Interview with Jasper McKenzie

Who are your favorite authors?
Hands down, J.R.R. Tolkien is by far my favorite author. His style of writing is something that's unmatched in the literary world... it really draws you in.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I'm alive - at least, from a non-philosopher's perspective - and that it's a new day. Each day brings something new to the table, no matter how small it may seem. I look forward to whatever life throws my way.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing guitar, singing, reading, programming, gaming, watching anime... the list goes on.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have one. At least, not by normal standards. I just sit around waiting for inspiration to come... my mind works in such a way that as soon as I've found inspiration, I've got an entire story - an entire world - already planned and mapped out in my head. The problem is getting it written down. But it's nothing that a power nap and a cup of coffee can't fix!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The feeling of creating my own perfect world... I love that. It's like an indescribable ecstasy.
What do your fans mean to you?
At this moment, I don't have too many, but they mean the world to me! The knowledge of having people out there waiting on my creations... it drives me to write every day. Without their support and feedback, I probably won't get very far.
What are you working on next?
Funny you should ask... I'm currently working on a few different pieces. My main project is a fantasy-themed adventure novel that's based on many of the Dungeons and Dragons games I've hosted. I have a couple of side projects as well... a short murder mystery and a horror-themed novel, although I doubt those two will pan out.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy writing. I figured if I can write a great book without having to worry about getting signed to major publishers or forking over my life and limb just to have a document proofread... then I might as well give it a shot.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My android smartphone. Granted, it's the only e-reading device I have (aside from the laptop I use), but it keeps track of everything for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Honestly, I can't even remember. I've been writing ever since I was a little kid, and I've had thousands of ideas running through my mind, there's no way I could remember my first attempt at writing!
Published 2014-06-16.
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