Interview with J. Misha Dunn

What are you working on next?
The Andrew Brush series. Once I finish this third one, I will probably take a break and start another series. It's a spinoff series centered around a character introduced in the third Brush book, Brush Ablaze.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson, Jonathan Kellerman, John Grisham, Danielle Steel, Mary Higgins Clark, Robert Ludlum - not in this particular order, this is just the order in which they popped into my head. Also, not all my favorites, there's plenty more not on this list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love of life. No matter what's going on, how bad it is, you must always keep going. It may be a short term hell, or perhaps a long one, but the goal is to find a peace that surpasses our understanding.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at my job, reading, taking care of my pets, spending time with family, home repairs, university homework, etc...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth and random browsing mostly
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really, ha-ha, probably a grade school project or something ridiculous like that...I remember a few, they were surprisingly good (according to my teachers, and relative to the other students in the class)
What is your writing process?
I begin with a basic, rather small idea. Once I believe it's big enough to write down and I understand it from front to back, I then outline it. I start with a brief whole book outline before breaking that down into much more detailed chapter outlines. Pencil & paper, whiteboard, word document, either way, the outline ends up being usually about 30 pages in all.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a huge fan of the Boxcar gang - a series of children's mystery books. Also, Dr. Seuss books played an important role. My mom would often read to me, and mostly the Bible - great impact each of them had.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find a single image that summarizes the story, at least in my mind. Then, I have my beta group critique it, or sometimes I have one or two of them assist in picking it out. They will have already read the book, of course.
What do you read for pleasure?
The Bourne series, Wayward Pines series, NYPD Red series, anything Mary Higgins Clark
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, no doubt
Published 2016-03-01.
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