Interview with Jeremy D. Hill

When did you first start writing?
I literally can remember writing as far back as six or seven years old. I was bigtime into G.I. Joe and when I wasn't immersed in playing with the action figures or watching the cartoons I was writing about them. I had several large folders full of stories, some as long as five handwritten pages, which is a lot when you're seven.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creation. I'm probably a bit of a control freak, but creating something from scratch; a character, a world, a scenario is very addictive. Figuring out how things and people play off one another is fascinating to me. The psychology of why people do things and what makes them the way they are is a big thrill. I sometime do pre-planning on a story or a character, but the best stuff usually comes up when you're writing. Surprises like that make it very rewarding, because the characters almost come to life in a way.
What are you working on next?
I have so many things floating around my head it can be overwhelming, but my main focus is to complete my first full length YA novel The Gifted: Utopia and to eventually release a second volume of Rock 'n' Roll Poetry. My novel is being serialized chapter by chapter at The constant feedback from readers is immensely satisfying and actually has helped me get over some writers block here and there, because I don't like to keep people waiting.
What is your writing process?
I will usually have an idea and make a synopsis or outline and let that sit for a week or more. If I come back to it and I still feel like it needs to be written then I'll take the idea further. The actual process of writing usually just begins. I might know where I want to end up at and what stops I want to make along the way, but I'm often just along for the ride. If it's a detailed or longer work I will make character bio's as I introduce new characters. Sometimes that leads into new territory and causes some changes and edits to be made, but for the most part I just push through to the end and then edit and polish what I like and lose what I didn't.
Who are your favorite authors?
I prefer fantasy authors usually. J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Weiss, Tracy Hickman, Robert E. Howard, George R.R. Martin and others, but I'm also a big reader of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Max Brooks. As a serial novelist and short story author I have a great love for comics and that style of storytelling. Classic stuff written by Chris Claremont, Peter David, Larry Hama or Roy Thomas will always be favorites.
What do you read for pleasure?
At the moment, the Walking Dead comics are highly entertaining and I've been with them since issue one. Revisiting an old favorite, the Lord of The Rings is always fun and so is the original Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy. Some things I can just read over and over.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching movies, playing games, reading or just being around somewhere on the internet. I'm kind of an entertainment addict. I hate boring moments and need to be engaged somehow. It's probably a big contributing factor to my frequent bouts of insomnia. There's always something to do.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I actually remember reading cover to cover was probably the novelization of Return Of The Jedi. I had only seen bits and pieces of Star Wars on television and none of Empire or Return, so it was all new to me. By the time I was fourteen or so I had probably read it twenty times, even though I had long since seen the movie by then. There was just something very fantastical at that time about that franchise and the story Jedi told, the redemption of the villain and everything stuck with me. I love reading and writing a good anti-hero.
How do you approach cover design?
I want something that is going to convey the content inside. I hate misleading covers that hold no similarities to any event in the book. I'm also more drawn to painted covers than cheap photo ones. It goes back to seeing all the amazing Frazetta and Boris art that used to adorn Conan or other fantasy paperbacks. Photo's usually remind me of romance novels.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter and word of mouth have done me huge favors in generating sales. Tapping into the fanbase at by writing my serial novel has helped me tremendously too. I am always open to new avenues to advertise and self-promote, however I don't believe you have to spend money to make money as an indie author. Perhaps once you are firmly established, buying ads and all that might be viable, but right now I'd rather pour my money into producing better books.
Published 2014-11-11.
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