Interview with Jim Proctor

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Not in any particular order:

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - This is the zenith of "good triumphs over evil" stories. Few stories capture the range of emotions from utter despair to joyous elation, and fewer capture the emotions on so many levels in so many characters.

The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov - OK, I cheated by naming a series. These books are some of the very best SciFi ever written. They contain wild, far-out technology, and yet are completely believable.

The Robot Series by Isaac Asimov - Yes, I cheated again. The imagination that went into these stories is wonderful. The stories are about robots and their relationships with humans. These stories contain very real human characters, full of emotion and strengths and foibles.

The Void Series by Peter F. Hamilton - yes, another series. The imagination that went into these books is epic. These are simply amazing stories.

Just Live, Juliette! by Stephanie Andrassy - This is quite a bit removed from my usual reads. This book is just spectacular in every way. The imagination that went into this is awesome. The characters are amazing. The story is heart warming. I experienced every possible human emotion while reading this book. The writing draws you into the story until you are right in the scene with the characters. I once joked that the couch in Juliette's apartment was so comfortable, that I hated when those scenes ended because it meant that I had to get up off of her couch.

The Discworld Books by Sir Terry Pratchett - OK, now I am really cheating. Another series AND this is my sixth of five books. Sorry, I could not move on without mentioning Discworld. The characters in these books are some of the best characters ever in the history of literature. The imagination in the stories is spectacular. If that wasn't enough, Sir Terry's wit makes these books absolute treasures.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Until recently I used my laptop as my e-reader of choice. I now have a Nexus 7 tablet that I am starting to use. My main difficulty is getting decent text-to-speech functionality. This leaves me relying mainly on my laptop using MS Word (I have a decent text-to-speech program for Word).
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I only know that there is still a desk under there somewhere because everything is still levitating above the floor.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, The Last Steward, came initially from a simple concept: What would a semi-primitive tribe be like if it had no gender bias at all? I was inspired to this thought by the writings of Julie E. Czerneda, especially her Species Imperative series and her Stratification Series. Once I had that initial premise, I created my first two characters (who's names became Shasta and Patrik after I finished the story) and I dropped them into a setting and just let them interact. That scene became the second chapter of the book after a few rewrites.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ego. I had this silly notion that I had a lot of wonderful story ideas in my head and everyone would love to read them. Since then, reality has set it and I have come back down to Earth. I am approaching my writing with a far more humble attitude. More importantly, I am taking my writing a lot more seriously now. I work very hard at it and I carefully review and rewrite things until I am happy with them. Then I let others read them and I revise and rewrite until they are happy with them. I once published a book with typos on almost every page and plot holes that were unforgivable. I won't let that happen again.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I guess it depends on how you define success. I don't think that I have achieved "success" yet. I have sold a few books. I have given away more than a thousand copies of a free book. Still, I feel good about what I am doing now with my writing, and that is one form of success. When you can write something and feel good about sending it out into the world on its own, that is special.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
No doubt about this one - the joy of slipping away into another world and watching what my characters do and say. I have had countless nights where I spent hours typing away and when I finally stopped, I was shocked to find myself sitting in front of my laptop. I had just been on Terentia, or in the main cabin of the Phoenix, or on a bridge over a dark chasm in the Realm of Darkness. It was all completely real to me when I was there. It was like waking from a wonderful dream and not only remembering every detail of the dream, but also having those details typed up neatly to experience again.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans - well, I don't know that I have any fans yet. Still, a few people have read my work and liked it. I have had some really wonderful comments from some. As good as it feels to write a story, it is far more meaningful to hear from someone who has read the story. It doesn't matter whether they loved it or hated it. Just hearing their comments is special and fulfilling.
What are you working on next?
Too much. I have a SciFi novel in progress. I have a SciFi/Romance short story in progress. I have another story about half written that I may publish under a pen name at some point. I have learned, though, to concentrate on one project at a time. So, currently I am devoting all of my writing time to the SciFi/Romance short.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter F. Hamilton, Julie E. Czerneda, Isaac Asimov, Sir Terry Pratchett, Stephanie Andrassy, Nicki Scalise
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Made in the Stars
Price: Free! Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Mankind has spread to dozens of worlds throughout the universe, and traveling to another world is as simple as stepping through a wormhole. Finding true love across the vastness of space has been relegated to mathematical algorithms and supercomputers. As much as some things change, others remain the same. Sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you.