Interview with Janeil Harricharan

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Parrottsville, Tennessee. Pretty much all my life has been spent here, except for infant years in Florida and New Jersey. This had both good and bad things influence me. Mainly from growing up in such a rural, Southern-oriented place had pushed me to embrace technology and science fiction like its nobody's business, resulting in being a fan of things such as foreign entertainment and "Dawnstar" being produced."

On the flip side, the rural setting makes me entertain Westerns now and then, giving me a good background to write things such as my Heather blog serial, the Janus Fairytale project and other settings that have an older fantasy feel to it.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about 13 years old. Started out on loose binder filler sheets, but it wasn't anything really serious. I started seriously writing in 2008 upon owning my first current-era computer, giving me the tool to write significantly more.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was employed at a publishing company for about 3 years making and helping set up eBooks for their clients. When I saw how easy it was to simply make a book, I realized nothing was really stopping me from writing on anymore. The hardest thing was to actually create your work; little or nothing stops you from actually publishing a work nowadays save money.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It's a long stretch, but I believe it was a boy and a girl who found a ship in a junkyard and fixed it up, leaving their small primitive planet to explore the galaxy. Don't remember much besides that, the original manuscripts were lost due to a move and I've never been able to find it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I mainly prefer the Kindle Paperwhite. It's lighter than the iPad Mini and Nook Glow and the battery runs pretty good on it. It gives me the chance to do that late night reading with an e-ink screen and soft light, which is really easy on my eyes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an avid PC gamer. Things like Elite: Dangerous, Rocket League and indie games such as The Witness are things I typically play. I'm not kidding when I have 500 games, but only have played 30-40 of them. I tend to be one of those people that like to collect games at Steam sales.

I also like to do art; I mainly do digital coloring and illustration, but like sketching and want to branch out into painting at some point. Art and writing are things I really enjoy short of gaming.

When I'm not writing as well I work, after all, that's how I pay the bills! I usually help my dad in the family business.

I also like to travel when possible; I greatly enjoy road trips and getting out of East Tennessee and seeing other sights.
What is your writing process?
I tend to play the entire story out in my head, whether its rough or detailed. Then I make notes and major plot points of how i want it to go, focusing on the points that I really want to write on it the most. Upon having this outline, I just start writing, expanding on the outlines to "build it up". Before I know it I have a good chunk of written work.

I've also written by the seat of my pants, and that tends to work nicely if you're not burnt of energy and have lots of time on your hands.
Describe your desk
Mostly a digital work center. I have dual Dell Pro U-series 24" monitors, an Intuos 5 Pro Large usually dominating the front. Usually have water, coffee or juice to the left on a Pier 1 stone coaster on the left. On the right I have a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, usually parking my portable hard drive there. Lastly have a plastic $2 elephant underneath both monitors. Below that is a keyboard tray with my Razer Naga and Black Widow Chroma Ultimate (I know, more of a gaming setup).

Per the actual desk itself, was a wood particle slab with gray coating, with a thin metal ribbon-like frame as feet. Narrower than my old desk, but easier to park art tablets on.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean most everything. As I had said before, most everyone in my close circles really don't care for what I write or work on, so it means the world when fans are the ones to appreciate my work. They're the ones who decide to pick up the work and decide to read it, or to follow me on Facebook to see what else I do. This truly means a lot, and drives me to work on more things and to strive to be better with every new thing I release.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To share a story with someone else. I've had some bad marks left on me emotionally from eagerly trying to share things I liked with the people I knew, only to be rejected by everyone. Writing not only lets me remember the stories I come up with, it gives me a chance to share them. The whole joy is to share it with someone who may enjoy or benefit from it.

I also feel a lot more accomplished writing something and completed it versus anything else up to date. It feels the most complete when I finish it.
Published 2016-03-01.
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Books by This Author

The Haunting of Rotherwood
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,480. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Three ETSU college students find themselves at the doorstep of the haunted Rotherwood mansion, having to break a cryptic riddle if they have any hope to return to their normal lives.
Michiko Bates Chronicles: The Beginning
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,280. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Follow the adventures of a young Asian-American teenage girl who gets the ability to travel to other worlds via a magical pendant.