EJ Wesley, author of the Moonsong series of ebooks, Blood Fugue and the newly released Witch’s Nocturne.
MP: Welcome, EJ. It’s great to hang out with you today. Care for a drink?
EJW: Thanks for having me! Let’s see, something dry and red if you have it. :-)
MP: A lovely choice. Craze bring it quick.
So we hear the term “speculative fiction” thrown around a lot, and we both write it, but it’s a rather slippery sucker to define. It’s said the genre encompasses the more fantastical fiction such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, weird fiction [where I hope to go more in the future], supernatural, superhero, utopian and dystopian, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, and alternate history. I suppose now that the world didn’t end last month, we’re living speculative fiction in a post-apocalyptic world.
EJW: I love that idea! (Living speculatively…) Honestly, my personal definition or concept of speculative fiction simply means ‘hard to define’, and I’d be honored if that’s how people described me personally (and sincerely think my best friends would label me JUST that way). I have lots of interests and am always looking to experience and try new things. Perhaps that’s what has led me to write that way?
MP: Hard to define seems like a great definition. Your experiences probably have led you. Have you tried anything new lately?
EJW: New things, hmm … I recently tried chocolate covered blueberries–which were phenomenal. But I guess you can really dowse anything in chocolate and achieve something edible, can’t you? I’ve been slowly (S-L-O-W-L-Y) teaching myself how to use Corel and Photoshop to finish my hand drawings. Just like physical art, I’m finding there’s a technique to using the various digital brushes to achieve the desired look, so it is taking some practice. I’m also doing some research in order to try my hand at writing a series of techno-thrillers. Wish me luck! :-)
MP: Yes, chocolate is very good for that. Recently I found a chocolate bar with potato chips in it. Wow, is that good.
That’s beyond my capability. I wish I was a better artist than I am. Best of luck with it all.
So what makes your books hard to define?
EJ: Chips and chocolate? Hmmm, I’ve tried the bacon and chocolate bars, and they weren’t half-bad. (That salty/sweet combination is fantastic.) I bet the chip ones have a similar effect, so I’ll give them a try if I ever have the chance.
The Moonsongs stories are definitely hybrids of my imagination. Stephen King was a major influence on my reading growing up, so it’s hard for me to write anything that involves supernatural elements without dipping into the horror side of things. That being said, I’m also a fan of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse novels, as well as the Jim Butcher Dresden Files books. Those lean more toward the paranormal–and strange–than scary, and have also influenced these stories.
Then I try to mix in some humor, some nerdy, video game stuff, and lots of Texas charm. And that doesn’t take into account the break-neck pacing I’m kind of forced to apply (due to the short nature of the stories, there’s no time to dally). The combination makes the end product unique, I feel, but also hard to categorize.
Are the Moonsongs books horror? Paranormal-suspesne? Action-fantasy? I’m truly not sure, and it probably varies with each story in the series. lol
MP: The bacon and chocolate ones are pretty good, but the potato chip is even better, lots better. Especially if you like that hit of salt with your sweet. I could talk about chocolate all day…
That is an interesting mix and I’m a big fan of strange and weird. Your books are right up my alley. I’ve had a similar problem with my new series. What is it?
Do you have a favorite King novel? I especially like the Dark Tower series.
EJ: That’s kind of like asking me to pick a favorite child. I have to say The Stand, because it’s not only my favorite King novel, but one of my top 5 favorite books of all time (if not THE favorite). It’s just brilliant, and really defines my writing ambitions when it comes to character development. You should care about every character in a story–good, bad, or otherwise. King is a master of that, and The Stand might be the pinnacle of his writing in that regard. There were like a million (okay, not that many, but bunches) characters in The Stand, and I loved or hated every one.
Dark Tower!!! They’re making a movie AND TV show I’ve heard … *flips out with fanboy glee*
Ahem, where was I? Oh yes, favorite Dark Tower book. Tricky, because my favorite scene is with that horrid, demonic train in the third one (Blaine the Mono, I believe). Nothing creepier than bloodthirsty artificial intelligence. But I think my favorite book is Song of Susannah. It was so complex, as was Susannah’s character. Plus it explained so much about the overall story. And there was a cliffhanger ending!
MP: Fanboy geeks are always welcome here. And, ooo! We’re like clones separated at birth now. Blaine the Train is my favorite scene, too. King does paint some good atmosphere and I’m always a sucker for atmosphere.
EJW: I could use a clone most weeks! Do you like peanut butter? (Need to know before we can OFFICIALLY be the same. :) Thank you so much for having me, Mary. I had a blast!
MP: Hmm, I do like peanut butter… Come back for a visit any time, EJ.
After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family’s monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.
Witch’s Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes–with a Texas twist–by author E.J. Wesley
Witch’s Nocturne is available now:
More About EJ
E.J. lives in South Texas. He likes his words and food spicy, and tries to give a little extra ‘kick’ to the stories he writes. He enjoys reading horror, sci-fi, YA, MG, New Adult–basically anything with words. In true Texas fashion, E.J. is very neighborly, and welcomes you to say ‘howdy’ at: