Interview with J.M. Denholme

What do your fans mean to you?
E v e r y t h i n g ... Fans fuel the fires of inspiration and motivation. I’d like to thank anyone who is taking time out of their day to read about me and my work: Thank you.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The economy ... ? Not really, no. I’ve been writing for myself mainly, sharing a story or two here and there with friends and passing strangers. After years of being told I was selfish for keeping them to myself–and my growing curiosity to know what a vast majority of others would think of my work, how it could touch them–I decided to set out on this path ... for now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Just some girl called Ella ... and a dash of nostalgia.
How do you approach cover design?
I want a pleasing, truly indie-looking cover–if only to reflect I’m a true indie writer–simplistic, clutter- and gimmick-free, and keeping the number of colors to a minimum. The central image should be connected to the story in some way–literally or figuratively–but in no way that it would dictate the mind's eye of the reader, or give away the story ahead of it’s time.
What are you working on next?
Currently, my main focus is adding the finishing touches to the other four short stories that will complete “Caution, Girl Up Ahead”, with “The ’86 Olds” slotted to be released this summer. I’m also having a collection of flash fiction and musings being edited on the side.
When did you first start writing?
A lifetime ago ... but seriously, aged twelve.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was a thirteen page, college-ruled, loose leaf, front-and-back pencil written homework assignment for English Composition class. I was twelve. It was a private investigator story involving infidelity, betrayal and murder–a genre I’ve written in only that one time.
Who are your favorite authors?
No one favorite, that’s for certain. Here’s a short list of some writers whose works, in part or whole, I’ve enjoyed–whether they influence my own writing or not, that’s really up to my readers to determine: Douglas Adams, Richard Adams, Asimov, A.A. Attanasio/ Adam Lee, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Karel Capek, Truman Capote, Roald Dahl, Dante, Doyle, Eddings, C.S. Friedman, Robert Frost, Neil Gaiman, Anna Gavalda, Graham Greene, Hemingway, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, Bohumil Hrabal, King, Laozi, Jack London, H.P. Lovecraft, Sergei Lukyanenko, Larry Niven, Dorothy Parker, Poe, Pratchett, Saroyan, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Twain, Zhuangzi
Describe your desk
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The simple fact that it’s a new day ... and all that that entails.
Published 2016-05-02.
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Books by This Author

Duck’s Misery
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,750. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
We all have a place in our youth where deeds and words linger even though we do not. Vince is a guy with the world in his pocket until a day at Duck’s Misery sends him colliding with his past. Let Vince take you along on his journey … someday you may find yourself making a similar one of your own. “Duck’s Misery” is the first of five stories under the collective title “Caution, Girl Up Ahead”.