Interview with J.D. Vincent

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I do it was Exile by R.A. Salvadore and I loved every page in it. It was written so well and kept me engaged! Being a Dungeons and Dragons player didn't matter while I was reading it. I got lost in the intertwining story arcs and action plus the character development was amazing to me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five favorite books now this is a challenging one. I would have to say Stephen Kings Skeleton Crew this book was an awesome collection of short stories to me and kept me wrapped up in the pages(The Mist was my favorite), Stephen Kings The Stand brilliant book showing how normal humans truly can make a difference if they stand up and fight, R.A.Salvatore Exile my first fantasy book I can recall. Never being without since its discovery to me. Laurell K. Hamilton Circus of the Damned I love her sexy supernatural world. The Circus of the Damned was epic to me. The protagonist had so much on her plate she couldn't take one step without running into a problem. Dan Brown's Angels and Demons the fact it dove into the realistic nature and secrecy of humans, the whole religious propaganda with political affairs. I felt Dan Brown was really pushing on a subject most dared not to for fear of ridicule. Inspiring work to me.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted to keep it plain and simple. I did everything with my book myself and went for a vague image of the moon because. To me the moon is the ultimate representation of the night. The night is represented commonly to dreaming, mystery, and supernatural. Which is what this book is all about.
What do you read for pleasure?
These days being busy with small children in the house I find myself reading amateur short stories, or cracking open some of the old books I have stowed away in my closet(a rare treat). The latest I read was War Crimes by Christie Golden. Even if I weren't a World of Warcraft fan I would enjoy her work as a stand alone. My taste in literature is vast, from gothic horror, to action mysteries, down to profane erotica stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice would be my android phone or my PC.
Describe your desk
My desk is black, it sits with a keyboard and mouse atop it, there is a drawer where I keep my scribbling notes and ideas for stories and such, below that is a small shelf where I keep random things like candy or notebooks, below that is my computer tower. A simple desk but I enjoy it because it does what I need it to and for 50 bucks its held together quite well. Maybe that's because yours truly built it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tiny town in Oklahoma, strange enough that is where I met my first fantasy loving friends such as myself. We still keep in contact to this day via Facebook and phone calls. They influenced me greatly to embrace my 'inner nerd' as we called it from time to time. We played various pen and paper games together, video games, even made up a bunch of our own games to play. It was a great time for me and I can still look on it and smile. You are who you are no matter what anybody tells you be yourself.
When did you first start writing?
Whew, this question is hard, I first started writing years and years ago. I would say at least 20 years or so. I was a really young kid and I watched my brother write these fantastic things and I wanted to copy him so I got myself a notebook and had at it. Nothing big came of my juvenile writings. Eventually this came in handy with my friends as I began to write long campaign stories for them for D&D. Later I began to write stand alone stories and books just for my own amusement and to share with a few friends.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well that's not so easy to answer, I dare not ruin it for anyone. Meat of the story is a teenager is having troublesome nightmares and needs to figure out what to do about them as they are increasing in occurrences. Why am I writing about that kind of material is because sleeping and dreams are some of the few things with a lot of mystery and interest behind them to me. That is what my book heavily in-tales upon.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Friends, family, and the desire to prove to myself I have the dedication to share my works with the world. Its up to the world if it wants to enjoy them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Being new to Smashwords I cannot say they have truly contributed to success yet... But they definitely have given me the tools the tips and the motivations to step up and try my best to reach out and share my writings with the world. Best help I have received from any form of eBook publisher.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fact I am using my imagination to create a unique world of my own, my own characters, my own plots, and all the events. Writing is the ultimate outlet for my never ending mind. My only problem is focusing enough on one story to actually finish it. I tend to write pieces here and there, then move onto to another brilliant idea and forgetting to move back to my prior work. Through age and discipline I have and still am learning to curve my mind towards specific tales and keeping to them and using my branched off ideas inside the story I am writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I were to have any fans ever, they would mean the world itself to me. Because fans would mean I have actually influenced someones life. Someone out there that I most likely will never ever meet face to face. To know that my work gave someone satisfaction in turn would satisfy myself. My fans would also give me a pulse for book writing. I could write about what they wanted and be able to keep my goals better orientated.
Published 2015-08-10.
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Books by This Author

Days Gone By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,890. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Join in the odd tale of teenager Danny and his strange predicament of horrific reoccurring nightmares. Mystery, suspense, and horror await him each time he sleeps. Trying to juggle a normal life with these strange dreams is taking its toll on him. Does he have the willpower and fortitude to keep on going? Will he find the aid he needs in this supernatural dilemma? Only days going by will tell.