Interview with Jackie Shirley

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The satisfaction of seen your thoughts come to life on the printed page. English was my worst subject in high school, but I'm sure my teachers would be proud of me. I've written scores of popular songs , military drum solos, and now I have five published books under my belt. I'll be eighty-years-old in August of 2016, but I'm up early every morning because I always have a new project going. Sitting around and doing nothing all day is strictly for old people. Incidentally, my definition of an old person is someone who likes to watch television and play with their false teeth.
What do your fans mean to you?
Outside of family, I've only got one real fan. I'm not much of a promoter, so I guess it's my own fault. I don't have my own website, and I don't have a blog. I really don't like the promotion angle of writing, so I guess I'll probably never sell a lot of books. I'm satisfied to just write for the enjoyment. I'm presently working on a military drum solo book and I'm up at the crack of dawn because I can't wait to get started.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a military drum solo book. Opps, I answered that question in the previous question.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King and John Steinbeck, but I don't read a lot. I'm always active doing something, but my wife reads from morning to night.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I can't wait to get back to a current project. Plus, I'm always hungry when I wake up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I used to play a lot of poker here is Las Vegas, but I'm an old 7 card stud player and the game has disappeared. I watch a lot of TV news because I'm into politics. I'd love to by another motorcycle, but my coordination isn't what it used to be.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Search categories. There is a lot of talent out their today that never would have been discovered when I was a youngster. I'm awed by the internet, but I'm old fashion because I still use a landline instead of a cellphone.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes because it was by first book, Gina the Queen Bee. I used to write a lot of poetry and my first major poem was for the girl I took to the Junior Prom.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one. I just sit down to the computer and write. I don't even use notes. If I'm working on a book, I usually lay in bed in the morning and outline my thoughts. I do a lots and lots of rewriting and my wife checks everything out. My wife uses a red pencil like a paint brush.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
To be truthful, I never read when I was a child because I was always hanging around a pool room. My answer would have to be Willie Mosconi's life story.
How do you approach cover design?
I discovered Fivver.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read the newspaper. My wife sums up my time with a simple statement. "You're always in a big hurry to go nowhere.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I used my computer.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Sending out emails.
Describe your desk
My computer in on the dinning room table. I like it because it's close to the frig.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My parents were carnies and we settled down in Saint Joseph, Michigan when I was four. My home town had no influence on my writing, but I did write a great carnival love story. I lost the story in a fire because my backup was a shortcut on a disk.
When did you first start writing?
My first book was a blackjack book I wrote in the 1980's. It was never published, but the late Peter A Griffin (The Theory of Blackjack) liked it. Most books on gambling aren't worth the paper their written on.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is entitled "Advanced Rudimental Swing Drum Solos." I taught drums for a living (Elkhart, Indiana) for three years in the 1960's. I was an expert rudimentalist, but I gave up teaching went on the road to work as a tool design engineer to work the automotive and aerospace industry. Drums have become more modern over the years, so I decided to publish some advanced material that was popular in my youth. Many of todays drummers will have a very difficult time playing my material.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a way to get me material published. Literary agency's are looking for young people with a degree in literary writing, not an old fogy no ones every heard of. I don't have any famous relatives, with the exception of Bell Starr, and she doesn't even have a good reputation. Bell's madden name was Shirley, but my father told enough stories to write several books on his own. He only had a third grade education, so that would have been a problem.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm just getting started, so I can't answer this question
Published 2016-01-13.
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The Changeling Princess
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The Queen of Chance
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Gina the Queen Bee
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