M.R. Neer, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Junah Cat is urged to find the Secret of the Garden by the mysterious three sisters. He teams with Mo Mouse to explore obvious and hidden things in the garden. They are helped in their adventure by Thomas Tortoise, Hannah Hummingbird, Harry Hedgehog, and Ralph Rabbit. 

Along the way, Junah discovers insights or “purrs” that help to make life healthy and happy. These are based on laws of nature experienced in the garden, such as when night sounds create a symphony for him, he realizes “the whole is more than the sum of the parts.” Or when the bee and butterfly describe the delight of visiting flowers for nectar, Junah knows that he can “enjoy and accomplish more.” 

PURR-sonal and PURR-petual
Junah uses his curiosity to become a wise cat who has much to share with humans about living in tune with nature. The ultimate secret, revealed at the end, is an experience that can be shared by animals, humans, and all of nature. 

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 M.R. Neer whose book Junah Tales charmed me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love children and fantasy books but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for M.R. Neer, a biography of the author and an interview between me and M.R. Neer 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 M.R. Neer!

M.R. Neer (aka Michael Roy Neer) writes fables, fairy tales, and legends about the quest for the secrets of life. He believes that stories reveal the universal values that we all share. He has enjoyed a long career of organizing words in creative ways as an English teacher, curriculum specialist, magazine publisher, book editor, and long-time teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. He has won awards for journalism, newsletter writing, and teaching, and makes his home in Fresno, Calif. The Elixir of Freedom is his first novel, and it is the first of six in The Light Finder Legends series.

Now, how wonderful does M.R. Neer sound?! M.R. Neer is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of M.R. Neer’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and M.R. Neer, I hope that you enjoy M.R. Neer’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

Many years ago, I got a copy of the elementary school curriculum for a course called Science of Creative Intelligence. The lessons focused on core principles in nature that kids could understand.  I felt then that someday I would like to write some stories about these principles.  So I typed up the core principles and framed them on my wall. Finally, when it was time, the stories revealed themselves to me. I also wanted to immortalize our black and white cat named Juju. The result lives on in these fables.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

I have three pieces of advice for writers:

1) Tune in to your deepest Self which is the source of all creativity. Become familiar with that level of life, and your writing will flow.

2) Create the setting and characters, then let them interact. The story will write itself (of course, you have to keep tuning in to what your characters would do).

3) Follow the principle of author Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) who said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

A book should bind the boundless. What that means is that the plot, characters, and theme should give expression to and reflect universal (boundless) principles of life.

What is your writing process like?

I write when I find time between my three jobs. I start with a theme, develop a setting and characters, then let the action flow as I write. Often, I like to draw a map of the setting because the detailed interaction with the environment often reveals the theme and plot as well as transforms the characters.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I let the ideas simmer while I’m working on other projects. I make notes of insights and plot points. I research elements of the setting (garden, forest, boats, sailing, etc.) as I write. Sometimes what I learn takes me in a whole new direction or helps me refine the plot in a new way.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I try to read at least one fiction book a month, and I have numerous nonfiction books I read off and on.

I loved Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories series – very original, fun, and stimulating. Kind of book I wish I’d written.

I also like Grace Lin’s three companion novels about the Chinese culture—Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Starry River of the Sky, When the Sea Turned to Silver.

On another level, one of the most exquisite books I’ve ever read is Blackberries in the Dream House by Diane Frank. Every line is like a poetic image.  Another totally startling and enchanting book is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker.

I also like Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya and Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. These books are engaging, coming of age stories.

Of course, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and anything by Richard Bach make my list of greats.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?  

I try to release one new book a year. Currently, I am working on Part 2 of Junah Tales where the sisters ask him to find the Secret of the Forest.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with M.R. Neer! If you have liked what you have read about M.R. Neer and are interested in learning more about M.R. Neer and reading M.R. Neer’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,

Junah Tales: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

M.R. Neer: Facebook – Twitter – Website

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