Interview with Jake Scholl

Why do you write and why did you choose the Fantasy genre?
I can't paint, or draw. When I was younger, I had aspirations of being a comic book and video game artist. That changed in 4th grade, when I realized I was a horrible artist. I was pretty sad, till I found "Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher". That book was the one that got me into Fantasy, and I decided I wanted to be a writer. I'd always had been coming up with stories, but I was never serious about it. So instead of drawing with pencils, I draw with my words...As for why I write Fantasy, I had always liked the quest genre, and people finding the strength within themselves to overcome Evil. And in my own life, I'd always been a fighter. I'd been in the hospital so many times, and conquered many a nasty beast before when I've felt the crappiest. Thus, the Fantasy genre is perfect for me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I didn't want to wait on publishers. Too many authors are left waiting for months, sometimes years to get their books to be accepted by a big publishing house. (Heck, it may even take that long to get an Agent to send your books to publishers!) Why go the traditional route, when you can do it faster by hiring people and/or doing some things by yourself? More and more people will go the indie route, and the publishers will be the authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep! :) It's was about a boy that jumped in a dinosaur book, and fought to survive. I was in 2nd Grade, and I'm pretty sure I wrote it because of my unhealthy obsession with Jurassic Park, and anything dinosaur related. It was also illustrated by yours truly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle. I read so much it's covered in sweat, and I have to clean it a lot! :)
Who are your favorite authors?
I have too many favorites, haha. :) Off the top of my head I'll have to say Terry Brooks, Stephen King, Dennis L. McKiernan, Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman, Raymond Feist, Michael Moorcock, J.R.R Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, R.A Salvatore, Robert E. Howard, Terry Goodkind, and Michael Chrichton.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By looking at genres on Smashwords and Amazon.com. I click on what looks good, and if I like the summary, I read a sample. If I like it, I'll get it, if I don't I won't. I don't care if it's self-published or not. I'll read it if it rocks.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food. :) The smell of frying eggs, and the sound of toast popping out of the toaster.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Listening to music (Mainly Rock & Heavy Metal). Reading my Kindle. Surfing the 'net. Reading comic books (Mainly DC, Marvel, and Indie stuff.). Watching movies (Genres and years don't really matter to me. I'll watch it if it's a good film).Playing video games (Like Halo and Skyrim.). Blogging. (I have an author website here: http://jakeescholl.wordpress.com/ and I run a blog about nerdy entertainment here: http://fantasywriter12.wordpress.com/ .And I love driving my wheelchair in the sun.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm working on a Fantasy trilogy. (Which I'm calling "The Runeblade Trilogy".) The first book "Blade Of the Broken" is going to be released November 13th, 2014.. It's my take on the Epic Fantasy genre, rather than the old-school Sword & Sorcery genre like my short story "Demon Stone". Instead of characters going on quests out of boredom, and never questioning their choices, my characters are a motley crew. They don't fit in society, and one kills people for a living. And the villain doesn't go on long, villainous speeches...It's definitely not real life, being Fantasy, but I want to make the Trilogy and all my other tales as realistic as possible, and not sound fake.
How do you write?
Eating caviar, drinking some beer, smoking fine tobacco, and typing on a typewriter... Haha, no I don't do that. But if it works for you, OK. :) When I go to write, I usually put on my headphones, play some music (No orchestra music. Usually Rock, or Metal.), and start typing. But it's not that easy. I usually spend weeks, sometimes months, outlining. It's always a Chapter by Chapter outline. And I spend a lot of time daydreaming, thinking about the story...My process is not one size fits all. Try writing stories, and finding what it most productive for you. Happy writing! :D
Published 2014-10-21.
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Books by This Author

Blade Of The Broken: Book I Of the Runeblade Trilogy
Series: The Runeblade Trilogy. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,530. Language: American English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Thirteen years ago, the lands of Kronea were embroiled in war. The King, Warrick Volung, killed thousands of men and elves with his sorcery and Runeblade. The people of the lands, the last of the Elves, the Mages & Paladins of Seran Drakis, and the Rangers Guild united to stop the King. They defeated his army, and brought peace. Now, evil is stirring and only one Ranger can stop it.
Demon Stone: A Dagr Brightsword Tale
Series: The Tales of Dagr Brightsword, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
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The first story in The Tales of Dagr Brightsword. When Dagr's kingdom and his wife are held ransom by an evil sorcerer, Dagr goes on a quest to give the sorcerer what he wants. But, at what cost is Dagr willing to go to save his kingdom?