About the Book by Jeremy Flagg
Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier…
His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus—an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan’s exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.
A government psychic may be dead, but that doesn’t stop her from manipulating the future…
The deceased White House aide is only remembered for her failed assassination attempt on the president decades before Conthan was born. Foreseeing her own death, she scribed letters to bring together specific Children of Nostradamus on a mission that will change the world.
On the night of the gallery exhibition, Conthan receives one of those letters…
Whispers from the past direct him to visit Sarah, the subject of his paintings, who like many Children of Nostradamus, is being detained in a government research facility. It’s there he finds himself aligned with a rogue group of Children on a mission to prevent a dark future.
As a dark future unfolds, there’s only one hope to stop the destruction of the world…
The Children of Nostradamus.
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Getting to know Jeremy Flagg
What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
I’m at my best, “a difficult person.” I tend to be more of a hermit than most people care for, and it tends to create awkward situations when people are insistent I be social. Probably the sweetest thing done for me revolves around a guy I had been dating and his general ability to force me to be present and let me be alone at the same time. I’m a paradox, I know. I had a deadline with work and I needed some solitude to process the information and write more responses than humanly possible. He wanted me to go out to a movie and I told him I wasn’t going to be able to. Instead of pouting, or complaining about me putting work first for the millionth time, he crawled onto the couch, put on his headphones and wiggled his toes under my leg for warmth. He sat there for hours listening to music, being close, but giving me enough space I could freak out over my job. That’s sweet for you.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
I’d pay off my hot tub? No! I’d buy comics. Lots of them. Or maybe one really good expensive one. I’d probably rent out a theater so I could watch the next X-Men movie by myself. I really should consider growing up eventually. Maybe. No, definitely comics.
Where do you get your best ideas?
I was going to say the shower, or while driving to work, but after some thought, my ideas come from my childhood. When I wrote Suburban Zombie High, I thought about the irony of being such a bad student and now, here I am, a teacher. I tapped into the weird things I did as a kid and how I secretly hoped the school would be attacked by terrorists so I could rally a group of students to take back the school. I later realized this is the plot of Red Dawn. When I started to write Children of Nostradamus, I pulled from a folder of old notes from middle school. Underneath the essays were some drawings of a comic book I wrote with my best friend and I saw the potential for a story that was never told. Ideas come from every angle at every moment of the day, but for now, there are dozens of stories I wanted to tell as a child and didn’t have the words. I have the words now.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
Each of my books starts with a rough plot. Very rough. However, while I know the destination or the starting point of the people in my books, I much prefer to know my characters. I want to have characters that you’ll follow through action and once you’ve seen them in the depth of the plot, you’d be willing to sit and listen to them in their slowest moments. The main character of Children of Nostradamus existed long before the story that enveloped him. It took me a while to find the plot he fit into, but ultimately, as I discovered his personality traits I found myself shaping the world to his reactions. During my edits, I realized I wanted more from my character, so I spent a significant amount of time delving into who he is, who he wants to be, and the internal conflict he experiences as the plot unfolds.
What does your main character do that makes him/her special?
Conthan is an artist by trade. He appreciates beauty and is passionate about the work he does. However, when his life is ripped out from under his feet, he’s thrust into the company of people who he doesn’t necessarily agree with. I think the trait that makes him special is his humanity. He’s almost innocent in a world of people who have sacrificed their innocence for survival. He’s a likable smart-ass who doesn’t have a problem speaking his mind, but despite that, he clings to this former life. Oh, I should add he can also open tiny black holes in space, you know, nothing too out of the normal.
About the Author
I’m high school graphic design and marketing teacher, at a large suburban high school in Massachusetts. Working as a high school educator and observing the outlandish world of adolescence was the inspiration for my first young adult novel, “Suburban Zombie High.”
My inspiration for writing stems from being a youth who struggled with reading in school. While I found school assigned novels incredibly difficult to digest, I devoured comics and later fantasy novels. Their influences can be seen in the tall tales I spin.
I took the long route to becoming a writer. For a brief time, I majored in Creative Writing but exchanged one passion for another as I switched to Art and Design. My passion for reading about superheroes, fantastical worlds, and panic-stricken situations would become the foundation of my writing career.
I participated in my first NaNoWriMo in 2006 and continue to write an entire novel every November. Now I am the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison to the Massachusetts Metrowest Region. I also belong the New England Horror Writer’s Association and to a weekly writing group, the Metrowest Writers.