Interview with P.J. Nevada

Published 2014-10-19.
How do you approach cover design?
Finding oneself, or one's place in this world, takes a search. Sometimes, we just find ourselves staring off into the distance, such as the ocean's horizon, which can provide us with our needed answers. The cover is a clue to the story line.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy many types of books. My favorite books will create great visuals for me, but most importantly, I like to be surprised. If I start figuring out where a story is headed, I tend to find myself get bored. I love non-fiction as well as fiction. Ann Rice, for example, is one of my favorites, making the unusual appear common place. I also enjoy her subliminal theme of love and sensuality in scenes that would normally not evoke such emotions.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Samsung tablet. Easy to use without all the hoopla and drama!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in New York City gave me the best of all worlds. With a focus on international events, through travel access, I gained a healthy appreciation of people and politics and customs from all over the world. Needless to say, the exposure to the arts, museum, culture, and of course Broadway, fostered my appreciation of all of the arts.

Additionally, most people don't realize that in less than an hour's drive from the could place you standing in a lush forest or at the foot of a mountain, not to mention a pristine beach staring off at an endless ocean. The history of New England or the buzz of Washington DC was never more then a half day's drive away!
When did you first start writing?
I always loved to read books and write stories. I remember keeping journals and notes and telling stories since public school. I wish I had the ease of the internet and online publishing available to me then that we all have today! Who knows, I may have had a nice jump on the competition by now! Ha Ha!
What's the story behind your latest book?
We all wonder about the mixing of the past, present, and future. No matter what we may believe, we all have that little question inside of us as to what is real and what isn't. How much of our lives is influenced by fate, chance, or maybe divine intervention. Have you ever said or done something and some older relative comments that you just did or said something which would have been done or said by a long departed relative? It makes you wonder sometimes!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simply too thin skinned to pour hours of my life into my great american novel only to be rejected by all the publishing houses! Here, I can dip only a toe at a time into the publishing waters!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first short story. Hopefully more will follow, so I'll answer this question later!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
While I consider myself good with words, this answer is too difficult for words! I just enjoy the sense of putting an idea onto paper (or a screen) but love when people tell me they enjoyed my story with a mere thank you! It feels good!
What are you working on next?
I have had an idea for a while I am trying to flesh out. Its about two young men on different sides of the law who run parallel lives and find some deep psychic (and romantic) connection. I have these great scenes in my head but need to string them up together into a fun,erotic,romantic story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, I do. I wrote it in 6th grade and the teacher didn't quite know what to do with me! It was about New York City residents being upset that most of their tax money was going to other parts of the country and getting little in return. So they seceded from the Union and declared war on the United States. Of course Russia and China immediately recognized the new nation and all hell broke loose! It was fun and funny. I had the classroom in stitches and the teacher just rolled her eyes!
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