J. J. Hebert’s debut novel, Unconventional (paperback), became an Amazon.com best-seller in three categories on July 19, 2009. The Kindle version has been the #1 Inspirational Book in the Kindle Store numerous times. Mr. Hebert is also the founder of MindStir Media, a self-publishing and book marketing company. Currently, he lives in New England, where he’s at work on his latest novel as well as a children’s book.
Please tell us a bit about your book, Unconventional, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
Unconventional centers on a young janitor-turned-author and his journey of becoming a published author. I hope the book will continue to inspire readers to follow their own dreams despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
My favorite characters from Unconventional are James Frost—a young janitor/would-be author—and Meranda Erickson—an alcoholic, renowned author. James, the central character, represents hope and perseverance while Meranda represents, for many, the consequences of addiction. Both characters offer valuable lessons.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
“The greatest and most inspiring achievements are not produced by those who conform to society’s idea of normal, but by those who courageously adopt the unconventional.”
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
I can see Matt Damon as James Frost because of Damon’s fantastic performance as a janitor/whiz kid in Good Will Hunting. Maybe Maggie Smith as Meranda Erickson. Maggie is an extremely well-rounded actress with tons of experience in all sorts of roles. Linda Cardellini could be Leigh, James’s love interest. Linda has the right look as a brunette.