J. D. Kibler
Jeff was born in the then booming military town of Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1959.
From there, he moved to Pennsylvania, where his father tried his hand at dairy farming. After a few years, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he spent a lot of time delving into fiction and fantasy stories.
Even as a young man, Jeff was an avid reader. Many times on beautiful summer days, he would be found reading books of exotic adventures and fantastic places. Each description would propel him to new heights in imagination.
In the fantastic worlds he visited, often times the hero was also a villian or the coward turned hero. Worlds where magic was alive and anything was possible inspired him to create his own world of wonder.
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What inspired you to write your first book?
I have been told by many that I have yet to grow up and have the imagination of a child. I was asked to work on a book a friend was putting together. It was a documentary on her days growing up in Germany after WWII. I added color to the documentary making it more personal and fun to read. She had encouraged me to write my own book and to use the same techniques. I loved to describe things in unusual and unique ways that might be an everyday common item.
Is there a message in the novel that you want readers to grasp?
As a young boy, my dad had a friend with a child with muscular dystrophy. He was confined to a wheel chair and when his brothers and sisters went out to play, he stayed inside and watched from the window. That really made me sad. I wondered if he had any heroes that he could relate to. I asked myself if all heroes had to be big and strong or can some heroes still have human frailties and disabilities and still succeed? Babtoo is about just that, a boy growing into a man with a disability that defies the odds. It is a truly inspirational story.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I loved to read Conan written by Robert Howard. His descriptions of far-away places are amazing. The details of what he described used words that were uncommon but allowed the mind to see everything clearly. Then I graduated to Tolkien. I couldn't get enough about reading the trilogy. It was in depth and detailed allowing my imagination to grow beyond the narrative.
What are your current projects?
I have started a trilogy called the Naberian Wars. It is about four characters, an elf, dwarf, mage, and warrior blacksmith that fall into an unlikely friendship. They find a key that can unlock a powerful nymph from her prison. This starts a chain of events that leads them on a rich and powerful adventure. They are pursued by a black mage whose master is Naberius, the demon. The four comrades find several allies along the way to help them with their quest.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes. I aspire to write with the detail and the descriptive richness that Tolkien and Robert Howard used. That is a lofty goal but to emulate them or be compared to them would be amazing. Creative detail takes a long time to write and at times I find I lose track of the original story. But I have found that to be fine as it allows me to go into a different direction with other very cool possibilities.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes, don't rush through but instead take your time and have fun with it. Don't be in a hurry to finish. Allow your mind to be free enough to write so that it takes your readers where you want them to be.