Interview with J. L. Thurston

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am technologically... let's just say I'm old fashioned. I use my iPhone for everything, including online reading. One day I will acquire a Kindle and my eyes will thank me for it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. I used to have a blog with a handful of subscribers but I couldn't get people I knew in real life to mix in. So now I just pull up a page that shows I have a book available for reading and people say "Wow, that's cool!"
Describe your desk
Ha! Most of the time I write on the dining room table. 97 cent black notebooks will be scattered around opened to various notes along with bits of scrap paper that I've scribbled on throughout the day at work. Currently I am at work because I use their internet connection. I live in the boonies and the internet is not a luxury I cannot yet afford. My Current Status: Starving Artist.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a tiny town in the middle of a cornfield surrounded by more corn and empty skies. This has assured that my imagination never run dry lest I lose what little remains of my sanity.
When did you first start writing?
I remember a published children's author came to my school when I was in first or second grade. She inspired me to write my very first novel. It was a chapter book about a girl who's brother dies and becomes a ghost and they hang out in a graveyard until she eventually dies in a car accident and joins her brother forever. Needless to say, I was a natural at horror writing. But once I began I couldn't stop. I'd fill notebook after notebook until my parents bought a computer and then I filled floppy discs will my novels. Now I fill flash drives. It's an addiction and if I don't do it I think I'll quite possibly explode. Which would actually be a cool short story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book that I will be publishing in January of next year (God willing) is about a runaway princess who joins an airship crew to escape the life of royalty. She falls in love, breaks the law, frees a prisoner, befriends a secret civilization, and- of course- saves the day. I was inspired to write it when I obsessed over Final Fantasy and couldn't find a story that suited my mood.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have written novels upon novels. I have a mountain of novels that have been polished, revamped, and polished some more. These novels are original, fun, epic, and clean. Mostly clean. I have sent queries of all sorts to agents of all sorts and have not received so much as a rise of an eyebrow. I have the confidence that my writing is enjoyable and I owe it to my stories to bring them to light. My work is not for nothing and it is not for my sole enjoyment, it is for the world to have. And as much work as I put into these pages I deserve a little payment, as well. This is the only answer and I fully believe that indie publishing is the future of books. I do love holding a hardcover in my hands, the smell of pages, and the durability of a real book. But I cannot deny that reading off the internet is pretty amazing. An entire world of books at your very fingertips! What an age we live in!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is making your story real. A story is there in the mind of the author, sometimes for years before ever being committed to paper. I have carried characters with me for over a decade until I've figured out their story. It's like seeing a child born. It's magical.
Who are your favorite authors?
When I'm asked this question the first person I think of is Patrick Rothfuss. I'm embarrassed to say that I have only read one of his works- "The Name of the Wind." That single novel was actually a research buy I purchased to study the art of fantasy writing. I've read it over and over and am halfway through reading it again until I can get some spare money to purchase the rest of his works.
Other authors I'm in love with are the usual responses but they deserve to be made mention: Stephen King, Laurell K. Hamilton (namely her early novel "Nightseer"), Dean Koontz ("Odd Thomas" especially), J.K. Rowling, and J.R.R. Tolkien (all hail). There are many, many others who have a special place on my bookshelf but they are not well known and many of them haven't been in print for years.
A final mention I must make, only because this author has moved me through so much of my career, is J. M. Barrie. Though he is not of our world anymore I must thank him for "The Little White Bird."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
These days it's the one year old trying to figure out how to break out of her crib.
What is your writing process?
There is a very lengthy answer to this question but I will sum up. However, if anyone would like to email me for more thorough advice I'd love to share it. This is my process:
Think. Think. Think.
Make notes.
Flexible plot points.
Rough draft that you will eventually hate later.
Clean-up.
Time away.
Clean-up and polish.
Polish some more.
Time away.
Spit-shine, annoying computer spell check and done!
Second guess yourself a million times while you query/publish.
Published 2016-08-09.
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