Interview with J. Bango

Published 2014-07-24.
What is your writing process?
I start with a general concept that includes a few characters. Most often it's very basic and I have no idea where the storyline or it's characters will go. When I do think I have a timeline in place, it always proves to be temporary as the story ever evolves and I surprise myself as to where I end up at the end of a days writing. For me, that's the satisfying part of writing; the spontaneity. I have no rigid outlines and it seems that simply relaxing and letting go opens my mind and the floodgates of creative places that I don't take my characters, but where they take me.
How do you approach cover design?
As the story builds in my minds eye and on paper, so too does the image of what the overall representation should be. I hope that it's something that allows a potential reader to get a feel for a good chunk of what awaits them inside on the pages that follow.
What do you read for pleasure?
Honestly, I'm all over the place. I think you have to be whether a writer or not. There is so much good information and entertainment available these days, that to box yourself into a literary corner, is a loss.
Describe your desk
Filled with hobby tools. Trust me, no writing takes place there. When I am writing, it's me and my laptop on the couch.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Midwest, but I've spent the second half of my life in the Southwest. That's where I morphed into the person that wanted to pursue new interests, including writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
With all my fiction, it starts with a memory of an experience, a place or maybe someone I knew, even if ever so slightly. It grows into something completely different and hopefully entertaining. It evolves as a fantasy I guess one might say.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Why not? With the advent and success of independent online publishing, there is nothing holding a potential author back. Everyone has stories to tell. It's a matter of taking the time to tell them. Where would we be without stories?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
All of it. I get swallowed up by watching a book come to life at my fingertips. Long hours float away everyday as I take myself to wherever my mind can imagine. It is creativity at it's finest.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I'm able to get out of bed everyday.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love being outdoors. Living in the Southwest provides almost year round sunshine. We don't spend a lot of time indoors here. I also enjoy a nice stout at the local brewery in the evening. It's a nice way to catch a game, do a little people watching and hang out with friends.
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