Interview with J. E. Plemons @lastlightfallin (Book: Last Light Falling)
About the Book
If your fate has already been chosen for you, would you change it? Fifteen-year-old Arena Power blindly accepts her destiny in a world filled with tragedy, chaos, and a lingering wickedness that will tempt every man’s soul until the last days on Earth. Set in the United States in the year 2053, America, like most of the world, has undergone catastrophic earthquakes, famine, and an economic collapse, which has rendered the nation hopeless. It has turned to other nations, like Russia and China, to help restore what was once a world power. Unfortunately, the new America has grossly caused civil unrest that will eventually be the precursor to a much bigger war of biblical proportions.
Orphaned at the age of nine, Arena and her twin brother, Gabe, have learned to rely on each other through the toughest times. Not only do they share the same birthday and the tragic loss of their parents, they both have a birthmark on the back of their necks in the shape of a crucifix. This is only but a small sign of the destiny that will follow. On their fifteenth birthday, they receive a mystery letter and key from their estranged Uncle Finnegan. This key will unlock their fate, and it will be up to a priest, who has vowed to protect them since birth, to unfold the layers of their destiny-to undo the evil that has spoiled the world, and to help unleash God’s wrath upon those who have turned from Him in the last days of history.
Last Light Falling weaves righteousness with evil, treachery with truth, and shows just how far the will of man can survive on faith alone. Arena and Gabriel’s fate will determine that course of history for which has already been written. They were not born to save the world; they were chosen to prepare it for the final days.
About the Author
Jay has a BS in Music business with emphasis in publishing and copyright law, an English degree that he never intended getting, and a music education degree to which he will forever embrace.
Jay spent a year studying for the LSAT, then decided to attend culinary school, hoping to become an aspiring chef in a five star restaurant, but didn’t care for the fourteen hour days in a kitchen. So what did he do? Met his wife in college, got married, and after hearing the news of their first child, decided to skip the idea of attending law school. It was the best choice he ever made.
Jay spent his years in Nashville working in the music industry for companies like RCA, Sony, Zomba, and Dreamworks, all of which gave him a bitter taste in his mouth. Aside from working directly with many famous artists, his conclusion of the industry was a tainted cesspool of filth. From Austin, Texas to Nashville, Tennessee, Jay worked a small time in the film industry, as a PA, extra in a few films, and a various of other uninspiring, uneventful jobs. He dedicated his carpentry skills for a while creating custom fine furniture, manned a press for a print shop, was a studio musician, played drums for a few famous artists, taught high school band for a year, giving IT support for the Texas Legislature, and now an aspiring author. He has no claim to fame, nor does he want any.
Jay has been fortunate enough to experience many things in his life, some of which were humbling, others fulfilling, and because of that, he’s grown to be patient and content. He’s willing to struggle, fail, sacrifice, and fall before he learns to move on from those experiences. He’s not afraid to die, but willing to live as long as he’s able. Even though he’d like to see his kids grow old, Jay understands that every day is precious, yet uncertain. He live with the best intentions that everything is going to be okay until it isn’t, and when that happens, He’s free to just let go
Can you tell us more about your book “Last Light Falling”?
My debut novel, Last Light Falling – The covenant, is the first of a four book series I have been developing the past five years.
This graphic and raw character driven story focuses on the trials and tribulations of Arena and Gabriel power, twins born into a world of cruel and relentless tragedy where nations have fallen, economies have collapsed, and half the world’s population has been wiped from the earth. Arena and Gabe struggle to find any hope in their future after losing their parents when they were nine, but living with a loving foster family has eased some of that pain. It’s not until they receive a special letter on their fifteenth birthday, that history will forever change. They will soon discover the secrets behind their destiny from a priest, who has vowed to protect them since birth, and sending them on an improbable journey that will most likely end in death.
Arena Power and her twin brother Gabe have been born into a world filled with tragedy, chaos and wickedness and a life where terrible natural and economic disasters stricken a once great land. What gives these two teenagers the will to continue fighting?
They have nothing to lose. With a grim past and not much of a future to rely on, this is the only way they know how to survive now.
Last Light Falling, is set in a devastated America where the apocalypse is approaching and where there must be many dangers for Arena and Gabe. Are there any moments where hope shines through or an opportunity for them to enjoy a glimmer of happiness?
When they are together at any time. Twins have a sense of connection like no other and as long as they are close to one another, there’s a small but impactful glimmer of peace dwelling inside.
Where did you get the idea for Last Light Falling, the characters and the setting?
This story has turned into something bigger than what I had planned. After a brief stint negotiating a deal with a well-respected Marvel comic book artist, I finally decided to shelve the idea of the Last Light Falling comic and focus solely on the novel, which I began in March of 2012. My original inspiration behind this series came from this comic book concept about two unlikely heroes battling the normal mundane trials of teenage experiences in high school. But the true inspiration falls back to my very own kids, Gabriel and Mikaela—my two unlikely heroes in this novel. The characters created are solely based on my children’s personalities, and it’s scary how close they really are. Much of what you read is based on my own personal experiences, some embellished of course, but I won’t tell you what is real and what isn’t. You don’t want to know.
With many different elements to the story including biblical nuances, disaster-stricken landscapes, a female and male protagonist and a focus on an apocalypse approaching, who would you suggest would enjoy reading this story?
If you’re 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.
Most of my readers are all over the map in age, gender, culture, and philosophical bent. From ages 15 to 50 have been my unexpected audience. Anyone who appreciates a mixture of many genres blended into the story, will certainly enjoy this.
Jay, you have an abundance of experience, both academic and vocational. Having worked in various different professionals, devoted many hours to different crafts and activities, and I’m sure that you’ve been involved in several different events and situations that have left an imprint on your life. Can you tell us about one of your most favourite memories?
Labouring over a 6 acre garden with my grandfather. Those long hours in the sun brought us close together and taught me the work ethic I have today. During those days, he taught me two very important things that left a huge impact on my life. He told me to help others as much as you can and never expect anything in return, and to where as many hats as you can because nothing in life is permanent.
With so much experience and now beginning a new journey as an aspiring author, can you provide any words of guidance to others that might be taking or looking to start on a similar route?
I’ve learned so much over the years through other careers, and I can say this. Write because you love to write, not because you want to make money. Monetary goals will skew your passion to write. Trust me on this. You will never please everyone, so don’t take to heart what everyone else thinks. Do it for you and for the fans you will come to adore. And most importantly, be patient.
What has been the most useful experience in your life that has helped fuel your passion to write?
One word: Humility
What are you going to be working on next? Have you started to work on Book 2 of the Covenant series or do you have other plans?
Last Light Falling – Into The Darkness, Book II was released in July 2015. This is the second instalment of the Last Light Falling series. This sequel continues the grim story of Arena’s fate, testing her faith while she and her twin brother search for an answer to their survival in a brooding world filled with chaos. It’s been well received so far and eclipses the first book with dazzling reviews. I spent twice as long on this book than the first one, and I assure you won’t be disappointed. Book III, The Ten, is in the editing stage right now and should be out this spring sometime. I’m afraid I can’t disclose any more information than that, but your welcome to visit my website to get a sneak peek of the cover soon. I’m delighted announce that my series has been picked up for film. It’s a laborious and intensive journey, but well worth it.
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