What readers are saying about this book
Fantastic read! I had read books one & two of his cast in time series and was horribly disappointed that there wasn’t a book three yet. This more than makes up for that! Starting book two now and I’m excited to see 16 in this series!
Starting Up for a Second Round This series deserves at least a repeat reading. It has many of the icons of the 50s and 60s such as John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and Jack Nicklaus. The seemingly casual way that Ricky bumps into the famous ones is fascinating. OK, no more spoilers beyond the statement that this book and the next 15 or so will provide many grins and chuckles.
The Richard Jackson Saga book 1 I never thought that reading about someone else’s life could be so interesting and entertaining. This is a series that you won’t be able to put down until you finish it.
Absolutely Awesome This story was kinda like Forest Gump but with a young genius. His godmother is Betty the Queen who was his mum’s best friend during the War. He causally meets lots of famous people. I usually like my books with some magical powers, but a good story is a magic all its own.
What a wonderful read. I'm seriously tempted to go back to the beginning and start reading all over again but I see the next book is available so I'll read it first. An entertaining book without serious violence, bad language and an X rating. Such fun to read.
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You can purchase this book and all of Ed Nelsons book series on Amazon.
Other Books by Ed Nelson
- Richard Jackson Saga
- Cast in Time
Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson
What inspired you to become a writer, and what drives you to continue writing today?
I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.
Can you tell us about your writing process? Do you have any specific rituals or habits that help you get into the writing zone?
I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.
Your latest book, Cast in Time, has been receiving excellent reviews. What was the most challenging part of writing it, and what do you hope readers will take away from it?
Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.
How do you approach character development? Are your characters based on real people, fictional archetypes, or entirely original creations?
I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.
What do you believe is the most critical element of a compelling story, and how do you ensure you deliver it in your writing?
Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.
Writing can be a solitary endeavor. How do you handle writer's block or self-doubt, and what advice would you give to aspiring writers facing similar challenges?
Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.
Many of your readers admire your distinct writing style. How did you develop your voice, and how important do you think it is for writers to find their unique voice?
My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.
Beyond the pages of your books, what other forms of storytelling inspire you? Are there any particular authors, films, or artistic mediums that have influenced your writing?
I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.