Interview with James J. Stubbs

What is your writing process?
Sit down, throw up the words on a page via Microsoft Word until you have no more energy left to write. Do the same the next day. Keep doing it until the story you want to tell is out. Go climbing and think about anything I have messed up or about anything I could add or should take away. Leave it alone for a few weeks in case my imagination dreams up anything that I should have put in there, be it people, themes or circumstances. Then edit it slowly and painfully with as much discipline as you have before giving it to some trusted beta testers.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I have a couch and I have a third hand laptop, which I owe to my generous father, and I balance the laptop on the arm under a book. I have a USB keyboard because I can't stand typing on a lap top keyboard, a cushion to balance the keyboard on, and a cat permanently residing on my knee as I attempt to write. Desks suck.
What do you do for pleasure?
I climb mostly. I love the sport and find it keeps me fit and strong. It teaches me the importance of balance, in sport and in life, and keeps my mind refreshed and focused. I also enjoy long distance driving holidays for a good challenge, but also kicking back with my e-reader or playing an X-Box game when I have the time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Max Brooks, because of his amazing vision of the zombie war and genre altering way of expressing it.
Graham Hancock, a visionary and inspiration. His detective like approach to ancient history is remarkable.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By accident usually. I type in a genre and look for a good cover and a good sell. I usually look for a reasonably priced one but I enjoy the feeling that I am helping out and supporting a fellow author when I purchase one of their books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was something about a robot when I was about 5 I think. I do remember a classroom lesson on what we wanted to be when we grew up and I said "an author". That dream fell by the wayside for a long time but I think, using Smashwords, I have been able to revive a little of that childish flare.
How do you approach cover design?
Simple. I get my best mate to do it for me. He is a graphic designer by talent and trade and he comes up with things I simply couldn't.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That is a little difficult to answer and my motivations are somewhat complex. I miss writing. I used to write way back and that fell apart, as many of our dreams do as we enter the workplace, and I wanted to revive it. I want to achieve something I can be proud of. I'm not in it for money. I want people to enjoy my literature and I want it to be thought provoking. If someone enjoys a book I've written then great. That will make me happy. Escapism. I want to write so that I can create these worlds of my very own and escape into them, far away from the throws of modern living and the demands and stresses of everyday life. It takes effort to escape in this way but I think it is worth it. Expression. I want to express myself creatively, as every single person who puts pen to paper does, and I want to create a story out of nothing. I just hope people enjoy them and it will make me happy if they do. But if you don't, that's fine too. The things I write won't be for everyone and I can take constructive criticism any day of the week. I guess I'm writing for me in the first instance. If people start to enjoy the things I write then I will start writing for them too.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure I have any. I got a review a while back that was really favorable and very complimentary. I'm still buzzing about it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to go for a run with my dog. Who is simply not satisfied with a walk.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I type at my keyboard it feels like I'm playing a musical instrument. I get into a zone and find a rhythm and when I do it's hard to stop. With my headphones on and the heavy metal music blasting, I can focus on the worlds I'm trying to create. Away from everyday life and away from any other life problems that might be trying to force their way into your mind. I can shut them out and just write. It makes my day worthwhile.
What are you working on next?
I've all but finished the planning process for my next book and have all but the finer details hammered out. I hope to have it finished during the summer or shortly after. It's a bit of a secret at the moment and I'm not sure how to say something without giving anything away. I suppose it's mostly, as usual, a character driven story, set in a fictional Gothic city. There is a bit of a superhero vibe in there and that's all I'll say for now.
Published 2015-01-01.
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