Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Ari LaMontagne whose book Gods by any Other Name thrilled and excited me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love mythology and fantasy but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Ari, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Ari will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Ari LaMontagne.
World mythology enthusiast and coffee lover, Ari LaMontagne is an author of fantasy fiction novels inspired by the parallels of mythologies throughout the world. Ari resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 2 precious rescue cats and far more books than are necessary for one person to own.
Now, how wonderful does Ari sound?! I love the fact that she is a mythology lover because as you readers know I am obsessed with mythology! Ari is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Ari’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Ari, I hope that you enjoy Ari’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Gods by Any Other Name is a fantasy novel that takes place in the 1920’s. It features magical creatures, long-forgotten mythical gods, and, of course, a flagrant disregard for American Prohibition. In part, the inspiration came to me after going to a museum exhibit about Prohibition in 1920’s America. I’d already had the basic plot and characters in my head, but being immersed in the history of Prohibition and organized crime made everything suddenly come together for me. From that moment on, I knew exactly how I wanted the story to play out.
I think the number one most important thing for aspiring writers to know is that it’s 100% totally acceptable to borrow elements from existing stories that you love. Obviously, I’m not advising that writers plagiarize someone else’s work, but if you love one story’s characters or setting or even its conflict, take it and make it your own unique version that’s entirely yours. Alternatively, if you really hate something, think about how you would have made it better and start writing your version. You’d be surprised by how much inspiration you can get out of spite.
I would probably tell myself not to give up on writing just because it’s “impractical”. I’ve wanted to be an author ever since I was a young child, but as I got older and became more aware of just how slight the chances were of being a successful author, I stopped writing and focused on a more traditional career path. But of course, my socially acceptable career is painfully unfulfilling because I have no real love for it. I wish I hadn’t given up on my dream for as many years as I did, and now I’m making up for lost time.
The most important thing about a book is the author’s passion. It doesn’t matter how interesting the characters are or how unique the plot is if you can’t feel the love and passion and enthusiasm that the author put into writing it. Passion is the deciding factor between a good book and a great book.
My first children’s book, a fantasy suspense novel called The Beldam, will be available for purchase starting September 21st.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Ari! If you have liked what you have read about Ari and are interested in learning more about Ari and reading her work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.