Author Spotlight – J. A. Carlton

J. A. CarltonAward Winning Author J. A. Carlton blasts through genre barriers, first with her horrifying psychological thrillers ‘Broken’ and Soul Hunter. With a penchant for epic series Jill has published ‘Wednesday’s Child’, ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Fortune’s Tide’ of her ‘Freedom Fighter Series’. ‘Nick, Of Time’, ‘Second Hand’, and ‘The Third Race’ are the first three installments of her ‘Heroes Of The Line Series’.

Jill currently lives and writes in Austin, Texas. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Speaker, Author and Screenwriter.

Jill’s Mission:
Entertain as many people as possible!
Inspire others to achieve their dreams!
To explore the human condition creatively!
To learn and share!


What makes you proud to be a writer from Austin, TX? Austin has an absolutely incredible and supportive arts community. There’s an openness and appreciation for so many different mediums here.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My mom. She’s the one who instilled a love of reading and literature in me. She’s the one who taught me to find the bliss within the pages. From there, writing I suppose was a natural progression.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? When I was twelve. Though I was in my mid thirties before I believed that what my characters had to say had validity.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and why? Absolutely. My mother was an English teacher who instilled in me a love of literature and the myriad worlds that could be mine if I only dared to believe and open my mind! I grew up with a family that cherished education and imaginative expansion.

Do you come up with your title (s) before or after you write the manuscript (s)? Usually the ‘logline’ holds the title. I also write screenplays, so once I have the concept, a working title comes relatively quickly.

Tell us why you write the genre (s) that you write? I like things a little spicy so work mostly with Thrillers and Supernatural themes. I tend to think of genres as ingredients in a recipe, so I love mixing and blending their elements in the hopes of creating a unique flavor to my particular story telling voice. Also, exploring human behavior in relationships is utterly fascinating and employing multiple genres gives a far more well-rounded view of a character and how they interact with the world on different levels and under different circumstances.

Tell us your most rewarding experience while in the writing process? The moment when you know your characters will prevail in spite of, AND because of whom their experiences have made them.

Tell us your most negative experience while in the writing process? The doubt. As a writer there is horrific doubt, are the characters real enough? Is the story compelling? Are the voices individual enough and the motivations true? Is everyone being true to who they are? Is the story cohesive? (I could go on… but let’s not.)

Tell us your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The day a client told me she was going to start a small press so that she could put my works out there in the world. She believed in me so much that she started a press geared toward getting new authors with unique voices a chance to be read.

Tell us your most negative experience in your publishing journey? Form rejections. I have a file cabinet full of them. They hurt, deeply.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? If writing is what you love, don’t ever stop. Learn from others, how to run a business, learn to network. (I don’t mean slamming the keys at the local coffee shop… meet people, join writers groups. You will suck many lemons before you find the right people to work and grow with but when you do, it’ll all be worth it.).

Who is your favorite author? The first author who made me pursue her works was Marguerite Henry.

Books Available To Purchase Now:
Broken (psychological thriller)
Fortune’s Tide (Third – Freedom Fighter Series)
Into The Fire (Second – (Second – Freedom Fighter Series)
Nick, Of Time (First -Heroes Of The Line Series)
Second Hand Heroes (Second – Heroes Of The Line Series)
The Third Race (Third – Heroes Of The Line Series)
Touch Me-Nurturing Your Relationships Through Positive Touch (Stand Alone Book)
Soul Hunter (psychological thriller)
Wednesday’s Child (First – Freedom Fighter Series)

What Format (s) are your books in? Print and e-book both of course! Something for everyone!

What special projects are you working on now and what books do we have to look forward to in the future?

I’m currently working on The Fourth Tier; Heroes of the Line Book 4, Nick, Frank and the rest of the surviving Heroes of the Line are split between worlds, each trying to plug the inter-universal leakage that’s letting both Schades and their allies, The Living Dark into our universe in the hopes of banishing light from both realms and taking them over.

There are two other projects I’m focusing on heavily, one is called Avalon – While en route to the penal colony PEX with re-captured fugitive Serian Nine; Commander Ava London’s shuttle crosses paths with a mythological entity that lives within the interstitial realm between universes. The catastrophic collision sends all three parties back through time to current day earth with both Serian and the creature lucky enough to escape the Commander’s custody, only to be unleashed on a population that couldn’t begin to understand the origins of the carnage about to be brought down on it.

And the other is called – In The Name of God – Rick Strainge wanted to die, but while in that land between life and death, faced with the consequences of his self-destructive act, begs for a chance to put off the inevitable. His prayers are answered by a warrior angel who recruits him into God’s Army in an effort to destroy the rising tide of vessels whose only goal is to set Lucifer free from hell. With Pastor Lou Carpenter as his guide, Rick embarks on a journey that will challenge everything he ever thought he knew about good and evil, and the eternal dance between the two forces when his own daughter is revealed to be one of the vessels he must destroy.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? Yes. Please, if you love to write do it! Invest in an editor, one you can meet with face to face. Believe in your voice BUT… understand your market. Do you have a point? If so, stick with it. Do you want to be the next Rowling? Meyers? Koontz? Learn the art and structure of story then as you write consider both the market and yourself. It can be a beautiful compromise! Just understand what you want and why.

Featured Book: Fortune’s Tide (Freedom Fighter) by J. A. Carlton

Fortune's Tide - by J. A. Carlton

The Future Has Been Determined, You’re NOT in it. With their plans to re-design the human race about to be exposed to the global community, and their murderous regime coming to an end; in a last ditch effort to maintain its grip on the few remaining citizens of the United States, the U.C. has unleashed a doomsday weapon onto the populous. Once again, it’s up to Jade McKay, Stone Rivers, and the rest of Delta Squad to save the nation from the psychotic ravages of a living weapon with its own agenda; and bring their country back from the brink of destruction.

Fortune’s Tide is the third book in the “Freedom Fighter” trilogy. “Wednesday’s Child”, “Into The Fire”, and “Fortune’s Tide”.

Genre: Science Fiction,

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Please Visit J. A. Carlton Author’s Page At Cold Coffee Press


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