Saturday 25 March 2017

Q & A with Jeff Horton

Heaven's Oasis
by Jeff W Horton

Claire is dead.

She’s been the love of Kevin Foster’s life for as long as he can remember; his soulmate, and his best friend.

Before she dies, Claire, an archaeologist, goes on an expedition to the Middle East and comes across evidence supporting the existence of a biblical, antediluvian site the ancients called Heaven’s Oasis, and that certain ancient artifacts can lead her to it. Claire believes that finding this site will help prove the Bible's veracity, and provide indisputable evidence of God's existence.

Following her unexpected death Claire's expeditions become public knowledge, and the subsequent assaults against her reputation from the scientific community and the media are both brutal and relentless.

Furious at the public ridicule and to prove she was right, Kevin decides to pick up where Claire left off in her search and to finish what she started. He’s willing to sacrifice everything, even his life, to restore her reputation and to honor her memory.

A billionaire arms dealer named Kain Masterson has also been searching for the Oasis, however, intending to keep what he finds for himself. The deadly competition soon becomes a struggle just to stay alive in the race to find the artifacts, follow the clues, and ultimately to find Heaven’s Oasis. 

ebook, 258 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 

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Jeff W. Horton was an Information technology professional for twenty-five years before deciding to pursue his lifelong dream of being a writer. Since becoming an author and screenwriter of family-friendly fiction, Jeff has written two screenplays and eight published novels in several genres including apocalyptic-fiction, science-fiction, religious fantasy, and romance thrillers. 

When he's not penning his next novel, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, going to church, and reading. Among his favorite authors are many immediately recognizable names including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C.S. Lewis, Ted Dekker, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Jeff Horton is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

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Q & A with Jeff Horton

 Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
First, please let me say thanks to and to everyone in the group for this opportunity to tell you a little about my latest novel, Heaven’s Oasis. I’m really excited about this one, because I feel it’s a touching love story, with a lot of suspense and thrills thrown in as well.   I very much appreciate it and I hope that some of you will take a look at Heaven’s Oasis!

The main characters in Heaven’s Oasis are:
Kevin Foster-The protagonist. Kevin is a young man fresh out of high school when he first meets Claire. He’s a kind, hard-working young Christian man, but he’s also a teenager, who’s out with a friend driving up and down the strip at beach talking with girls when he meets Claire. He attends UNC-Chapel Hill and after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, goes on to obtain a PhD and becomes a history professor. Kevin forms a deep, intense bond with Claire while they are undergraduate student, before later marrying her. The two are extremely devoted to one another. Following Claire’s death she is ridiculed in the press for her theories and her work. Determined to honor her memory and discredit those who ridiculed her in death,  Kevin sets out to finish Claire’s research and make the discovery she was certain she would find.

Claire Evans:  Claire is a warm, sensitive, and thoughtful woman. She and Kevin are both scared by the intense bond they form so early on, and end up going separate ways for a short while before coming back together for good. Claire’s interest is in archaeology, and eventually becomes an archaeologist. She makes some amazing discoveries early on and proves to be a rising star in the field, which leads to rivalries and jealousies from among her peers.

Zari Abedini:  Zari is one of Claire’s contacts in the Middle East and a friend. helps Claire with expeditions within Iraq or Iran. She is also a beautiful Persian woman who, several years after Claire’s death, ends up falling in love with Kevin while he’s following in Claire’s footsteps, and helps him complete the work for Claire as well as for Kevin, despite the danger and risk to her life.

Kain Masterson: A billionaire arms dealer, and murderer, Kain Masterson has also been searching for the Oasis believing it holds the fountain of youth, intending to keep it for himself. He and his team of mercenaries hound Claire and then Kevin and Zari after her, as they race to find Heaven’s Oasis.

Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
 For me and my publisher it has always been a give and take process. We tend to work well together, batting designs back and forth, until we end up with something we’re both happy with. For me the cover is very important, as it’s the first  a reader sees. As an artist it is important that the cover convey something about the novel, at some level, to the potential reader, so it’s always a struggle for me.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
My favorite writing spot to date is sitting on a balcony or porch at the beach while listening to the ocean waves crashing on the shore. Most of the time, however, I write while sitting in my easy chair in front of the television, though my most productive writing comes when I have something blocking my view, while, you guessed it, listening to a recording of the ocean waves crashing on the shore. : )
What is the best advice you have been given? 
Jeff W. Horton: I’d say that the best advice I’ve been given is this, there really is no right or wrong way to write a novel, everyone’s different. Another piece of very helpful advice was this, write because you enjoy it, because you love it, not just to make money. I imagine that by so doing, you may just end up writing a bestseller!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 
Jeff W. Horton: Like a lot of boys growing up in the 1970s I wanted to be an astronaut when I was little. Funny, being a writer was probably the last thing I ever expected to end up doing, but I really enjoy it! Of course with our imaginations, we can go much further than we ever could as an astronaut, so I’m not complaining!

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I’d say I have to prefer paperback and hardbacks over ebooks. There’s just something about having a physical copy of a book…maybe I’m just a little old-fashioned. I enjoy ebooks, don’t get me wrong, but there’s just something about carrying a book around with me with nothing required but some light to read by and my eyes.

If you could have any supernatural power, what would you choose and why?
Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I suppose I’d just like to be Superman; that about sums it up!  

What book are you reading now?
I’m currently working on my ninth novel so I’ve been really busy, but once I’ve finished it I’ll definitely be picking up another novel to read. I’ve found reading a novel in-between writing one to be both refreshing and helpful! I prefer reading so much to watching movies; the experience is just so much deeper and enjoyable. It certainly would be nice if we could get more young people to re-discover the joy of reading!


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