Interview with J. Paddy Spaight

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It had to have been "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" or some other homework assignment. I know it took me quite some time before I wrote a story that I was truly passionate about. But that passion came out as a short story that I wrotte in college called: "Mahoney and the Indian." I still have it.
What is your writing process?
I can't type to save my life so all my writing is longhand. I put my ideas on small spiral notepads that I carry in my back pocket. I found out that I am most productive while riding on a crowded subway car, especially if it's during the morning rush.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The story was about two teenagers who met each other during the Viet Nam war. It described the horrors of that war and how it affected the two characters. I wrote it while I hoped I wouldn't be selected to serve.
How do you approach cover design?
Unfortunately, writers who can not afford agents or are not lucky enough to land a publisher, self-publish and their book is thrown in withe hundreds of thousands of other books. The covers are thumbnail size and the cover is the most important attraction point to a perspective reader. The cover has to be interesting but not busy and the type needs to be clear with a great title. Do not try to make the cover yourself unless you have exstensive art traing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Stephen King and Dan Brown. Ilike to be spooked and solve puzzles.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Relatives
Describe your desk
I stand when I write
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens. The people in my life influenced my writing and not where I grew up.
When did you first start writing?
College
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy that writing has given me is the fact that I left something that will last that others can enjoy.
What are you working on next?
Short Story about innocence lost
Published 2016-10-23.
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Books by This Author

Ticket to Ride
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,500. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » General
Brothers experience the adventure of a lifetime in the strangest place.
Shadow's Prisoners
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,670. Language: American English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
A cascade of death sweeps through a small town, and a quaint funeral home is at the center of the problem—but it’s not about the dead people there—it’s that some of them aren’t exactly dead. Fifteen-year-old Peter Livingston lives in the funeral home, but he doesn’t know about its gruesome connection to a maxium-security prison where some of the inmates are not exactly alive.