Today’s post is all about one of YA Mania’s featured authors, J.D. Netto!
YA Mania is taking place this Saturday, August 2nd, at FAU High School on the Boca Raton campus. If you’re in the area stop by to meet new authors and discover new books. There will be games and an author panel so it should be loads of fun!
JD also met up with me and my sister at Barnes and Noble so we can interview him as well. I’ve met JD last December when me and my sister went to our first ever book signing, which was for The Whispers of the Fallen. It was a great experience and I was surprised at how nice he was. Before meeting JD, I though authors were untouchable. I was convinced that they were too busy to talk to fans; was I wrong! Because of JD, I realized that authors actually wanted to meet their fans and that was the push I needed to make my Goodreads account and to start contacting authors and reviewing books. So if you’re reading this, thank you JD, for being the first author to really talk to me because who knows- if it weren’t for that signing I might have been planning this event or have this blog!
Another great thing about him is that he actually remembered who me and my sister were. I’m sure he’s met tons of fans since, but he actually remembered that my sister had long hair so when he saw us he asked if she got a hair cut. That surprised both of us, especially with the stereotype that guys don’t notice anything haha. Alright, enough with the blabbing here’s JD Netto’s official bio from Goodreads:
J.D.Netto (Jorge de Oliveira Netto) is Brazilian-born. Raised in Framingham, MA, J.D.Netto always had an eye for epic fantasy and story-telling. At an early age, J.D.Netto had the habit of locking himself in his room, turning on any soundtrack he could find, and there he wrote for hours. During his senior year in High School, J.D.Netto had an idea that changed his life: ‘What if Lucifer had a Diary? What if the Diary was a secret? What if the secret was a reality?’ These simple questions led J.D.Netto to write for six consecutive years, creating the world of Elysium. Apart from writing, J.D.Netto is a graphic designer, musician, and an illustrator.
Now here’s the interview! Note: This interview was digitally recorded so it’s basically written the way JD spoke. Because he discussed a few unannounced news I had to cut it out. I was the interviewer.
Q: Do you have any plans for another book series after The Whispers of The Fallen series?
A: Yes, after The Whispers of the Fallen I am going to write a series that I had a dream about. I can tell you that it’s going to take place in Paris and it’s going to have something to do with actual demons- not fallen stars, and it has something with the Catholic church. So it’s going to go down that route, but it’s still high fantasy!
Q: In the Eragon series, the main character realizes he is a dragon rider and owns a dragon named Saphira. If you could be a dragon rider what kind of dragon would you have and what would it’s name be?
A: I would have the Norwegian Ridgeback from the Harry Potter series. I would have to name him a really cool name…..Peter. *JD and interviewer laughs* When I call for him, I’ll say “Yo, Peter!” *interviewer: That’s actually really cool because people will think some guy is going to come out but it’ll actually be a dragon* Exactly! That’s why I would name my dragon Peter, so people could be fooled.
Q: When did you start drawing?
A: I was three years old when I started drawing, I actually learned how to draw before I learned how to write. I went to school, to perfect it. It’s still one of my favorite hobbies and my favorite thing to do. I actually have fans that buy scenes from The Whispers of the Fallen. There was actually one fan from New Zealand who contacted me requesting the scene with Lucifer and the shadows, in Chapter 15. She bought the original and wanted to hang it and it was pretty cool.
Q: What do you think your patronus would be? How about your boggart?
A: My patronus would be a stag. *speaking of Harry Potter* I love Snape, he was my favorite character and I was really upset when he died. My boggart would be death, not that I’m afraid of dying, I’m afraid of death taking the people that I love before their time.
Q: What is your favorite place that you traveled to?
In Rebellion, in my acknowledgements, I mention that I love Colorado, I love Aspen. It means a lot because me and my best friends go every year. On January 13, 2013 I started writing Rebellion on a plane to Colorado and then this year when I was there I finished one of the very last chapters of Rebellion in Colorado. It was good closure for me because I finished the book two months after that.
Thanks for meeting up with us JD! If you can attend YA Mania, JD will be selling copies of The Whispers of the Fallen and Rebellion so swing by to grab a copy!