Interview with Jon P Wells

When did you first start writing?
I guess I'm what you might call a "late bloomer" as I didn't start writing fiction until my mid 40's.
I work in engineering but knew I wanted to do something else, something unusual, but I didn't know what. Then one day I was almost hit by a truck crossing a road, and started thinking about what would have happened if I had witnessed a stranger being hit, and when I went to help saw a gun and my photo next to them on the road. That was the day I started thinking in stories and writing them down.
I sometimes think of myself as an accidental author.
What is your writing process?
It seems everyone has their own process. Mine is to write the first scene of a story and the last, then write a whole lot of fun scenes that will hopefully fit in the story to take the hero (and reader) from the beginning to the end. I also write slowly, and edit as i write, so when I finish a scene I might only write 150 words in an hour, but those 150 words will be very close to the finished text.
Most of my book was written on a broken old laptop (I'm writing on it now), because the most important thing for me in getting a book written is not the tools, its the discipline to actually sit down and write,
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing gives me the chance to live amazing adventures through my characters. Probably like many authors parts of my book are based on life experience and people i have known, and it's fun to use them to build characters and story. But the biggest joy is when someone tells me they loved my adventure, like the two women who told me they read the book in a day because they couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Feedback like that makes it all worth while.
What do your fans mean to you?
I guess I write because the scenes and characters keep coming into my head, and its so much fun to build a story.
But knowing that complete strangers around the world like my book, and that I have brought some joy, excitement, escapism to their lives is what keeps me wanting to get my book out into the world.
And it's a terrific feeling when a fan sends me a photo of "Devil's Breath" in an exotic location, or asks when the next book is coming out.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors include John Case, David Baldacci, Andy McNab, Ian Fleming, Michael Crichton and Frederick Forsyth. All of them write rollicking adventures, often making me think "what would I do in that situation?"
What's the story behind your latest book?
I like my hero, and the world that I have created for him, his friends and networks, so I think Ian MacRae will have a few more adventures yet.
I seem to imagine ways that the current threats facing the world and humanity can be woven into fictional thrillers, and I like blending fact with fiction to give my stories authenticity, so readers might think "could this really happen?"
I have scenes written for a couple more books, not sure which one will draw me in first though.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to keep my life full of stimulating, challenging and creative activities, so I dance salsa, train in martial arts, and love movies (just about any movies), art galleries, museums, cafes and interesting bars serving craft beers.
Published 2016-08-09.
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Books by This Author

Devil's Breath
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 101,910. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Ian MacRae is a security specialist dedicated to saving lives in the most dangerous trouble spots in the world. He's always managed to leave the horrors of the job behind when he returns home. Until now. In a race against time MacRae must join forces with Eshe, a beautiful Egyptian spy to discover what really happened in Chernobyl in 1986 before terrorists can build a weapon to destroy the world.