Interview with Jim Vines

What's the story behind your latest book?
A young man leaves the safety and security of home, job and family, drives clear across country to Los Angeles, and starts a new life as a wannabe screenwriter.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After being a working screenwriter for 20+ years, it was time for a change. Sure, I'd had some success as a screenwriter, but so much of what I wrote never went beyond my agent or manager or a handful of production company executives. Face it, 99.9% of all screenplays never get made into a movie. If those scripts don't get produced, that great story of yours is DEAD. As in indie author, I'm in control. I write it, I publish it, it gets read...hopefully by many thousands of readers worldwide. It just doesn't get much better than that!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The simple act of creating something from nothing. Having the idea in my mind come to life on the page. Then the ultimate: sharing those ideas, those images, with readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think we're all here to inspire each other, to learn from each other. When somebody writes to me and says they were inspired or helped in some way by my writing (and this includes my screenwriting blog)...well, it's one of the great joys of my life.
What are you working on next?
Currently in the middle of a script assignment, but once that's done...I'm working on two novels: a sexy fantasy thriller, and a sequel to my debut novel, Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, life itself is pretty great. But my writing...that tends to get me pretty excited.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
A bit of traveling, photography, lots of reading, spending time with my wonderful girlfriend (and occasionally with her beautiful grandson).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Remember it? Heck, I still have it! (And no, I'm not showing it to anyone.)
What is your writing process?
1) Come up with an idea; 2) outline it; 3) sit down and start writing; 4) write and write and write until the story has been told; 5) rewrite, revise, tweak; 6) get the manuscript to the point where I feel it's done, then send it to an editor; and finally 7) see #5.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lots of biographies and autobiographies.
Describe your desk
I have a couple of desks and both have stacks and stacks of paper; drafts of things, notes, file folders, books. But I never actually write at these desks. I mean, I write eveywhere else, but not those desks. Kinda odd, huh?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in New York City but I was raised in Beverly Hills. Not sure how this influenced my writing. I suppose it gave me a safe, secure environment in which to dream, to create (I made Super-8 movies in the mid-70s), and to explore my imagination. That can only be a good thing.
When did you first start writing?
I was writing little things (short scripts, etc.) back when I was about twelve. Things really took off a couple years later when I was in high school. I wrote sketch comedy for a video show I produced. Oh, what fun!
Published 2015-04-09.
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