Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blog Tour: Metatron: Dagger of Mortality by @laurencestjohn #scifi #fantasy #interview


Science Fiction, Fantasy, Superhero
Date Published: 3/15/2018
Publisher: Imajin Books

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Fourteen-year-old Tyler Thompson has been in isolation for eight months so he could focus on completing his superhero training. Not even one day after his completion, Master Pat Tanaka urgently summoned Tyler. Pat desperately needs his help, but for what?

Kelltie is threatening Tyler's destiny of being a superhero by framing him for what will be the largest mass killings in American history and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. She also teams up with Black Shadow, a ruthless demonic figure with his own agenda — to use the Dagger of Mortality and kill Metatron.

Tyler feeling vulnerable gets inspiration one last time from Master Tanaka's instructor Master Dogmai. Nevertheless, with the Dagger of Mortality in hand, it's time for Black Shadow to get his revenge. Tyler must render the most arduous choice of his life. He’ll save himself, save his beloved girlfriend Kendall or save millions of helpless people and hinder Kelltie's plan.


Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?

Whatever your endeavors, rise above your doubts. Life is full of choices, try to make the correct one.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

The hardest part of writing for me is when, the time I write. Since I have a full time job as an Administrations Manager, (about 52 hours a week) I write on the weekends or late at night. I also use my vacations and holidays to write as well. In addition to work, I have five grandkids that are active in various sports that also take away from my writing time.


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

 I have written three books that are published. I have four more books that I have started. My favorite book so far is Metatron Dagger of Mortality. Just for the fact that I feel my writing gets better the more I write and have published.


If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?

 I would cast a younger Taylor Lautner.

When did you begin writing?

My writing "career" started in 2006. While working in the steel processing business for almost fifteen years, my place of employment changed hands, for the third time in 2006; fighting for my job, again. In the same year my first granddaughter, Kendall, "Papa's Angel" was born. This was one of the most uplifting moments of my life. In addition, it was during this time when my emotions were running wild; I became inspired as well as determined to write my penned-up thoughts on paper.


How long did it take to complete your first book?

It took me approximately 14 months just to write my first book. I took six years from the first draft to a published novel.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?

Stan Lee, who is the co-creator of Marvel Comics. I love his creative mind along with all his awesome characters he brought to life.


What is your favorite part of the writing process?



Describe your latest book in 4 words.

Action Packed Superhero Adventure


Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?


Current book - Fourteen-year-old Tyler Thompson has been in isolation for eight months so he could focus on completing his superhero training. Not even one day after his completion, Master Pat Tanaka urgently summoned Tyler. Pat desperately needs his help, but for what?
Kelltie is threatening Tyler's destiny of being a superhero by framing him for what will be the largest mass killings in American history and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. She also teams up with Black Shadow, a ruthless demonic figure with his own agenda — to use the Dagger of Mortality and kill Metatron.

Tyler feeling vulnerable gets inspiration one last time from Master Tanaka's instructor Master Dogmai. Nevertheless, with the Dagger of Mortality in hand, it's time for Black Shadow to get his revenge. Tyler must render the most arduous choice of his life. He’ll save himself, save his beloved girlfriend Kendall or save millions of helpless people and hinder Kelltie's plan. (Metatron Dagger of Mortality)

About the Author


Laurence A. St. John was born on January 11, 1965 in Toledo Ohio. Laurence has one older brother and two younger sisters. Laurence along with his parents, brother and sisters moved once while growing up to Genoa Ohio, just south of Toledo. While attending Genoa Area schools, he was active in track, football and baseball. Later, after he graduated from Genoa High School (Comets) in 1983, he worked for a few manufacturing companies.

At the age of 23 and after three years of dedication, hard work and sweat, in 1988, Laurence received his first-degree black belt (Shodan) in Tae Kwon Do. This gave him the self-confidence and perseverance needed to surmount anything that came his way.

When Laurence was 25 years old he fell in love then married the love of his life, Julie in 1990. He then adopted her two young wonderful children Joe and Jan shortly after.

Out of high school for nearly fifteen years and after persuaded by his former manager, Laurence attended Owens State Community College where he obtained an Associates Degree in Microcomputer Business Systems while working full-time. In addition to computer classes, he enjoyed composition classes where he could free his mind and write what he wanted.

While working in the steel processing business for almost fifteen years, Laurence's place of employment changed hands, for the third time in 2006; fighting for his job, again. In the same year his first granddaughter, Kendall, "Papa's Angel" was born. He described this as one of the most uplifting moments of his life. In addition, it was during this time when his emotions were running wild; he became inspired as well as determined to write his penned-up thoughts on paper.

Nearly four years later, he had completed his first middle grade/teen fantasy/sci-fi novel, Metatron: The Angel Has Risen. In addition his second novel, Metatron: The Mystical Blade, was published in August 2014. His latest novel, Metatron: Dagger of Mortality, is published in 2018. The next Metatron Series Novels are projected to be published in 2019 and 2021.

Laurence currently lives in Northwood Ohio with his wife of 26 years, Julie. His son Joe is married to Cari and they have three daughters, Kendall, Sadie and Harper. His daughter Jan is married to Andrew and they have a son Eli and a daughter Evelyn. Laurence currently holds the position of Administrations Manager at Precision Strip, Inc. in Perrysburg Ohio, where he works full time. He continually writes in his spare time; weekends and after work, and is endlessly inspired by his five grandkids Kendall, Elijah, Sadie, Evelyn and Harper.

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