Go to J.E. Plemons website for more information on his novel: http://www.lastlightfalling.com/
Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novel?
J.E. Plemons: Finding hope in a fallen world, and preserving faith through despair. This novel reads very dark and grim, almost depressing, but with a gleam of hope hiding beneath its gloomy tragic tone.
MT: Why should people buy your novel?
JEP: Readers will find something very original about this dystopian story that none others have brought. If readers are looking for suspense, adventure, and a large dose of gratuitous violence, the Last Light Falling series will be sure to supply it for you. I’d like to think this isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter apocalyptic novel. It brings with it a bit of controversy about the human existence and the plight to which it extends after death. Whether or not you believe in a deity over our being, this story will entertain. It’s graphic, raw, and real, and it will leave you wondering if our current state of being will evolve into something as horrific as it does in the novel. It’s scary to think how brooding our political state is in to the possible future it may become. This book will give you a glimpse into a conceivable future that is both disturbing and evil. It will leave you with more questions than answers, but it will surely make you think what our political leaders in this world are capable of creating. This first person character driven story isn’t aimed to preach or convert. It’s merely an interpretation of the book of Revelation that is aimed at entertaining and nothing else. What you get out of it as a reader will come from your own imagination and convictions. This isn’t about the end of the world as much as it’s about the characters trying to survive in it.
MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?
JEP: Tragically horrifying
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
JEP: Boondock Saints
MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
JEP: Nope. I always thought I would become a chef in a five star restaurant, A professional drummer, or a late night talk show host.
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?
JEP: To Kill A Mocking Bird is probably my favorite since it was my first. I’ve read Return Of The King by J. R. R. Tolkien seven times and I still learn something different from it.
MT: What motivates you to write?
JEP: Claude Monet – would love to know the true inspirations behind his creative work, to know what makes this realist tick underneath the passion he portrays in his paintings.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
JEP: It’s so difficult to choose only one! It would be wonderful to enjoy a nice meal with Georgia O’Keeffe, or Frida Kahlo, or Mary Cassatt, or Emily Carr. While these visual artists hail from various points on the globe and in time, they have each left their gorgeous, unforgettable marks on history. How about we summon all these great artists for a party?
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
JEP: Teaching, drumming, cooking, and acting like a ten year old.
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
JEP: Never stop writing. Don’t try and write like other authors – create with your own uniqueness. You will never ever please everyone with your writing, so remember to write with the passion you intended to and not for the praise. Never respond to bad reviews, in fact never read them. I find that 3 star reviews are very helpful. They usually underline some really good constructive criticism that is appreciated and needed. It really helps me. Never read two star reviews, as these are usually readers who aren’t fans of your genre. One star reviews are just internet trolls who lack articulation. Every author, even the most popular ones, will recieve good and bad reviews. That’s just part of the business. Don’t let it hinder your writing.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.