Perceptions of Glass Series
Book #1 Name: Watching Glass Shatter
Book #2 Name: Hiding Cracked Glass
An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for? In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late? Each chapter’s focus alternates between the various family members and introduces several new and familiar faces with a vested interest in the outcome. As each hour ticks by, the remaining siblings and their mother gradually reveal what’s happened to them in the preceding months, and when the blackmailer makes an appearance at Olivia’s birthday party, the truth brilliantly comes to light. Although everyone seemed to embrace the healing process at the end of Watching Glass Shatter, there were hidden cracks in the Glass family that couldn’t be mended. Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, but this time, the stakes are even higher. Someone wants to teach them a permanent lesson and refuses to stop until success is achieved.
- Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
- I don’t at all. I actually only take it with me if I’ll be away or in longer transportation mode, e.g. planes or trains. I’m very much a ‘can’t be disturbed’ reader… so I like to settle in and focus for at least an hour or two. I use my free time throughout the day to catch up on social media or blogs. I tend to read at night before bed or mid-afternoon on weekends.
- Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
- Bad one! All the way… I spend so much time being good in real life that I’d love to see what evil I drum up in the literary world. Love this question, by the way! 😊
- Where can I find you when you are reading?
- In bed or in a chair in the corner of my bedroom. When it’s right before bed, it’s on my iPad with the lights out so I don’t disturb my significant other or the dog. If it’s during the day, I’ll sit in a corner chair between two windows with a physical book in my hand usually.
- Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
- A few places… especially with our stay-at-home guidelines these days. I am always in my New York City apartment, but usually working at the dining room table, gardening on the terrace, or sitting on the couch to write or watch TV.
- Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
- Not at all. I’ve tried it a few times when I’m in a rush, but I always worry I missed out on something. I hardly buy anything except books, and I’m really not a shopper. If I go anywhere, it’s a bookstore, and I like to browse for at least thirty minutes. When I travel around the country for short vacations, I always stop in the local bookstore to buy something.
- What are you most proud of?
- Staying true to who I am. No matter how many more people read my books or how busy I get, I don’t forget those who helped me get where there. I am the most down-to-earth person, and if I become famous enough that the world knows my name, I’ll still be the guy who can’t stand to be complimented or promoted or advertised in any way that draws attention to me.
- What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
- Gratitude. Excitement. Curiosity. Fear. Confusion. When I actually have the printed copy or the e-version on a tablet that the publisher has sent me, I can’t help but wonder if it’s real. I’ve grown so much in the last three years as a person and a writer, I still get nervous. What if I missed a comma? Maybe we all totally forgot to check a fact. What if everyone hates it? I can’t help but straddle that line of ‘this is awesome’ and ‘oh, no, I’m gonna do something wrong.’
- What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
- Know your identity, voice, and goal. Your identity is who you are as a writer, e.g. I am fantastic at character development in mysteries and family dramas. Your voice is how you want to be perceived by readers, e.g. I want to create
characters that people feel are right there in the room with them, who are so real it’s like the imaginary world has broken into reality. Your goal is what you want to accomplish as a writer, e.g. I want to entertain people and earn just enough to support myself, not become a super star / famous writer. Once you summarize these easily, you can decide whether to self-publish or find an agent, spend time marketing or writing, work non-stop or keep it as a hobby. That’s how you find your own version of success.
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
- Agatha Christie. She’d be the kind of person to tell you the truth, unvarnished and direct. But she’d also share little hints about how she became so brilliant. Plus, I was totally born in the wrong century, so going back 100 years would be pretty awesome!
- When and where do you prefer to write?
- This has changed since I took on a new full-time job. Now I write only on weekends, usually from 10am to 6pm on a Saturday. When I’m editing, both days on the weekend. Previously, only during the week so my weekends were about relaxing. But I can’t have two full-time careers (technologist and author) and not work weekends! I do spend about 80 hours in total for them both each week now. I write at my dining room table. I edit on the couch. It’s just a matter of how much I need to focus!
Thank you, James J. Cudney and Shalini G
About the Author
James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote some short stories, poems and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career in
technology and business that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I refocused some of my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing and publishing.
Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind and my body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories. My current focus is family drama fiction, cozy mystery novels and suspense thrillers. I think of characters and plots that I feel must be unwound. I think of situations people find themselves in and feel compelled to tell the story. It’s usually a convoluted plot with many surprise twists and turns. I feel it necessary to take that ride all over the course. My character is easily pictured in my head. I know what he is going to encounter or what she will feel. But I need to use the right words to make it clear.
Reader & Reviewer
Reading has also never left my side. Whether it was children’s books, young adult novels, college textbooks, biographies or my ultimate love, fiction, it’s ever present in my day. I read 2 books per week and I’m on a quest to update every book I’ve ever read on Goodreads, write up a review and post it on all my sites and platforms.
Blogger & Thinker
I have combined my passions into a single platform where I share reviews, write a blog and publish tons of content: TRUTH. I started my 365 Daily Challenge, where I post about a word that has some meaning to me and converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dogs have had weekly segments called “Ryder’s Rants” or “Baxter’s Barks” where they complain about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real. And that’s why they are me.
Genealogist & Researcher
I love history and research, finding myself often reaching back into the past to understand why someone made the choice he or she did and what were the subsequent consequences. I enjoy studying the activities and culture from hundreds of years ago to trace the roots and find the puzzle of my own history. I wish I could watch my ancestors from a secret place to learn how they interacted with others; and maybe I’ll comprehend why I do things the way I do.
Genres, Formats & Languages
I write in the family drama and mystery genres. My first two books are Watching Glass Shatter (2017) and Father Figure (2018). Both are contemporary fiction and focus on the dynamics between parents and children and between siblings. I’m currently writing the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. I also have a light mystery series called the Braxton Campus Mysteries with six books available.
All my books come in multiple formats (Kindle, physical print, large print paperback, and audiobook) and some are also translated into foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.
Next Chapter Pub: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney
Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)
Father Figure (April 2018)
Braxton Campus Mysteries · Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018) · Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018) · Flower Power Trip – #3 (March 2019) · Mistaken Identity Crisis – #4 (June 2019) · Haunted House Ghost – #5 (October 2019) · Frozen Stiff Drink – #6 (March 2020)