Interview with J A Fleming

What do your fans mean to you?
Well, right now I'm a debut author and don't have a fan base. Readers are very important to me now that I've decided that I want to share what I've spent untold hours crafting. I hope they know how much I value them and their feedback - LOVE to hear from readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the escape of writing. Hours disappear as I craft stories; pots boil over as I develop characters; laundry waits while I slip into the world I'm creating. And of course, there's the joy of sharing the story with others and having them enjoy it. I'm thankful God's given me both the talent and the outlet of writing.
What are you working on next?
This Curse of Royalty Series has only just begun with Drayden's Queen - this is an anemic offering compared to what is to come... at least I hope that's true (haven't edited out all of the extraneous bits yet). There's an eight-year time gap from the end of book one to the start of book two. I'm working on book two and three now. I hope to release them in the near future.
Who are your favorite authors?
Laura Lond, Louis L'Amor, Ted Dekker, Jerry B Jenkins, Jane Austin... so many writers, so little time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hope. Faith. Love.
I'm single and spend a great deal of time by myself. Faith and hope in God keeps me going, keeps my head up. And, I'm learning to love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time during the week and have many crafty creative hobbies: Drawing, painting, and various needlecrafts. I like TV a little too much and so while my hands are busy with crochet or a felt stocking kit, I watch TV.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look a long time for books in whatever genre I'm interested in at that moment. I've enjoyed being introduced to a great number of indie authors that way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. It was a silly fairy tale about a princess who was held against her will by a villain. I haven't strayed far from those romantic ideas. They still find their way into my writing. I enjoy writing fairy tales.
What is your writing process?
Wow - that's a loaded question.
My writing process varies, but I typically write or do something related to writing every day.
I find that physically writing scenes works best for me, and then as I type what I've written, I edit and embellish.
After I've written to what I believe is the end, I print a copy, mark edits and locate holes in the story I need to fill in. Lots of fun.
How do you approach cover design?
I do graphic design at my day job, so even though I knew I had the chops to create my own cover, I had hoped that I could hire someone to do it for me, but then I realized how silly that was. As the writer, I knew that this book was focused on introducing the readers to the world and characters I'd created. And I also wanted the cover to reflect the tone of the book. I'm not sure it's as nice as a cover that Knopf Publishing would've created, but I think it works.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to publish without causing financial stress or a time crunch. I set my own deadlines and if all I want to do is publish a digital version of my writing, I can do that without anxiety. That's important. I know I won't make any "real" money from writing, but it is something I enjoy doing and something I enjoy sharing. Smashwords is a stellar platform for that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
You know, I never truly believed I would publish a thing even though I've been a writer for most of my life. Several years ago my parents gave me an e-reader for Christmas and as I began to read self-published books I realized that I could/did write just as well or better than them so I figured I'd try my hand at publishing something I'd been writing on for a while. I have to admit though, that writing's hard work and structuring a book vs structuring a short story, although similar, is difficult.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read fiction and I write fiction to escape reality. I enjoy stories that include Christian allegory the most. For example, Laura Lond's "The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres" series and Ted Dekker's "Circle" books.
Published 2017-09-29.
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Books by This Author

Drayden's Queen
Series: Curse of Royalty. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,980. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
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What if society adopted a gruesome practice to keep the crown from tyranny? What if this practice became common? Queen Peydra knows what this is like on an intimate level. Subject to the curse, she refuses to submit to its inevitability. Follow her struggle as she grows after the loss of her parents, discovers how heavy the crown is and experiences the surprising loyalty of a secretive attendant.