Lumen Author Interview and Giveaway!

About the Book

Book: Lumen

Author: J. J. Fischer

Genre: Fantasy (adult)

Release Date: December 5, 2023

What if erasing the past cost more than you were willing to pay?

Having narrowly escaped their enemies, Sephone, Dorian, and Cass continue their search for the elusive Silvertongue, the only one with knowledge of the Reliquary’s whereabouts. But time is running out for Sephone, and with Dorian accused of high treason, the quest takes on a new urgency.

As secrets from each of their pasts drive a wedge between them, Sephone invests all her hopes in finding her homeland, Lethe—where her family may yet be alive. But nothing about Lethe is as she expects, and disappointment, betrayal, and danger await her at every turn.

When the truth about the Reliquary’s curse comes to light, the fragile bonds between the unlikely companions are tested like never before. Meanwhile, Dorian faces a terrible choice: to save the life of one who is beginning to mean more to him than the past he’s so desperate to forget, or to save his beloved Caldera from dangers outside and within.Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

J.J. Fischer’s writing dream began with the anthology of zoo animals she painstakingly wrote and illustrated at age five. Jasmine began writing her first proper novel at age fourteen, which eventually became her debut fantasy series, The Darcentaria Duology, which was published in 2021. She is a qualified psychologist with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in clinical psychology. When Jasmine isn’t killing defenseless house plants, she enjoys devouring books, dabbling in floristry, playing the piano, and wishing it rained more often. Jasmine is married to David, and together they make their home a couple of hours north of Sydney, Australia.

More from J.J.

Have you noticed how much less we’re participating in life these days?

Here in Australia, we have a show called Gogglebox where we watch people on their couches watching (and commentating on) our favorite TV shows from the last seven days. Sometimes, you don’t even need to have seen the shows. But it’s fun to watch other people watching TV, often because they have the same reactions we have to particular scenes.

The widespread popularity of a show like Gogglebox is telling because it demonstrates just how comfortable we’ve become with observing and commentating on other peoples’ lives. We’re quick to critique and criticize and dismiss. So much of our human experience is now mediated through screens and technology and social media that we’ve lost a great deal of the beauty and simplicity of life.

How often does a long walk through autumn leaves or a swim at the beach refresh our spirit, yet we rarely get out of the house or away from our busy schedules in order to do so?

In the post-apocalyptic world of The Nightingale Trilogy, people no longer have access to the technology and comforts of the “world-that-was,” so they choose to vicariously enjoy its pleasures by re-experiencing old memories, which can be physically extracted and drunk like potions. Nostalgia is the currency of the day, and the gifted individuals who can manipulate these memories—known as alters or mems—are exceptionally prized.

The female main character, Sephone Winter, is a young slave who can selectively edit memories with a single touch of a person’s skin. But Sephone is increasingly aware that there’s something different about the memories of the old world that she extracts from donors’ minds. They’re much more faded, and less vivid, than the real thing. And she begins to suspect that habitually enjoying these second-hand and third-hand experiences comes at the price of a person’s humanity, self-awareness, and even their capacity to love.

After meeting an old veteran with a first-hand memory of strawberries—who tells Sephone that even this is a shadow of the real thing—she begins a journey to discover what authentic experience really looks like, and if there’s something more to hope for than the faded artifacts of a long-dead world.

Sephone’s discoveries have relevance and meaning for all of us in this world where life’s pleasures are often smoke and mirrors. Since the Fall, our lives are full of counterfeit things. They sound good, they look right—more real, sometimes, than the real thing—but they’re ultimately an imitation that doesn’t satisfy us the way we thought and hoped they would.

As a Christian, I believe that if we rely on counterfeit things to satisfy our souls, we’re always going to end up hungry. As David Foster Wallace famously once said, worshipping the stuff of this world will inevitably “eat us alive.” False truth and false gods always break the hearts of their worshippers.

But unmet needs are a signpost pointing to a better way, a deeper truth. As C.S. Lewis wisely commented: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

The Nightingale Trilogy is another world, a fantasy context, a different time period. But it’s really us. I hope, as you read, that it stirs in you a hunger for truth, for real things; a desire to connect with the Author of your soul. I can testify that He’s out of this world!

Cherish the Real,


Author Interview

  • Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I love hearing from readers! It’s one of the best parts about being a writer. They tell me which characters they love (or don’t love), offer polite threats if I were to possibly endanger certain characters’ lives in coming books (this writing life is a tough gig!), and, best of all, they tell me how the spiritual themes in my books have spoken to them in their lives (my favorite).

I actually received an email from a reader the other day that began with “You know what you did”—I laughed so hard. I do know what I did. And I’m not sorry. 😉

  • How did you come up with the title for your book?

Ooh, I love this question! So the title of the first book in the series is Calor, which is Latin (or Spanish) for heat/warmth. The names of Book 1 and 2 directly relate to the different gifts of each of the main characters—so a calor is…well, I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read the first book. But I can tell you that the first book’s name was originally Cor, which is Latin for heart. A friend suggested this was a bit obscure (and I agreed!) and actually came up with the current title, which I happily adopted.

  • What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

The most valuable piece of advice I’ve been given about writing (and which I frequently give out to other writers) is that if you want to be a writer, you need to read, read, read. Read inside your favorite genre, read outside your genre, read simple books and challenging books, read fiction and non-fiction. As the saying goes, “Reading is like breathing in; writing is like breathing out” (Pam Allyn).

  • How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

Ah, definitely for the better. I basically used to be a complete pantser—writing by the seat of my pants. Now, I’m much more of a plotter, though I’m really a combination of the two…plantser? I plan each book from start to finish, then I have this working plot summary next to me while I write. It results in a LOT less waffle…and shorter books, which my editors and publishers are no doubt thankful for.

  • Is your writing space pristine or organized chaos?

Haha…a combination of the two! My actual documents on my computer are very well-ordered and named/numbered. As for my writing desk itself…it’s a mess of headphones, little ornaments people have given me (including a red dragon my sister sculpted for me), tissues (for when I kill off characters, LOL), stationery, moisturizer, editing manuals, birthday cards, unopened mail…you name it. Chaos!

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To celebrate her tour, J.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card along with a signed copy of the book!!

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