Interview with Jade Dragon

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing for me is passing on information that has real use in modern life and sharing information with people that will help them. It is very gratfying to be able to share your knowledge to readers who may need it or be interested.
What do your fans mean to you?
As a new author I don't have a great army of fans so I really appreciate anyone who takes the time to show interest in what I do. Writing a book with nobody to read it becomes purely an ego driven exercise so the fans are the most important thing.
What are you working on next?
I am taking a break from writing to concentrate on training again and when I am ready to am planning to write another book on chinese martial arts containing my new found experience.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen Hayes is really good as he is very informative and writes well. The Park Bok Nam Bagua books are very good too. Aside from martial arts I like books on history and travel.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The joy of being alive and the excitement of seeing what the day will bring. Also, Jeremy Kyle.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing I obvioulsy train in the chinese internal martial arts a lot. Aside from that I enjoy making music in my home studio and painting.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Fuunily enough I used smashwords a lot when I was but a humble reader myself - I also pick up a lot from Amzon through searching on there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do, vividly. It was when I was 5 and I wrote about being a super hero and saving the world using nothing but cheese. It was a really good story as I remember - probably better than what I write now!
What is your writing process?
The first thing I need is the creative drive - if I don't have that passion to write I just can't. When I have that and the idea of what I want to write about I sit down and with a pen & paper sketch out the chapters/order. Once thats done I type it all up on Word and do the usual proof reading, formatting etc... Once I'm happy and a few friends like it, I'm done. It usually takes around a couple of months.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I really remember reading was The Gruffalo - in terms of martial arts that is quite an interesting tale cos it shows how you use your wits to stay out of trouble & avoid fighting. It also made me a bit wary of mice cos I didn't know if you could trust them after that.
How do you approach cover design?
From the front. I've usually got a good idea from the start of what I want it to look like, based on the subject of my book.
What do you read for pleasure?
With my interest in self defence and martial arts I read a lot of books and articles on all types such as aikido, thai boxing, ninjutsu,savate etc.... I also enjoy true crime and autobiogaphies. I read a brillaint one on Caligula recently - sounded like am interesting guy although a bit mental.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle at the minute - is nice to use.
Describe your desk
Its wooden and quite big with a picture of Wolf from Gladiators on it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm from the north west of England and us northern blokes are quite sarcastic and blunt with a realistic approach to life. I like to entertain and help people which is why my writing style is how it is.
When did you first start writing?
Its hard to remember exactly when the muse struck but i think it was about 5 in school.
Published 2014-10-08.
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Books by This Author

Secrets of the Internal Martial Arts
Price: Free! Words: 13,720. Language: British English. Published: August 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Exercise
An essential and riveting guide to the ancient chinese system of self defence. Contained within this book are a host of exercises and techniques to turn you into a warrior with the ability to live your life without fear or trouble.