J.D. Netto - Betrayal, Romance, War, and Deceit

J.D. Netto - Betrayal, Romance, War, and Deceit

J.D. Netto is a multi-faceted bestselling author. His first fantasy series, The Whispers of the Fallen, became an underground phenomenon when first published. He’s also the founder of Saved by the Page, a movement that invites readers to share stories on how books saved their lives. A few of these heroic tales were compiled into an anthology, published in 2018. He’s also known for Henderbell: The Shadow of Saint Nicholas—a speculative fiction novel that follows the cursed bloodline of Father Christmas. His latest work, The Broken Miracle duology, is a fictional biography inspired by the life of acclaimed pianist Paul Cardall and his journey living with half a heart. The novels also spawned an album featuring Paul himself alongside David Archuleta, Thompson Square, Tyler Glenn, among others. ​ J.D. Netto is represented by Susan Velazquez at JABberwocky Literary.

Please give us a short introduction to what Immortal Crowns is about.

Immortal Crowns is a fantasy story where Lucifer’s long-lost son discovers his father and the Creator were lovers in the age of the gods. After Thestlen (the mortal realm) was established, the Faith twisted the tales to conceal the truth about their holy lineage.

What inspired you to write this story? What made you want to tackle this?

I love a good twist on already-established stories. The perception of good and evil in religion is often narrow and limited. I wanted to write a tribute to those who dared defy beliefs that belittled their identity. Come on, Lucifer’s lost gay son deciding to wage war against Lucifer and the Creator…it doesn’t get darker than that!

Why Lucifer? What fascinates you about this character?

I’ve always longed to explore in detail what may have transpired in his mind as he uncovered his true powers and almost ascended above God. In ‘Crowns,’ I explore such thoughts in a way that readers can relate to Lucifer’s struggle as creation and the Creator’s torment as his maker. But make no mistake, the world I created is very different from other sources featuring these characters.

Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?

I play piano, write music, draw, paint, and I am decent skier.

Why did you pick a remote village as the starting point for this book?

Because truth is often hidden in the most remote places of our being—the places we tend to ignore because we deem insignificant.

Interesting cover. Please tell us more about how it came about.

I always design my covers. The cover for crowns was a collaboration between me and Fernando Bersanett, an incredible 3D artist. I sketched the winged crown and he rendered it into a beautiful image. The same was done for Gods and Mortals, the upcoming sequel. I sketched the winged statue with the snake and he turned it into a stunning visual.

Readers say the characters were relatable. How did you pull this off?

I explored the torment of the human mind and the beauty of the human heart. I gave my characters very relatable human struggles while they tread through this imaginary world. We behave the same—we create narratives in our minds that we hold on to while living in our own world. That’s why these characters mean so much to so many.

Why did you decide to weave a love story into this book?

In ‘Crowns,’ sexual orientation and attraction does not define the quality of its heroes. It was important to me that readers, regardless of their orientation, understood that who you truly are is imperative to live a life of joy and victory.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Music, books, movies, and the New York subway!

This forms part of The Echoes of Fallen Stars series. Can it be read as a standalone? How does it tie in with the other books in the series?

The series is a one massive book split into different installments. They must be read in order otherwise readers will be left confused.

Did you work according to a plot when writing this book, or did a lot of the story just "happen" along the way while you were writing?

The entire series has been meticulously outlined, but that does not mean I didn’t leave room for surprises! Book two will definitely leave the reader breathless!

Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?

I need a candle. It’s a must for me. Candle and coffee. I also plan my writing time a day prior so I am as productive as possible.

What are you working on right now?

I am wrapping up the marketing campaign for “Gods and Mortals” while writing a gay Christmas romance. I start writing Henderbell 2 in the fall as well. Lots of books to look forward to!

Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?

Readers can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok at JD Netto. All of my books are available on my website!

Immortal Crowns
J.D. Netto

A heart-pounding fantasy series where Lucifer's lost gay son discovers an affair between his father and the Creator.

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