Thursday, December 11, 2014

PUYB Chats with Mike Hartner, author of 'I, James'

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He's traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.

His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.

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About the Book:

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?  

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  • I, James is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Thanks for joining us at the book club, Mike!  Can we begin by having you tell us how you got started writing historical fiction?

Mike:   I grew up loving to read Dumas, Dickens,  Chaucer, Hugo and others who gave their worlds in stories.  Dumas and Dickens in particular used their worlds to give social comment inter writings.   Add to that the fact the The Eternity Series is meant to go until it reaches at least present day, and historical fiction was an obvious choice.

I’d love to know more about James Crofter.  Can you tell us a little about him?

Mike:   James Crofter is the Son of Walter Crofter and Princess Maria.  As such, he's also a prince.  But. He has an older brother, and his brother is pretty good health, so there's little chance of James assuming the throne.  He's been taught lessons, and has learned from his parents and grandfather about the world and its great nations. 

What are his strengths and what are his weaknesses?

Mike:  His biggest strength is the ability to adapt to the situation.  He's not a hothead.  His biggest weakness is that he isn't a hothead.  People react much more violently when they can't get a reaction, and that's what they want. 

How fun was this character to write?

Mike:  Writing this character was eye-opening.  By the time that James ended up on the ship, I was hoping for his escape constantly.  Actively fun writing.

Can you tell us a little about the other characters?

Mike:  I think the best second character is Rosalind.  She is the first time I've had a female character actively tell me her story.  Thankfully, she and James end up together, so it ws a dual narrative.

Where was this book set and why did you choose that location?

Mike:  I, James is the second book in The Eternity Series.  If you've read Book One (I, Walter), you'll understand that the need for continuity dictated the starting point for Book Two.

What are you working on now?

Mike:   Book Three, of course.  Book Three will finish the First Trilogy in this Series.  This one will be called Family Crofter.  And Book Three is one of James' children.

What would you like to tell your fans and readers?

Mike:  Thank You.  To all my fans and readers, thank you.  I'm very appreciative of your reading the book, and commenting, and reviewing.  And to everyone I say Thank you very much.

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