Interview with JK Camp

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I walk my dog. Study for my college classes. See my grandchildren. Provide energy work for those who are not feeling well. Volunteer and a local food pantry. Oh, and recently I have started trying to keep plants alive.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I started with Amazon and now I have found Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, if was a preteen book I called "The Trouble with Girls". I have never published it. I don't think I even have a copy of it anymore.
What is your writing process?
Re-write! Really, I start with and idea, a couple I want to see get together. I think about why they aren't already together. Who and what will it take to make my dream for them come true. Then I start writing. It's often a mess in the beginning. Let's face it people are messy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the name of the book, but I remembered is was sad and their were no winners in the end. I loved the characters and my heart broke for them all, especially the hero/villain. That was the saddest part, he did the right thing but from the outside, it appeared to be the wrong thing.
How do you approach cover design?
I want the reader to meet the couple, at least to some degree.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance of all kind really, but I do like it hot..
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle at the moment.
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess. I have my lap top, a coffee cup, an ash tray for when I really need to think through a problem, charts and sticky notes on it. I have old print outs of scenes I have re-written, with mark outs and changes. I have colored pens to help me make more notes. It would drive a left brained person insane.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the DFW area of Texas. I have roots in east and west Texas. Sometimes those forces battled each other in my upbringing. Texas is so large we sometimes forget we aren't our own country. I'm sure it reflects in a less than positive way to the rest of the country. But it does impact how one views their place in the world. Texas fosters independence and boundaries as a means of survival on the land,in it's cities and towns. All of which have a different set of standards. I think you may have had to grow up here to appreciate the multiple levels of culture and diversity within the small space of 100 miles.
Published 2014-08-09.
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