Interview with Jonden Chickeness

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Canadian Prairies, so I ended up having a lot of time to myself. I played, and still play, video games as much as possible, which likely influenced my preference for sci-fi.
When did you first start writing?
I still have a copy of the very first "book" I wrote in 6th grade for Mrs. A's English class. "The Dream Machine", I think it was called, and for my age I think it was pretty good. Since then I've started and abandoned several stories, but have recently taken writing a bit more seriously.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use either my phone or my android tablet to read ebooks. I also listen to audio books while driving.
Describe your desk
My desk is my laptop, tablet, and smartphone. My desk is at coffee shops, kitchen tables, and living room couches. I write basically anywhere with WiFi and a word processor.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was inspired to write "Uploaded" by discussion I had heard on the internet about virtual reality technology, and what the future implications could be. I ran with the idea, and am pretty happy with the results.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simplicity, and ease of access. I can publish immediately and have full control over the book, how it is marketed, and there is no need to impress a publisher.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating stories that make people think; to give people interesting moral dilemmas and to see how they react.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am still a working electrician, so between that and my family, I like to play video games, read, and work on projects.
How do you approach cover design?
I have some general ideas, but I let a skilled artist do the real work.
What is your writing process?
I will forcibly write until the story is done, largely ignoring the fluff. Then, I will go over the skeleton I've created and flesh it out, rearrange it as needed. I have awesome readers who point out where the worst parts are so that I can fix them. Then, it's a matter of polish.
What are you working on next?
I've started working on a book about artificial intelligence and the long term implications of it.
Published 2015-09-25.
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Books by This Author

Awake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,950. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
If you’re reading this, you need to wake up. Or at least, that’s what the hacker who has suddenly taken over Jim’s life is telling him. As he is chased through dark alleys by impossible monsters, Jim discovers just how thin the veil of reality truly is.
Dreaming of Sleep
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 40,430. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
After the events of Uploaded, V has entered into the comfortable role of an unremarkable office worker. But as he begins to question his reality, he comes to realize that not everything is as it seems. He is soon thrown back into the world he used to know and changes it, forever.
Uploaded
Price: Free! Words: 15,190. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
A coder and virtual reality enthusiast has reached the limit of his technological abilities. A stranger from the darknet claims to have access to advanced hardware, and offers to share it. The coder receives an unexpected visit and is pulled into an underground world of hackers trying to change the human race, forever.