Monday, April 22, 2019

Jo Ann Wentzel's ULTIMATE BETRAYAL (and its sequel)

Book Spotlight

1)    What is the title of your book?
Ø  What is the story about?
The novel is about sexual abuse of children, one of my issues I am passionate about, and takes place in the beginning of end times when the Bible tells us about hearts growing cold and people just caring about themselves and their own pleasures. One sector of the criminal element has grown beyond anything the world can prepare for and has no solutions to stop it.
Ø  Who is the main character?
Andrew Zenith, a TV reporter for a local station, in a town where an unbelievable announcement takes place about scientific breakthrough.
2)   What inspired this tale?
Ø  How did the story come to you?
After years of working with a population of teens who had a myriad of problems, in many cases, the root of their difficulties could be found in sexual abuse.
Ø  Did you have to research for this novel, and if so, why?
I did some research as I described pedophiles to keep it realistic. I had a good bit of this knowledge from dealing with both victims and predatory sex offenders. I tried hard to not get too graphic, but still get my point across. I did not want this work to be salacious in nature but needed it to be real enough.
Ø  If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn, and why?
That parents did not recognize the signs of sexual abuse upon their children and that parents trusted so many people with their children.
3)   Do you relate to your character?
Ø  Is your protagonist anything like you, personally?
Andrew is a fighter and once he realizes the problem he does everything in his power to save the children. That is one of my missions in life. I spent many years as a foster mom, training parents and foster parents, working with troubled teens and dysfunctional families.
ü   If yes, then how?
We are both devoted to children. We are both Christians and see many things from that viewpoint.
ü   If no, how do you differ from one another?
o   I am more cynical about the world since I have seen some terrible things in relation to families, relationships and children. I believe there is evil and good people who care for others must fight it.
Ø  What made you write this character; were they based on a real person or something that inspired you?
I needed someone to discover the story that is underneath the obvious tale. I needed someone to get vested in the problem to show others that this concerns all of us, not just parents. Not based on a real person, maybe a conglomerate of the good traits in many people.
ü   What should readers know about this character?
He is determined once he believes the story he thought unbelievable. He is willing to act and fight for what is right.
ü   Why is this character important to you?
Because we need more good guys. Some people do not believe it is any of their business when it happens to other people’s kids. I say we all need to care because this is the future generation and it cannot consist of broken, non-functioning adults who lead sad lives.
Ø  Do you consider the main character of your story to be good or bad, and why?
He is good, and he feels deeply about people.
Ø  What’s the objective of your character?
He wants to find the truth. There are many layers to this story and many truths. He is an example of how even one person can accomplish much when the odds are against you.
4)   Is there anything you specifically want readers to know about this piece of work?
It is fictional but could be all too real.
Ø  Is there a particular idea or morale you are trying to convey?
It is fiction and set in a dystopia time, but could be now, the signs are there. This book is to make everyone aware that the problem is widespread and all around us.
ü   If yes, then what, and why?
My favorite question to ask is, “What does a pedophile look like?”
5)   Is this novel a standalone?
It is not.
Ø  If it is a part of a series, what’s the series name?
Not a series, but there is a sequel- UltimateObliteration.
Ø  If it is the first in a series, when can we expect to see the next book published?
Both are available now.
Ø  If it is a part of a book series, can it be read as a standalone or do you need to read the entire series to experience the full realm of the tale?
The two books go together like Love and Marriage.
6)   Where can readers connect with you and purchase your book?
You can connect with me on my Facebook page,  and can purchase this book and its sequel on Amazon in e-book and paperback format.

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