Interview with CJ Skipper

When did you first start writing?
I can't rightly remember. My mother claims she has the first thing I ever wrote, when I was about eight or nine, but I don't know. It's just something I've always done. My imagination is and always has been my closest friend, and I've always gotten lost in stories of my own making and at some point I just started committing them to paper.
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process, as such. I get an idea, I write it. Though when I am writing, I'm pretty much oblivious to the real world. My house could be on fire and I wouldn't notice. Sometimes I put music on. Does that count?
Describe your desk.
'Pigsty' is the first word that comes to mind. I'm more productive when it's neat and orderly, but when I'm in a writing haze keeping it tidy doesn't even enter my mind. By the time I come out of it it's a cluttered mess: coffee cups, plates and bowls, rubbish and about a hundred hastily jotted down post-its, etc. Yeah, it gets pretty disgusting.
What do your fans mean to you?
What, both of them? Well, one's my mother, so she's obviously pretty important to me, and the other ...

No. Seriously, they mean so much. I'm an artist, so naturally I desperately yearn for attention and approval. A good review is like good weed; it gives you a high. So if people enjoying my work is like a drug, then my fans are my dealers. And I fucking love my dealers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a control freak. Simple as that. My work means so much to me that I think I'd have to truly trust a person to be comfortable handing over even some of the control over it to them and I've not found anyone like that.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many. I love my sci-fi and my fantasy, so Asimov and Rowling are near the top of my list. David Mack is probably my favourite Star Trek author, which puts him pretty high since I collect Star Trek books. I love my crime fiction, so Cornwell, Deaver. Stuart McBride. Though Christie will always be the greatest. Do comics count? Because Gail Simone is the fucking bomb.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who says I do? My kids. You try sleeping in when there are four little boys yelling at you about how hungry they are.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Being with my family.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything, pretty much. I like zombie books, and little books of useless facts. Comics and Star Trek books. Mystery novels. Sci-fi and fantasy. Books about politics, reference texts. Just … everything. I just like to read. Things that make me think or get my heart racing or teach me something.
What are you working on next?
So much, but at the same time, so little.

I've got pretty good things whirling around in my head, and I've even put some of it down. None of it is anything like Leave It In The Tea Tin, and a lot of it is crap, but some of it just might have a little potential, eventually. The problem is I'm a chronic procrastinator. I've got a few really great ideas, but YouTube has a thousand really awesome video's for me to watch first.
Published 2014-03-21.
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Books by This Author

Leave It In The Tea Tin
Price: Free! Words: 5,260. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
'She’s my midlife crisis and I have grasped onto her as if I’m going to die tomorrow.'