Interview with J. C. Reese

Describe your desk
I love my desk. It's heavy, old, and made of solid wood. ADHD keeps it from being all neat and organized, but I make an effort. My kids have spent hours here, playing games and doing homework assignments. They're not supposed to eat or drink while at my desk, but I have learned to choose my battles. Every nick, scratch, stain and scuff makes my desk my own. Nothing short of a fire could make me replace it. This is where I write.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in New England gave me an appreciation for the history of the area, especially the blend of cultures, the gorgeous changes of season, and my first love - the beach. I was fortunate to attend good schools, as well. My move to the South introduced me to a different, slower paced way of life. I have endured years of being labeled a "damn Yankee," being asked to speak s-l-o-w-l-y, and adapting to eating anything from a deep fryer. These and many more differences inspired me to write about being a transplant in the South. The material here is limitless. I do have to keep a low profile, in case the locals catch wind of my work, but I can outrun the best of them. Worst case scenario, I redirect their attention to something that is fighting for life beneath a puddle of gravy.
When did you first start writing?
Reading has been a part of my life since childhood. The writing I did was mainly limited to school assignments. I didn't get bitten by the bug until about three years ago. An announcement from our local library caught my eye when I read that a writing group met there each month. I wanted to check it out, but I didn't have any of my own writing to share. Over the few days before the meeting I threw together the beginning of a story, totally off the cuff. When I read my work aloud to the group of writing strangers, I shook so hard that I thought my rear was going to dribble itself from my metal chair down to the floor. To my surprise, my nervous presentation was met with positive feedback and encouragement. My inner writer had come to life and she has not stopped driving me nuts with project ideas ever since.
Who are your favorite authors?
Janet Evanovich makes me laugh like no one else can. This gal rocks humorous fiction and has been my inspiration for writing both fiction and nonfiction work.

Sandra Brown and Catherine Coulter have been known to creep me out, turn me on, or keep me wrapped up with a book for hours at a stretch.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Next question!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm thinking about writing, reading about writing, or hiding in a closet somewhere with my chocolate stash.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of what I read is nonfiction, so I usually search for ebooks by topic - snipe hunting, preserving roadkill, underwater archery, whatever.
Published 2014-04-23.
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Books by This Author

Confessions of a Southern-Fried Yankee
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,870. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Do dumb people get on your nerves? Have you ever been horrified by the sight of folks in pajamas running around in public? Do deer heads and stuffed turkeys decorate your condo? If so, you are in good company, especially if you happen to be a Yankee transplant living in the South. From wacky neighbors and monster bugs, to pigs and polygamy, you'll laugh out loud.