Interview with JB Clemmens

What's the story behind your latest book?
Mystery at Pima Point, coming to Smashwords soon, was inspired by a trip to a luxury hotel in Phoenix for a wedding. In the book, though, the bride disappears and a bridesmaid is murdered.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write and offer entertainment to readers. Smashwords seemed like a good way to do that.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it easy for authors by the format and instructions they provide. Also the free promtion in July helped more readers find my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Once I establish characters, I enjoy plotting a story for them. It may be a form of escape to get into the heads of my characters, but I like it.
What do your fans mean to you?
A reader's enjoyment of my books is everything to me. It's why I write in the first place. I have always gotten pleasure from reading and I want other readers to have that feeling as well.
What are you working on next?
My next book is a mystery called The Die-Lemma. It is a revision of one I wrote two years ago but haven't published yet. I am also working on a non-fiction book about 1969.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot. The author of the next book I read could be a favorite. I've always liked Agatha Christie for mystery but I also like James Patterson, Suzanne Collins, and now Robert Gailbrath (JK Rowling).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Social media, swimming (in summer), and music are favorite pastimes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often find books when reading Linkedin posts by authors. Their comments draw me to them and I look up their books. I sometimes take recommendations from sites like Sweet Free Books, Goodreads, and other promotion places. Of course, I browse Smashwords, too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the early books I read was The Incredible Journey about two dogs and a cat who set out to find their way back to their old home from the ranch where they were being cared for temporarily. I read it many times. The movie Homeward Bound is based on it and I'm still moved when I watch it.
How do you approach cover design?
I use Caligraphics.net for most of my covers.
Describe your desk
My desk has three fixed things besides my desktop computer - Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus, two clipboards with RSVP pens, and folders with research notes and information about each novel. The rest is transient.
Published 2014-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Patron Saint of Horseshoes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,060. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Christian » General
Two generations of friends grow up and choose different vocations - a nun, a priest, a doctor, an administrator and a family man - but they unite to stop attacks on children in a hospital cancer ward. It's not about religion, even though the characters are religious.
A Substitute for Murder
Series: Lieutenant James Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,800. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Substitute teachers are expected to deal with lots of things, but murder isn't one of them. When a body turns up at Winburg High, Lieutenant James finds out that not all teachers are exempt from greed and malice and he must prove that one of the educators is a murderer.
Jigsaw
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,400. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Do you ever wonder what you would do if you couldn't just jump in your car to go shopping or even to work? Characters Beat Duncan and Darla Sennot find out when a gasoline ban forces them to walk from one city to another to find jobs and hopefully romance. Their struggles with weather and injuries are complicated by a terrorist stalker, who believes they have something he wants.