You can call me Jedaiah Ramnarine, aka Jedi Reach.
Pleasure to meet you! I write Science Fiction and Fantasy, though it’s fun to experiment with other genres from time to time. My latest book, Xenosaber: Fury of the Stars, the debut to the Xenosaber series, is a gripping, action-packed, high fantasy novel set in a timeless world far away where sword and magic meets technology from another age.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Absolutely not. I never considered writing, particularly book writing, to be a point of interest. I wanted to make movies and do screenwriting. What I loved doing was showing a story, so naturally, I gravitated more toward cinema. As time went on and certain circumstances occurred, I got into novel writing. The beautiful thing about novels is that it can become much more than just a book. It’s a means to tell your story, but also, to share some of your inner thoughts in a way that no other medium offers. It can also translate into other mediums such as games, movies and TV shows.
Tell us about your book, and the story behind writing it
So you want to know about Xenosaber, huh? Well, looks like you came to the right place. Xenosaber: Fury of the Stars is a gripping, action packed high fantasy epic that’s been in the making for over 17 years.
“One will awaken it. One will destroy it.
After his home is destroyed, a mysterious drifter finds himself on a journey to unite heroes and stop an exiled prince and a zealous cult from unleashing a weapon that can destroy worlds.”
The first ideas for Xenosaber came to me while I was a kid, about the age of 10, playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Ever since then, it grew on me and never left, warning me, “you think you’re getting away from writing this? Not a chance in hell.”
As the years went by, Xenosaber, which was called Star Raise back then, went through a couple different incarnations from many things it was inspired from. Fantastic creations and worlds such as World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Legacy of Kain, Soul Reaver and Star Wars, all helped to shape the idea of what Xenosaber should be.
And for a while, that was pretty overwhelming. So overwhelming that I feared writing Xenosaber for many years. The scale was too much for me to handle when I originally started writing back in 2014. I couldn’t imagine how to fit the idea in, let alone put it into a book. Then, as the years went by and my skill, experience and wisdom improved, especially in the writing department, I finally trusted myself to get it over with.
And boy I’m glad I did. Xenosaber turned out to be even better than I anticipated. Writing the book was fun. I could’ve had a terrible day, but when I jumped into Xenosaber, everything else just didn’t matter. I was whisked away, lost in the dreamy Star World, taken for a rollercoaster ride. That’s how I knew I needed to finish it. This was something that was loved and enjoyable.
It felt right.
And beyond that, it was just plain fun to write, read and visualize. Every other book I wrote up to this day has all been training grounds for the real novel I was meant to write: Xenosaber.
What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?
Asking yourself if you made the right decision. Nothing in life, nothing worth it anyway, comes easy. It takes hard work to get what you want – whether you’re a writer, builder, actor, musician, or scientist. Being an author, particularly a successful one, requires you to take being a writer very seriously and do what is necessary to make sure you are successful. The biggest challenge is not the writing itself or even the marketing, the biggest challenge is persistence, the one thing that separates the great from the broken.
Do you have a specific writing space?
The ‘thinking’ table.
What’s your number one piece of writing advice?
If you aren’t willing to work hard, be patient, persistent and open-minded, then you should probably quit. Writing is just another field of expertise, and one, in particular, some people have this wild notion that you can just write a book and everything comes to you on a silver platter.
That’s just not true. You need to work, very hard, and you need to keep trying. Your most beloved first story didn’t sell? It got bad reviews? The cover sucked? So what? You’re still alive. You have another chance. Get back in the lab and craft something new. Keep at it. Keep pushing. Never give in, no matter what anyone says.
Figure out your strengths and identify your weaknesses. What are you good at? Dialogue? Plot? World building, technicality etc.? Then focus primarily on your strength and attend to your weaknesses to bring them up to par. Be open to critique but take it with a grain of salt due to the subjective nature of creativity.
You have all the opportunity in the world if you’re willing to give yourself the chance to see it. Have a goal in mind and stick to it and pursue it like a lion chases its prey. Even if you lose the hunt, rest and come back, because tomorrow is another day and another opportunity. Persist.
What books do you currently have on your bedside table?
Die Art zu leben (The Way to Live) by Billy Meier. Great read.
Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?
Well, to say ‘who’, is a little unfair. It’s different for me and I’m sure it’s different for many other authors and artists as well. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Blizzard Entertainment – because, really and truly, it’s those guys who are my biggest writing influence in terms of style, depth and production quality.
Over the years, Blizzard has stayed true to loving their art and it shows. The production value in their crafts, ranging from Starcraft to Diablo, Warcraft, and the recent Overwatch is simply amazing.
These guys love their stuff and it shows. I’ve played many Blizzard games and from time to time, I visit them for inspiration. They’re great and I highly recommend any creative artist to pay attention to their production value, quality, and direction.
How do you market your writing?
Blogs, reviews, couple company promotions, some ads and experimenting with new routes such as radio etc.
Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?
Oh, good question! Well, let’s see. Readers might not know that I was once a professional gamer and I’m generally very calculative at finding mechanics and how things work, granted if my interest is there. I absolutely love life and the chance to live it, share it, and make the world a better place through my work.
Another thing readers might not know is that I founded PSI Raise Creative Studios, an indie publishing house and forums for elite gamers. Feel free to visit us and join our friendly, global community of artists and gamers. Would love to hear from you!
By Jedaiah Ramnarine
A gripping, action packed sci fi fantasy adventure.
After his home is destroyed, a mysterious drifter finds himself on a journey to unite heroes and stop an exiled prince and a zealous cult from unleashing a weapon that can destroy worlds.
When exiled prince Baldr and the Order of the Void ride into the mystical lands of Star World, they bring with them a fate that can shake nations to their foundations. Jaival, a young drifter with a head full of wanderlust and a past shrouded in darkness, might just be Star World’s only hope.
What happens next, sets Jaival on a journey for the exceptionally brave, or the exceptionally desperate, leading him to seek the assistance of an ancient hero, Mikael, in Eira – a whole kingdom built on secrets, under the guidance of an outlawed sorceress, Sorata. Within the bustling city, Jaival runs into Danzul – the Last Guardian, Cyrus – Paladin of the North, and discovers a mystical connection to Princess Arya – a young, wise oracle with an inquisitive spirit who has foreseen the approaching storm.
But this is only the beginning of their adventure. Something else is stirring in the land, something more ominous than the mounting threat of total war. Whispers of a lingering presence call to the heroes, compelling them to find and unite the pieces of the Xenosaber – a weapon of unimaginable power, capable of razing entire planets and freeing a vengeful evil from its ancient prison.
Discover Xenosaber, book one in the sci-fi fantasy novel – a gripping, action-packed science fiction fantasy series, filled with magic swords coming of age, fantasy magic adventure, superhero and ancient technology.
This is a Science Fiction and Fantasy Books series you won’t want to miss.