Interview with Curtis W. Jackson

Published 2016-03-14.
What do your fans mean to you?
What do fans mean to me? I do not want fans or devoted followers of anyone. The question is what do people mean to me, actually potential readers of my works? They are important, each one in each place my books could be read and appreciated.
What are you working on next?
The follow-up to 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons. There are other projects I am entertaining like short illustrated stories for the general public.
Who are your favorite authors?
You got me on that, I actually do not have any favorites. There are numerous writers who gain my appreciation and respect both past and present; John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemmingway and others who any day could surface to my literary enjoyment. I am not shy to say I am treasuring Bible literature and the writers used for those timeless, scriptural expressions.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The privilege of living and my understanding a day cost us more than we could imagine and it should not be wasting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Life obligations and activities, but there is plenty of time to think about what to write or how to write it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lately, I been seeing a number of books related to mines on my books product pages which readers also taking interest. My research also was leading. When preparing the written commentary and references for 57 Pages I came to know of many authors and books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a child drawn comic pages of the family pet dogs. My brother Lewis and I made comic books for ourselves.
What is your writing process?
I lost a lot of time writing of something later to be discarded. A lot of my trial and error process is mental, thinking of a story, plotting it out, developing characters, scenery, set design and making sense whatever it should be in print. I try to look ahead to the future whatever a subject is worthy to written and drawn.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I hope it was not the Easter bunny or Santa Claus! The stories of the Bible stirred my imagination, seeing old paintings and illustrations of them. One of the early stories that impacted me was of Adam and Eve. Even as a child I knew what they did is beyond a fable or myth, affecting all humanity till this day.
How do you approach cover design?
What would be interesting to me, not just appealing to my eyes? What would make me Curtis want to peer into, investigate this book? In the design I try to say something about the book, expressing it differently than what is said in the book, sort of in a visual language.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I do not think I have five favorite books, but you can come back to me with that question in future time.
What do you read for pleasure?
About people and world around us, for reason non-fiction is more interesting to me than fiction. I am curious of news stories and events that are affecting so many persons. Each of them having their own account of the matter. Real life stories appeal to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the tablets over small screen smartphones. I am looking forward in purchasing my first iPad, but my Samsung Nook is favorable to use.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It should be tailored to the book specifically my thought. A lot of book marketing is new to me, there is so much unfamiliar territory to travel. I am unclear thus far what works the best.
Describe your desk
A blank space that can be easily cluttered and uncluttered, that could become disorganized and then organized. I would like my desk to be like a well run city or universe for me to function within. But I work from my desk
When did you first start writing?
I might have been eight or nine years old.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Deserting Caricature Artist was developing from two book projects, both of them were like a memoir of my artist life. In different ways, I started working on Deserting Caricature Artist before beginning and finishing 57 Pages, which is my first book published in 2014. Aside from the production process of writing, there is an unknown story of a failed caricaturist I felt people should learn about and be able to relate to in acknowledging their disappointments and broken dreams. A sad story can become a happy one when the artist is able to accept, cope with the cold reality of this world and live a contented life. That experience can be shared by someone else thirsting for hope and happiness. And there are stories behind the drawings in The Deserting Caricature Artist I am wanting to relate also to the reading public.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The unfairness in this world when it judges unkindly of persons. I often felt limited and betrayed by other individuals' negative, unhealthy viewpoints and conclusions. There are too many shut doors and not enough open ones. The sad part is there are too many who do not want to listen to what you have to say and it is concerning me if I am existing same-like, unlistening and unempathetic.
My writing career was sparked by the years blogging when I tried in news commentary to listen what others were saying and recite it. When blogging itself was unfulfilling to me, cartooning and writing books are the extension of authorship. There are so many stories I want to tell, giving people a choice whatever or not they want to hear it at their leisure, that is what's great about book reading. That is one of the good potentials of being an indie author, your recitation of life around us, your voice could matter to someone else.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
In speaking about that voice that could matter to someone else Smashwords is helping people find mines through many open doors for my e-books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Learning to write better to touch someone's heart and stir their soul. I am much encouraged hearing from people how they benefited from reading 57 Pages. It reminds me the pen could be a powerful instrument for the good of humanity.
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Books by This Author

Waiting for Regina
Price: $6.69 USD. Words: 53,240. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
What thoughts weigh on the mind of an excelling physiologist willingly detaining herself in an airport terminal for the arrival of a close childhood companion? Mispha LaBeau is left to engage an emotional recollection of a past time she last saw Regina Ames. It was a dramatic span of an epoch in their high school senior year sending life alternating after effects toward their future reunion.
Regina, ¿Cuál es el Color de Esto?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: Spanish. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
A mediados de la década de 1990, escribí un relato corto en forma de carta personal para una amiga. Mispha le está escribiendo a su amiga de toda la vida, Regina. Hasta ahora, nunca había sido publicado este cuento en formato de una memoria ficticia; solamente unas pocas personas lo habían leído. Esta edición puede considerarse la versión corta de ‘Regina, ¿Cuál es el color de esto?’
Regina, quel est sa Couleur?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,830. Language: French. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Celà fait plusieurs années qu’ils ne sont plus vu, Mispha manque son amie intime, Regina. Elles communiquent par correspondance. Dans ses souvenirs de leur dernière année au secondaire, Mispha révèle la forte influence positive de sa famille, rencontrant le professeur Douglas et établissant un lien avec son professeur préféré, Samantha. Le livre se présente en deux langues, en anglais et en franc
Regina, What Is the Color of It? Letter Size Edition
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
It has been several years since they last saw each other, Mispha misses her intimate friend Regina. She reaches out to her by correspondence. In her recollection of their senior year of high school, Mispha reveals the potent positive influence of her family, meeting Professor Douglas and bonding with her favorite teacher, Samantha. The book is presenting in dual languages, English and Spanish.
The Deserting Caricature Artist
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,610. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
Curtis W. Jackson intimately reflects back to recent years of his on and off career as an unsuccessful caricaturist artist with a line art picture memoir. Those images consisting of Mr. Jackson's cartoon portraits of actual individuals, most whom he did not meet in person.