Willoughby sees patterns where others don’t. His brilliance in mathematics allows him to uncover puzzles hidden in plain view. When a carved symbol leads him to the barbershop of Antonio Chavez, he finds himself in a world where nothing is as it seems.
His friend, Antonio, is far more than a mere barber. Captivated by the famous and beautiful Sydney Senoya, he learns of a musical talent that can reach beyond the living. His new friend, James Arthur, proves to have strange healing powers. Even feisty T.K., their crew liaison on the company yacht, has startling secrets to hide.
Determined to uncover the truth behind the supposed seer, Nostradamus, the team finds itself lost across the corridors of time, fighting for their lives. Does Willoughby alone, have the skill to save them?
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 Deen Ferrell whose book Cryptic Spaces compelled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love captivating literature but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Deen Ferrell, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Deen Ferrell 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 Deen Ferrell!
Deen Ferrell has been writing since Junior High, where he wrote his first “novel,” which consisted of 59 hand-written pages about a time-traveling antagonist who has psychic abilities. He continued to churn out songs, poems, and story treatments through High School. At Brigham Young University, where he studied film, he won several awards for his plays and had one toured across the western states to over 30 performances. His senior film project, “More Bull than Dozer,” which he wrote and art-directed, was selected as the Western Region Finalist by the Academy of Motion Picture and Television Sciences, and competed in Los Angeles for a Student Academy Award.
“Cryptic Spaces” is his first published series, but he has other series plans, and a number of other books and writing projects in the works. He has also published a number of poems, short stories, and songs.
Deen writes to inspire and provide hope while entertaining with his stories. He also enjoys layering humor into his characters. “Life is too short,” he says. “We all need to learn to smile at ourselves and the craziness life puts us through.”
He lives today in Valencia, California with his wife, four children, and a cat he rescued from a dumpster bin named “Dusty.” He enjoys jogging, hiking, movies, reading, public speaking, history, travel, art, technology, anything to do with the beach, and, of course, writing.
Now, how wonderful does Deen Ferrell sound?! Deen Ferrell is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Deen Ferrell’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Deen Ferrell, I hope that you enjoy Deen Ferrell’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself
Let’s see…one interesting thing few people know about me is that I didn’t speak for almost two years as a child. I think I was too busy observing. Guess what? I’m still observing–my world, my crazy cat, secret messages appearing my alphabet soup… Other things I could tell you include; I’m a big movie buff, a photographer, I enjoy a good game of tennis. My cat was abandoned in a dustbin. When we rescued her, we decided to name her “Dusty.” I have a great family and a quaint home with an entry that friends compare to the Gryffindor Common Room. These tidbits are interesting, but they don’t give a full picture of who I am. To really understand me, you need to know that the world, to me, is fascinating and magical! I have a deep passion for the wonder that exists all around us, and feel it my mission to help instill a sense of hope wherever I go. Galileo once said, “I have too much love for the stars to ever be afraid of the dark.” There are so many stars to love! Why do we spend so much time dredging up monsters from the dark? Granted, those are there–even in my books. Life can be unpredictable and bad things can and do happen, but I choose to be about the light. It’s the stars that cause us to look up and set us on a trajectory of discovery, inspiration, and fulfillment. Our attentions, I believe, are better focused there.
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
Well, Foresight is the first book in the Cryptic Spaces series. A brilliant young mathematician, and a world-famous young violinist are recruited to a clandestine organization with time travel technology. The organization, Observations, Inc., is probing the myths and mysteries of mankind, things like the Loch Ness Monster, Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, Zombies, Witches, Secrets of the Pyramids, etc. When introduced to the time grid for their fist assignment, they discover that the time grid has a dark side, and what we have always believed to be merely myth and mystery are part of a carefully hidden history–one whose weave could mean the end of everything.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Write from your passion, from who you are. Don’t listen to the marketing set who report the latest trendy books and advise you to copy what is, at the moment, in vogue. Yeah, all of us dream of financial success and independence as a writer, and there may be truth to the idea that focusing on the current trend helps you initially sell more books, but I believe this is only a short-term phenomena. The writers who have stayed around, who have built an inter-generational following, all had some kind of uniqueness that made them stand out–a point of view, a sense of passion toward a story, an unusual style, or a ground-breaking idea–something that took their ordinary words and gave them wings. That’s the kind of writer that is loved and cherished, and that kind of writing comes from listening to the voice inside you (rather than the hordes claiming to have some “secret” that will make you a New York Times Bestseller).
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
I am a message person, so I like a book that has something to say. It doesn’t have to be overt or heavy-handed–a message often comes from what is not specifically spelled out–but when I finish a book, I like to feel that I am changed somehow, that through sharing the thoughts and experience of a character or characters, my world has been broadened and my capacities have been enriched. I want to finish a book believing that my intellect is sharper that my abilities to assess and navigate the currents of life are more acute. When I finish a book, I want to look back with fondness on the blessed release of spontaneous laughter and the cleansing mystery of unanticipated tears. A good book, I believe, is like a map, leading not just to a place, but to a realization that: here is where my soul truly wants to be.
What is your writing process like?
Typically, it starts with an idea surfacing, seemingly out of the blue. “Wow,” I say. “Where did you come from?” I look inside and say, “Hello! Uh, who threw out this idea?” I wait for a moment, tapping my foot, then from the shadows, a shaky hand is raised. “Oh,” I say, “it was you. Well, tell me about it. And tell me about yourself. Why is this idea important to you?” The shaky hand becomes a face, and a body, and a name, and it starts to talk. That’s when I have to pull up a chair, fire up the computer, and close off all distractions, because, you see, the more I learn about this fascinating character, the more I want to know. This leads to my character introducing other characters. Suddenly, it’s like Niagara Falls around me, with smaller and larger threads of story all roaring at the same time, fighting for attention. “Whoa!” I yell. “Slow down! I only have two ears!” But, of course, they ignore me. They become more and more animated, and their stories become more and more real as I watch the threads interact and intertwine. I have to run to keep up, typing as fast as fingers can fly across the keyboard. I have to listen hard, trying to catch every nuance and get it all down. When finally there is a pause, I stand panting, completely spent. I look down, and low and behold, a story is taking shape! That’s how it is for me. I always focus on characters first, for it’s their story, and they will tell it as they see fit, and they will absolutely pummel me if I get in the way!
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
Well, alas, I have a family and they like to eat, and sleep in a home, and go on the occasional trip to Disneyland, so that means I have a day job, at least at present. So, my “downloading” time is fairly structured on eves, Friday afternoon, and Saturday. But I am always writing. Just because my fingers aren’t flying over the keyboard doesn’t mean that the story isn’t continuing, with me jotting notes inside my head.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Wow, that’s a question. How many days do you have? I could go on for a while. If you tied me to a chair and forced me to whittle the list down to 10, I would likely come up with a list like this: Ray Bradbury, Virginia Woolf, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Eoin Colfer, Robert Luis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Emily Bronte, Issac Asimov, and Rick Riordan. (Okay, 11 is the new 10, right?)
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I have three books in the process right now; Enigma, book four in the Cryptic Spaces series will be out late Spring/early Summer. “Don’t Look Under the Bed!” is a children’s book and 3D animation project with Disney animator, Thomas Leavitt. Lastly, “Finding Hope” is a SteamPunk themed story that I am creating with “Illumination Studios” (Minions, etc.) animator Taylor Krahenbuhl. Of course, I have (at last count) 436.3 other characters still standing in varying degree of shadow, just waiting to raise their hand…
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Deen Ferrell! If you have liked what you have read about Deen Ferrell and are interested in learning more about Deen Ferrell and reading Deen Ferrell’s 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.
Goodbye for now book lovers,