Interview with John Sleeper

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The idea for this book came to me while watching the news on TV one evening. It struck me that all the gang violence in my home town of Phoenix, Arizona and in my birth place of Los Angeles, California was causing a great deal of stress, anxiety and tension on all the peaceful law abiding people that live in these big city areas and I started daydreaming about what I would do if I could take control of the situation.

Thus “Taking Control” was born.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching my characters come to life and go their own way without my guidance.

It absolutely amazes me when I sit down to start a new book. I get a picture in my mind of the main character and where they are going to go and what they are going to do. Surprise, within one chapter they usually take a left turn and go their own way.

At first I thought this was just a fluke but now that I am into the 8th chapter of my third novel and this one didn’t even make it to the end of the first chapter before taking off on its own story line. Se la vie…
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are like friends with the same interests as me. I love to hear from them and talk about my books. It is like talking to a friend about a vacation (in the case of books this is a vacation from reality where dreams come true) we both went on together. It is fun to discuss where we went and what we did together.

I love fans (friends.)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing what my wife tells me to do, naturally.
Why did you take up writing?
Simple, I love story telling. Just ask my grandchildren.
Is writing stressful?
No, it is a release of all frustration and other emotions. When you write you can kill the IRS agent by cramming his own tax forms down his throat and choking him to death then send his purple bloated body to Washington D.C. as a warning to all the other agents.

Honestly, what could be more stress relieving than that?
How do you physically write?
I started using a pencil and paper as other authors have said is the best way but, I shake too much and write too slowly that way.

I found that I can type about as fast as I think and so I use the computer and Microsoft Word to compose my books.

I find that MS Word gives me certain advantages more than the basic spell checker and grammar checker that make life easier when I get to polishing my manuscript.

I would like to finish this question with a statement: If you don’t already touch-type, learn now. You will never regret the time invested.
Published 2014-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 56,750. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Myths and legends are fascinating. How would you react if someone pulled you aside and said you were a descendent of what you were always told were mythological gods? Chances are you wouldn’t believe it but… what if they offered to prove it to you? And if they gave you some small but compelling evidence on the spot? Can you say you would tell them to get lost and walk away? No, you wouldn’t.
Taking Control
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 97,310. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The new book “Taking Control” by John Sleeper, introduces us to a new kind of super hero. The book takes us on a journey through tragedy, violence and discovery of the powers of the mind. The hero of the book grows in understanding of the extent of his mental power as he faces dramatic challenges. Well written and scary believable, can’t wait to see what this new kind of super hero does next.