Average Joe and the Extraordinaires
by Belart Wright
Publisher: BWright Publishing
Publication Date: December 18, 2014
Genre: Action Adventure, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
On a dark and balmy Floridian night, a strange and mysterious dark haired woman stalks the shadows of the local college football stadium, on the prowl for secrets buried deep beneath the Earth. These secrets, she knows, may change everything including this small town.
While knocking back illegal drinks with his friends at the hallowed Orangetown Pickers’ college football stadium, average kid Joe Black finds himself desperately trying to save the life of a beautiful dark haired woman after a deadly explosion violently interrupts his fun and games. While trying to fathom why he would even do something so reckless he soon finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of terrorist plots, mistaken identities, hard boiled detectives, the criminal underworld, and of all things magic as he tries to escape with his life and make sense of it all.
Joe faces many challenges from all new enemies, assassins, and even his own friends. Can Joe navigate all this danger, escape with his life, and handle his biggest challenge to date, finding something about himself that is truly extraordinary? Find out within the pages of Average Joe and the Extraordinaires.
The brunette woman barely heard her, only figuring out what she said by reading her lips. She continued to watch her body language closely. The blonde looked frantic as she surveyed the situation below her. The group of people were being escorted into the elevator. The blonde suddenly stood up as the kid with the silver aura, a dark-skinned little girl with almost no hair, was almost at the elevator doors. She looked ready to leap down and attempt a rescue, but the fool had no idea how outmatched she was, or perhaps she just didn’t care.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Certainly! I was born and raised in Detroit Michigan and attended many Detroit public schools growing up including Cass Tech which some of you might know as the rapper Big Sean’s high school. My favorite classes were always ones involving reading or science. I grew up very poor, but had relatives that were kind enough to get me toys and books for Christmas and birthdays which fueled my imagination.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin?
My writing journey began in the toybox. I began making intricate stories with my action figures and other toys ever since I had them. The storylines grew in complexity over the years and got to the point where I had separate days for separate storylines so that I could continue them almost like a triweekly show. I remember having a wrestling storyline, a superhero/Dragon Ball-esque storyline, and a giant robot/espionage storyline running at the same time. Many of the same figures would be featured in the other stories but have completely different roles and personalities. I was always amazed that other kids didn’t play the same as I did.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
All of my favorites have drastically influenced my writing in just about every way. My favorites are Amy Hennig, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, and Yoshihiro Togashi. I always forget to mention Bruce Timm too since I grew up on many of his animated T.V. series. All of these folks have put a lot of passion and creativity into not only their characters and plotlines, but also the very worlds that they’ve created. Now I start each book with a well-rounded approach including extensive world building.
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
It’s pretty boring. I wake up then go to work, get off of work then go to my second job, then if I have a little time and am not too tired, I’ll write something. Writing only fits in if I make it fit in, so I write on the bus to work, on lunch breaks, and even at social events which tends to annoy some people or attract other more curious minds.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
For this novel, I started it with a challenge to myself. “Can you write a book about an ordinary guy surrounded by extraordinary people?” Then I asked myself, “Can you make that book interesting to read?” I’ve gotten some good feedback and good reviews on the book so far, but I’ll leave it to your readers here to decide if I succeeded with my challenge.
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others currently on the shelves?
A lot of things really. It’s a book that turns a lot of established tropes and expectations on their heads. I didn’t intentionally do this, but it’s just what I like. The whole concept of Joe being average is played straight through the whole novel. Spoilers in this next sentence. Spoiler: he’s not special…well, not in the way that you’d think anyway.
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
Each of the characters has a bit piece of me in them. It’s hard to avoid that. But the character I identify with the most is Liandra. Her laid back attitude and curiosity about the world around her are two traits that we share along with our desire for adventure and willingness to seek it. Beyond that, I did have a mischievous prankster side like Fleez and Dozz so those prank scenes weren’t too hard to write.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
Probably all of the action scenes. I’m an action junkie of a writer so when I get a chance to write some crazy over the top action scene, I dive in and get lost in it. I love seeing all the details and pulling them out to describe to others.
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
A d*** good time. Other than that, they can take what they want from the adventure. Hopefully it’s something they were looking for or even something unexpected.
10) What are your hopes for this novel?
I hope a lot of people like it and give me feedback on how to improve my craft. I’ll be in this writing business for a long time now.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers?
Ahh, many things. First up is a prequel to Average Joe and the Extraordinaires starring Liandra. It’s called Liandra and the Dream Reader. That one should be up sometime soon, certainly before the summer. Beyond that, I have finished writing Average Joe’s sequel, called Average Joe and the Beauty. I’m currently in the editing phase of that one, but am hoping for an end of the year release. If you’re in the mood for something a little different and darker than Joe then you can check out my LitRPG, Hell’s Glitch: An Escape From Adventure on Wattpad. That one’s about a videogame tester in the not so distant future, testing a dark fantasy videogame and encountering challenges that he never expected to face, like meeting an undead king.
I’d like to thank Solafide publishing and her readers for taking the time to show interest in me and my projects. I am highly appreciative.
About the Author
Belart Wright was born and raised in Detroit Michigan with a short but adventurous stint in St. Ignace during his childhood. Always poor, Belart had to learn to use his imagination to fuel the fun he had. Whether it was drawing cool and dangerous looking heroes to creating fully fledged storylines with his action figures to writing stories about kids similar to himself with fantastic abilities and destinies, Belart was always an expert in delving into other worlds that were not his own.
Always naturally talented at writing, it took the advice of his brother, and a little creative boost from his high school creative writing teacher to get him to realize that writing was something he could do really well and pursue as a career. To this day he revels in building worlds and characters from the ground up such as the worlds of Hell Warriors, Story of K, Cyborgs and Deadmen, and Pannam which are all working titles.
In his spare time Belart tries to update his two blogs whenever he can, but mostly just ends up writing or editing. As a huge gamer he plays a lot of games online and off with his favorites at the time being Borderlands 2, Phantasy Star Online, X-Men Legends, and Dark Souls. He just wishes he had more time to whittle his impossibly long gaming list down which goes all the way back to PS1 and Sega Genesis classics. He and his buddies at FlubberKnuckle Studios are also working on several new game IPs. He is also patiently waiting for the next installment of the superb Legacy of Kain series.
Story Blog: http://www.belartsstories.blogspot.com