S.J. Hermann, a writer of paranormal, science fiction, horror, and urban fantasy novels, joins us to share his work and ideas.
S.J. Hermann currently resides in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where he attends college to earn a certificate in graphic or web design. When he is not thinking of stories to write, he is an award winning artist.
Thank you for having me.
First off, please tell us a little bit about yourself. I know...groan...but it has to be done.
LOL. I know. I'm an Multi-Genre self-published author and artist that lives in the Northwest suburbs of the great city of Chicago. I'm hoping to return to college to get my degree in graphic design. Though with my regular job and author stuff, time is a issue. I'm an avid fan of anything zombie, hockey, and rollercoasters.
Ah...Chicago... I'm originally from Milwaukee, that far northern suburb of Chicago. I have to ask, Cubs or Sox?
Cubs. I mean, I’m not the type of fan that despises the other. Plus, I’ve seen every major sports team in Chicago win a championship except the Cubs.
You are very vocal about your stand against bullying. Can you share a bit about your efforts to shine light on this topic?
Social media can be a double-edged sword when it comes to bullying. It's a powerful tool to get the word out on, not only the mental effects it can have, but the physical as well. On the other hand, it can be used to destroy people's lives. It's easier to reach outside the school room or work place. What I use social media for is to show people how much harm can be done by posting stories of victims. I would like to remind everyone that October is National Anti-Bullying month.
That’s great insight on social media being a double-edged sword. Thanks for the tip on October being anti-bullying month. It’s a huge problem that needs to be brought to light.
Let’s talk Morium! What a great story. Can you tell us a bit about the story without giving up any huge spoilers?
Thank you for the compliment. I wrote the trilogy, well, I'm writing the last book now, to bring to light several issues that can plague teenagers. The obvious one being bullying which I pull from my own experiences from high school. But if you look deep into the two books so far, there is more than bullying. Addiction, self-harm, depression, sexual abuse, and more importantly, the power of friendship. Morium is about three seniors who are relentlessly bullied everyday. They only have each other to lean on for they are afraid, or unable, to bring it up to their parents for one reason or another. Two of them gain supernatural powers and that is when morals come into play. What is right? You have the power to get revenge, but would it be morally right? I look at it through two different point of views.
I’ve read the first book and am hooked on both the characters and the story. I can’t wait to get into Dark Horizons.
Where can readers find your books?
They are only available on Amazon. Readers who subscribe to Unlimited can read them for free.
It's very exciting, but as in any business, nothing is guaranteed, but I am honored that Morium was chosen to be given this opportunity. There is not much exciting to tell, yet. Funding is getting started on having the book adapted to screenplay by a Hollywood script writer. That's about how far I can go into detail, but everything is in motion. I can say that the scriptwriter has worked with, Clint Eastwood.
That is exciting! I think this story will make an awesome movie. I hope you'll be keeping us updated on social media as new info can be shared.
I sure will. There is a Facebook page and the project is on Twitter.
So…when do you think the final book in the trilogy will be finished? Do you have a release date in mind yet?
I hope to have the first draft done by the middle of October with a release sometime in spring of 2017.
What's next after you finish the Morium series? Are there any other stories floating around your mind yet?
As a matter of fact, I've already started on the next book after the final book. It's another mature YA sci-fi / horror.
I’ll be keeping my eyes open for that.
Thanks for stopping by to share with us today. It’s been great talking with you. How can interested readers connect with you?
Thank you for having me. They can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Instagram. My blog page is: http://sjhermannauthor.blogspot.com/