Interview with J. David Cox

What's the story behind your latest book?
Leaving the city behind. Embracing the forest. Living independently and learning the skills with which to do it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Off the grid is an unusual genre and not easily accepted by publishers. I am not a well-known author nor will I be a prolific one and e-publishing gave me this opportunity.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
On the assumption that it does contribute to my success, it is because it makes e-books available to public libraries and a larger market.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to write a quirky phase, make the reader laugh, reveal a truth and vent my spleen.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans keep me writing. Their feedback confirms my existence. It helps me deal with existential angst.
What are you working on next?
My existential angst, a guest bathroom and a greenhouse.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't judge books by their authors. I judge them by the content and the topic. I'll read almost anything non-fiction, especially about politics, economics and China. I confess a loathing of technical manuals.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Building, constructing, inventing, daydreaming, reading, bugging my wife, and helping others.
What is your writing process?
I sit down at the computer and read my emails and look at the news and then launch into writing for an hour or two. Three or four cups of tea are consumed before I quit and go outside to do real work.
What's your biggest writing flaw?
I hate research.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask my wife to do it.
Published 2015-01-17.
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Books by This Author

Our Life Off the Grid: An Urban Couple Goes Feral
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 102,200. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Sustainable living, Nonfiction » Biography » Editors, journalists, & publishers
NOMINATED FOR THE 2016 STEPHEN LEACOCK MEDAL FOR HUMOUR “Let’s do this! How hard can it be?” And, with that, David and his wife Sally, in their mid-fifties, went from being white collar urbanites to living off the grid on a remote island in the wilds of west coast British Columbia, Canada.