Interview with J. Evans

What do your fans mean to you?
I only have had two readers I do not know contact me and say they loved my book. I want to buy them both a car!
What are you working on next?
I have two books undergoing. One is a massively ambitious epic fantasy unlike anything I've ever heard of, which I have been working on for over two years and have sky-high hopes for, and the other is a short, simple story about a short, simple kid, which I have sky-high hopes for! Aside from writing those two (both nearly done) I am still illustrating Riverlilly and Pence, preparing each for another round of self-publication and submission to publishers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There is nothing I would rather do than roll out of bed each morning and write for an hour while my brain is still doped up with dream-juice. Unfortunately, I usually have to go to work instead, and do not get to write until the evening. Which is fine—the only thing better than writing when the sun comes up is writing when the sun goes down.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look through the front page of the new releases now and then and grab a sample of anything that looks well-polished and unique.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course—my mom saved them all! Lots of homemade comic books in that box. Comics were my bread and butter. I won a Young Authors Award in 5th grade for a 15-page story about an explorer named Homer (I was thinking Simpsons, not The Iliad) who discovers a conspiracy about genetically-engineered jackals in the Amazon rain forest. I got to go to Springfield and meet a 'real' author and everything. All thanks to a story about jackals. Looking back, I'm pretty sure I only won because my story was the longest. (Did I mention my next book is shaping up to be about 900 pages?)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ipad. I did not get into e-reading until I read the last Game of Thrones. It was as little uncomfortable at first, but i got used to it by the end, although I still have a hard time finding a good way to hold it so my elbow doesn't get tired. For all their advantages, I still prefer a good, old-fashioned paperback any day of the week.
Describe your desk
My desk, like a lot of writers, is my gateway to the places I write about. Gargoyles, old leather-bound books, treasure boxes, a golden unicorn, a crystal skull full of absinthe, an hourglass—pretty standard fare. I love having my bookshelf right next to my desk so when I am stuck, I can plop a random book down, flip it open, and see how the greatest stories ever told were put together just like mine, one word, one sentence at a time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Nailing that one perfect sentence! When I was a kid, if you would have told me that as an adult I would cultivate this bizarre excitement from crafting careful wordplay, I would have said, "That's weird."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. I am in remodeling. Funny how many parallels there are between building/fixing houses and writing/revising books, but I should probably not think about it too much while I am wielding tools that could chop my fingers off!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Very much. My earliest memories of books were The Boy Who Fooled the Giant, and The Big Jump. Great books for kids, look them up! They are both very simple, and short, and what they have in common that I absolutely latched onto was the clear, clean, concise, logical twists that they both had—that key meets lock moment that all good stories have—and that I still find to be a driving force when I am planning my stories to this day.
Published 2014-05-07.
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Books by This Author

Price: Free! Words: 83,050. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Runaways Jai and Ceder set sail in a boat full of holes, with a plan full of holes, searching for anything to hold onto in a world where nothing is what it seems.
Price: Free! Words: 60,170. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Pence is the story of a small boy carved out of a potato with all the wrong proportions of courage and common sense, a big ego, and an even bigger mouth.