Interview with JC Bybee

What is your writing process?
Pray for guidance and then sit at the keyboard and work. I'm more of a linear writer. Most of my work goes from point A to point B and then to point C. I don't outline or anything like that. I have an idea and I start putting it to words. And I have to find the right music to listen to while working. The music varies from story to story.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was when I was in third grade. We made plaster masks and had to write a story for the character. Mine was a dragon. It was then that I decided I wanted to be a writer.
What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on the sequel to Hero Unit. I also have a few fantasy series in the works.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher and Brent Weeks.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I like to exercise, though I have to admit I need to put more time into that one. I also play video games and practice Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was called how Drufus the Dragon lost his Head. It was written by Bill Pete and it sparked my continuing love for dragons.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly Epic Fantasy. I also like Urban Fantasy and Horror, but not modern Horror, more Poe and Lovecraft type stories. I also enjoy comic books and I read the Transformers and Ninja Turtles books the most.
Describe your desk
Barely contained chaos... I should probably work on that.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lakeview Oregon. It is a tiny town in the mountains of southeastern Oregon. There wasn't a lot to do there beyond camping and hunting. Writing was how I took myself to other places.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a lot of help from my friend and fellow Smashwords Author Andrea Pearson. That and I read too many times that getting published involved luck. Even the big names out say they just got lucky. And after reading some of the books published by traditional publishers I knew that indie publishing was the way to go for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling the stories. In a very real way these characters are a part of me. To get the chance to show them to the rest of the world is huge for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything. Without fans I'm just a guy putting words on a page for my own enjoyment.
Published 2014-09-03.
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Books by This Author

Hero Unit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,350. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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