English author draws inspiration from sci-fi pros in debut novel

black-and-white portrait of JJ Marshall, author

English author JJ Marshall publishes debut novel, When the World Ends (photo used with permission)

20-year-old JJ Marshall loves science fiction or sci-fi – and loves to write in his favorite genre.

The Berkshire, England-based author is still pursuing a career in teaching, but in between his studies he managed to publish his debut novel, “When the World Ends,” back in July.

Self-publishing company AuthorHouse brought his story to life – and Marshall is excited to see his name in print. “Writing has always been a hobby and a passion of mine from a very young age,” Marshall said, adding that he credits J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series for inspiring him to “write for myself and to create worlds beyond our own.”

Marshall said Rowling is one of his top inspirational writers, as well as Charlaine Harris (author of vampire book series which inspired HBO’s True Blood) and Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games’ author, among others.

He also draws inspiration from TV show writers such as Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly fame), J.J. Abrams (creator of cult-favorite LOST), Steven Moffat (creator of UK-based Sherlock), and Jane Espenson (showrunner and consulting producer for Once Upon a Time and co-creator/showrunner of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland).

“Their work and the way that they construct characters and stories spur and challenge me to create my own little realities,” Marshall explained. “So welcome to one of my little realities!”

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Descriptive Excerpt from “When the World Ends” (used with permission)

“We’re here as a terrorist cell looking to bring down the Board of Officials that essentially controls the entire Human Race. Those on Earth may have their own figures of authority in the Spheres but whether they ultimately live or die depends on decisions that the Board make. If we take them down then Humanity after they’re gone can only be better.”

At the dawn of the 22nd Century, Earth is dead. A lethal alien organism has rendered the planet uninhabitable and a small fraction of humanity has retreated to Space and the Moon. Those that remain on Earth are trapped in huge Spheres that encompass entire cities, tinted to defend against the deadly UV radiation that the atmosphere no longer protects Humanity from.

17-year-old Alec Corbett lives aboard the adapted International Space Station. One ordinary day in his mundane life he transforms his potential when he discovers information that could expose the corruption of the Board of Officials that now controls humanity. Armed with nothing but knowledge and his friend Jonah Jones by his side, Alec’s righteous judgment leads them on a merciless and unforgiving path.

For there is one key problem – the information comes from his father Landon Corbett; a member of the Board. Pitted against his own flesh and blood, Alec finds himself in a unique position to end the Board of Officials’ dictatorship over Humanity.

However, all is not as it seems and as the stakes grow increasingly higher, Humanity reaches the brink of all-out-war. Only Alec and his group of friends can peacefully negate the situation, but it all depends on whether or not anyone will listen to a 17-year-old boy.

Pick up your copy of “When the World Ends” today and learn the fate of JJ Marshall’s world:

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Feature written by Carolynne Keenan (One Story Slinger) based on information provided by Everything Marie’s Blog Tour for “When the World Ends.” Feature is copyrighted by Carolynne Keenan; photo and descriptive excerpt copyrighted by the author and Everything Marie.

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