Interview with Jim Traylor

What do you read for pleasure?
Novels. No particular genre... just whatever catches my eye or I have heard good things about
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do my e-reading on my laptop. That way I have the book available for reference while I am writing my own works.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first stories in grade school.... which I wish I still had.
What is your writing process?
My writing process veries from book to book. Mu last book, The Spud Gristwall story required a considerable amount of research and revision. The Monkey Soldiers and Siam Song just seemed to roll out of my brain with little effort. All have been fun to create.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember the first book I read but I can not remember the title. It was a WW II war story about the Burma campaign. I was living with my parents in Munich Germany but that book transported me to the jungles of Southeast Asia and I fought right along with the heroes of the book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was an Army Brat with strong connections to the South, where my Grandparents lived. Everything influences my writing, from the moment I get out of bed in the morning until I go to bed at night.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is the fantasy process that goes through my head.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I always wanted to publish my work but not through a conventional publisher. When I learned of Smashwords, I found my outlet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing and adding to or taking from my current story.
What are you working on next?
My next novel will be another Sothern Gothic, tentatively titled Rupert's Ridge.
Published 2017-07-12.
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Books by This Author

In the Shadow of the Big Yellow Mama - The Spud Gristwall Story
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 126,950. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
When one man’s salvation Is another man’s damnation and his war heroes Are another man’s criminals, is it love or hate that is right or wrong? And who are the good guys and who are the bad? Southern storytelling at its very best, In the Shadow of the Big Yellow Mama - The Spud Gristwall Story
Siam Song
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 104,230. Language: American English. Published: February 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Soldiers call them Dear John Letters. When Sergeant Matt Mathews received his, he learned his unfaithful wife had taken their daughter and gone into hiding. He reacted by getting pity-me drunk. Bad Idea. Mugged in a bar parking lot and beaten senseless, he awakens in the hospital with a bandaged head and a scrambled brain that no longer understands his beloved music. But broken bones and int
A Poet's Passion
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 15,980. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A Poets Passion: An in-depth versification of one man’s life. It is a compilation of forty years of life events in rhyme and recollection. The emotion of this poet’s passion smoothly assimilates into the mind and heart of the reader. A Poet’s Passion: a wonderful and fulfilling read for the true poetry lover.
Regina Guitar and other Short Stories
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 23,100. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Anthologies
Regina Guitar and other Short Stories is a compilation of incarnate capsules: Flavored doses, seasoned with the human condition, and served up on the theatrical masks of tragedy and comedy. Here you will find it all,from heartrending drama to goofy buffoonery. The perfect selection for those who love to read but have little time to do it.
The Monkey Soldiers
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 78,180. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian
The Monkey Soldiers: This story brings together a menagerie of humans and primates who find themselves in a world of heroic action, comic absurdity, tearful sorrow and boorish behavior. Wartime love stories and erotic, tropical rhondavous counterbalance the hedonism and decadence served up by the biggest and hottest R&R bar in Bangkok Thailand: The FTA Club.