We’ve Been Magicked Away in this #Podcast: Jack Hughes and Thomas the Rhymer by @Paul_JHBooks

Welcome back, my fellow creatives! We’re back with more beautiful brews from fellow indie authors of the writing community.

Let’s finish the fall with another magical tale written by a lovely soul and support in this indie author community. It’s time to sip from Jack Hughes and Thomas the Rhymer by Paul Andruss.

What does a reader experience in those opening pages, and what lessons can a writer take away in studying but a few paragraphs? Let’s find out!

If you do not see the audio player above, you can access the podcast here.

I had a wonderful time interviewing Paul Andruss last year–click here to check that out! He also has a blog where he shares his thoughts on writing and reading, including a podcast where he speaks more about his book. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Aaaaand December is right around the corner, so that means…

Yes yes yes! Blondie’s got a stack of books ready for us to taste over TWELVE podcasts. She’s also started a new story that she wants to share with you. Bust out that Proud Mom Happy Dance!

Read on, share on, and write on, my friends!

22 thoughts on “We’ve Been Magicked Away in this #Podcast: Jack Hughes and Thomas the Rhymer by @Paul_JHBooks

  1. Jean, thank you for this unexpected and wonderful reading. Your extraordinary vocal talents brought the magic alive. I listened to this twice now. First time I was in a stupor, laughing and misting up, thinking goodness this is really good – and that is down to your abilities.
    You didn’t miss a trick, got every implicit nuance, understanding where I wanted to take the narrative.
    Unlike a fantasy world with a modern setting there is no need to world build up front. The reader knows the world, so like you rightly point out, you have to intrigue them with something else. The literary tension comes from the juxtaposition of ordinary characters clinging on to normality in the face of inexplicable and extraordinary events- which is hopefully exactly how the reader would react. Thus building a bridge and blurring the distinction between reader and character.
    A couple of points …
    You did say Elphame correctly. It is the magical queendon in the traditional Scottish ballad of Thomas the Rhymer.
    Sylvie, the fairy queen, is certainly not as sweet as she appears. She is fighting a war of extinction and her only weapon, fairy glamour, is no more than trickery and deception.
    Finally, at the climax, we do see exactly what I mean by all-hell-breaks-loose in the opening chapter, and discover what creatures lurk in the woods. (Sorry Jack, they are not dinosaurs) .
    Thank you for this from the bottom of my heart.
    And I look forward to your month long adventure, podcasting with your daughter.
    Your mate Paul

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    • Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the reading. I get so nervous when I read other people’s work, but at the same time I do so love to share. It sounds like Sylvie’s quite the piece of work and that Jack will have his work cut out for him. I’m excited to keep reading, my friend! xxxxxxx

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      • Jean you really should not be nervous. What you do you do admirably whether writing or performing, because that is why you do. Your readings are belting performances full of life, warmth, enthusiasm and insight. No joking you could this professionally. I respect you a lot as a writer but I envy your abilities as a performer. Thanks sgain, it was truly a delight. Paulx
        Ps I will get a re-post on my blog by the weekend.

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