Interview with JT Arant

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like every book. Because every book, every author, offers a different perspective. They help me see the world, and that's never a bad thing. But, yeah, anything by Nick Hornby.
What do you read for pleasure?
I go through phases. Genres, basically. At the moment, I'm on an Imagism bent.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
Generally tidy. I've got a computer, running Ubuntu, obviously. But also a stack of notebooks and a hefty collection of pens and pencils.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a child of the South. As such i value two things above all others: egalitarianism and story telling. I grew up in an area where people still sit out on the front porch and tell stories. And i reckon, really, I'm more of a storyteller than a writer. And I'm ok with that.
When did you first start writing?
Sixth grade. I wrote a 14-page novel about Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion. For the longest time, I wanted to be a film maker, which I suspect is why my stories tend to be character/dialogue driven.
What are you working on next?
At the moment, I'm working on a "life project". I call it a 'life project' because it's the first serious novel I ever tried to write. I was on a road trip when i started it, a reflection of my life at college and the people who influenced me. I got distracted, though, life got in the way. Over the years, I've tried to get back to it, modifying the story, changing the tone of it as I grew older and began to see the world differently. I'm back on it now, for the moment, and I love the sensation of stepping back in time, of seeing the world again ... yet simultaneously wiser and, yet, corrupted. I call it "Zen Conundrum".
Who are your favorite authors?
To many to list really. But if I had to, and I guess I do, that list would be very very long and it would include: Nick Hornby, Jack Kerouac, Virginia Woolf, Douglas Coupland and, of course, Papa. Come to think of it, I would be remiss not to mention e.e. cummings, as well ... that man changed my life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. A lot.
What is your writing process?
Everyone has a different take on the writing process. Some say that a good outline is fundamental. Others suggest that they start with an idea and let the story write itself. To be honest, I generally start with an ending ... then I pick some random place to begin and start moving toward the inevitable.

I'd like to be able to say that I write every day, that I have a schedule. But, honestly, I write when I can ... and when I'm motivated. I get my best ideas when I'm traveling, if that helps.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm an indie author because I want more control over my own stories. I have stories to tell, and I have my own way to tell them. The Internet, digital technology, has opened an entire world of possibility ... artist don't need benefactors anymore, writers don't need to conform to the whims of publishers, musicians aren't limited to their garage. I write because I love writing, and as an indie author, no one gets to censor my voice, my unique take on the world.
Published 2016-07-28.
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Books by This Author

The Warning Bell
You set the price! Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Historical » General
The Warning Bell is a piece of Historical Mashup Fiction, an historical "What if?", taking a true event in Chinese history and infusing it with zombies. Set during the tumultuous Taiping Rebellion, it is a short story about love and regret ... and zombies.
Z is for Zombie
You set the price! Words: 8,660. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A short story about Zombies inspired by the TV show 'New Girl'
God's Will B. Dunne
You set the price! Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
A short story about William B. Dunne, an unwanted child who gets a chance to make something of his life. Sometimes, though, being given a chance is the easiest part of the equation.
Cloud Dancing: A Short Short Story Collection
You set the price! Words: 12,590. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Three short stories about love and understanding. 'Cloud Dancing', 'Bobby Gentry, I Hate Your Guts!' and 'Run'