Interview with J.P. van Buggenum

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don`t really get out of bed that inspirational. There are periods i have to get out of Bed for life-events, like studying or activities, but beyond that, I`m a real nightraven. I go to bed when the first birds are chirping, or later.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Study, mostly. Writing is a grande hobby of mine, but so far still a hobby. I`m in line to become a doctor of some sorts, which takes a lot of time and energy, and discipline, and organizational skills.... all things that are difficult to manage for me. On top of all of this, i like watching movies and playing video games. I am a real nerd with thousands of hours per year invested in 3d worlds, either prescripted, or movie format, or as a real adventure.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don`t read ebooks. I hardly read books at all. With ADHD tendancies i find it hard to read something. A book has to be immensly great, catchy and witty to catch and hold my attention.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, i started writing when i could barely talk. The first story i made up, as far as i can remember was about two squirrels in search for their nuts in the snow. I told it to my sister at the age of three-ish.
What is your writing process?
I have a story in my head, i sit down behind a keyboard, turn on some trance music and the story flows onto the pages. I wrote pieces on long train rides, during classes and lectures, but i like writing the most when i do it late at night, with coffee and trance music in a totally dark room. The story just happens as i write it, but it is already somewhere in my head. I don`t really go searching for it either.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
no, not the first, but i always was a fan of fantasy, fiction, historical novels and tales about knights and damsels in destress.
How do you approach cover design?
I make about 10 or 20 designs myself on the computer using digital software, drawing shapes with my mouse. Chose one, remake it to the best of my abilities and then ask people i know for their opinions. It`s not professional, but it`s mine, my own and i get to decide how it looks. Works great for me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Two dutch books about a girl that goes roaming France as a musician during the renaissance time. I can`t remember their titles, but those books inspired me to really get a story on paper. That world really got to me, the world with real hero`s, real dificulties for people. The way they lived was harder, tougher, more intense and it made me feel more alive reading about it.
What do you read for pleasure?
No, i could do my research and tell you a lie, but i simply don`t really read right now. I think gaming, watching movies and writing stories myself is more fun then reading them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What ever works for me. Paper is still better then ereading in my opinion, but if i had to chose, i`d say ipad. Why? i don`t know, i am probably manipulated enough by commercials and brand recognition techniques that i chose this, here, now.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don`t do much on the marketing scheme. I like to write, i like to tell stories. It is not a way to make money for me, i want to share my stories with the world. I like to see how far i get doing so. I put a price on it, because i can really úse the money, being a full time student. In the future i will aim at releasing my books for (nearly) free price.
Describe your desk
My desk has a mess on it, that is usually not mine but that of my partner-in-crime. I use a couch.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Netherlands, small town area, south on the border of Belgium and Germany. It did influence me, since that region is quite remote, has really relaxed people and they try to focus on what`s important in life. i think that really shows in my books.
When did you first start writing?
young, very young with silly stories, when i was 22 i decided to finish and publish my first book: De held van Pannotia.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had stories in my mind since i was born. I have tried to write them and finish them, but i always lacked the discipline to finish them on paper. That, i found really wasteful and now i have more discipline i can sit down long enough to end a story. To practice writing, see how the publishing world looks like and many other reasons, i made my first book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The lack of options to become a non-indie author
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
so far, not yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
writing it self. corny is it not. Sharing a story is fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
fans... i wish. Oh wait, thank you mother!
What are you working on next?
part 2 of the Pannotia series.
Published 2013-12-28.
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Books by This Author

De held van Pannotia
You set the price! Words: 120,960. Language: Dutch. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » General
Als de koning van Pannotia overlijdt breekt ellende uit in het rijk. Zijn bastaardzoon neemt de troon over, maar daar is de adel het niet mee eens. Terwijl de hoge heren oorlog voeren, zijn er tekenen van een veel groter probleem dat Pannotia bedreigt...