Interview with J.D. Novice

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. What a shame. However, I did write a book in the seventh grade for a class project. It was written, illustrated, and published by moi. And, was even in hardback! Should I mention it was probably only twenty pages long? Hah. ...Now I want to go dig it out of a box somewhere...
What is your writing process?
My writing process is crazy. Don't do what I do. I have no idea where my story is going, or the ending. I just start writing, and see where it takes me. I'm the reader and the writer all rolled into one. Then, I'll think on something I wrote, maybe in the middle of the night, and add to or completely destroy the first draft and start anew. In other words, I'm totally disorganized, but love every minute of it. ;)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmm . . . Okay, see, I have a terrible memory. The End. This sounds like a very interesting question. I want to hear other's responses, but I'm afraid I don't have an answer to it. I can remember my father reading me some awesome stories at night before I went to bed. Some of Grimm's fairytales, or 'The Monster At the End of This Book' starring Grover . . . but, sorry, no, I don't remember the first story I ever read.
How do you approach cover design?
I love, love, love, love art. So, when it was time to choose a cover, I picked out an artist. She was a Twitter follower of mine. We had never met, though she lives in the same vicinity as me. I asked her if she would be interested in designing a book cover, and she said she would, and that she had already. Yay for me, because that meant she would have more experience than me, haha. Then, after we discussed what would be best for my time crunch, I chose a piece of her completed artwork. She made a digital copy of the art, and then worked magic. I'm still amazed by what she did with the cover. I had an idea, but she really made it come to life. You simply must see it. The spine alone is stunning. Did I mention I loved art?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Really? Ugh. How will I choose only five? I love to read. I love books. Hmm . . . How about five authors? Jane Austen, John Grisham, Stephenie Meyer, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell. That was even hard. To choose only five authors . . . much less five books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Something that allows me slip into another world. Need I say more?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer to hold a book in my hands. Old school, I guess. Maybe someday I'll get use to an electronic contraption to read on, but for the time being . . . no.
Describe your desk
LOL. You would enjoy a photo. Trust me. A picture speaks a thousand words. It has cords running over and under it. I have to have my music, and my speakers, and cords for charges to my computer and phone and iPod. A five-tiered candelabra is perched upon a ledge on my desk. Candlelight is inspiring. Stacks of books and papers clutter corners. Books I've read, or am reading. Papers, because I like to handwrite, not type my books. A piece of wooden train track and a pegged monkey puzzle piece to remind me of my bigger responsibilities, but also the need to escape to my world of writing. Oh, and a coffee mug. Always a coffee mug.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Who came up with these lovely questions? I grew up in several different places. I'm not sure how it influenced my writing. I like to people watch, always have. Maybe it gave me more scope, but then again maybe not. Okie dokie.
When did you first start writing?
Published 2013-10-03.
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Books by This Author

Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 73,660. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Trying to leave behind painful memories of her mother’s mysterious death, Jetta Graham moves to Salem, Massachusetts. Rather than finding relief, the past is lying in wait. Salem’s dark history cannot be appeased; unsettling things begin to happen. If she doesn’t find help soon, her mother’s fate may be her own. Is she being haunted . . . or hunted?