Interview with William Jervis

When did you first start writing?
I started writing early on in my teens (Journaling) I found it very relaxing and satisfying. I like to think of myself as a 'deep thinker'.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Actually, it started out as an entry into my journal. Journaling for me is to simply reflect; it keeps me centered. This book is not actually a story. It's a series of observations and conclusions I've come to concerning the notorious level of homophobia in the black community.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Oprah Winfrey believe it or not. I saw a promo for her network where she stated; "Everyone has a story, can you tell yours?". I was bit by the writers bug right then.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, this would be only my second book, the first hasn't done well at all. I'm learning as I go and having a blast!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I keep surprising myself. Writing is very entertaining to me because sometimes a paragraph will take on it's own life and begin to write itself. It's surprising to find out some of the things that's been running in and around my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
I only have private fans now, and they are my pillars.
What are you working on next?
It's a work of fiction of about an African American gay man who's a veteran going to the rescue of his orphaned nephew, with the help of a phew close and new friends. It's mature reading with controversial subject matter; child abuse and molestation.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Dean Coonts, to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Actually new ideas on a book I might be working on.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing chess.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about a farm where an old spinster turned young handsome men into farm animals.
What is your writing process?
A cup of green tea, a clear head and imagine a story i would love to read and just begin writing it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a short story about Billie Holliday in my language arts class, I fell in love with her and biographies.
What do you read for pleasure?
Biographies. I read my first biography about Marie Anttionette many years ago, and I was mesmerized by it. Not that her story was so compelling, it had more to do with the history telling from another point of view. I find real life stories more palatable than any other kind of story. It's just more engrossing to know what people can survive, and sometimes not.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Nook. Only because it was the first device I've used, and now I'm just used to it. I'm sure all of the other devices are just as good, or maybe even better, but for my money it's the Nook.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Devising a provocative cover. You have to consider the title, the color scheme. For instance a children's book would have to colorful with bold shapes; Like candy, even though it something else all together different. The trick is to get their attention. You have to think this way also when marketing for a mature audience; subtle subject matter hints.
Describe your desk
It's a wall unit actually. I keep a lot junk to play with within my reach when I get stuck on a story. Something will jog my memory of something and ideas spring from that. I spend most of the day there sometimes not writing anything.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Brooklyn New York. Even though we wore the same clothes, ate the same foods, shopped at the same malls and spoke with the same Brooklynite accents, every body had a different story unique to them. Everybody has a story to tell that somebody wants to read about. And that what keeps me writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I peruse the internet for pictures that catch my attention. I scroll quickley and will stop to go back to something that caught my eye. I look at the colors and shapes of the items that catch me. It may have nothing at all to do with what I'm writing, but I'll juxtapose shapes and colors with words in the title and work from there. However when I'm writing gay erotica, I'll use stock photographs of men in compromising situations. Men are visual creatures, gay, straight or otherwise. The cover is the first impression, you have to throw the meat and potatoes out front.
Published 2015-05-23.
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On The Dow Low Thugz Hiding in Plain Sight
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Me & Madison And The Button Hunt
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Thug Porn The Story Of a Black Gay Porn Producer
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Take It From An Old Black Homo; It Ain't What It Seems
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The Haunting Of Sterling Place
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