Interview with Jack Gunthridge

Who are your favorite authors?
I like authors like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. I grew up reading literature instead of the more popular modern authors. I think that is partly because my mom was an English major. I had more of the art and literature upbringing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a very condensed version of what later became the "Out of the Blue" series. I came up with the idea when I was a freshman in high school. I decided to expand it and make it an actual novel.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is probably not the same as other author's since I have Asperger's. I like to listen to music while I'm writing. If I get stumped on where to take the story, I will meditate while listening to music that fits the theme or tone I am looking for in the book. A lot of times, I will lay down and think on the story until I fall asleep. This helps me to let go of consciously thinking about it and allows for the subconscious to help me figure things out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember reading was "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." For me, it showed me the wide range of what a story could be. You could have a serious subject matter while also having lighter moments in it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer to read on a basic Kindle. I don't need anything fancy when I am reading. I think it would be tempting to check my e-mail or Facebook. With an e-reader, I want the experience of being able to get away from the world and just read.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually three pieces of furniture. I have the main part with my computer on it. To the left, I have my business phone, which is a modern version of a phone from the 1940s, and a record player with a USB cable. These are both on a cart with the printer below them. To the right of my computer, I have my scanner.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Missouri, where reading Mark Twain is required. I think I have a Mark Twain element to my work, especially when I do more humorous works.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in the seventh grade. From that point on, I would spend my study halls and any free time writing and re-writing things I had written.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started out as an independent filmmaker. I have always liked having complete artistic control over my works. When I made the switch from writing screenplays to writing novels, my independent spirit followed me. Sometimes I feel it is best to push boundaries than to write something just to please an audience and to make sales.

When my first book had me being compared to J.D. Salinger, except better, I find that more of a compliment than if I had sold a million copies and produced something that is a literary piece of crap.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest part about writing for me is the fans and the people I come into contact with because of my books. I like getting friend requests on Facebook where the person is wondering when the next part of a series I am working on is going to come out. I enjoy hearing from a college student who tells me my romance novel meant so much to them they are writing their final paper for a class on it.

I write books because I have stories to tell. I don't do this for the money. That's not saying I don't appreciate the sales. I would rather have something I write change somebody's life like when I have a reader create a blog based on my book. It means I have touched a stranger's life through the art of writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans help to keep me going. I like hearing how my books have impacted their lives.

It is also fun for me to know one of my fans changed their occupation from "Christian Grey" to me. I'm so busy living my ordinary life that my fans make me realize what a difference I have made in somebody else's life.
Published 2013-12-17.
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The Conservative Holy American Qu'ran
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Tired of being persecuted for your faith?  Tired of being mocked by liberals for believing in God and Jesus?  Tired of having your religion put down while Islam is being elevated? The answer to all of your problems is The Conservative Holy American Qu'ran.  Cleverly disguised under the Qur'an cover is the whole truth and nothing but the truth Word of God.  
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