Interview with DJ Small

Describe your desk
For writing, I'm typically lounging in my bed or some place random. Desk are restrictive to me. However, the flip side to this is if I'm editing, I'm at my desk and it's covered in Arizona Green Tea cans and snacks.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the middle of nowhere Virginia, so like the closest friend to me was like two miles down the road. And when you're a queer-identified kid it's even further. That being said, I created worlds when I was younger where the characters were queer-identified and they had friends close to them that understood their struggles and the life they live.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 13. I was coming to grips with my sexuality and I found solace in writing because it let me get out the feelings of unrequited love that I had for one of my friends.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Pool of Lies is a wonderful story that started out as fanfiction for the show Lost Girl, but has definitely developed its own identity now that I've reworked it for publishing. Essentially the main character, Ava, she has had a rough life and not so much in a economical sense but more so in regards to her identity. Without giving to much away she meets Kacey and Kacey is the first person to really see her and make her realize that who she is currently, is not her true self. It definitely a story of what you think you should be versus who you really are.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Life I guess. I've been writing since I was younger and I've always had this drive to tell stories that represented the world that I want to live in. I decided to go the indie route because I can get away with the more challenging topics. For example, in Pool of Lies, Kacey isn't a straight-laced character. She dark, edgy, and dangerous and there are aspects about her that I don't think a normal publishing company would have embraced. Also it's a challenge for me, and one that I'm glad I took a jump into.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The character's and developing their stories. I have favorite characters, but I don't let that effect my story, but seeing them develop and unfold it's fascinating. I'm always asking myself, "What's next?" for them because I'm invested in telling these characters' stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have fans. I think of fans and it weirds me out. What I do have are loyal readers that drive me to tell engaging stories that cause them to yell at the characters and ask questions about them. So in short I admire them and they inspire me.
What are you working on next?
Ahh love this question. I'm always working on something, whether it be fanfic or something for publishing, always writing. In regards to publishing I have begun my second book to be published and it will be the first of a series. This series is going to have me go down roads that I haven't travelled down before and I'm excited to see where it takes me. It's going to be different than my first book because it's going to the supernatural. Only things I'll give away about it at the moment is that the story is set in post-Civil War New Orleans so that should let everyone know where I'm headed. Maybe.
Who are your favorite authors?
I vary with my favorite authors. There is Radclyffe, Ali Vali, Robin Cook, Christopher Pike, RL Stine, JK Rowling, and a number of other authors.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching TV and hanging out with my friends and family. Being an actual human rather than looking myself up and losing myself to a story that I'm either reading or writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote, is actually still ongoing. I started it when I was 13. It's a story of how I wanted my life to be when I was older. One, none of it actually came true, and two it was written by a hormonal teenager, so there is a lot of sex in it. I still have it though. For nostalgic reasons I suppose, but I do want to end it one day. Maybe when I'm 50.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I peruse different sites of my favorite publisher's or I'll wander onto some review blog. It's random really. There is no method to my madness.
Published 2016-09-26.
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