Interview with Jean-Paul

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm 51 years old so for me to remember the first time I did anything, apart from have sex or smoke my first cigarette, is nothing short of a miracle, but the first story which left a lasting impression on me was Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I find the term favourites restrictive, regardless of whether it's colours, food, books, music or actors, you name it I don't like to confine my preferences to a select few, but as far as books are concerned, here five titles which spring to mind: David Copperfield, Crime and Punishment, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Famine.
The stories are varied and so are my reasons for liking them: David Copperfield, is a masterpiece of descriptive writing. Crime and Punishment, is a tale of great insight in the workings of the human conscience. The Picture of Dorian Gray, is very well written and full of sharp wit. Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, is a story of working men so I can relate to that having been one for a long time, and finally Famine is a tail of life during the great hunger in Ireland and being Irish it was also something which I understood.
When did you first start writing?
As far as I remember, I first started scribbling as a schoolboy, writing essays was never a problem for me. However, once I left shool and started work I forgot about writing for a while. When I was 25 and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life I started again. Due to commitments I was never able to fully dedicate my time to my passion, but in 2013 I decided to take my writing seriously and since then I've written two books and I've started the third. My goal is to write twenty before I die and my dream is that one of them will become a classic.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ability to get my work published quickly is my main motivation, but the other advantages such as freedom and exclusive rights to my work, are also very important. One of the other positive aspects of being an indie ebook author, is my books don't go out of print, my scribble is out there for ever.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The unknown, because as soon as I type the first word I have no idea where the journey will take me.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm editing something called Children of the Moon, I know the title has been used before in a different genre, but I hope it'll be ok. This story is completely different to Gary Charmers and I actually wrote it before Gary. However I knew it was going to take a while to edit and re-write Children of the Moon, so I thought I'd put Gary out first for a bit of fun.
Children of the Moon is the story of one man's journey, out of emotional turmoil and darkness into the light. Unlike Gary there's no sex in it, but I hope the opinions and experiences of Simian Hayes will be interesting enough to keep the pages turning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I've recently been asked to become an agent for a property company here on the coast, so within the next few weeks I'll be dealing with clients and hopefuly selling property, I'll use the money I earn to subsidise my writing.
Also my wife Sabine and I, are working on a project in our garden. We're making artificial rocks out of builders rubble and concrete. If things go according to plan we will build a Rock Sofa, BBQ, Boulder and a Natural Pool.
This idea developed out of one of our hobbies, we like to climb rock and also go bouldering. We wanted to have our own boulder, but it was so expensive to have one built I had to find an alternative. On the net I came across a guy in Australia, who makes rocks from rubble, so I ordered his rock making course on dvd and we've been at it ever since.
Published 2015-01-10.
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Books by This Author

Scratching the Surface.
Price: Free! Words: 125,620. Language: British English. Published: July 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Simian Hayes, is sober and regularly attends AA meetings. In the eyes of the outside world, he's slowly rebuilding his life, but he's tormented by guilt. One afternoon Trudy, a new acquaintance, asks him, how he came to the Costa Blanca. In an instant Simian realises, he must confront the past, so after pushing his fear aside, he tells her why he came to Spain and what happened after he got there.
Gary Charmers Strikes Gold.
Price: Free! Words: 72,240. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
The winds of change cause Gary’s life to take a turn for the better, suddenly the world is his oyster and he finds himself in a position, to do whatever his heart desires. Follow him as he takes his first steps, into a realm of endless possibilities and unexpected pleasures.