Interview with Jayd Alex Ingram

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for an incredibly long time, I knew I wanted to be a successful writer from when I was 7 years old after writing a modernised version of Cinderella for an English project. Ever since, I've written all sorts of strange works, deep poetry from my goth phase and many novels I only managed to complete the first three chapters - I've had some crazy ideas and dreams.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is probably the escapism I have found in writing. The way I have managed to push forward my imagination and escape to a fantasy world, getting away from reality. Writing has created a better life when my visual and social anxieties get me down.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite and most inspiring authors have to be Neil Gaiman, Lemony Snicket and Cornelia Funke, among many others. Their weird and wacky tales are just mind blowing and incredible! I could only dream of writing something just as amazing and captivating.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Definitely my iPad, it's pretty much my number 1 tool of the trade when it comes to... anything !
What are you working on next?
I'm hoping to start working on the sequel to Sapphire and Shadow in the summer as I have about two and a half months of freedom before going back to school (I've nearly finished my GCSEs you see, my last exam is on the 13th June!). I think I'm going to call it Crimson and Fire, and I have some exciting plans for it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a bit of a geek, and I am into a lot of things... really into them! I usually do a lot of art, paintings digital and traditional, and even paper sculpting from time to time. I love playing video games on my Mac, DS, Playstation and Nintendo Wii. At the moment however it's just studying for me, and writing is in the 'spare time zone' at the moment.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I go for the Bestsellers or the top freebees if I am in the mood for a classic. Or sometimes I search around for key words such as a particular period, or a character name or a genre.
What is your writing process?
Tea, chocolate, stare at computer, more tea, chocolate, type five thousand words... repeat.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first story I ever read on my own that had an impact on me was Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone. I was about 6 at the time and I absolutely fell in love with it! I was drawn to magic, and wizardry and was totally dazzled by the amazing characters and settings. 10 years later and I can probably still remember every single tiny detail from the novels and films.
How do you approach cover design?
I do the cover designs myself, as I am an avid illustrator. I use my iPad and I like to paint them from scratch as I think it makes them more unique, rather than using a photograph and the like.
Published 2014-05-28.
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