Interview with J. A. Brown

What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works. First is Book 4 of the Dreams Series, as well as several stand alone pieces.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reaching people and inspiring them to see things in a new light, or to think of something in a new way that offers them insight or hope. Perhaps reminding them of something wonderful that they once knew, but may have lost sight of along the way.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robin McKinley, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that there are more worlds to see, characters to know, and stories to tell.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy photography, painting watercolors, and movies
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Facebook, Goodreads, and friend recommendations.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was horrible. It was a zombie story. I was 13, which is hardly an excuse, but it's a rough age. I remember the number 13 was featured prominently in the plot.
What is your writing process?
Coffee and music. You can never have too much of either.
How do you approach cover design?
I want the cover to be something memorable, an image that remains and triggers the memory of the story when you see something that reminds you of it. Ideally, it also ties into a key moment or character in the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley, because it showed me at an early age how wonderfully complicated and strong girls/women can be.

American Gods, Neil Gaiman, because it showed me what a good story was supposed to feel like. I never wanted that story to end. I would still be reading it today if it had been long enough to reach me here.

The Stand, Stephen King, because it held up people in such an interesting light and showed me things I wish I had never seen and that I wanted to be strong enough to look in the eye and stare them down.

Portraits of His Children, A short story collection by George RR Martin, because he is a phenomenal writer, and his stories linger, leaving my mind to think of them at the most perfect times.

Catcher in the Rye- JD Salinger, because no one ever wrote anything to painfully accurate and beautiful in all the history of the world.
Published 2016-08-16.
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