Interview with Jim Killon

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was ten years old and wrote a short story for the Archie comic book magazines which was published worldwide. I won $5.00.
What is your writing process?
I like Hemingway's advice, write drunk, edit sober. I don't get drunk but a bit lit definitely opens doors and dodges writer's block. When I have something to share, it wells up inside of me and flows out in a flurry of words that sometimes is hard to keep up typing them. I can write dozens of pages from sun up to sun down in a single sitting. When I am in "my zone" everything else fades around me and writing is the only concentration for me. I can finish a book in three weeks.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Infringe Me? A Solution to Consider for Gun Violence in America,is my response and ideas for solutions to the gun violence issue in the United States. I believe that the two main sides are battling each other when the solution eludes everyone. We must come together and decide that guns are not doing the killing. It is individuals that are influenced by violence and gun glorification. The de-sensitizing of our youth to violence by graphic films and television, video games as well as medication that enhances aggression, suicide and homicidal tendencies. What if we imposed upon video game producers to dial back the violence. What if Hollywood voluntarily pulled back the violent content and gun fascination from television and films? What if insurance companies paid for more than five visits to a mental health professional until a patient is well enough to continue their lives. Then the notion of grabbing a gun during a conflict or life crisis would become unthinkable and thousands of lives would be saved. When guns become "un-cool" like cigarette smoking was no longer fashionable in the 80s and 90s, we may have a chance to turn this gun violence issue around.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a lot to say that I felt would help to make a better world for people who wanted to live better lives. I consider it an outlet for my humanitarianism which, until 2013, was confined to the Peruvian Andes and the people here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is when people read my books and write to tell me that my writings changed their lives.
Describe your desk
Desk? I am a minimalist living in the 3rd world Andean mountains of Peru. My chair is a wicker dealand my desk is my laptop with my feet propped up on a makeshift table of cardboard tubes glued together with a cardboard box on top of it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A suburb of Baltimore, Maryland called Parkville. In the 1950s through the 1970s, Parkville was a place that had a bubble around it. It was all white, Waspy as hell, no crime, good schools, a winning track team in high school, very Ozzie and Harriet. Stepping out of it after graduation and into the real world was culture shock and stunning. Those dramatic experiences after Parkville set the stage for every story I wrote after.
When did you first start writing?
I think I was writing from inside the womb. My first story was "Reflections of an Embryo."
What are you working on next?
Another book about life enhancement and how to reach goals, make dreams reality and face the day as a victor not a victim.
Who are your favorite authors?
John D. MacDonald
Robin Sharma
Mark Twain
Jim Killon
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hundreds of children in the Peruvian Andes that live in destitution and despair. Changes for New Hope has made new opportunities possible where there were not any before we arrived. Over 3000 children have been reached since 2009.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What are you, a cop?
How do you discover the ebooks you read? the free online library
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D. MacDonald. He wrote so well that I felt like I was in the story and the characters were my personal friends.
Published 2018-03-24.
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Books by This Author

Infringe Me? A Solution to Consider for Gun Violence in America
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 39,060. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Violence in Society
Gun violence in America has affected us all. Have we become so engrossed in the oppositions that we have overlooked a solution that is avalable to us starting today? Infringe Me? addresses the root causes of gun violence, and offers a solution that we can all live with, to save lives, to make America a safer place, without cancelling the rights or security of any citzen. If we can come together.