Interview with J. R. Walker

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy coming up with "what if" scenarios and fantasizing about how things could be different. It's a lot of fun and I love sharing my stories with other people. It's just really satisfying to have a story inside of you and bring it to life through the written word.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean absolutely everything to me. An artist depends on their fans for success. Without fans, artists couldn't keep doing what they love to do. And honestly, it always feels good to know that something you created is enjoyed by other people.
What are you working on next?
I always have a bunch of projects in the chamber. Right now, I'm going back and forth between a dragon apocalypse novel and an epic sci-fi trilogy. But I've also got a number of other novels in the works, as well as a few short stories and an anthology of short stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
I draw a lot of inspiration from H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. I'm also a massive fan of J K Rowling and George R R Martin. Lately, I've discovered the genius of Ernest Cline and John Scalzi.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Goldie Piranha and the Three Sharks. Don't ask.
What is your writing process?
I don't have a process, per se. I start with an idea, obviously, but it tends to take different roads from there. Sometimes, my ideas comes to me fully fleshed out and it's just a matter of getting it out, but sometimes, I just have a concept and I literally make it up as I go. I find those stories to feel lot more organic. Only very rarely do I do any sort of outlining or note taking. If it's a big, ambitious project, I'll do outlining and world creating before I get to writing, but usually I just let the story write itself.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Absolutely. It's called "The Slime that Ate Crestview" by Jahnna N. Malcolm and it's still on my bookshelf today. I read it when I was about five or six and it opened my eyes to the world of fiction. After that, I consumed books like crazy, reading nearly every Goosebumps book ever published and moving on to books like "Jurassic Park" by the time I was in 4th grade.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing my junior year of high school. I took a creative writing class and fell in love with it. I mostly wrote fan fiction for the first few years, just honing my skills. Eventually I began writing my own original material and here were are now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's really my only option at the moment. I have stories I want to share with the world and until I can get the attention of traditional publishers, I figure I can get my work out there myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of science fiction. I've recently gotten really into the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi. I love all of Scalzi's work. I'm also a massive horror fan and adore just about everything Stephen King has ever done. Although I'm not a fan of fantasy as a general rule, I am completely obsessed with J K Rowling's Harry Potter series, George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, and Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. I also quite enjoyed what little of Neil Gaiman's bibliography I've read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually don't prefer ebooks; I am an old school print book reader. But on the occasion that I read an ebook, I use my Kindle Fire HDX7.
Published 2015-08-02.
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Books by This Author

Strange Aeons, and Other Weird Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,190. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Strange Aeons, and Other Weird Tales has it all: science fiction, horror, suspense, and a common Twilight Zone-esque thread of "otherness" to tie it all together. In this collection are tales of hopeful futures, of monsters and demons, of witches and spaceships. There are tales of dreams and of nightmares and of things beyond the scope of human understanding.