Jonathan Brooks (1991-present) was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University in 2014. He studied English and Media Arts and Design, with respective concentrations in Creative Writing and Digital Video and Cinema. He released his first book, “The Last Mar,” on Kindle in February 2016, and he is currently writing the first novel of a seven-book series. The series is entitled “The Seven Swords of Skyfall,” and it follows the story of a royal family who is separated around the world by a sorcerer’s curse.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer, deep down. I used to make little books with folded computer paper when I was young about things like my family and Pokémon. It never really seemed like a viable career to me though (and I still wonder if it will be for me). I also had the crazy dream of becoming a professional Lego designer since I played with them all the time. It still may be a great retirement option!
What do you do now?
I work as a campus minister at my alma mater, JMU, with an organization called CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), and I have been working on several writing projects on the side. I get to work with college students, which is a lot of fun, and I help them grow spiritually in their walks with God.
I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?
You can give me the power to find the love of my life. I know, it’s super sappy and Ted Mosby-ish, but I’ve always felt a strong pull to be a husband and father, and I look forward to the day when those things will be a reality. I’ve realized that personal achievement isn’t really the most important thing, but rather our relationships that matter most at the end of the day.
Did you ever give up on your dreams?
Not entirely. But there have definitely been times when I have scrapped writing that I eventually came back to later. There are also times when I fear that I am wasting my time and that I will never be good enough to write full-time.
What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?
I’ve always kind of been an idealist and hopeless romantic, so this is an obvious answer to me. Yes, of course, you should chase your dreams! I think everyone has been gifted with special talents and they are always worth pursuing, even in the midst of hardship. I think financial stability is the biggest thing that stops us, so I always like to ask the question…
If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?
I would probably be The Flash. It would be awesome to run that fast, and it would definitely save on commuting time or travel costs to different locations around the world. I have pretty bad wanderlust, so his powers would give me the ability to travel anywhere I want. Plus, the ability to break barriers of space and time would be a nice little perk.
Couna and Aproz are jolted into adulthood with the death of their grandfather, an attack on their hometown, and the mysterious disappearance of their mother by the hands of the legendary mass-murderer, Cruston Mar. With Death stalking them at every turn, the brothers must find their mother at any cost, without losing themselves along the way.