Hello everyone. Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with author BJ Edwards. I love to travel, but I never thought I would get the chance to take a virtual trip to visit the United Kingdom.
BJ: Thank you so much for having me Blaque Diamond. You should really take a trip out here. I’m sure you will find it a fascinating place to visit.
Blaque: I just might have to do that. The United Kingdom is a place on my bucket list that I would love to visit in my lifetime.
BJ: I would love to give you a tour.
Blaque: Awww! That’s so sweet of you. I would really like that. So, I would like to talk to you and see who you are behind your title of author.
Bj: There is a lot about me that people may not know.
Blaque: I’m sure there is. It is a great opportunity for readers to get to know you more. So, lets get started. How many books have you published to date?
BJ: I have had three books published to date, not including poems that have crept into anthologies. I also write plays and screenplays, some of which have been produced or published. I have a number of books waiting to be published, but publishers work very slowly!
Blaque: That’s awesome! What kind of child were you growing up?
BJ: Well, this is tricky. I suppose I was curious and creative. I asked a lot of questions and wanted to know everything I could. I always had a strong imagination which I channelled into play, then art, then into the creation of my own stories and characters.
Blaque: What makes you uniquely you?
BJ: At this point I should say that everyone is unique. That said, I am totally blind, I have been visually impaired all my life, so I guess it has given me a unique perspective. Allied to this, I am passionately devoted to fitness and exercise. So, I guess I am a hybrid – someone who loves books, art and theatre, and someone who loves sweating, sport and martial arts!
Blaque: Oh Wow! We have something in common. I am also totally blind. I haven’t been visually impaired all my life, but I am now, and I have adjusted to my new life quite well. So, if you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
BJ: Firstly, I would wish that one of my scripts or books would be turned into a film, that would be amazing. Secondly, I would wish that I had a part in a Star Wars film. I mean, a proper part with a lightsaber! Thirdly, I wish that I could direct one of my own plays at a West End theatre. Yes, I know, these are all really selfish, and I should have wished for world peace, or Donald Trump to spontaneously combust or something. But this is unashamedly about me!
Blaque: Another thing we have in common I see. Lol. I too would like to see my books performed on a stage and shown on the big screen. That would be awesome! Now, I know how I deal with writer’s block, but how do you deal with writer’s block?
BJ: I always make sure I am working on more than one project. In essence, I make sure I am juggling more than two balls, so if I drop one, I can carry on. So, I always try to have a story or book to write, or a play or script to write or edit. This way I can still be productive if I’ve completely ran out of steam in another project.
Blaque: Out of the books you have published, which is your favourite and why?
BJ: Stalking The Shadows will always be special to me. It’s complex, multi-layered and was difficult to write. It deals with so many passions of mine; magic, battle, anthropology, theology, fantasy. I loved writing it, and love so many of the characters.
Blaque: Where do you get most of your story ideas?
BJ: Some stories start life as an emotion, a tincture of feeling that I want to communicate. Others start off from a dream, or a character or event. The key is to give the seed of an idea time to grow. Sometimes an idea will become a poem, sometimes it will become a storey or a play, and sometimes it will grow and evolve a life of its own and become a novel. Ideas are everywhere, fragments of wonder that float amongst us. The key is to capture it, take care of it, nurture it and allow it to fuse with your mind and soul.
Blaque: What advice would you give someone who aspires to be an author?
BJ: Just write. Practice and enjoy. Write for yourself, for your own enjoyment and satisfaction. Writing can be deeply personal and therapeutic, it can make you happy, elated, excited or sad. Poor emotion and imagination into your writing, and don’t get bogged down in thinking about getting published. Just write, and if you’re determined enough, or lucky enough, somebody else will enjoy your words and invest in them.
Blaque: What is your zodiac sign?
BJ: My zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Blaque: Who is your favourite author and why?
BJ: This is tough, I admire so many authors. If someone was to hold a gun to my head, I would have to say Bernard Cornwell. He is consistently excellent, and his research is exemplary. I adore so much of what he writes.
Blaque: Do you have any other talents besides writing?
BJ: I am a little bit musical. I play the piano, clarinet, saxophone, and sing.
Blaque: What is your biggest fear?
BJ: Failure is my biggest fear.
Blaque: If your best friend could describe you in one word, what would it be?
BJ: I’ll actually text him and ask…. back in a few minutes… Ok, he said, “Contrasting.”
Blaque: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
BJ: I go to the gym everyday – in fact, I try to train for about two hours a day. I love rowing and cycling. I also love going to the theatre, watching films, music and reading. I also collect swords.
Blaque: What did you want to be when you grew up?
BJ: When I was really small, I wanted to be an ice cream man! Then I wanted to be an archaeologist, then an actor. I ended up being an English teacher, before taking up writing seriously.
Blaque: Are you a dog or a cat person?
BJ: Dogs all the way. I have a big black Labrador guide dog called Oliver. Though, my first pet was a cat called Bill, and my second pet was a Yorkshire terrier called Loo-Loo!
Blaque: What is your goal as an author?
BJ: Bestselling books are seldom the best written books. My goal is to get more books published, and work with progressively bigger publishers. It would be good to get my work out into more book shops. It would be nice to come across someone on a train and notice they are reading one of my books.
Blaque: If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell it?
BJ: “You know, life is often pretty hard. Sometimes it’s like pushing a boulder uphill whilst wearing roller skates. But keep on trying, keep on working, keep believing and never give-up. Find the beauty in everyday things, and life just might work out Ok.”
Blaque: What is your all-time favourite book?
BJ: Tricky. The book that had the most profound effect on me was Wilbur Smith’s Sunbird. The book that moves me the most is Cry The Beloved Country.
Blaque: What is your most favourite season of the year, and why?
BJ: Autumn. There’s a very interesting energy to the changing of the season, the falling of the leaves and the sun as it dips lower and burns more fitfully. The smell of wood smoke, the crunch of leaves, the knowledge that Winter waits, and that bonfires will soon be coaxed into life.
Blaque: Very interesting interview. It was nice to see that we have some things in common.
BJ: Yes, I wanted to give readers a deeper sense of who I am.
Blaque: That I can tell. I’m sure they found out some things about you today that they never knew. So, where can your books be purchased?
BJ: Readers can purchase my book Stalking The Shadows: Ancient Destiny Book 1 on
It is available as an EBook and an audio book. They can also purchase my book Tesserae from Amazon in EBook or paperback versions.
Blaque: Where can readers find you on social media?
BJ: They can find me here
Blaque: Are you also a blogger?
BJ: yes, my blog can be found at
BJ’s WordPress blog
Blaque: And your website?
BJ: My website can be found at
Blaque: Well, everyone, I hope you enjoyed getting to know just a little bit more about author BJ Edwards. Be sure to check out his publications. If you are a fan of historical fiction, poetry, or fantasy, then I’m sure you will find some amazing adventures in his books.
BJ: It was a pleasure speaking with you today Blaque Diamond.
Blaque: The pleasure was all mine. Thanks for having me. I’m going to hold you to that tour of the UK.
BJ: I’m a man of my word.
Blaque: Until next time. Happy writing.