Interview with Jeter Missing

How do you approach cover design?
I have amazingly detailed ideas about what things should look like and communicate that to artists I find on the internet. I tell them my budget and they laugh. Then they design a pretty nice cover and I end up liking it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wasn't finding what I really wanted to read. What little I found was badly written and cookie cutter generic. So I decided to do it myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This will probably sound strange, except to other authors maybe. It's getting to know my characters, the moments when they surprise and inspire me. Yeah, yeah, I can hear you scratching your head (stop picking at that scab!) and wondering how something I create and control can surprise me. It's not easy to explain but they do. Try it and see.
Who are your favorite authors?
Elliot Kay, Robert Heinlein, Richard Morgan, William Gibson, it's a long and distinguished list. Like my Johnson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Let's see, in order. Fear, coffee, my "pet" taking up the entire bed, fear, curiosity, gunfire, sedition from evil overlords.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Do you really want to know? My answer may violate TOS but I can tell you it involves the ancient dead, monkeys, time management, heavy weaponry, relationship and family counseling, gunfire, the occasional high-stakes caper, flirting with death and other cuties, and four wheel drive. I like watching people too but walking on the beach in the moonlight is so much bullshit.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course. Sometimes after too much wine I dust it off and cringe. Who the hell wants to have sex with a haunted house? Seriously, I need help. NEEDED help. I'm fine now.

No, really. I'm fine.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm having a rare moment of honesty and introspection here. It is called "Paddle to the Sea" by Holling C. Holling and I've worn out a few copies. It was the first book I read that wasn't Dr. Seuss and the first hint of the power that books can carry. Okay, I'll admit, I write more than erotica but you won't know it's me because I wear a disguise when I type.
Published 2016-03-11.
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