Interview with Jack Stokes

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing it, but I don't remember it's content; it was when I was seven, so it was seven years ago. I know it was for school, and it was six pages long, compared to a couple of paragraphs that the other students were writing. My love of writing developed from there, a year after my love of reading.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kobo e-reader.
Describe your desk
Cluttered and mainly unused.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up (and am still growing up) in Melbourne (Australia) with difficult circumstances, especially regarding my parents; they're divorced and one is neglectful and the other abusive. Both parents pushed me further than my limits to achieve higher academically, and I believe this influenced my writing by allowing me to create sophisticated characters with ease, as well as to be able to use grammar correctly.
When did you first start writing?
When I was seven, although I only became serious about writing lengthy books four years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It revolves around a side of people I find intriguing; the price at which people will sell their soul is an interesting thing that allows you to uncover more about a person.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Not quite sure; I just love writing and wanted to see how people would take to my style.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Critical feedback; it's a rare thing I receive from people because many think that it will be taken as upsetting, due to my age. I have my few people who will always push me into further development of my stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a lot; it shows me that people appreciate my work and that I'm not writing in vain.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Those around me that I care about greatly, especially the person I look up to as my father (unfortunately, he's not, but he's as good as one to me).
Published 2013-12-05.
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