Interview with James G. Robertson
Author of The Ripper
James G. Robertson was born in a small town in Kansas. He’s also lived in Texas, Missouri, and in New York, where he graduated college from SUNY Oswego in 2019 with a bachelor’s in political science and a theatre minor. He has also received an associate’s degree in information network technology, which he obtained in 2012 from Pratt Community College. His first book in the Next Life series, Afterworld, was published May 1st, 2020. If you wish to know anything else, or wish to contact him, feel free to do so by going to https://nextlifeuniverse.com/contact .
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How would you describe The Ripper to a new reader?
- The Ripper is the second book in the Next Life Universe book series. It follows Jack the Ripper throughout London and beyond. It tells the story of a man one would not normally associate with the Ripper, and of the hardships that brought him there.
What was the inspiration behind The Ripper ?
- Inspiration, hmm good question. Unlike Afterworld, I didn't really have an inspiration for this particular story except the character popped into my head one day, so I began to work on it. It also connects to Afterworld and is an unofficial sequel/prequel so you'll get to learn more about the world and how it relates to the character there.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
- King, Stan Lee, Kentaro Miura (berserk manga author). These all influence my style and the ways I write.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
- Sure! For the most part, it's set in the background of London, as it is a Historical fantasy book that follows Jack the Ripper and his friend John and tries to give insight into why he killed those women. There are a few other locations, but it all takes place within Europe.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- Just go for it. Second-guessing is ok on some parts, but if you have an idea you really like then do your best to make it come to fruition or it'll never happen.
What's your writing process?
- Mostly discovery writing (the story comes to me as I go along), but this one has been a bit tricky. The reason for that is I have to stay in some parameters due to following a timeline of significant Ripping events.
Which character in The Ripper has had the greatest impact on readers?
- Definitely Jack. He is just a super fun character to write, and his lines are up to par with the name 'Saucy Jack'.
If The Ripper were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
- This is a hard one. It would have to be someone who has the ability to be eccentric. Perhaps Depp could pull it off, but I'd really have to see the casting.
How have readers responded to The Ripper?
- Well, since I just put it on preorder yesterday, there hasn't been much response, yet. I have gotten a lot of love for the cover though.
Where next? What are you working on now?
- Still working on The Ripper. It releases 12/20/20 but is on ebook preorder now (paperback to come sometime within the next few weeks). I'm also working on remastering the audiobook for Afterworld. That should be out sometime mid-end October. Keep your eyes on the official website for that announcement along with a possible discount for a short period!
One man, Jack the Ripper, haunted the dark streets of Whitechapel in the year of 1888. One may not wish to call him a man for at the end of the day, he never was, not entirely. The Ripper was and always has been more of a spectre than man, but who is he? The stories you’ve been told one by one couldn’t be further from the truth. A barber, a doctor, and even a prince? Ha, now that’s a laugh.
Ahead is a look into the Ripper’s story from his eyes and those among him. The riveting story of Jack and his most beloved friend, John, along with the witches they saved, and those they damned at the request of the goddess, Fate, finally comes to light. This is a story of loss, demons, witches, and torment of one man by the puppeteering hands of one very stingy individual named old Nick.