Interview with Jean Margaret Walker

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
A large part of my life consists of writing. Whether I'm writing my own material or working on projects for others, I tend to be writing in some capacity - most of the time. Still, when I'm not writing, I enjoy movies, hanging with my husband (alone or with the kiddos), playing board games and PC games, and anything else with family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Some of the books are suggested by friends. Then, there are others I've found while going through my Twitter or Facebook feeds, reading blogs, or checking out lists of best sellers. Oh, and I always check to see what's free or on sale.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ha! No, not really. I was a child in elementary school, I'm sure. But, as to what the story was? I have no idea.
What is your writing process?
I'm not even sure what I do can be called a process. Because of my work schedule, though I work from home (there's always something to do), it's not like I have a set time or place to write my own material. In fact, more often than not, when I do actually have time to myself to write in an ideal setting, I can't get going. So, I end up writing early in the morning while I'm sipping coffee, late at night in bed, or even when I'm waiting to pick my kids up from school.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have no idea what the first story was, but I can tell you the first book that had a profound impact on me. It was Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Fantastic!
How do you approach cover design?
Thankfully, my husband and I both create graphic designs. So, I usually come up with a general idea, and then ask my husband's opinion.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow, okay. 1) The Bible, because Jesus is awesome! 2) Tuesdays with Morrie, because it was a such a great story and knowing it was a true story was even more touching. 3) Pride and Prejudice, because I remember when we told we'd have to read it [in high school]. I was dreading it. Though, once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. I really like the story. 4) Blubber, because I read it several times as a child and it's never stopped being one of my favorites. 5) The Success Principles, because it's completely brilliant.
What do you read for pleasure?
Teenage romance novels. I can get a sense of love from the writing without all the risque pieces so often found in adult romance novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have so many devices it's really sad. I read the most on my phone, probably, just because it's always with me. However, I also have apps on my laptop and my tablet. So, I'm always attached.
Describe your desk
I actually use a round kitchen table and a small portable work table most of the time. I use a wireless keyboard and mouse that's linked to my laptop which is hooked up to a 32" flat screen. I love working on the big screen. It's wild! In warmer weather, I'll sit on the front porch and work, sometimes.
Published 2015-05-16.
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