Interview with Jax Resto

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe the first story I ever wrote was Mad Dog the pirate. Don't ask me why, or what it was about--other than the obvious. I just remember reading it to my cousin while I was visiting her in PR. She fell asleep. In my defense, it was late at night, and I do recall her fighting to stay awake to hear the end.
What is your writing process?
I'm not sure I have a writing process. I am always on the go, so I mostly write in my head. I can be in the shower, in the car, or on a run. I come up with most of my best ideas when there is music playing, so writing a book with a soundtrack seemed the next logical step.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't recall the first story I ever read, though I do recall being home sick from school as a kid and reading Grimm's Fairy tales all day long. I think, though, that television had a huge effect on me as a child. I loved TV, but didn't always like the way things turned out, so I started writing my own versions.
How do you approach cover design?
Good question. I have yet to find someone to design the perfect cover. Until then, I am using an illustration I did. If anyone is interested in taking over that job, drop me a line.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have favorite books, really. I used to read a lot of crime and legal thrillers. Admittedly, I enjoyed the Twilight series. The books were much better than the movies. Lately I have been reading more humor, and books by authors I have interviewed on my radio show--my most recent reads: The King of Casinos, Primal Punch Therapy, and Shatner Rules, though I have yet to snag an interview with Mr. Shatner.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nexus 7 tablet, and currently bought a phone with a large screen, so I can read. The Galaxy Mega was looking really good, but then I pictured myself talking on it and decided to go for something a bit less ridiculous...just a bit.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy legal thrillers, and anything that makes me laugh.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Most of our marketing techniques are online via social media, however, being a rock eBook, my songwriting partner and I also do live performances to promote the book and our music.
Describe your desk
Sometimes my desk is a table at a bookstore , a couch, my lap, or it can be an actual desk in my home. For years my desk was a table in a dressing room in a different town every week, or on the circus train, or in the van on the ride from New York or Ohio, to Florida.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bronx, New York. I remember being in my head a lot. I'm not sure if growing up in the country would have changed that. Maybe it's just who I am. Either way, I'm grateful for the ability to take what's in my head and put it down on paper, so to speak. It keeps me grounded.
When did you first start writing?
I think I started writing as early as elementary school.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, rather than tell you the story behind my latest book, I will tell you the story behind THE FIRST rock eBook. It's a dramedy about a young guy muddling through first love the second time around, and through life in general. I call it young adult because the main character is a teen, but really, it should appeal to anyone who remembers what it is to be in like, in love, and in deep.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think TV motivated me more than books or people. The well written shows motivate me. The poorly written ones, obligate me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a great way for new authors to get noticed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I feel joy when I read back something I wrote, and it makes me laugh out loud (in a good way). But, the greatest joy is when it makes someone else laugh.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without the fans, I only get to listen to myself laugh. I'd rather listen to them.
What are you working on next?
I have already written the sequel to Too Much to Remember, and have started the third, plus a superhero novel, a circus novel, and a couple of rock band ones. I am also working with my songwriting partner, Bud Buckley (BudaRest), on songs for the sequel, Too Much to Forget.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't know if I currently have a favorite author. At one time I was into John Sanford's Lucas Davenport series. Other than that, I would just randomly pick up a book at the library, and if the first paragraph grabbed me, I would check out the book. Some I enjoyed were James Patterson, Steve Martini, John Grisham. I loved Stephen King's book On Writing. I am also enjoying Shatner's book, Shatner Rules, and I really like Stephanie Meyer's style. My favorite style is first person, but the characters also have to appeal to me. Most often, I prefer male characters to female.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I get out of bed each day to live life, to be with loved ones, and to accomplish something new.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
IWhen I am not writing (at least not actively. I think I am always writing in my head), I am either working, giving a drum lesson, teaching or practicing martial arts, doing yoga, playing drums, or just having some downtime with family or friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often I discover some great books through social networking. I have met, and been fortunate enough to interview several up and coming authors.
Published 2014-04-03.
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