Interview with J Bennington

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From Smashwords, Obooko, and Kobo. I browse frequently and when I find a synopsis that attracts me, I go for it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading a variety of E-Books from the Internet or being a sous chef for my wife when she's creating Korean dishes. I do much taste testing for her, process sauces, and blend ingredients. And when she needs help, I spade the garden, hoe straight lines, etc. She keeps me busy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first book i wrote was Virginia Rose covering a few generations of women who had the same name and died at the prime age of 35 to 37. That will be my second one to publish on Smashwords. The first story was about a woman 2" tall, (Meredith) and her friend, 6' tall Big Joe. The first time I met Meredith, it was through a friend of a friend, etc. The day we got together was the day the doctors diagnosed her mother with terminal cancer. She was distraught and distracted, and I wrote several stories about the two on adventures.
What is your writing process?
I get inspired by something I saw, heard, or dreamed. I have a very course outline, mostly a page of notes for how the story should flow. Next I assign characters and load my word processor and turn my mind and the characters loose.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. I"m not too picky about any one genre. My favorite genres are Fantasy, and Supernatural. But sometimes I test something different, like a crime/romance novel from Jaden Skye, get hooked and read several. I'm not a magazine reader, but I do read the Good News magazine, and the Grit occasionally.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Reading on my PC, either PDF, EPUB, or Kobo.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. It's a computer desk with all the accessories, an AM/FM Receiver, an 20 oz. metal cat about 2" tall, a Kahlua cup for pens and pencils, and notes and bills everywhere possible. Along my monitor base there rests: a smiley face with open arms to hug the world, a metal turtle on a rock, a rubber frog, a rubber lizard, a hog riding a Harley Hog, and a miniature G.I. Joe guarding them all. On one side there is a 2000 copy of the first Hess Delivery truck, and a basket for cookies and chocolate items.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Near Morgantown, West Virginia. I was what i call an 'oops' baby, with 3 older sisters, the youngest 13 years older than me. After they finished using me as a living doll, I grew up in the country, by myself and the woods became my friend and inspiration. I was anything or anyone I wanted to be there and no one told me different. I did write many short stories then, with the help of my imaginary friends. And really, that's one thing I've never outgrown.
When did you first start writing?
In the fifth grade until I graduated from high school. After that there was a 19-year break in the military and after the 19th year I suffered from a stress breakdown and I took up the pen to heal myself. I wrote 90 page letters to people. I wrote 17 300-page novels and after I got computer I'm up to 41 novels.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It allows me to escape the reality of how I live, how I hurt, and how I dislike my limitations. When I write, all that disappears. I get attached to my characters and I hurt, laugh, cry, and celebrate when they do. And if one should die, I grieve for them.
Why did you choose J Bennington as a Pen Name versus your own?
Because there are too many millions of James Clarks in the world. A Google search reveled in excess of 111,000,000. There are far fewer Benningtons. Also, I feel J Bennington has a better recall to it versus my name. I chose the name from the lawyer in Virginia Rose. I gave him all the qualities that I like and believe in. I liked him and after a few conversations with family and friends, that's who I am in the writing world.
Published 2015-05-27.
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The Sun Bird Prophecy
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Evil Love
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