Interview with DJ Chanley

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Southern Arizona called Sierra Vista. I was pretty much a loner with no friends. At the time I thought they were my friends but in reality they were only acquaintance along a dark path that was my life. It was an English teacher that helped me want to read and write. Without him making us read the Hobbit I would not have wanted to write.
When did you first start writing?
My first story was many years ago in high school. I had too type it on an old style typewriter and I failed my creative writing class .
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was in a job that I didn't like, Driving over an hour to/from work, my mind began to wonder. I wrote what I thought when I returned home to escape my depression. It grew into a story that never seemed to end. Return of the Matka-Zem is only the first book, there are more to come.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy people liking my story. It gives me great pride that a person with a severe learning disability can accomplish their dreams.
What are you working on next?
I am working on two books that are the sequels, one takes place before the "Return of the Matka-Zem and the other follows the story. I also have two completed stories needing editing and three other stories in the works
Who are your favorite authors?
Tollken, Goodkind, Salvator, Weis, McCarthy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I enjoy my job as an COTA and enjoy sending people home.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes It was a story about a girl who grew up in the wilds and was captured by a man who tried to rehabilitate her. I wrote that in high school
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Hobbit. I have dyslexia and reading was very hard.An english teacher made us read the Hobbit and I fell in love with this book
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a traveling therapist and I play tourist in the different cities I go to
Published 2014-08-24.
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