Interview with RJ Parsons II

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a Navy family and in Avalon, Catalina Island, CA for elementary and high school. There were no stoplights In Avalon, and the island's natural qualities and conservation priorities are still very inspiring.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing Jonathan Livingslime Seaslug when I was in Iraq on the night shift during Operation Provide Comfort in 1991. I finished writing it in Turkey in 1992.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I almost gave up on the publishing of the original paperback several times. The illustrations were done by writing and sending stick figures to Will Richards in Avalon and waiting for them to come back in the mail. The first draft was written in Microsoft Word software, but it had to be converted to an Apple in Turkey by a non-English speaking writer. Numerous revisions could not fix the editing and grammatical errors in time for publication, so I published the first edition with some qualitative errors.
Then the publisher ran out of ink while printing pages. Some pages were faded. All original copies were unique and hand made. They were also sliced by hand and some pages were improperly cut, sized, stuck together, duplicated or missing. It was the most screwed up book I had ever seen.

I distributed about 500 print copies in the first edition all over the world. Approximately 3,000 copies were burned in a fire at the illustrators studio. I am not sure what started the fire but it was probably fortuitous, as copies are scarce and more valuable. Original print and signed copies are rare and highly valued.

I will consider a print on demand hard copy option.

Twenty five years after the first edition, I am very pleased to release this e-version.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is the inspiring fact a conservancy ranger and fish and game warden told me they carry a copy at all times.
What are you working on next?
I may bring back a sequel to this story if there is sufficient interest.
What is your writing process?
I wrote JLS when I was drunk. I edited when I was sober.
How do you approach cover design?
My illustrator was given some samples and he was very creative through the many illustrations.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read and write everything on an iPhone.
Describe your desk
An iPhone. Documents and papers are kept in boxes until I need them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunrise and first light.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read many hours a day and climb hills and mountains.
Published 2017-05-02.
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