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Blog Tour: Startoucher by CJ Odle #interview #scifi #fantasy #giveaway



Sci fi / Fantasy
Date Published: February 17, 2018

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Humanity is put on trial by the aliens who seeded life on Earth.



After 3.8 billion years, the alien creators of life on Earth return to evaluate the results of their experiment. One species is found to be an extreme danger to itself and others – Humanity. Evidence for the continuation of the species hangs by a thread.

Jake Connolly, talented up and coming LA lawyer, has a hidden psychic side long suppressed. When a series of intense visionary experiences threaten to derail his life, he is dragged unwillingly towards mysterious events deep in the Mojave Desert. What he discovers there changes him forever, and will affect the lives of everyone on the planet.

As the world watches its destiny unfold, humanity is forced to fight for its survival in a Galactic court and justify its existence to far superior beings.

An innovative, intelligent, and mystical novel that asks the biggest questions of all.

Where are we from…where are we going...how much have we truly evolved?…

Interview

Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
There are various messages, but the main one is to get us to realize or to at least consider, that unless we evolve spiritually as a species, we are not going to make it. At some point, we have to start acting individually with a greater awareness and sense of responsibility toward the whole.



Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Actually sitting down to write! My wife once remarked that writing is a form of temporary insanity, and it certainly feels like that a lot of the time. The planning, plotting, note taking and researching I find easy, but then when it comes to putting it all together and letting the words flow, that can be very difficult.



How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
Startoucher is the fifth, but the first fiction. With the non-fiction books, mix and match astrology is a favorite, because at the time I was broke and we were about to get married. Getting commissioned to write it, whilst not earning a fortune, did allow me to pay my share of the costs.



If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Zac Efron. Although Zac made his name in musicals and comedies, I have a suspicion his true strength as an actor will be revealed through darker and more intense roles. Remember how Michael Douglas’s career was transformed in this way? Zac would be great to play Jake, the driven, loner lawyer with a repressed psychic side…



When did you begin writing?
During the summer of 1990.




How long did it take to complete your first book?
Believe it or not, just two weeks! I had been commissioned to write Practical Visualization but procrastinated for so long that I rang my editor to try and cancel the project and return the advance. This was not possible as their marketing scheduling had already been done for the year ahead, and so I had to write the book. That’s what it takes sometimes to force a writer to actually sit down and write!




Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
There are many, but John Grisham stands out as a commensurate storyteller.



What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Allowing the initial creative ideas to surface, and then seeing how those ideas evolve into a story with a life of its own.



Describe your latest book in 4 words.
New Age, Mystical, Visionary Sci-Fi.




Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
Startoucher was conceived as a trilogy, but whether I will be in a position to begin work on book two depends on how people respond to the first one. I also have a book on astrology to finish, about my life as an astrologer over the last thirty-nine years.





About the Author


C.J. Odle is an author and ayahuascero (works with medicinal plants) living in a small conservation and healing center in the Peruvian amazon.

Born in 1961, from an early age he developed an interest in science fiction and fantasy. Around the age of 17 he began to study divination, which led to a career of over 35 years working as an astrologer and psychic. He has written four previous books, all non-fiction and mind body spirit titles.

In his early forties he experienced a psychic crisis, which led him to Peru to complete a 6 year apprenticeship in Amazonian shamanism. He still lives in the jungle in Peru with his wife. Startoucher is his first novel.



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