Interview with JG Smith

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, in fact, I do. "Chocolate, a Glacier Grizzly" is the title and it was the first book I ever read and owned. I've read it countless times and each time I feel a part of the story. It spoke to my heart. I felt a bond develop the second Chocolate was born. I felt the love and protection he must've felt in the beginning, the fear when the foreign grizzly attacked, the necessary (but little understood) betrayal when his mother pushed him away and the confusion when he was alone. The worst part for me was when they tranquillised him and took him to a reserve. Even though the story teaches that he was safer there, it was then that I realised how territorial humans are and how iniquitous it is towards the grizzly. The ending was bitter-sweet and I will continue to have a special place in my heart for Chocolate, the Glacier Grizzly. And no, that wasn't an error.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Chocolate, a Glacier Grizzly - the first and best story I ever read.
2. I Am Number Four - unique science fiction that leaves me wanting more.
3. Thirteen Reasons Why - I've always been curious about, and somewhat empathetic toward, suicide stories and this one chooses the most intriguing of means to tell it.
4. 1 Samuel - mostly because of the relationship between David and Jonathan.
5. The Heart of a God Chaser - more of a handbook, but the quotes given are truly inspiring.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything about religion, actually. There is just something about it that mesmerises me. It doesn't really matter what religion either. It's the history, culture and spirituality that peaks my interest. And I just want to know why it is there... why it exists and why it has such an impact.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung Note II is my device of choice for anything digital, but my laptop would be a close second with regards to e-reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
To be honest, I have yet to find a truly effective method. The only people reading my work at the moment are people I speak to directly.
Describe your desk
You mean the non-existent one? My desk is anywhere I can use my laptop, notebook, phone or book. Truly versatile, I might add.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Never really had a stable home or place to stay, so it is less about where I stayed and more about the experiences that happened within each of the places I stayed. So, I guess the wandering has influenced my writing with regards to my choice of adventure and environmental description.
When did you first start writing?
Not sure how to answer this. I've been writing since I've started school. My ideas for stories started growing in grade four, approximately, where my interest in writing letters blossomed. Though, my first attempt at a novel started in grade eight and it was in high school that I truly started appreciating my apparent talent.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm still working on the series (Fallen Reality), which shares the same story as the first novel (The Arcane Messenger). The characters are based off of my friends while the story encircles a girl I like... liked... it's complicated at the moment. I wrote it for her, but it was also about expressing the things I couldn't say. It will make more sense at the end of the series though. It's my way of telling others about what they have yet to pick up.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Henry Kitty is his name and it was his suggestion that I write short stories (well, publish my short stories) to start building a name for myself so that it'd be easier to market the book I'm trying to publish.
Published 2014-05-16.
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Books by This Author

Through My Eyes - Nuclear
Series: Through My Eyes. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 1,620. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An interview at a renowned laboratory quickly turns awry for the academic Dr Antrax.