Interview with J.G Clay

Describe your desk
Small, messy yet homely and most definitely well loved and well used. It's my TARDIS. From here I can voyage anywhere in time and space.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a few different locations in the UK. The bulk of my formative years were spent in Luton, a small town 30 odd miles away from London, and then Kettering, smack bang in the heart of the Midlands. I suppose the biggest influences these places had on my writing was in terms of locations. There were plenty of spooky places to poke around in, especially in the area of Luton that I grew up in - woods, storm drains, marshes, tower blocks. The scenery of my childhood has provided me with some amazing imagery, not to mentions smells
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do indeed. I was in juniors so I would have been around 9 or 10 years old. I wrote a story about a ghost pirate ship which got into the school magazine. Great days!
What is your writing process?
None really. I just write when I can. There's no set time, no routine. I just sit down and write till I drop.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an idea of what I want on the cover and I tinker. I always tend to think back to book covers or film posters that have made an impression on me. Even album covers and comic books. There's a lot of stuff out there that inspires me
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror, Sci-fi, Biographies, Political stuff and true crime
What is your e-reading device of choice?
For the moment, it's my iPhone as I carry that with me everywhere. I don't have to dread doctors waiting rooms or long train journeys any more, that's for sure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just the act of sitting down and create this whole world and these people from nothing
What are you working on next?
The next two projects will both be horror novels as opposed to short story collections. I'm not sure which one I'll release as my debut novel, as I love both ideas. But they'll be written side by side and I'll decide from there.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Robert R Mcammon, Graham Masterton, Guy N Smith, Harry Turtledove, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Richard Matheson and the late great James Herbert
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I keep busy with my family for starters. I'm also a bass guitar player and I'd love to learn the drums. Music's an important part of my life and it helps with the writing process. I love films and tv shows, especially the adventures of a certain Time Travelling Gallifreyan physician.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is, in fact, my first. It's a collection of short stories called 'Tales of Blood and Sulphur' and will be released on the 9th of May. Rather than go for a novel, I thought I'd get these stories out as the majority of them have existed in one form or another for a number of years. This is my introduction, if you like. I'm just putting the finishing touches to it and once that's out, I'll get to work on another collection "The Carnival of Monsters" and also my debut novel "H.A.D.E.S
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was this or leave it in the hands of agents and the Big Business Mob. No thanks!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We'll know the answer to that in a few months. Watch this space.
What do your fans mean to you?
They'll mean a lot. Anyone who parts with their hard earned cash to read something of mine deserves my undying gratitude and respect. That's not me being soppy, by the way. It's a fact. The fans make it happen for you.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Too many things that are indefinable. That and the fact that I'm not good at having lie-ins.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
No method. I just browse and see what catches my eye.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I really can't remember. I know that 'Salem's Lot' by Stephen King had a massive impact on me. I was very young when I read that novel and it scared the life out of me, to the extent where I still don't sleep facing a window after all these years. Stephen, if by chance you're reading this, thank you for two weeks of nightmares :). On the serious side, that book, it's setting, it's characters are the benchmark for me. If I manage to create something as well rounded and as believable, I'll be a very happy boy.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't answer this one. There's a hell of a lot more than five and they change from week to week.
Published 2014-05-07.
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Books by This Author

Tales of Blood And Sulphur:Apocalypse Minor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,490. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
J.G Clay takes you on a journey through the voids of Reality and into dark places where demons, mutants and inter-dimensional creatures taunt, taint and corrupt Humanity. Survival is not guaranteed, sanity is not assured and death lurks in every corner. These are the Tales of Blood and Sulphur: Apocalypse Minor; eleven twisted tales of terror.