I’m delighted to be welcoming Jim Christina to my hot seat today who is chatting to us about his novel, Jonah Blue.
Jonah Blue tells the story of a young boy’s dream of becoming a Rocky Mountain Free Trapper in 1830. Running from his family’s farm at 10 years old, Jonah is befriended by an older Mountain Man named Rensfeld Doggett.
This is the story of Jonah’s transition from young boy to young man and eventually a man in the wilds of the Montana Territory in 1853.
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Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Jonah Blue in 20 words or less.
Jonah Blue tells the story of a 10 year old becoming a mountain man, old west guide and ranch owner in Montana.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel Jim?
Please tell us about the characters in your book.
There is Jonah Blue, you meet at 10 and leave at 34, Rensfeld Doggett Jonah’s mentor and teacher in the Rocky Mountains, Moon Cromwell, Jonah’s partner and mentor later in his life. Rufe Sewell, the foreman for Jona’s ranch, The Crooked Knee, in Hells Gate Montana.
If you could choose to be one of your characters who would you be?
Moon Cromwell because Moon is an old mountain man and eventually the best friend and mentor to Jonah Blue.
How do your characters come into existence? Do they have a bio?
In each book they do.
Did you do any research for your book Jim?
A lot, from talking to mountain men at rendezvous sites to a lot of research using the internet.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
Moon’s death. I felt it was poignant and held a lot of feeling.
… and the hardest?
Moon’s death because when he died, he knew Jonah was not ready for him to leave.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be …
Don’t mess with history.
Do you have a theme for your book covers? Who designs them?
Book covers are dictated by the story and the characters.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
Panster or a plotter?
Which authors have influenced your writing?
John Sanford, Paul Marks, John Hegenberger, John D. McDonald, Larry McMurtrey.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice?
Do you have a favourite Jim?
Lonesome Dove comes to mind.
What are you reading now?
Chin Up Tits by Miranda Oh. Reading it for my radio broadcast.
Can you share what you’re currently working on?
A story of a Texas Ranger that had lost a leg at 10 years old and an engineer designed him a new one.
Finally, are there any tips you could share with new writers?
Keep writing even if you don’t think it’s very good.
Thank you for being my guest today.
Jim Christina was born into an Air Force Family in 1949. Living all over the world before finally landing in Del Mar, California.
A musician, historian, writer, poet, playwright…all things describing Jim Christina. A graduate of San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, Ca, and Old Reliable University in Washington State, Jim spent almost ten years in the US Army before joining his father in the family’s paint business.
While managing a territory in Washington and Oregon, Jim began composing music and writing the lyrics. Forming a band in Tacoma, Washington, “Sundown”, Jim’s music and the melody of Sundown played up and down the state before Jim moved to California.
For years a character had been rolling around in his mind and in 2008,, the character became the Hunter and the series was born. They are stories of an aging man hunter and his protege’ in Arizona in the last half of the nineteenth century.
The stories are gritty, raw and accurate in their depiction of the lives and times of the main characters. “If you are looking for Louis Lamour, you won’t find him here.” If you are looking for a walloping good story, turn the pages and start reading.
And, listen in every Thursday evening at 7 PM pacific time for “The Writer’s Block” on www.latalkradio.com
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