Interview with G. Wayne Jackson , Jr

Who are your favorite authors?
I have many different authors that I am a fan of. I love the works of the late E. Lynn Harris. I love and respect Ricc Rollins, James Earl Hardy, Kevin E. Taylor, Lee Hayes, and Toni Morrison to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am at home with my partner and dogs. Family is very important to me, so I spend a lot of time with family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for my favorite artists and look at recommendations. If a friend is reading something good, I am open to checking those titles out also.
What is your writing process?
I create my characters on paper, giving them a full description including their personality. Then allow them to tell me their stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The most impactful story that I read was given to me by my late cousin, Eddie. It was E. Lynn Harris' Invisible Life. I was in the Army at the time and it helped me understand who I was and the feelings that I had internally. This book was passed around many barracks rooms. I fell in love with this type of story because I saw myself on paper.
How do you approach cover design?
I want a cover that is attractive and eye-catching. I also want something that resembles what the story is about. It is a large marketing element of a book and you have to make sure that you convey interest into the cover. Colors are also important. One has to ensure that the colors are inviting and goes with the flow of the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a lover of fiction. Good fiction books that are able to grab me from the beginning and hold me through the finish. I particularly like Gay fiction because I relate to it personally. I also like books like Toni Morrison's Beloved because of the intricacies that was done in creating this book. I was introduced to this masterpiece in college literature class. I was a fan immediately.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle and the good ole paperback.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My partner pushed me to write because I had a story that I wanted and needed to release. As I was writing it became cathartic and helped me deal with some of the things from my past.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords contributes to the success of many indie authors by providing a platform for us to showcase our work. With so many companies that do not have the resources or revenue to take on authors, Smashwords gives us a home to allow our dreams to come true.
Published 2014-03-17.
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