Interview with Demethius Jackson

You have such an interesting name! What is the origin?
Thank you! Demethius is actually my middle name. My birth name was a collaborative effort between my mother, my grandmother, and my aunt. I’m not too sure how they came up with it. But I do know that it’s of Roman origin.
How did you begin to writing?
I’ve given this question a lot of thought in the past, and I actually can’t pinpoint when I began writing. It’s something I’ve always done. When I was a kid, I used to keep a journal and write fan fiction about my favorite television characters. While many people have described reading as an outlet, for me, writing became my personal escape.
Where do you get your inspiration?
In the shower! It’s one of the few places I can totally relax. So of course, my mind wanders and comes up with all types of ideas.
How often do you write?
Nowadays, I’m always writing, either working on upcoming book projects, or adding entries in my blog, ObsessedWithProgress.com. Continuing to write keeps you sharp and helps you grow.
What's the most challenging part of being a writer?
For me, it’s accepting that not everyone’s gonna love what you write. And that’s ok! Writing is something that’s very personal and many times it feels like your very soul is being poured onto the pages. Therefore, it’s understandable to be sensitive to what people think or say about your work. But as a professional writer, you can’t take things personally. You have to accept that words can be interpreted in many different ways. Use compliments as an affirmation of your writing ability, and take criticism as an opportunity to further grow.
Do you have any advice for future writers?
Yes. Write! Write! Write! I know it’s very difficult to manage a daily work/family schedule and find the necessary time to write. But even if you can only jot down a few sentences a day, those sentences will accumulate, and you WILL complete your manuscript!
Are any of your characters based on real people you know?
I try not to base characters on people I actually know. But it doesn’t always work out that way. For example, I didn’t realize it until after Realmsic was completed, but many of the major characters are just different aspects of my own personality. King Maebus is introspective, which I totally am. On the other hand, his best friend–Grand Wizard Kelm, is less self-critical and believes in destiny and karma, as do I also. I like to think of it less as contradictory traits, and more of a yin-yang thing.
How do you choose settings for your books?
Typically, I start with a situation, or a scenario. Then, I develop the main characters. As their backgrounds are revealed to me, it creates the setting for the book. However, in the case of the Realmsic Conquest, the setting was derived from a question I asked myself long ago… What if magic only existed in one place on earth? What would that be like?
How do you choose character names?
This may sound crazy…. but when I’m writing, it feels more like a story is being revealed to me, more so than I’m creating a story. And in that specific world, the characters already exist. I’m simply meeting them and writing about their lives. How it works is I dedicate a space of time per day (or per week) where I make myself available and open to writing. And then within that space, I write down whatever comes to me. So basically, I don’t make up their names. The characters tell me their names. Spooky?
What is your favorite aspect of being an author?
Meeting my fans, and other authors. It feels like you’re part of a club!
Published 2014-07-23.
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Books by This Author

The Realmsic Conquest: The Icon of Earth
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,030. Language: American English. Published: November 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The saga of earth's only magical kingdom continues in book #2. When an advanced enemy invades, the Realmsic King is critically injured, which unleashes a power that could destroy the kingdom. Only the Icon of Earth can save him. Grand Wizard Kelm, the Realmsic Advisor must journey to find it. But time, and an unknown enemy, are against him.
The Realmsic Conquest: The Hero of Legend
Price: Free! Words: 95,250. Language: American English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
From its establishment, the Realm has remained the only magical kingdom in existence. As a result, it has never known peace. King Maebus, the Realm’s newest King has only ruled for six days, and he must now lead his people through their most perilous conflict ever.