Interview with J.C. Wing

Published 2015-08-09.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a full time homeschooler of two amazing kids. One is in high school, the other in middle school, so they keep me very busy. I am also an editor and proofreader with Booktrope Publishing, so I get to work with a lot of really terrific authors. I love reading, photography and going on scenic Jeep rides.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Many of the ebooks I read come to me via authors, but I'm also a member of Goodreads, and Facebook. I oftentimes review for other authors, and get the chance to read some amazing books I would not have otherwise known about because of this. There are so many different ways to find ebooks to read!
What is your writing process?
I don't have a set writing process. I usually have a pocket of time early in the mornings, and this is when I generally get some work done. I don't push. If the ideas aren't there, I sit back. I edit, or I work on marketing until something hits me. Then I write as much as I can, as quickly as I can.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite genre is Southern Literature. I'm pretty sure Harper Lee kicked that off many years ago when I read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. My most favorite author is James Lee Burke, but there are so many wonderful writers. I enjoy Karen White, Sarah Addison Allen, Loraine Despres...the list goes on and on. I'm not just a Southern Lit reader, however. I love YA, I'm a fan of good mysteries and thrillers, and have even been known to read horror once in a while.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love reading on my Kindle...but I also read on my tablet, and I have a Nook app on my computer.
When did you first start writing?
I can't really remember a time when I wasn't writing. I think it started with poetry back in elementary school. Then I wrote many short stories, and began writing my first novel, The Color of Thunder in my early twenties.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Skye Full of Stars was not a book I ever intended to write. It is a sequel to Alabama Skye, and when I finished Alabama Skye, I had it in my head that it would be a stand alone novel. I got a lot of feedback telling me that readers really wanted a continuation...they weren't done with those characters, and wanted to know where the story led. I loved that. I was so surprised, so thrilled by this that I decided to write the sequel. Both books have everything to do with family...what happens throughout the generations, and how families are built. It has a lot to do with blood relations, but it also deals with the way we build our families; how we draw people in we aren't actually related to, and make them a part of us.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get so involved with my characters...they become real people to me, and I wind up feeling great affection, (or great animosity) toward them all. I also love to learn about events and time periods in which I was not able to take part in...learn about things that have always interested me and put myself there so that I can tell others about them.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the third (and most likely last) book of the Gannon Family Series. This book will take readers back and show them the story of Sarah Guthrie Gannon, the matriarch of the Gannon Family. It will introduce several of the older characters in the other two books, and let the readers get a glimpse of their earlier, younger lives. I'm looking forward to it. It will go back to the 1930's, through WWII and into the 60's. It's going to be a lot of fun to write.
Who are your favorite authors?
My most favorite author is James Lee Burke. He is the most lyrical, magical writer I've ever read. I love all of his books, but my favorites are his Dave Robicheaux novels. Harper Lee, of course, and then the list just keeps going from there.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I lead a very happy life. I have a wonderful family...a wonderful, supportive husband, and two extraordinary kids. I'm a homeschooler, so I get up to teach every day. I get to write and be with the ones I love. Life is amazing. I love getting up every day.
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