Interview with J.M. Earl

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, since I am still in high school, during the school year I am usually doing homework, studying, or napping after the school day is over. However, I have a lot of free time in the summer, and I like to use this time to do different kinds of art, make/listen to music, go swimming, read, and help out some locally. I also, of course, enjoy things like shopping and using social media.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. The first story that I ever wrote was actually when I was in about 3rd grade. I had just gotten a black cat named Midnight as a birthday present, and I adored him completely. At this time, there was also a story-writing contest going on at my local library. There were different age groups, and when I found out that I was allowed to enter, I jumped right on it. I worked for about a week on a story called "Midnight the Lonely Cat". It was a fictional account of how my cat Midnight had come to be mine. When I entered the writing contest, I actually won in my age group, and I was really excited about it. Ever since then I have been coming up with different ideas for stories that I could write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can honestly say that I can not remember the very first story that I read. However, when I think back, the first stories that come to mind are the "Inkheart" books by Cornelia Funke. I read them at the beginning of 3rd grade. I remember feeling really proud of myself for being able to read a book meant for teenagers, and I also remember how attached I grew to the characters. If my memory is correct,I liked Dustfinger the best. I liked the fact that they made me relax, and I additionally liked the fact that I could get lost in those books and it would feel like I was on my very own adventure.Another thing about those books was that they made me get really interested in fantasy stories. Fantasy is actually now one of my favorite genres.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Crestline, Ohio. Crestline is a village, and it's not even listed on some maps. Due to its size, there isn't really a whole lot to do there; I have always had to make my own fun. This increased my creativity and gave me more ideas for my stories. I also have gathered a lot of inspiration for my characters from the friends that I grew up with.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I suppose that I was motivated by the idea of being able to write on my own time. While writing is definitely something I enjoy and definitely something that I want to share with the world, I don't intend to make it my sole career. I also have several different hobbies that I like to take time for. Being an independent author allows me to work another job, as well as partake in other activities and still write, due to the fact that there are no true deadlines to meet.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy most fiction writings. However, I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, and romance novels the most. The romance novels just give me warm fuzzy feelings, and (even though I'm not sure why) they seem to give me inspiration to do good in my every day life. I love sci-fi and fantasy, because they can take you on exciting adventures without you ever having to leave your location; it's just so great to get lost in them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I typically use my Nook for e-reading. It's just amazing to be able to carry your entire library with you wherever you go. I also love the fact that I can adjust things like the font of the writing in the book to make the reading easier for myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is probably how it allows me to release my creativity, while creating something wonderful. This is the same reason why I enjoy other arts as well.
What are you working on next?
I think that I will be working on a Fantasy novel next. My last novel was a romance, and I think that it went fairly well. However, as a new author, I would like to play around with different genres to see which one is most fitting for me and my audience.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since as long as I can remember; it's really a part of my personality. It started out with really short stories and things like poems. However, I didn't write my first book until I was in about third grade, and it was a very short children's book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"The Funny Thing about Royals and Rebels" is based on the idea of opposites attracting. I have wanted to write a book centered around this theme for an extremely long time, but have never really been able to put it into words. However, for a few years now I have been scribbling down ideas, and I have pieced them together slowly to form this story. Though this story is a work of fiction, I have gathered inspiration for my characters from people that I actually know; this made coming up with characters fairly easy.
Published 2016-03-13.
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Books by This Author

Like Fire
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 48,790. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Teen genius, Cody Timesly, finds himself oddly drawn to the new girl at Wayson High School. He attempts to investigate the situation further, and to understand why she has such a "magnetism" about her...but he only finds more questions, as strange things begin happening at the high school shortly after the girl's arrival. Follow Cody Timesly, while he dives into the puzzle that is Lizzie Hail.
The Funny Thing about Royals and Rebels
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 146,650. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Follow the one-year long story of polar opposites, Jazmine F'early and Xavier Saiter, as they fall for each other and navigate all the crooked and rocky roads that life often forces people to take. Xavier and Jazmine care for each other greatly. They also help each other more than can even be imagined. But with the problems that they constantly face, can their relationship actually work?