Interview with Jacob J Parkinson

What's the story behind your latest book?
There are a lot of stories behind my latest book, as it is sort of an anthology, or at least a collection of short stories. 'Shadows', for example, was based on a nightmare that I had when I was younger. Most of them were just ideas that came to me as I wrote them. 'Echoes' and 'The Voice Amongst The Winds' were two stories that I knew going into them how I intended for them to start and end. It was all a matter of fleshing out the middle.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing for homework assignments mostly. Few of them were ever any good, until I wrote Shadows for a freshman literature assignment in High School. When I wrote it, I was surprised to see that I had actually done an okay job on it. It isn't my best short story now, but it was certainly the first 'good' story that I wrote. I didn't write much more until about halfway through my Sophomore year, when I wrote 'The Bog'. Writing that story reminded me that I actually enjoyed writing, so I kept at it- a short story here, a poem there. Eventually, I decided to publish my short stories for others to read, since almost everyone who'd read it had enjoyed it. That was when I found SmashWords, and I was immediately enamored with the idea.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did a lot of research and I knew it would be a challenge. I don't like challenges, but at the same time, I love them. I believe that challenges are what allow a person to grow (whether it me physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc.).
My research did have one common denominator, however. Publishing online was easier than ever, and I wanted people to enjoy my stories, and to make some money on the side by doing what I enjoy. Together, those factors motivated me to become an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can do infinitely many things on paper, and ever since I was young I knew that I was a creative person. Writing gives me a platform with which to express my creativity, create characters and worlds, and to entertain readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The very first story that I wrote in all of my existence? No, but I remember my first serious story, which is called 'Shadows'.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't exactly know who I would consider to be my favorite author(s). I very much enjoy Edgar Allen Poe's poem 'The Raven' and 'Anabel lee'. I've never read any Stephen King, but I suspect that I would quite enjoy some of his stories and books. One author whose writing style particularly inspires me is Eric Dod, who writes under the pseudonym 'Unxmaal'.
I do, however, have to say that narrations particularly inspire me to write as well. YouTube is home to a great many narrators of scary tales.
What is your writing process?
1. Get an idea and make a note of it.
2. Want to write.
3. Actually write the story out on word, and let my mind drive me through the plot. Basically, I write as the idea changes and takes new forms, but I usually keep the end in mind. The ending is (at least in my opinion) the most important part of writing a short story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm in college, so I imagine that that answers this question relatively well. I also draw portraits on occasion, and I'm not a horrible artist, but I could be much better. And, I enjoy playing the piano regardless of the fact that I generally suck at manipulating those ivory keys.
What are you working on next?
I want to continue to publish short story collections. I have a few stories that I would call 'bittersweet'. These will probably be in their own collection when I have enough for a full one.
I also have a small series of short stories called 'storytelling' which is about a group of young adults who get together late one night and tell some very interesting stories. If and when I conclude that series, it will be part of a collection or it will be its own collection.
Published 2013-08-30.
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Books by This Author

Hide and Seek and Other Tales of Horror
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,620. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This is a collection of nine distinctly separate stories. Each features tales of darkness, horror, suspense, and unexpected circumstances that will keep your attention until long after you've finished. Gabriel and Mary play a seemingly innocent game of hide and seek; Richard explores the swamps in a small town; A jogger takes an inconvenient detour; a young boy goes fishing, and more.