J.J. Mathews

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James Jacob (J J) Mathews grew up with his nose stuck in books. A voracious reader in his youth, he devoured all of the science fiction and fantasy books he could find at the local library. J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova, Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Voltaire, H. G. Wells and Greg Bear were some of his early influences, with many other authors added to his bookshelf as time went on. Broadening out to read more genres as an adult, he has always held a special place for fantasy and sci-fi.

Originally from Canada, he currently lives in Hamilton, New Zealand with his wife and three boys, and writes in his spare time.

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J.J. Mathews When I get stuck, I read other books, and let my subconscious stew on the story line written so far and possibilities for upcoming scenes and scenario…moreWhen I get stuck, I read other books, and let my subconscious stew on the story line written so far and possibilities for upcoming scenes and scenarios. In writing Iliiya, I wrote the first 25,000 words of the first draft and got stuck for three whole months, in which I read a lot of different books, analyzing story structure while reading many good (and some very, very bad) examples.(less)
J.J. Mathews The best thing about being a writer is being able to create worlds (on Earth or thousands of light years away) and have readers respond with "I'm righ…moreThe best thing about being a writer is being able to create worlds (on Earth or thousands of light years away) and have readers respond with "I'm right there".(less)
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As the sequel to Illiya, Incursion was of course 'the next book', but that doesn't really answer the question. :-)

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