Interview with JS De Villiers

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, actually there are two books I remember that had a profound impact on me as a young boy. The first one was about a boy and a lion cub he found (I cannot remember the title) which he raised and they became inseparable friends. I also remembered crying when hunters killed the boy's friend when it became a full grown lion.
The second book was Tarzan of the Apes. The original by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The way words on a page could create worlds that draw me into the adventures was totally facinanting to me.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pillars of The Earth - Ken Follet. The way he weaves the story around the building of a cathedral with all the underlying intrigues of human life in that time is mind-blowingly brilliant.
A World without End - Ken Follet. Same reason as above.
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien's way of once again drawing you slowly into the story, without a major crises event as to "hook" you as we see so many young authors do these days are brilliant. I like how he takes his time, developing the storyline, gradually building to the climax and then wind it down, without any open-ended endings to anyone's story.
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien. Same as above.
The Wheel of Time Series (14 Books) - Robert Jordan. Once again the un-rushed way he unfolds the story with a vast amount of characters and storylines, all connected to the main theme of teh series is truely awesome.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ken Follet,
J.R.R. Tolkien
Robert Jordan
Wilbur Smith
Stephen King (Not really the Horror Stuff)
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy, Historical Fiction (Very Selective) a little Science Fiction and a bit of Spy/Mistery.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I read my first non-picture storybook when I was about 7 years old. I started putting words on paper when I was about 10 to 12 years old. Unfortunatly I waited much too long before I started sharing my work with the people waiting for it out there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was about 13 or 14 at the time. The story was about a young soldier in a war situation, with him not being a very good soldier and his fears etc. I think he died in the story, I can't remember anymore. Pretty heavy stuff for a 13-year-old, right. Especially since that 13-year old never experienced a real war!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To lose myself in my own story and experience whatever my imagination can conjure up and then hoping I can pass that expereince on to my readers.
What is your writing process?
Basically a story idea and then lots of BOS (Bum on Seat) time.
Describe your desk
Mostly organized and open. I don't have lots of papers and stuf strewn around. I might get a bit messy when I am working, but I like to start clean. Everything in its place and within easy reach. I hate looking for things or have to get up to fetch something when I am working.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I normally look for a spesific theme or topic, mostly on Amazon, but often by just Googeling it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon Kindle App on my Non-Apple Smartpone.
Published 2016-12-01.
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Books by This Author

The Sceptre’s Keeper
Price: Free! Words: 50,610. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
During the taking of Ellavorn, pregnant Queen Celestine disappears. Three Paladins bloodied and injured, awake in three different locations after the Battle of Ellavorn, yet with no memory of the battle. They uncover and ancient secret and their perilous purpose of finding the rightful heir to the Throne, before the dark force rising in the Land of Mirphen sends the land into darkness and despair.