The Next Big Thing: J. Lawrence and Inborn

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J. Lawrence




Seriously, thank you so much Rhonda for loaning out your spot for the day. You are awesome. If you don’t know Rhonda Hopkins yet, make a note… This lady is one to watch! I’d also like to thank CC MacKenzie for tagging me in THE NEXT BIG THING blog hop. I met CC in one of the author groups I struggle to be active in. She’s always a hoot and her books lack the second “o”, if you know what I mean. If you like reading on the spicy side, go check her out right now.

So, without further prologue, let’s get into the Next Big Thing Q&A! 

What is the title of your latest book?

 Inborn is the first book of my fantasy series, The Sagas of Di’Ghon.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

It was a combination of two things that got things going for me.

Where is the line between good and evil? People make good and bad decisions all the time. Even the best of us, given the right circumstances, might make choices that have drastic consequences for others as long as we thought it would help the ones we love. Is this wrong? Is intent required in order for someone to be held responsible for their actions?

One day I was wondering what would happen if mankind was granted, even in the smallest of measures, the powers of the Creator. How would we be able to withstand the immenseness of such power? No one person could contain all that. The jar just isn’t big enough. But what if it was cut up into smaller pieces… I could not let the idea go, and before long, an entire world began to take shape before. In a few minutes I had the Creator’s powers separated into ten distinct abilities. Air, water, fabric, flesh, flame, sound, light, space, time, and even life.

Then, when the concepts merged in my mind, I was hooked.

What genre does your book fall under?

Inborn is a bit of a Coming of Age novel in the Fantasy category. However, the Fantasy genre has split into so many sub-genres that it reminds me of alphabet soup. Dip your ladle blindly and who knows what you’ll find these days. So, if you separated up all the little alphabets into their own bowls, my novel could easily spoon out from High Fantasy, Adventure Fantasy, or Sword and Sorcery. Due the sweeping scope of the entire series I have planned, it would be wrong to confine it to one specific sub-genre. So, having said all that… The term that I think is most appropriate is Epic Fantasy.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

This is going to be fun!


Thaniel——–Love struck boy with a mysterious power that everyone wants a piece of.

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Logan Lerman

  Elycia——–Thaniel and Keriim’s desire, just wants her life back.

Image from Best for Film

Elle Fanning


Keriim—–Serial killing warrior that wants Thaniel’s girl.

Image from Conan The Barbarian Movie Blog

Jason Momoa

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Tough one, but here goes!

Thaniel, a love struck slave of Ontar Hold, sets off a series of dire consequences when Lisella Ontar forces him to magically summon a dragon in order to save his girl’s life.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

I haven’t seriously considered approaching either an agency or a publisher. I am self-published and am determined to stay that way until it becomes clear that I can’t continue.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Honestly? Years. I was writing from the seat of my pants without any knowledge of structure. No planning. I just wrote. I had a three-pronged whopper of a novel going and was well into the story line when I met some other writers online. One night people were talking about how long their novels were and I really had no idea where mine stood. When somebody gave me the formula, I was shocked. I had over 600 pages and I wasn’t even half way through. I easily had a 1,000 pager on my hands. At first I thought I could just separate the three prongs up into different novels of the same series, but after I did that I realized I had a real problem. It didn’t work. I knew then that I had to go back the drawing board. It was during this process of forcing myself to plan out where the story was going and how long it was going to take to get there that Inborn finally took shape in my mind. After the initial sketch was completed and tweaked a couple times, I had a first draft in about six months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan.

The Runelords, by David Farland

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The public answer is that I have loved Epic Fantasy since I was a boy. I couldn’t help myself. (This is true.)

The private answer is… it’s therapy. (This is also true.)

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

My book is Epic Fantasy. Faraway castles, swords, charging steeds, magic, monsters and dragons… Sure it is all that. Yet, really when you boil it all down it is about people; facing the consequences of one’s own actions, winning justice for the innocents, the lengths they will go to in order to gain even the smallest feeling of redemption, friendship that is forged in trial, the cost of freedom, the weight of responsibility, and of course the price of love.

The Code sings.

The Caller has returned.

The Blood of Ontar will rise again.

Thaniel was just trying to save Elycia from the brutal desires of a dangerous soldier. He really didn’t mean to awaken any ancient lurking magic in the process.

Now, Lisella Ontar herself has plans for his newly discovered Inborn abilities. Who would have guessed that one of the dra, real live flying monsters, would actually answer his call? As he does his best to extricate himself from both of their clutches, he unwittingly sets off a chain of events that has drastic consequences.

Join Thaniel and his friends as he discovers that monsters aren’t born, they are Inborn.

I also have a brand new trailer!

My Amazon Author Page is at the following link J.Lawrence. I love sharing what I’m reading on Goodreads! Say hello and let me know what you’re up to lately on Facebook.

So, here’s where I get to pass the torch! I’ve got a treat for you. I’m tagging TEN talented authors, any one of which could easily write…


Tui Allen

Sarah Barnard

David Berger

Vincenzo Bilof

Lynette Creswell

Tammie Clarke Gibbs

Michelle Gordon

Violet Patterson

Dylan Patton

Vanessa Ryan

Check out their posts next week – December 11 2012!

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The award-winning author of THE CONSUMING, and the zombie apocalypse series, SURVIVAL. She writes horror/sci-fi, paranormal, YA urban fantasy, suspense, and middle grade.

13 Responses

  1. Coleen Patrick

    The cover is super cool–as is the trailer. “Monsters aren’t born, they’re inborn.” Great tag line!

    • J. Lawrence

      Coleen, thanks! Wish I could take credit for the first two. Now the tag line… *kicks the dirt shyly* I wrote that all by myself. 🙂

  2. pylgrim

    Looks like a great read. I like that you’re exploring such a huge question, or bunch of questions – what is good, and evil, as we make choices? How do we use the powers that we do have, as apprentice creators? Go for it!

    • J. Lawrence

      Pylgrim, I’m a bit of an old fashioned guy so I truly believe that it is one of the greatest questions that we as mankind will ever ask. Thanks.

  3. CC MacKenzie

    Whoa! I lack the ‘o’? Baby, they’re multiple “o” ‘s!

    Seriously though, great post! And my interest is more than piqued!

  4. Rhonda Hopkins

    Great post, J.! I love the ideas explored in this book. Which I have. I just need the time to read it. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get to it soon. Much success to you!

    • J. Lawrence

      Rhonda, thanks for letting me Hi-Jack your virtual crib. You really are the best and I can’t wait for your book to come out. If it was about the finer points of papyrus scraping in 3,000 BC, I’d still buy it and read it just because you wrote it and I know you’d make it cool somehow.

  5. Donna Coe-Velleman

    I like epic fantasy and have read Robert Jordan. I feel the first four of the series are the best. Anyhoo, good luck with Inborn sounds terrific.

    • J. Lawrence

      Hi Donna. I agree about the first four. (The late Robert Jordan is my favorite writer of all time.) May the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Oh, and thanks!