Interview with JP Marshman

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I want to tell a story, and to have others - to have strangers - read the story and lose themselves in it, and find joy in something I have created.
Who are your favorite authors?
My all-time favourite author is Diana Gabaldon, who penned the epic Outlander series. She's everything I hope to be in an author one day.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'll read pretty much anything, so long as it's good. My favourite genres are fantasy (high and epic), and historical fiction, though I do enjoy the odd dystopian science fiction or thriller. I like to lose myself in something fantastical and unreal, so nonfiction isn't really for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My number one will always be Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. She's everything I aspire to be in an author. The other four will probably shuffle around depending on my mood, but let's give a current judgement.
1. Outlander: Diana Gabaldon
2. Shadow of the Wind: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3. The Spirit Thief: Rachel Aaron
4. Dominant Race: Elisa Nuckle
5. Between the Bridge and the River: Craig Ferguson
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer the free Kindle app on my Android smartphone.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Twitter is a surprisingly valuable resource for finding new books. There are people all over the place looking to self-promote, and authors are quick to support one another. Word-of-mouth is, however, and always will be, the best way to find something new.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of reading, appropriately enough. I also play video games on my computer, which are incredible for inspiration, and get myself lost in epic tv series. It's a pretty laid-back life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do - unfortunately. I was probably eight, and I wrote a story called B-Ball Girl, about a girl who played basketball. Aside from that, I couldn't tell you what it was about. The first story I wrote and actually finished was Purity, though there were so many half-baked works in progress before then that all led up to it.
Describe your desk
My desk is wherever my laptop ends up. I've got piles of papers scattered throughout my house, littered with notes for my different muses, and pens and notebooks nearby just in case. Right now the majority of them are in my bedroom, since I've been holing myself up in there lately, but before then it was my living room.
What are you working on next?
Now that Purity is out of the way, I'm working on my magnum opus, a high fantasy titled Changeling. The book is finished, and I'm mostly finished its sequel, Abomination. The steps now are to edit it, design a cover, and get it on the market. It's the story I'm most proud of, and I'm so excited for it to be ready and out there.
Published 2014-02-09.
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Books by This Author

Purity
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 154,600. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
When Caitlyn Negrescu is only eleven, she is kidnapped by her father's business rival and as sinister torture is forced to meet the monsters of nightmare: vampires. A lifetime later, on vacation in Romania, memories of this time return to her, and she is forced to ally herself with the unlikeliest of heroes to save what is theirs from men and wolves, while standing on the precipice of destruction.