Interview with John T. M. Herres

When did you first start writing?
I tried writing my first story way back in the 80's. At 17, I penned four chapters in a Fantasy/Adventure story (which may have closely resembled my Barbarian story now). I stopped because life 'got in the way;' I needed to work, and I was in the throes of my vehemently denied alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, I lost those pages.
In 2010, I hurt my back at work and went on Workers Comp leave. With nothing else to do, I started writing again.
What is your writing process?
Ha. I get a sentence or two running through the vastness betwixt my ears that won't let me be until it is written, then the story unfolds as I go. I don't do the whole plotting, outlining or anything else the "experts" say one is supposed to do.
Who are your favorite authors?
First and foremost, Robert E. Howard. His Conan stories are the inspiration for my Barbarian. I like the earlier works of Stephen King, as well as Dean (R.) Koontz, John Saul, and several others. I have so many books I've gotten for free, in Mobi, epub and PDF formats, so my TBR list is, to say the least, extensive. I'm trying to get to them, I really am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think for any true Author or Writer, the biggest joy is for someone to say they like what has been written. I would love for someone to tell me one of my stories is the best they've ever read. Who wouldn't?
What do your fans mean to you?
If I had any fans, I would think the world of them. My aim is to entertain, and without people reading my stories, I couldn't consider myself much of an Author.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Guilty pleasures one could say. I stay on Facebook way too long. In the evenings, supper time until bed time, I usually watch movies online.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I mainly use Kindle. Before the internet became what it is today, I like hardcovers- easier for me to handle since I used to read in bed. Paperbacks didn't cooperate.
Describe your desk
I've only recently gotten an actual desk. I try to keep it relatively clutter-free. At least the main parts.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As my Dad spent 21 years in the Air Force, my early life was spread around. He retired, and so we settled in Austin, TX where I ended up living 38 years. I had various adventures, so to speak, with either or both of my siblings, and some of those (like cave exploring or walking in the desert) flavor some of my stories.
Mostly, though, I've watched a super-ton of movies. Those are the qualities I use for my writing most.
Published 2017-07-21.
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