Interview with J. Calvin Peace III

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was a Journalist (Reporter And Editor) for 15 years and love to write. For nearly 40 years I was plagued by alcoholism and finally set free and my life's goal now is to help others find sobriety, peace of mind, happiness and success through my books!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the opportunity to reach out worldwide with answers for people hurting from addictions, poverty, traumatic events, marital problems and even a life of crime. My desire is that many lives will be changed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the hope that my works will help take the pain and sometimes "hell on earth" out of my readers' lives, and then for them to live life to the fullest with peace and joy and prosperity.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans would mean to me that my heart-felt writings were not in vain and that lives were being changed as a result of my works.
What are you working on next?
I have gathered for years materials for a book that "You Will Die, But You Do Not Have To Be Afraid!" that is aimed primarily at aging affluent and prominent people, who know they are nearing death, and there is a great fear of the unknown there. It should be comforting to Christian believers as well as non-believers. I am also working on a Murder/Romance, "Pretty Red Cotton" that takes place on St. Helena Island near Beaufort, S.C. in the 1940's and involves families of former plantation owners. Finally, I have started a sequel to my already published in print book, "The Sweet Street Gang And The Lost Treasure Cave". I also have over 30 titles and plots for The Sweet Street Gang if I live long enough to write them.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is John Grisham. I also like Glen Beck and Bill O'Reilly.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The excitement of knowing I am going to work at my age of 77 at my son's furniture store and get to drive his 26 foot truck and then spend the rest of the day greeting people and writing. I also look forward to going to the jail twice a week to counsel with inmates to convince them they can change and never have to go back to jail again.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working odds jobs in my son's furniture store; playing with my dog, Jabez; cooking for my wife of 54 years and going to the beach. I also love being around my 8 grandchildren and playing with my great granddaughter, age 2 and attending church at New Hope Port St. Lucie with Bishop Jeff Poole and hundreds of great people!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through Google.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. "The Sweet Street Gang And The Lost Treasure Cave". Of course I wrote hundreds of stories for my newspapers, but don't recall the first. I did interview Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson, which is memorable.
What is your writing process?
When I am not busy doing something for someone else, I sit down and write. I do not have to be in a mood to write. If I have an idea or a title for a book, I just sit down and write and my imagination takes over if it is fiction, or my memory if it is non-fiction. Of course some of my work requires considerable research before I start writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real story I remember reading as a child was "Hiroshima", the story of the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on Japan in World War II. It had a terrific impact on me that mankind could reach such a point that it would become necessary to bring so much death and torture to other human beings in order to win a war.
How do you approach cover design?
This puzzled me with my latest book, "You Can Be Set Free From Alcohol And Drugs!" I had ideas of what I wanted on the cover but could not find anyone to design it, so I found the cover I used on a web site that already has a selection of covers. I am very happy with the one I found.
Published 2015-08-24.
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Books by This Author

You Can Be Set Free From Alcohol And Drugs!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,720. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery
The author struggled 40 years to overcome alcohol/drug addictions. He completed two rehabilitation programs, but could not stay sober for long periods of time. He lost great jobs and everything he had and was ready to give up, when everything he learned began to make sense. For 25 years he has been sober and is dedicated through this book to show others they can be free, happy and prosperous!