Writing has always been a passion for Ahwatukee Foothills resident J. Oliver Madison, but now his life-long dream has become a reality with the publishing of his first novel; “Violet Star: The Karma Chronicles.”
Violet Star, which was written for a young-adult audience, follows Carmella Anderson as she struggles to fit in at high school while still fitting in with her family tradition of being a secret ninja.
“The whole premise is if you follow tradition from generation to generation, how would that ancient tradition work in a modern society,” Madison said. “Back in the day it might have been more straight forward and make more sense, but in modern day America it’s two different worlds colliding, different people you encounter, different technology they might use and you have the aspect of keeping it a secret from everybody. It’s a really a fun balance.”
Madison said Violet Star is not the first book he has written but it’s the first where he has incorporated his love of Japanese history and culture. It took him only a few months to write, but more than a year to edit and publish.
The book was published by Whiskey Creek Press. Madison said he worked hard to make his book appealing for a traditional publisher and spent months researching the right one to work with. He hopes this is the first of many to be professionally published.
Violet Star is the first of a series. The next book in the Karma Chronicles, “Sapphire Moon,” has been written and Madison hopes to have it published by February of 2016.
The book is available online at Barnes and Noble or through Amazon.
Madison’s advice to other striving writers is to keep pursuing your dream.
“No matter what, finish your story,” he said. “There were so many times I felt like stopping. I feel like so many people who write give up too early. Try to take a book to its finish and always accept criticism. Have as many people read your book as possible. The more they tear it to shreds, they more they edit it, the more feedback they give, the better. It will make you stronger.”
Madison said to always make sure the feedback you’re getting is legitimate. Encourage family and friends who read the story to be specific in their critique.
“I don’t want people to water it down,” he said. “If it was horrible — tell me. If they enjoyed it — tell me. I want them to be nit picky. You can never be too hard on your own writing.”
For more information on Madison, visit olivermadison.com.
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