J.W.Baccaro is the author of the Guardian Series. In his free time he enjoys literature—fiction and non-fiction, playing electric guitar in the heavy metal band Rigor Hill, Consciousness and NDE studies, and thinking how to intertwine his thoughts about the world’s myths, legends and distinct truths into his novels. He lives in upstate NY with his wife Melissa, his son Alexander, his two German Shepherds and his three cats.
How much time are you able to devote to writing?
It fluctuates, but on average I’d say a couple hours a day. Early morning is the best time. I wake up between 4:00 and 5:00am, start my coffee, take my dogs out, and eventually sit back behind the computer and enter the imaginary world. J
Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.
The protagonist Darshun Luthais is symbolic to many of us. The first thing we see within his heart is mercy, accompanied by sorrow. He doesn’t find pleasure in the hunt, though he understands he must kill in order to survive. Shedding a few tears after killing his first elk and asking his adopted father why the world works this way, we learn there is something different about Darshun as opposed to the rest of his Nasharin people.
After his encounter with the Supernatural and witnessing the murder of his best friend, Darshun leans he is the fulfillment of the ancient Guardian Prophecy. He is a young man who is full of life. He’s an excellent martial artist and possesses a body most women flaunt over. He loves to eat and his happy-go-lucky attitude can often charm the most egotistical. However, the idea that the wondrous world he lives in, with all its abundant life, now rests on his shoulders is too much to bear. Indeed too much is expected out of him (like adults expecting too much out of our children), and for a time he allows his fear to dominate. This result only brings about more chaos.
Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?
I write because I love the creative process. It feels good to reach into your mind, explore your ideas, philosophies, ponderings and even dark elements or fetishes that may be lurking. Then, fragment by fragment, you construct it all into one awesome story. It can be therapeutic as well. At least it has in my case.
Unless you’re trying to get into a major publishing company, publishing your book is easy. It’s getting people to NOTICE that’s difficult. Promote, promote and PROMOTE! That’s my advice.
Thus far? I probably have to say that I’m happy my books have helped people with their lives. I’ve received a few emails from fans telling me that my books have changed their lives, helped them to push forward, not give in to tribulations, etc. I’ve been told that while my books have plenty of violence and dark elements, at the same time they are inspiring. The “Guardian Series” is in a sense a parallel to our everyday reality, in fantastical form of course…