Interview with J FRANCES

Describe your desk
A desk? I prefer the floor or any random place when creating. However if I did have to describe my "desk" it would be a crowded space full of art work, notes and reminders of happiness. Generally the phone is blaring some type of music while the computer does its best to work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I never grew up. Acilades and degrees did not signify growth to me. I'm not adult like in that I have the curiosity and tenuous nature of a small child. Where I lived while I was an adolescent is a small trailer in upstate NY. I hated it, still hate it. So happens that this particular trailer park was on the outskirts of an affluent neighborhood. No one was invited over, there was a content bravado and need to have what appeared to be the top notch. Keeping up with the jones' encouraged a diary. I couldn't express my reality to anyone for fear of embarrassment or shame on my family. As time progressed my journals became my best friend. They go with me on every road, to every home, hotel, car ride. My writing is the black and white to this trailer park hate.
What's the story behind your latest book?
For all intents and purposes I am the antagonist of my own self destruction. An intellectual empath whose curiosity and emotional instability arose at a very young age. A disconnect between myself and others only grew stronger as I aged, isolated with lack of attachment, I chose to numb myself with any substance possible. Fastfoward to adulthood, perfectionism was now my drug of choice. When I couldn't succeed at that, alcoholism, dissaciotion, self injury, suicidal ideology and finally actual attempted suicide. Continually moving from home to home. Somehow I maintained a job and graduated with my MS. in counseling no less. When things began to get too rough I ran. Everything caught up with me. Again I was back at my mother's home. Making my escape by any means necessary, often putting my self in dangerous situations. Homeless and suffering from severe depression, I began looking back at my journals, doodles and poetry. I decided that I would like to make a compilation of them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I write when I feel something. Writing is easier than speaking. I'd rather one person find meaning in what I've written than a pathetic Stephen King bullshit nothing about nothing for 500 pages. Someone should, hopefully, get the ironic humor in what I write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I don't have to talk.
What are you working on next?
A grant proposal is in the works for a nonprofit art gallery and learning center.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury- The one book that continually is given to me and I constantly buy. Proud owner of multiple copies.
Dr. Seuss: He has inspired my poetry and artwork throughout my life. His books are my go to for gifts for adults and children.
Chuck Palahnuik- The one author that has made a difference in outlook on how writing can be disturbing yet intellectually pleasing.
An unpublished author- A good friend writes about social justice in terms of mass violence. This inspires me to continue on with my perspective.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Generally the need to get away from where I am.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Creating art work. Although I've been creating since childhood, I now take it very seriously. Self taught but perfecting my craft daily.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally people suggest books they think would interest me or an internet site will tell me their recommendations based on previous purchases.
What is your writing process?
Jotting down ideas, thought provoking comments, doodling to music until the lines of each come together in a semi-coherent passage. Then re-writing until some satisfaction is granted. It is often a slow process. Non coherent to anyone but me until its finalized.
Published 2017-09-25.
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