it to be. I always get this feeling, no matter what.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
I don’t read as much as I should or as much as I want. I want to read more authors in my genre. Some of my favorites are indies. I’ve read a lot of them this year. I loved the books of Alexandra Engellmann, Alex McKechnie, Christina McMullen, Matt Doyle, and Kelly St. Clare.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
If I could only have one and had to give up the other forever, I’d say I’d keep paperbacks and hardcovers. With that said, I love the convenience of having a library with you wherever you go. I just notice that it’s easier to read a paperback book for long periods of time, but I need breaks when I’m reading eBooks.
What books are you reading presently?
Right now I’m reading Moirae by Mehreen Ahmed and The Bookminder by MK Wiseman. I have a huuuuuge list of books that I’m prepared to read for 2016 including American Gods, Percy Jackson, Dune, City of Bones, Berserk, and so many others!
Please tell us about your covers and how they came about.
I’ve had three of them so far. The first was a stock image/photoshop collaboration between me and Mike Holladay. While I liked it, I felt it lacked a professional touch needed to attract customers. So my good friend, the author Alexandra Engellmann, made me a stylish and simplistic minimalist cover which included important elements of the book. I loved it a lot, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt that it didn’t convey what the book was about really. It was more of my own failing than anything. Once I finally found the true spirit of the book, I was able to describe my vision to the immensely talented cover artist, Fiona Jayde. She designed my current cover which I find to be awesome!
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one?
No, no trailer for me. I don’t think I’ll make one for Average Joe.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
It’s a very effective tool for unknowns like me. It’s probably the easiest way to bring some attention to your book and gain new readers. But it has to be used with care. You can’t just give everything away. Your book won’t build any value. You have to use your brain and plan these giveaways otherwise your book won’t build value. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way this past year.
How do you relax?
I usually play video games, listen to music, or sleep to relax. Can you sleep to relax? Or is sleep the next level of relaxing?
What is your favorite quote?
I’m not much of a quote collecting guy. My bad memory often results in severely butchered quotes. The one that pops into my head right now though is, “be the change you want to see.” That one is important and I try to strive for it every day.
What is your favorite movie?
This changes whenever I’m asked thanks to my poor memory. Right now I want to say Batman Returns or Me. Myself, and Irene. I know I’ll disagree with myself later though. It’s probably something more substantial.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
The best way is just to follow my blog (http://belartscorner.blogspot.com/) or Google+ profile (https://plus.google.com/+BelartWright/posts). I post there most often and usually about my work or what I’m into at the moment. Right now, it’s mostly about my love/hate relationship with this new Dragon Ball Super series, but I put up indie book reviews too. You all can just email me too. I’m not shy about responding to those.
Any final words?
Not too many. We’ve covered a lot with this interview. I just want to thank your curious readers for reading this interview. Thank you for interviewing me. I am grateful for this opportunity.
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
Belart Wright was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan with a short but adventurous stint in St. Ignace during his childhood. Always poor, Belart had to learn to use his imagination to fuel the fun he had. Whether it was drawing cool and dangerous looking heroes to creating fully fledged storylines with his action figures to writing stories about kids similar to himself with fantastic abilities and destinies, Belart was always an expert in delving into other worlds that were not his own.
Always naturally talented at writing, it took the advice of his brother, and a little creative boost from his high school creative writing teacher to get him to realize that writing was something he could do really well and pursue as a career. To this day he revels in building worlds and characters from the ground up such as the worlds of Hell Warriors, Story of K, Cyborgs and Deadmen, and Pannam which are all working titles.
In his spare time Belart tries to update his two blogs whenever he can, but mostly just ends up writing or editing. As a huge gamer he plays a lot of games online and off with his favorites at the time being Borderlands 2, Phantasy Star Online, X-Men Legends, and Dark Souls. He just wishes he had more time to whittle his impossibly long gaming list down which goes all the way back to PS1 and Sega Genesis classics. He and his buddies at FlubberKnuckle Studios are also working on several new game IPs. He is also patiently waiting for the next installment of the superb Legacy of Kain series.
Belart Wright will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.