Interview with Jamie Godwin Brooks

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"The Giver" was the first story I read that made me realize the power of words.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a lot when I was young. I even asked for a typewriter for my birthday when I was ten. But, didn't take it seriously until 2013.
What is your writing process?
I keep a notebook close by at all times and daydream a lot. I like to stay up late at night and enjoy a glass of wine with my writing sessions. I don't like to rush.
How do you approach cover design?
I feel it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Old Man in the Sea, 1984, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Giver, The Great Gatsby
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything from books to articles to song lyrics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Honesty
Describe your desk
Cluttered with my notebooks, scraps of things, interesting items, drawings, and yesterday's coffee mug.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Alabama. I think it gave me an appreciation for the smaller things.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I enjoy the freedom of being an indie author and the ability to communicate directly to readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The inner music I hear. The whole creative process of releasing a unique story into the world; it frees me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I find it necessary to create a balance between travelling and seclusion, work and family, being creative and doing absolutely nothing. Most of my time is spent maintaining this balance.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a bad vacation to the beach. I might re-write that one day.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book "More Than Nothing" is a look into some of the circumstances of today, and one's possible reactions to them. It speaks on our own mortality and well-being.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A hunger for life.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans that have read my work and been affected by it mean the world to me.
Published 2015-03-19.
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