Saturday, July 15, 2017

Guest Post from J.T. Bishop

I have always been fascinated with the unknown. From a young age, I’ve questioned where we come from, why we do things, what motivates us. Growing older, those questions grew to what happens after we die, where are those loved ones who’ve crossed over? Can we talk to them? And what about life on other planets? Do they exist and do they visit us? What is the explanation for those strange lights in the sky that can’t be explained?

Lots of questions, but not a lot of answers. Just based on my own experience and gut instincts, I do believe there is life after death. I do believe our loved ones are with us after they die and I do believe there is life on other planets. These ideas spur my writing and inspire me. They allow me an open range of possibilities where I can create a world of possibilities.

In 2012, I saw a Facebook video that theorized the origins of our planet. It discussed how earth was a gathering place of extraterrestrials thousands of years ago. They would gather here to meet and exchange ideas. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it got me to thinking. What if they were still here? What if extraterrestrials walked among us and we didn’t know it? What would their story be?
And I started writing. The idea spawned four books with a fifth one coming in September plus a sixth in the works. I love creating a world of unique individuals that deal with their own special skill set, while living among those that don’t know who they are or what they’re capable of. And then to put that set of characters into a challenging set of circumstances that only they can deal with, that requires them to rely on each other, even when they have their own interpersonal issues just like everyone else.

It’s been a fun ride. I love the thrill of a great idea flowing through my fingers and into the keyboard. It came naturally to me as if the story was looking for a landing place and it found me. I may have dabbled in writing before, but now it’s in my bones. Finding that inspiration made all the difference.
And now as I promote my fourth book, and begin to prepare for the launch of my fifth, I have found the fun in adding in a little murder mystery on top of everything else. A little whodunit ramps up the suspense and creates an additional tension among my group of earthly extraterrestrials.

So my question to you is, what inspires you? Do you act on it? Do you read about it? You are likely compelled to read certain books. What gets your juices flowing? I would guess that most writers write about what compels them. Otherwise, why write? Can you tell the difference between an inspired story and one that is not? My guess is you can.

So take a moment to think about your favorite books. What was it about them that stirred you? That left you wanting more? Comment below and let me know. Was it the characters? The mystery? The unknown? And maybe one day, if I’m lucky, one of my stories will join the list.

About the Author
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, J. T. Bishop began writing in 2012. Inspired by a video that theorized the meaning of the end of the Mayan calendar, J. T. began the Red-Line trilogy. The video surmised that the earth was the central hub of activity for extraterrestrials thousands of years ago. J.T. didn’t know whether that was true or not, but it did spawn an idea. What if those extraterrestrials were still here? Two years and a lot of work later, the first three Red-Line books were complete, but she’s not done. The Red-Line saga develops as she continues to write new books.

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