Interview with J.G. Contor

What's the story behind your latest book?
In the future the human race has spread out into a half a dozen systems, and whether they intended it to be so or not, they have become the bullies in their region of space. This particular story, The Linchpin, is about a specific group of humanity that is invading worlds and what is done to stop them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I sell independently to hopefully sell enough books so that I can say I've sold books on my pitch to a literary agent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gave me the ability to distribute my books beyond my small network of friends and family. It has also motivated me to do more because seeing people read my first book and by the remaining titles in that series means that they are enjoying it, and its a great compliment when people enjoy something that I've enjoyed making.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Wow, this was pretty much answered in my last response, but I'll go into more detail. My joy with writing comes in the creation of characters, histories, worlds, and devices that are all part of the story. My other joy is seeing people enjoy what I've created.
What do your fans mean to you?
So far I have only two smashword users to add me to their favorites, Colin Hopkins and Doug G. So to you two, thanks.
What are you working on next?
The Linchpin is just one of four perspective of the events that happen in the Sol System and specifically around Triton. I'm currently working on the copyright for a book already written called The Derelict which tells a new perspective, and I'm writing The Warmonger which does likewise. Its not a series and they're not sequels, but a collection and meant to be read in any order. Eventually there will be four books altogether each one from the point of view of one organization involved.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Interesting...well I just like doing stuff. I like when I have a job, but the first thing I want is time off. I enjoy living. I don't think there is any big reason, but carpe diem really.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work a full time job, so writing is my first priority after my wife. She and I like to watch movies and television programs on Netflix together. We're currently watching Series Five of Doctor Who. We've watched Sherlock, Stargate SG1 and Atlantis. I like to dabble on the xbox every now and then. Outside activities include most every outdoor activity: hiking, climbing, camping, fishing, hunting. Sports: that's pretty narrow. Skiing and surfing are at the top and nothing else really comes close.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Believe it or not, I don't have an e-reader; no kindle, nook, or even an i-device. I'm an old school reader with actual paper and bindings. But to find books, I usually take recommendations from a friend or professor. On my own, I look for books by authors I've read or classic works like Edgar Rice Burrows or H.G. Wells.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes... I actually thought about leaving the question at yes, but I think this question warrants more detail. I was in eighth grade, twelve or thirteen, and I thought of a mountain climbing story. It was a young climbing guide, who had is girlfriend stolen by yetti and taken up the mountain. So he climbs up the mountain after her. I gave it to my eight grae English teacher and he bleed red ink all over it. Haven't touched it since.
What is your writing process?
Discover an idea, a single idea that sparks my interest, like humans invading another world, or sailing in the sky, or a dream, then create a world where that would exsist, and start writing. Sometimes I outline the book, or the chapter, but usually the characters in the world write the book for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Harold and the Purple Crayon was my first book, and I still have it somewhere with all my Dr. Suess. The very first book I remember reading myself was Bears in the Night: a Barinstien Bears book. When I got older, I read Maniac McGee; the story of the little boy who grew up in a racially divided town in the 1960s. I will always remember how he ran down the railroad tracks on the track itself. I also read Matilda by Rawl Dahl, My Side of the Mountain, a book titled Avalanche.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I didn't read any of the Lord of the Rings until after the first film had come out, but I have to say Return of the King and the Hobbit are two of my favorite books, mostly because of the wit of Tolkien, and his deep worlds filled with detail and myth. I like Timothy Zahn, but not for his Conquer's trilogy, but because of his Star Wars trilogy. I read Icarus Hunt much later and enjoyed that as well. Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrows is a classic and a must for any science fiction reader, as is Dune by Frank Herbert. I actaully read Dune for the first time after I had wrote The Linchpin and was surprised to have my book followed his plot arch so closely.
Who are your favorite authors?
Edgar Rice Burrows, J.R.R Tolkien, Frank Herbert, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Shakespeare, and some of the contemporaries too, like Orson Scott Card, and J.K. Rowling.
Published 2014-07-24.
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Books by This Author

The Linchpin Part 3: The Human Potential
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Price: $5.20 USD. Words: 126,570. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
What is Harlin going to do on his own without the help of the Pactus, Raklan, or Mythrin? Harlin returns to the IMF ready and willing to guide humanity into a peaceful resolution. How does he protect the crew of the Pactus 456? If he is open with where he has been, what might they do? How can he give them the knowledge without compromising Mythrin's cover. Will they listen if he tells them?
The Linchpin Part 2: The Human Solution
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Price: $3.20 USD. Words: 80,280. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Wake up with Harlin in a new place, and without knowledge of anything that happened since P326U. Harlin's first reaction is that he has been captured and he must escape. In his attempts to flee from his unknown captives, he comes face to face with an alien species he never thought could exist: an intelligent and technologically superior collegite of many species.
The Lincphin Part 1: The Human Condition
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Price: Free! Words: 102,710. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Linchpin is the start of a story in which Tech Sergeant Harlin comes face to face with a challenge to humanity's existence and the threat of destruction. Humans are the invading force in the galaxy; they must change or destroy themselves. Harlin is a first hand witness of the ruthless nature of his species, but as a human he doesn't see or question the actions which affect worlds.