Interview with A.T. Judge

When did you first start writing?
The first grade. My teacher, Mrs. Kinder, was a book freak and it rubbed off onto me. We would watch "Between the Lions" and "Reading Rainbow" on PBS daily. To help us learn words and to spell she would have us write little books with the words in them or about our friends or our lives. I still have quite a few of those books, the very first one ever, and treasure them greatly. I am very grateful to my teacher also,because without her, A.T. Judge would not exist.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've lived a few places in my life; the part of my growing up that impacted me the most was my time in North Carolina and my current time in California. I use to take a summer trip to California yearly to visit family, so I have been greatly influenced by the two totally different cultures within one country. I set my stories more in places that I know more of, to make it as realistic as possible for my readers. I want them to have a full as-real-as-possible experience.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans (AKA [my] Peoples) mean everything. I really got into publishing online through this little quiz site at 12, I wrote (forgive me) Twilight fan fics. I was trying to get people to read my work and know me; so I wrote what they would read. As I branched out my writing over time; it was truly the fans reading it and supporting me who kept me going. If it wasn't for those first fans on that website; I would have died out. Now, my fan base is growing, and I love every single one. I may not personally know each and everyone, but having their support is more than the world could ever give.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making these amazing stories for people to enjoy. I've always loved making people happy and entertaining them; I see writing as another way to do it. I also count it as an amazing gift, that I can do and enjoy.
What's the hardest thing you've ever written about?
I would probably have to say, um, writing 'hard'- I.E Stone, cold to the main character, keeps themselves distanced from others- or someone who is very important in the MC's life, who they care about but who isn't quite warm/ caring/ loving to them. I've grow up in a wonderful, warm family that is full of love and I, myself am a lover not a hater. So to try to convey those emotions is hard for me and I struggle with bringing those walls down- if I even do, during the story line.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I have two technically, and I still have both to this day. The first was a little book about going to see the Nutcracker Ballet in the first grade. I like to look back on it, and remember. The second one was my first "novel" which was all cursive writing in the fifth grade. The basic story line was about these new neighbors who move in next to the Main Character and she comes to discover through a book her grandpa gave her as a child that her neighbors are monsters (The actual creature has been forgotten. Oops) who seek to destroy her. She destroys them first, thus winning. I still have the 16-20 front and back note book pages with the story... Though I cannot read my handwriting, so the true story is lost in a sense.
What's the story behind your latest book and how did you come up with it?
Immobile, is a futuristic science-fiction that takes place 200 years in an alternate future. We get to meet Mira McLaren-Murphy who is a very important scientist working on a very top secret project; aka 'Experiment Frozen Mortal'. The reader comes in at what could be the end point of her career, when suddenly she successfully unfreezes Hayden Walton. She is no longer in danger of loosing her job, but has to now transfer Hayden into her world with out sending him into 'Total Failure' aka, death. Hayden is faced with going to sleep in 2012 and waking up in 2264. He has no memory of how or why he's there and he has to now live life in a strange room.

To be honest, I've always loved sci-fi and have wanted to dip my pen in that ink; I was never sure how. All I knew for sure is, I wanted people to be able to see the differences between Hayden's time and Mira's. To show how different but alike they are. I think watching all the shows/ movies where people are put into deep-sleeps or frozen really gave me the base for the story. That was really the only inspiration I used minus 'The Jetsons'. I love that show, and how it's "futuristic" but still very much of it's time (the 60's). So that was where the idea about the details of Mira's home that I give come from.
What are you working on next?
I have quite a few stories in mind, I get new ideas all the time but to sit down and write them out is always my challenge. One I'm really focusing my energy into is a steampunk vampire/werewolf/other creatures-ish novel that I started... maybe a year ago. I've been slowly writing it and uploading the first draft/unedited version to Wattpad so that it's free to read but that version won't be the final version. It hopefully won't live up to the final version which I look forward to selling through Smashwords.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I am most likely doing school work. My education is very important and always comes first. I'm a freshman in college, and I really just want to get it over with. Haha. I love to go shopping and hanging out with my family and friends. I have a wonderful social life with amazing people who care and support me. I do spend some time on my laptop without ever even thinking about my work, but I do try to write whenever possible.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a basic idea in mind, and google it. From there I find images I like, then I chose the ones I like the best and edit them. I do all the editing to images to make my covers. A cover is the first thing a reader sees, and I want mine to be beautiful and captivating. Once it's finished I chose the one I like best and contact the original creator to ask for permission to use their work. In some cases, I can't find the creator, so I still use the art. If the creator was to contact me about it; I would be more than willing to either try to work something out or replace the cover altogether. Though I edited the work, sometimes into something completely different, they are still the rightful owners to that picture; and as a photographer, I will respect their wishes, because I understand what it feels like to have something stolen from you.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one. I will normally get an idea or a basic plot and from there I write on. Depending on what I come up with; with "Holding Out For My Hero" I came up with climax and the end of the epilogue first. Going off those ideas, I branched out to finish the whole story. It's rare I ever write a story in order. Those tend to die off quickly, because I don't know how to get from C to D or get the ending right.
Would you ever write an 'adult' novel?
If you mean what I think you mean, no. Reason why, is because 1. It goes against my morals, to say and 2. I want to write something that my younger 2nd cousin would be allowed to read in a few years when she becomes a teen. I don't want my younger family members- or any young person really, to be restricted from my work because I put in a ton of sex scenes. I feel that you can put them in, you just have to be vague on the details and not linger on it for too long.
What is the strangest, or craziest review you've ever had?
Oh my gosh, the craziest review I've gotten to date was on 'Holding Out For My Hero' Nook reviews. This one person was a total negative Nancy. They listed out everything that was wrong with the story, and then some. I can understand misspells but saying the story dragged and the epilogue was too long is a bit far. The most extreme part of the comment was when they bashed on me for *spoiler alert* having Rapunzel and Phillip have sex before marriage. They said that it would have been frowned upon back then. Well 1. in the original Rapunzel, she gets prego and revels it to the witch; thus leading the witch to discover her secret tower was no longer a secret. And 2. I never set a time for this story! The first line of the book is 'Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far, far, in a magical land where dragons flew through the sky and trolls and ogres roamed the land; was a kingdom...' It's the base to tell you this is in some made up land, and time. It's comments like that, that make me go and explain like I did above. Because everything I do in a story is there for a reason.
Who are your favorite authors?
~Maria V. Snyder is an AMAZING fantasy writing and I've gotten and sort of based my magical lands after her own. She showed me that not all magic books are done Lord of the Rings style.
~Lauren Oliver is another favorite. She wrote the Delirium series, and over time I have come to resent her for the ending and why she left it the way she did; I still admire her writing. She is amazing at creating suspense, and keeping you on the edge of your chair.
~Jodi Picoult is wonderful at realistic writing. She can get everything down to a T and it's so cool. I've read, and own, a good amount of her books and every book seems to blow my mind.
~Francine Rivers is an amazing religious writer and reading her story "Redeeming Love" is amazing for anyone; religious or not. I love her books and the religious topics she writes about.
~Margaret Mitchell. Gone With the Wind is not just a classic, but easily one of my number 1 books. It took me reading it FOUR TIMES to truly understand Scarlett. Every time I read her novel, I come to understand it's layers more and more. It's a story you could read 100,000 times and still learn something new each time...And to me that is truly great writing.
~Heather Dixon has only written one book; "Entwined" which is a retelling of the "12 Dancing Princesses". Her book just struck me, because of the dancing and fairytale-ness. Two things I love. So that is more of a book than an author.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Wattpad is an amazing website, I do some book searching there; and through my Nook Color. I scroll through the teen/ young adult novels. I love finding a good book, and search once every few weeks to give it some time to refresh.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh my gosh, this is going to be hard. Okay, so I will not have any order. Because I love them all equally.
~Gone With the Wind~ It's a novel that has so many layers you can read it 100,000 times and still get something new after each time you read it.
~First Bite~ It's a custom novel made by BooksByYou.com. I love that I was able to insert myself into a story with my own hero and everything. I love the fact that I could fully immerse myself into the story as if it was actually made just for me.
~Redeeming Love~ It's a wonderful story based off a Bible story yet it is able to stay on it's feet without falling into super religious.
~Entwined~ It's an amazing fairy tale retell and the description of the dancing is amazing.
~Any Chicken Soup for the Soul~ Those books tell real stories from real people. You can't get any more realistic than that. It also shows people that they aren't alone. Ever.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook. I got the Color for my 16th birthday. (I am the only person who would ask for an Ereader instead of a car) Though I fully support other ereaders; I personally prefer my Nook.
Describe your desk
It's a clean mess. I have a bunch of school stuff scattered about, but I know where everything is. It's getting the most use ever in all of my years of owning it. haha.
Published 2015-05-19.
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Books by This Author

Immobile
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,350. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In twenty two sixty four, the world is perfect. After a crippling third world war, total peace was found. There are no wars, no diseases, and no famine. Cars hover in the air, Cyborgs live peacefully with the human population and the people live off of the Earth. With the United States and United Nations as the power holders, the world is a Utopia. Or so it seems.