Interview with Justin Grey

What is your writing process?
I've struggled with finding the flow of writing that works for me, and what I've found to be the most successful is writing everything down in a notebook first. From plot points, to the actual chapter, writing everything down on paper first is where I start. And then once the chapter is complete, I type it up and adjust it accordingly, whether it be better word usage or a different idea that strikes me while typing up the draft. I overthink what needs to be said and described, so seeing the words go through two separate mediums really works for me.
What are some of your favorite books, and why?
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book changed me in a sense, but not necessarily because I write similar subjects as Maggie Stiefvater. I felt like I had a very, very particular way of putting things, of writing in general, and it wasn't until reading Raven Boys that I felt like someone else sort of wrote the way I did.

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I mean, this book is just goals. The writing is beautiful and the deep character development and how well the characters are fleshed out is just insane.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read. I was always surrounded by books growing up, because I share my affinity for books with my mother. She was already getting lost in reading and somewhere along the way, I found my own way into understanding why.
Describe your desk
"Organized chaos." I always have certain things on my desk. A lamp, because I'm very particular about the way light hits the page (Weird, I know.). I have an entire jar of blue BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pen, Medium Point because they're my absolute favorite and I can't stop buying them in bulk. I probably have well over a hundred of them, both in the jar and in my desk drawer. I also have a plaque with my name on it that my parents got for me as a child. Also somewhere around my desk is some type of headphones, a brush, and a mirror.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up moving around to different places within Virginia until I was about eight, so I never really feel settled no matter where I live. I always write about other places in my writing, whether it be fantasy or just in a different state that I live, so I'm sure that has something to do with my enjoyment of escaping.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first multi-chapter story around the age of eleven, in sixth grade. It was titled 'Tigeria', and it was about a brother and sister duo of tigers that were living in fantasy world. It was horrible!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first "real" book, the first book that I developed from beginning to end, is my latest book. It's called 'Sever', and it originally started as a story about four girl almost killed by their best friend. After shelving the idea and coming back to it years later, I changed it to four boys almost killed by their best friends, because writing from a more "male" perspective is something sort of knew for me, and it just felt right to do so.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reaching people. Getting feedback on my writing is my favorite part. That's why I started writing fan fiction, because I wanted a response from people. And that's what has motivated me to write, is getting the story out to people.
What are you working on next?
Continuing my Slayer Society series is my absolutely main writing focus.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many! Richelle Mead has a special place in my heart for just, giving me this intense need to read, and just want to give people the same reaction that her writing has always given me. Maggie Stiefvater also has a special place in my heart for making me feel 'normal' in the way that I write. It wasn't until reading her Raven Cycle series that I felt that someone wrote in a way that I did, that I always thought was different, and I love her for that. More of my favorites include Leigh Bardugo, PC and Kristen Cast, Stephen King, Michael Grant, Neal Shusterman, and Lemony Snicket,
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching YouTube videos from my favorite content creators. Singing, ALWAYS singing. Quoting movies. Playing video games (I'm currently so in love with my Nintendo Switch, it's honestly SAD). Reading, watching TV shows that inspire me
What TV shows have inspired your writing?
My absolute favorite TV show in the entire world is Grey's Anatomy. I remember the first episode I ever saw of the series, what season was airing during this time, the exact scene that was on when I first saw it. Meredith Grey is such an important character to me, especially with her "dark" characteristics. The emotion that Grey's brings out in me is just the level of talent I wish to achieve. So thank you, Shonda Rhimes, for ruining me in the best way possible.

How To Get Away With Murder inspires me, because of the subject matter. I always think of my book as a cross between the Scream movie franchise and How To Get Away With Murder. So this show really means a lot to me.
Published 2017-06-20.
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Books by This Author

Sever (Slayer Society #1)
Price: Free! Words: 114,430. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
Sumner Shadows tried to kill his friends six months ago. Now, the friends he left for dead start their senior year of high school trying to move on. But then Sumner is spotted back in town, and all the unanswered questions come back. Why did he want to hurt them? What made him snap? And now, why is he back in town?