What does it take to write a bestselling novel?
I had the good fortune recently to speak with J.A. Culican, the bestselling author of Keeper of Dragons. I admire J.A. for a number of reasons, one is that she writes killer stories, but she also does it in her sparetime while being a working mom (of FOUR kids!) J.A. has published one novel and is avidly working on her second novel now.
Q: Where do you get the ideas for your books?
A: Most of my ideas come from my kids. They love fantasy stories. Harry Potter being their favorite. So, at night I started telling them stories….that’s how my first novel The Keeper of Dragon’s came to be.
Q: Do you write every day? Are you a fulltime writer?
A: I try to. I’m a teacher during the day and have four children. So, most of my writing happens after bedtime in the evenings.
Q: What is your writing process? Any superstitions?
A: I just write. I don’t outline or plan. I literally just sit down and go.
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I have a few projects going on right now. My main project is completing book 2 in The Keeper of Dragon Series.
Q: Do you have a new release coming out? If so, when?
A: My next release will be book 2 in The Keeper of Dragons series, it will be released either end of December or beginning of January. I also have a boxed set coming out January 17th called Dark Legends..
Q: What is your favorite book you’ve written and why?
A: The only book I have published is The Keeper of Dragons, The Prince Returns. This is by far my favorite book I’ve written.
Q: Are there certain characters you would like to go back to?
A: I have written a few novella’s about characters from the Keeper of Dragons. I have already written on about Eva. I am thinking of writing my next one on Jericho who seems like a fan favorite.
Q: Have you had any of the experiences that your characters go through?
A: I wish. How cool would it be to wake up and find out you’re a dragon!!!!
Q: Who was your first book dedicated to and why?
A: My youngest daughter Eva. She is truly my one child who lives and breathes fantasy. At three years old she knows every line in all the Harry Potter movies.
Q: What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
A: My favorite is definitely J.K. Rowling. There is nothing like the Harry Potter series when it comes to mg/ya fantasy.
Q: What do you do when you’re not writing?
A: I teach. I chase four kids! My kids are super active in soccer and field hockey, so I am always at the fields for one or the other. I am also the President of Puzzle Peace United. www.puzzlepeaceunited.org
Q: If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be and how long would you stay?
A: The beach! I could live at the beach and live at peace the rest of my life!
Get JA Cullican Books!
Keeper of Dragons
Dark Legends Box Set