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Meet FJ Stewart!

Dive into The Hatchling, Soul Keeper. It is two thousand years into the future after the Great Change, when the planet turned over, and the human species is down to about fifty million worldwide. Magic has reentered this world, and the environment is pristine.

And so it is, on a calm green sea sails the Taraway, an old two-piston wreck, carrying its crew of fishermen. The crew notices a strange thing: a damaged vessel surging through the water embroiled in its own personal storm, with a ravaged woman tied to the mast. She is stranded on the ocean terribly weakened, with a broken ship and no retinue. The kind captain and his crew take her in and become intoxicated by her beauty. But she has guiled the crew into assisting her. In fact she is the queen of an alien race called the Voth. The queen is on a desperate mission across the world to save her species, a mission that -- if successful -- threatens to destroy all of humanity, putting an end to earth's peaceful existence.

The key to her success is her unborn child. This 'Hatchling' holds great powers and his sole purpose is to finish his mother's mission, a goal that will bring full magical abilities back to the Voth. Yet as the Hatchling grows and experiences the world around him, he discovers that there is much more to his new life than what his mother had planned. Soon he learns to harness his developing powers. But is it for good, or is it for evil? ----Book Excerpt.

How long have you been writing?

I've been telling stories since I was a child to escape a tough upbringing. I've been writing professionally for just over ten years. What is your most recent literary/artistic project?

I am currently completing a trilogy. The series is called "The Hatchling". I've already written the first two books; the first one, The Hatchling Soul Keeper, is published and is for sale. The second one, The Hatchling, Migration, is almost done being edited, and will be out soon. What inspires you to write?

Life inspires me. My daughters inspire me. My wife. My past experiences. I've lived a full life with many hardships, but with a lot of laughter and fun. I also live in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees, mountains, rivers. Gives a lot of room for creative thinking. Who’s your favorite author and why? I have many, but I always go back to Hemingway. I enjoy his truncated style of writing. Simple, direct, strong. Deep meaning always beneath the surface. What advice can you give to other authors or writers? Don't over-think the story. Let it come organically. Close your eyes and see the end, then just have fun filling it all in until you get there. Get out of the city, too, if you can. Even if it's just for a week. Get out of the smog and clear your brain. Where can readers go to find out more information about your work? My website: I'm also on twitter @fjstewart42.

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