Interview with Joshua Vernson

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I often find myself with various ideas and stories in my head, and so I have decided to get them out of my head and put them on 'paper'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Simply put: the freedom. In real life, for obvious reasons, we are bound by various barriers. However, writing gives me the freedom to explore and manipulate the World and see things from an angle that either no longer exist, or have never existed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a deep thinker, so I spend most of my time questioning everything. Often I watch videos online or play Video Games and either question my own beliefs or argue my view on someone else's beliefs.
When did you first start writing?
Around age 13-14. I used to write Scripts for fun. Though I admit I thought it was a "nerdy little secret" I had to keep private.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not the first one specifically, but it's the oldest story I can remember (which I presume is my first) was about a boy who had nightmares about a crazy woman with an Axe standing over his bed, only to wake several days later and the nightmare became a reality.
What is your writing process?
Basically 'hit and run' process. Come up with an idea, then build as quickly as possible. I often end up losing interest if I think for more than a day or two without taking action.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First book I properly read (cover to cover) was "Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die" by R. L. Stein. I used to think stories needed to be 1 quadrillion words long, but seeing a book only about 15,000 words long gave me hope that maybe one day I could be writer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern England and not in a very nice area. I was more interested in sports than the 'nerdy waste of time' that I believed writing to be, as did a lot of my friends. It was only when my Father convinced me not to join the Military by telling me I "have a great mind" that I started looking into writing.
Published 2018-01-07.
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Books by This Author

For Gudaeil
You set the price! Words: 25,010. Language: British English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The Empire is plunged into a tense situation, and the new Emperor has to find a rapid solution. In order to kill several birds with one stone, he must weave a web so complex that a single miscalculation could be disastrous for everyone.