Interview with J. M. Brink

How do you approach cover design?
I try to make the cover reflect something about the story while at the same time being eye-catching without being garish.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad/iPhone
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blogging. I just make posts to my blog, which draws people to the site, from the site they find my writing. Word of mouth is even better.
Describe your desk
I don't have one.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm an Army brat, though I didn't travel a lot. I lived in Arkansas, where I was born, until my dad joined the Army when I was 5 or 6, then I lived in Texas, then on Oahu, then Texas again, then Georgia. After that I've lived in a Arkansas and Tennessee, and now I'm back in Georgia.

I can't be sure how much it has had any influence on my writing except, possibly, to say that living in Hawaii probably was very good for leaving me with a very open mind about people and ideas. And the part of Arkansas I'm from is one where, generally, folk don't much care what you do so long as you're good people -- your church, politics, and so forth don't mean as much as what kind of person you present to the world around you and how you treat people. That comes through in my characters.

Still, far more important to what and how I write is what I've read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I took a good look at the SF publishing industry as a whole and decided I wanted absolutely nothing to do with their suicidal lunacy.

Not very polite or necessarily very professional an answer, I know, but it's true. I don't think very highly of the agents, publishers, methods, and pay in traditional-publishing where SF is concerned.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The simple joy of discovery.

I love learning about the characters and I love seeing what they get themselves into and how they get themselves out of it. I love discovering the worlds they live in and the people they meet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing with a dog and three cats.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Random chance, mostly.
What is your writing process?
Grab a pen, grab some paper, tell story, type story, edit and revise, publish.

Has worked very well for me so far.
Published 2013-11-05.
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Books by This Author

Stolen Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A young genius is kidnapped by a mad scientist bent on ruling the universe by conquering its past. Can Serena stall him long enough for the Daggers to rescue her? Will she push Janoke Greenbriar too far and outlive her usefulness? Are the rumours that Greenbriar can alter minds true?