Interview with Joshua Hamer

Who are your favorite authors?
Off of the top of my head, I would have to say Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games), Sherman Alexie (Ten Little Indians), and Nancy Farmer (The House of the Scorpion). Reading their work has really influenced me personally and with the way I like to write.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Beautiful sunrises inspire me. Having new ideas to write down inspires me. Seeing my girlfriend waking up next to me inspires me. I think that pretty much covers it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, I usually like to go work out whenever I'm not writing. Lately though, I have been trying to read more books for sheer pleasure, like I used to, instead of worrying about being graded for it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time, I just look at what the bestsellers are and if the description seems intriguing, I'll start reading it. Otherwise, my friends and family will tell me what books they like and think I should read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Lets see...the first story I ever wrote was in 10th grade. It was about two brothers having a conversation about their sexual orientation and what their parents would think about it if one of them was gay. I remember my story garnering a lot of attention for being so provocative from a 15-16 year old, but I was told that it was well written!
What is your writing process?
Honestly, it depends. A lot of times, I have a bunch of ideas swirling around in my head, so I just write down whatever I'm thinking. Then, after a while, I might create one of those brainstorming trees/bubbles and that's where I start to get more organized in terms of plot and characters. Right after that, I create an outline to finalize the plot-line and direction of my story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Most of the time, I just use my smartphone, because I like to read outside when it's nice out or when I'm bored somewhere and have plenty of time to spare.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in basically the capitol of the Deep South: Atlanta, Georgia. It was like a big urban city with a small country-town feel, which can be good or bad depending on what you're looking for. I was lucky to be in a part of the city that encouraged and cultivated the arts, and pushed me to express myself with them. Things are changing now with so many people transplanting their lives from other cities, but I am enjoying the new influx of opinions and ideas. That is part of the reason I wanted to return to my hometown; I can combine everything I've seen living here with all of the new developments and incorporate them into my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was about eight years old. I had a journal that I would write in describing how my day went at school, about my friends and family, and even about my surroundings in my neighborhood. I kept that same journal until I got to high school.

I didn't start writing official pieces until I was about 13 years old. I loved writing poetry. I would write some in my journal every day until I got enough confidence to submit my work to the school newspaper.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I just finished writing my first novel a few months ago called Odd Man Out, and to be quite honest, it is loosely based on what my situation was like after I returned home from college in Pennsylvania. I had not really talked to my friends back home as much as I should have, so our relationship was strained at best. I guess you could say its a mixture between a coming of age story and young adult introspection.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always wanted to be a published novelist, but I had heard so many horror stories about the publishing business that it scared me away for a while. When I finally mustered up some courage, I submitted my manuscript to a few literary agents and none of them called or emailed me back, so I just decided to take it upon myself to publish independently.
Published 2016-02-29.
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Books by This Author

Odd Man Out
Price: $8.50 USD. Words: 64,010. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban
A recent college graduate returns to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia to try to rekindle his high school friendships, but finds that it might be more difficult than he ever imagined, due to everyone's own personal decisions and drastic life changes.