Interview with Jason Kowalczyk

What do you read for pleasure?
I love The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice, as well as the works of Stephen King. A lot of times I will search the Kindle store and just pick something from someone I have never heard of.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, plus working with Kindle Select, I have more power over how my work looks to readers.
When did you first start writing?
I started before I could even write, I would draw a series of pictures and force people to sit through me telling the story and dialogue, which changed with each telling.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
So many of the big publishers don't take submissions, then I found two publishing companies that took me for an awful ride and cheated me out of royalties. I decided until someone decided to notice me from the big companies, I will control my own destiny.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating something that did not exist before I started writing it. In each writing, you create an entire world to help others escape their reality.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything, you can't be a writer without having readers. Their entertainment means the world to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am usually thinking about what I will work on next, but I enjoy watching WWE programing, stand-up comedy, and then there is Netflix.
What is your writing process?
I usually make a few notes, then I start the project writing by hand. Everything I have for sale is handwritten first, then more notes, and then copied into a digital file. Next, I have a few people read it over, on last read through by me, then it goes to Kindle first.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read for pure pleasure of reading was the short "The Mangler," by Stephen King. That tale terrified me, at 12 I had to sleep with the lights on.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to listen to music, something that matches the feel to the tale. I do so in the dark with my eyes closed and try to catch some of the images that are dancing in the darkness.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "The Story of Jericho Beverly" is the tail of a slasher from his point of view. You could almost look at it as his confession.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to "The Story of Jericho Beverly." It will be my first major tale told from 3rd person, without a writing partner like with "The Lighthouse."
Published 2015-02-03.
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