Interview with Jessica Chapman

When did you first start writing?
Hmmm...well I have always been somewhat of a creative story maker, even from a young age. But I never really thought much of it when I was writing out school papers or playing pretend with my friends. It wasn't until I was in middle school and a friend of mine said that she liked to write out stories that it dawned on me: I too should write out my ideas! I suppose I just always assumed I was too young to do something as complicated as write my own story. But although I had tons of vague story ideas, but most were not developed passed a certain main character or specific kind of adventure, so I did not write seriously for a while.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been a big fan of fiction books, especially light romance novels and adventure stories. Yet I was inspired to seriously become a writer myself after realizing that with each year that went by there were less books coming out that I wanted to read in the genres that I liked. Nowadays everything seems so generic, with the same theme and type of story that the last book used! So I decided to come up with my own stories, with adventures and characters I myself would enjoy reading about.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well I certainly find myself feeling accomplished after having self-published my own book. I really appreciate the smashwords help guide and step by step instructions on how to format my file and prepare it for upload. The thought of trying to figure it out on my own was really overwhelming! I am not very savvy with new technology...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What I love the most about writing is being able to come up with whole worlds and in depth characters, after some time they even start to feel real to you! When I was little I used to play make believe with my little cousins and together we would come up with all kinds of stories and fantastic games to play. So I suppose coming up with story and character material feels relatively easy now. I really just enjoy being able to do something productive with my creative mind!
Was writing a book all fun all the time?
No! In fact, sometimes I would get sick and tired of re-reading and re-writing or editing the same scenes over and over again! I find myself leaving my current work for a story I have barely developed, or the third part of my trilogy instead of the sequel. But honestly you just have to take time to step away from your main focus and refresh your brain and creative juices.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well I play video games, I draw, I do crafts, I go to work, and I spend time with my family. I honestly don't even have time to sit down and write each day, even though I really want to. But everything in moderation I suppose.
What is your writing process?
Okay: I sit down and then I try to write out exactly as I picture the story in my head. It may sound funny, bit it's true! A lot of times this takes hours, as I'm not even able to keep up with my own mind! At first I just try to scribble out how I want it pictured, then I go back and create better dialogue and add more details. I also do a lot of skipping around with scenes. Sometimes coming up with the very beginning or ending plot is the hardest part for me, so I jump right to the main story line I want to work on and then build around the rest later. Usually this helps me a lot, as working on the main ideas first helps create the story's world, and then adding better surrounding scenes and dialogue later is easy.
Describe your desk
I don't have a personal desk. XD I have a family computer in the living room on my mom's desk which I am able to access when she is not using it. I also have a small tablet for when I want some privacy, or when the computer is being used by someone else. I am trying to save up for my own personal computer so I can eliminate some of my current restrictions.
Published 2016-03-11.
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