Interview with Justyn Simon

When did you first start writing?
I was at the age of 16 when I started to self-publish, but I started writing when I was 8
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Brandon Grant, I saw that he started being a self-published author at the age of 13, so I thought I might have a go at writing books also, back in March of 2013 when I was 16 years old.
Who are your favorite authors?
Rick Riordan, Christopher Paolini, John Flanagan, J.K. Rowling, Brandon Mull, Kathryn Lasky, Diana Wynne Jones, Michelle Paver, David Clement-Davies, Jonathan Stroud,Jack London, Chris Heimerdinger, and Brandon Grant,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Surviving high school, working on becoming an eagle scout, reading, making art, reviewing, blogging, social media and walking my dog
What do you enjoy drawing?
Dogs, Nature, Book covers and stuff from my imagination. for my Art blog DArHook at
How do you approach cover design?
I make a cover drawing for an idea what the story will be about and then update the cover to what it has become.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, and blogging
What social media sites do you regularly use ?
Facebook, Twitter, Google+,Pinterest, and Goodreads
What do you Blog about ?
The Books I have written, art I have made, stuff that I have reviewed, videos I have produced on YouTube, pictures of my dog, or what simply what I believe in
What do you review ?
Books, Blogs, and things that come to mind on E-books, Tips, and Reviews -
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A kindle touch
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy fantasy books about dragons, talking animals, dogs, action, mythical creatures, the future, the past, and a combination of some, or all
What is your writing process?
Research, Outline, Rough Draft, polish, add more stuff, add story to a document, check for errors, add more convert file to what type I need, check for more errors, publish, check for conversion errors, then fix if any. This is how I've decided to do this as this is somewhat easier then the path that I took while writing my 1st book
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot, as I hope to become famous some day
What do you write about ?
I enjoy writing about adventure. Right now I'm working on my 2nd book - Rufus in Teralupis. It's in my 1st series - Brindle stories, which is an animal fantasy genre series
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, Hamster land. I wrote this 9 years ago back in 2004 when I was 8 years old. Anyways had to do with my thoughts on why a Hamster was called by that name. Unill writing the Adventures of Molly, my 1st self published book, I wrote for personal enjoyment. It's either lost to time, or hidden somewhere
What is your view on Religion ?
I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). I'm a Mormon I know it, I live it, I love it.
What are your plans after graduating high school?
I'm not sure about what they are right now, but what I have decided to do so far is : go on a mission somewhere, then go to college, and decide on some sort of profession that relates to my hobbies.
Published 2013-09-30.
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Books by This Author

The Adventures of Molly
Series: Brindle story, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Adventures of Molly is a dog adventure story, is about dogs in an imaginary alternative world where for the most part, the action takes place. Wrangler is a pit-bull with anger issues who wants to fit in, but Buddy the Beagle doesn't like pit-bulls. Will Molly be able to end the feud ?