Meet My Character Blog Tour

I was nominated for this, “Meet My Character Blog Tour,” by my dear, not so near and newfound friend, Rachael Ritchey. We often get to chat about our writing, our hopes, our dreams, and our different literary styles—saying that our stories are reflections of ourselves—extensions. I look forward to reading her YA fantasy fiction book series!  She has been a blessing in my life and in my writing and I met her from over 5,000 miles away! Ahh, the wonders of social media . . . Check out more of her stuff, and news about her upcoming novel, The Beauty Thief, here.

Now, onto the tour! Here are the answers to your questions about my 75,000-fantasy fiction novel, Worlds Apart: A Myth Reborn. 

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My character’s name is Rory and he is fictional.

2. When and where is the story set?

The story takes place on Earth during the Tamarin Age some 2,000 years after our current time, although most modern technology and warfare have disappeared and many of the countries and continents that used to exist have either gone below sea-level or have been destroyed by the changing environment. It is a very much sword and board story but alternative technologies have developed as well.

3. What should we know about him/her?

Rory is an act-before thinking kind of guy, orphaned for as long as he can remember, living in an all-male orphanage with eleven other boys. He is destined for greater things when he discovers that he has some unique abilities that allow him to do things other people can’t. At fourteen years old, he is a slave to truth, and will always do anything in his power to find it, or to honor his own systems of loyalty and honesty. When the story begins and a meteor shower threatens to wipe out his entire town, Rory must make a difficult decision between saving his fellow orphans or a girl he cannot live without. In the aftermath, he must live with the guilt and consequences of his actions.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

The meteor shower messes up Rory’s life because it separates him from his orphan family, and from that point on he must face a truth that will tear him from piece to piece. Rory’s orphanage leader, and surrogate father, Cilas has been lying to him about his past. When he discovers that his biological parents may be alive, he loses his trust in his role model and experiences his first epic break down. The main conflict comes about when a mysterious man begins tracking Rory and his new friends for their genetic codes—Rory realizes he is a part of something bigger and that the “myth” that is spoken about only in whispers has everything to do with his past, his friends, and himself.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

Rory seeks the truth about his past. He wants to know if his parents are still alive and how he got his powers. He also wants to put a stop to the man who is trying to use him and his friends for . . . who knows what?

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

I’m 100% satisfied with the title of this five-part series: Worlds Apart. Book one is called A Myth Reborn. This blog is one of the best places to read about it, or you can follow me on any other social media site (I’m on a lot of them!). The most informative ones are my blog and my Facebook page, J. A. Merkel.

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

I hope to publish by spring 2015 if all goes well!

Here’s to hoping!

And now, I would like to nominate three other authors for this blog tour.

Firstly, I’m nominating another newfound friend, Sara DeLaVergne. She’s a very valued critique-mate and she treats my work like she would treat her own. She is what I would like to call a gem. Not only a talented writer, Sara is also a talented critique buddy, whom I’ve already learned a lot from. Needless to say, our relationship is symbiotic and I really look forward for the chance to read her books (not to mention what she says in her character blog tour). One of my favorite things about Sara . . . her blog tagline is, “You’re going to know my name.”


Next, I want to nominate my old friend, Amy R. Thompson! I met Amy in college, lost touch with her for many years, and was re-connected by our mutual love for writing (which I don’t think we ever knew about at the time). She released the second installment of her Lost Souls Trilogy, called Relinquish, and the third one should be coming out in the next year. Amy’s been a big help with answering questions that I’ve had about the publishing process. Here’s her blog as well!


Finally, I’d like to nominate my friend, Corey Rachael, whom I met in the city we both live in (Yeosu), here in South Korea (not always an easy thing to do as a foreigner). Corey and I have talked writing here and there, and I wish her all the best with her YA novel endeavors! Whether that be hundreds or thousands 😉

So those are my three choices! I look forward to hearing what they have to say!

Have you ever done a “Meet my Character Blog Tour?” They’re a good way to connect with other writers and can help you answer questions you never thought were there!


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Worlds Apart

What is “Worlds Apart,” you ask?

It’s the name of the five-part series that I’m working on. Book One, A Myth Reborn, will be available on Amazon soon, as my first official published e-book. Looking forward to it? Not nearly as much as me!

I’m Job Merkel. I teach English by day. I write by night.

I moved to South Korea in October 2013 for a year-long teaching position in a city called Yeosu, a quaint, seaside town in the southern part of the country. Ironically, it reminds me of the fictional town in Book One, called Onist, where the action of my story begins. My only hope is that like Onist, Yeosu doesn’t get destroyed by a meteor storm . . .