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Author Interview ~ Raphyel M Jordan


There were already 62 Author Interviews on this blog; and, included in those, 2 Wattpad Author interviews.

Today’s interview will make it 3 Wattpad Author interviews.

I’ve read what Mr. Jordan has on Wattpad and can heartily recommend the series we’ll be talking about :-)

~~~ Prossia

Raphyel, tell us about your “Prossia” science fiction series. 

Prossia is a coming-of-age adventure that follows a seventeen-year-old alien girl named Aly whose first encounter to the world beyond her home comes in the form of her getting drafted into a galactic war. A lot of people claim it to be like ‘Star Wars with Space Elves’.

Space Elves… Hmm… Somehow they seemed more “real” to me; but, what actually inspired you to write “Prossia”?

Blame it on my stubbornness of being young. I started writing Prossia when I was 19. I was subject to hearing this common notion about ALL Millennials as being lazy, spoiled, and having a foolish sense of entitlement without the lack of work. I was going to school with young people working two jobs just to make ends meet along with young single mothers who got better grades than many other students who only had to worry about school work and nothing else.

The surprising thing is, however, not once did I ever hear these people complain out loud about how obviously hard things were for them. Oh, not to mention I had tons of friend doing tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are those people lazy ? I doubt that. So, in short, Prossia was written for the young people getting the job done despite people saying they couldn’t.

Inspiring motivation, for sure! So, where did the idea for Alytchai, the series protagonist, come from?

I started writing the Prossia series before the Katniss Evergreens, Supergirl TV Shows, or the more-recent Rey from Star Wars introduced a newer take on female protagonists to the general public. I thought seeing a young man rise to the occasion was getting a little redundant too, which is why Prossia‘s protagonist is a female teenager who can handle her own. And while the above-mentioned characters are still regarded as “strong female protagonists”, it’s my hope that we’ll get to the point where we’ll just see these capable characters as “strong protagonists” and look beyond the gender.

Here, here… The sooner the better, I say. So, what can you tell us about your heroine and her struggle? 

Aly comes from a background many people are familiar with, which is covered in the prequel, Evaluations of the Tribe. She had a tough childhood because she wasn’t like the other kids. Bullying, self-esteem—she had to struggle with finding her self-worth at an early age. This challenge is taken to higher levels later in the series, where she has to face life-or-death situations and make decisions that may not be popular with those closest to her. 

You have a theme song for your books—how did that come about?

Oh, that! LOL! The theme song, called The Moment, came from April Reaux, who did some editing for Prossia. However, it turned out that Reaux’s main passion is music. So, after hearing some samples of what she could do, I just had to have her compose a song for Prossia. I knew since she’d read the entire book in finer detail than most, she could provide something original and well defining to the feel of the story.

I told her what I thought the most powerful scene was in the book, and how it would be the defining moment that would carry the story throughout its entirety. She used that scene as inspiration, and I guess you could say “the rest is history”. Take a listen :-)

That is one Ultra-Compelling piece of music………

Raphyel, where did the word “Prossia” come from?

Oi, now that wasn’t easy. I needed something that sounded foreign but logical, all at once. In the story, it’s explained that Prossia means “for peace” or “unity within diversity” in one of the numerous alien languages in the story’s galaxy. So I took “pro”, which is the prefix that means “in favor of” or “for”. Then, I needed something simple and pleasant to the ear, so I finished it with “sia”. So, I had the word, “Prosia”.

However, when I wanted to make sure that this wasn’t a real word, I quickly found out that there is actually a Prosia in Romania. Yikes! By that point, however, I was really attached to the sound of the word, so I added an extra “s” so I could keep it.

Have your fans been impressed so far?

The general reception has been VERY positive, to my relief! I was concerned readers wouldn’t feel connected to the characters since they aren’t human. However, people have been very fond of the universe I made, and all the back-story I’ve developed. On top of that, I’m always getting told how surprisingly relatable the characters are, even though they’re aliens. That tends to be the most rewarding compliment I get.

I completely agree that the characters are relatable, even though obviously alien…  Are there hidden messages in the books?

There are numerous hidden messages in the Prossia series, actually. Still, if I needed to sum them all up, I would say it’s not to let anyone choose your life for you, especially when you’re at a vital period when you’re starting to make core decisions that will define the person you will be for the rest of your days. If there is a conflict in the heart that’s telling you the path you are currently on is wrong, then it is your obligation to get on the other path, even when everyone else around you is giving you odd looks for your decision.

How many books will be in the series?

All good things must come to an end, and I will be completing the Prossia series this September, bringing it to a total of four. I’m finishing the third and final act of the final book as we speak, which has been one of the biggest challenges so far. See, I want to make sure every arch that’s been built throughout the series is given its well-deserved closure, but these stubborn characters of mine refuse to follow my outline. I’ve had to go back to “formula” four times already! ^_^

I certainly understand—had a character in my novel—just for the first scene… Nope—whole book and last line of the text :-)

So, Raphyel, do you have a newsletter?

You betcha! See, I didn’t want to spam people’s email inbox’s with too much stuff every day, so my assistant and I made it a rule to only send 2-3 posts a month. If I’m doing anything Prossia-related, you’ll be sure to get some info on that as well.

Any other morsels of interest you can share with us?

. . . >_>. Uhhhh, well. . . My favorite color is green. I’m an Aquarius. I used vacation hours at work so I could play Mass Effect 2 and 3 because it’s the best video game series…EVER. My favorite radio station is NPR, which I got a lot of beef about since when I was still in my 20s, and . . .

. . .

Ohhhhhh, you meant things pertaining to the book! Doh! >_<

People can read the first book in the series for FREE, either by reading it on Wattpad (final Act will be posted soon) or downloading it on any major online book retailer.

Subscribers in my newsletter get awesome exclusive deals like giveaways and book discounts. I’m also on these various social networks:            

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Well, Raphyel, thanks for the ride :-)

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He never mentioned it; but, Raphyel is also a fine artist, designer, and illustrator…

So, Folks, looks like it’s time to ask Mr. Jordan a few questions in the comments…

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11 responses to “Author Interview ~ Raphyel M Jordan

  1. dgkaye January 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    This was a fantastic interview. And I agree about not filling people’s inboxes with tons of emails. :)

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    • Raphyel M. Jordan January 4, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the interview! Thanks for taking the time to read it, and yes. “Boo to spamming!” ;)

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      • dgkaye January 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

        :)

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  2. Salvatore Pope Ritondo January 4, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    “Still, if I needed to sum them all up, I would say it’s not to let anyone choose your life for you, especially when you’re at a vital period when you’re starting to make core decisions that will define the person you will be for the rest of your days.”

    This is so vital and important and makes me want to share it with all the patrons in my library!

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    • Raphyel M. Jordan January 4, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      By all means, please do! The message isn’t heard enough!

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  3. Nichole January 4, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Very nice. I will look for Mr. Jordan on Wattpad.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 4, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      I think you’ll like his stories, Nichole :-)

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  4. Jane Watson January 5, 2016 at 1:42 am

    A great interview, Raphyel. I listened to the music video by April and I think she is very talented :-) You don’t hear of many authors who have a theme song for their work! I will certainly look out for you on Wattpad.

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    • Raphyel M. Jordan January 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I was very fortunate in meeting April. One of my best college buddies got the two of us together. We have a great relationship/friendship where she will help me with music and in return I will do free artwork for her. WIN WIN! :)

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