Interview with J.D. Hutchins

Who are your favorite authors?
Do you mean whose writing is my favorite? I don't personally know any authors. There are so many talented writers. I can't imagine choosing favorites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, working, sleeping, eating. Maybe the occasional mountain bike ride.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Serendipity.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was five. It was about a kid who couldn't resist poking at a beehive. Spoiler alert: he was chased around by bees and got stung.
What is your writing process?
Picture a bunch of ninjas fighting a horde of zombies; it's sort of like that. Yeah, and I'm calling rights on the ninjas vs. zombies thing, so don't even think about it... oh, never mind. It's been done. But not well. That's the annoying thing about this day in age: you instantly know if your idea sucks or not, and there's always somebody out there doing ridiculously amazing things way better than you could ever do them. What was the question?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can remember the first story I ever read that change how I viewed reading: Run Baby Run, by Nicky Cruz. I was in middle school, and it was the first time I realized books could be exciting. I wasn't allowed to watch R-rated movies when I was kid but I was allowed to read. I also remember reading Helen Keller's, The Story of My Life. After I read the book, I watched a movie about Helen Keller at school, and it was the first time I realized the book is always better than the movie.
How do you approach cover design?
I think it's good for a cover to have some mystery to it. The Twilight cover is a good example. You almost can't help but wonder why the woman is holding an apple. The Book Thief cover depicts a row of dominos with a hand about to push the fist one. It doesn't get much more suspenseful than that. A cover should make the potential buyer ask a question that can only be answered by reading the book. I design my own covers. I keep it simple and it must look good as a thumbnail picture.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Catcher in the Rye is my favorite book of all time. My younger self identified with Holden Caulfield. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is amazing. I have read it many times. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a great read. I like stories that start with the mundane and then whisk the reader into a new reality. I also like: Grimm's fairy tales, 1984, A Brave New World, The Da Vinci Code, and anything by Dean Koontz.
What do you read for pleasure?
The newspaper, fiction, and books about mental health, wellness, and counseling.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I tend to go to the bookstore and buy books, or I buy physical books online. I know that seems really weird these days, to go to a bookstore and buy books. I like the anticipation of waiting for a package. I also like hanging out in libraries. Ah, yeah, the ebook author doesn't have an e-reading device.
Published 2016-07-25.
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