Interview with Jon Castle

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I do many things. I study Spanish, German, and Arabic, I write songs on my bass guitar, I brainstorm for future books, I spend time with my daughter, I play poker with my girlfriend and friends, and I play some video games!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for the content matter that matters most to me, like ebooks with tags including mystery, riddles, problem solving, suspense, and thriller.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in Spanish about a knight who was trying to save the princess from the dragon.
What is your writing process?
I brainstorm for an idea, and when I get an idea, I write it down IMMEDIATELY! Then I create a guide and then I just free write. After I free write, I check the guide to see if I missed anything or want to add. The reason is because free writing is a powerful tool and if you constrict it with a guide, then you may not be able to write to your full potential. However, having a guide to make sure you don't write off topic or content not related to the book is essential also. It just takes striking the balance between them both.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading that had an impact was The Hobbit. It really made me feel like I was part of the adventure and opened my eyes to a great way of writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I have the vision in my head and I get with my designer to make it go from thought to paper. Then, I take a sample group of 5 to see how the image looks and what could be better/improved.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, and the Redwall/Marlfox series because they are full of action and adventure and twists.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I read a good mystery/thriller book. I love to solve puzzles, so I try to read mystery to keep my mind going and to attempt to solve the mystery before the answer is revealed.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle all the way; so full of color and easy to use.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter, ebook for lovers, Facebook, and Word Press since they reach many readers and I am able to promote my book with the links I provide.
Describe your desk
My desk is VERY neat with a few CDs on it and my Mac Desktop. Also, it has pens and a pad for ideas that form in my head :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Gloucester, VA and this really didn't influence my writing. I wrote poems and songs when a girl "broke my heart" essentially (cliche, yes!) and that was not until I went to college. So girls are the inspiration to write along with my editor who saw my writing potential when I showed her my introduction to a Spanish-teaching book I will be writing (coming 2014).
When did you first start writing?
I started writing books this year and poems and songs over the past 5 years!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is behind a girl named Erinn Forrester who ventures into the Portal House with her friends. There, they find an artifact thought to be lost throughout the ages called The Rainbow Sphere. They soon find out that an ancient legend unfolds as it is 1 of 3 items needed to find a secret location that will lead to the ultimate object. However, there is a deadline and the clock starts counting down after The Rainbow Sphere is opened, and throughout the 5 days, Erinn experiences unthinkable happenings.
Published 2013-12-06.
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Books by This Author

Xhazul's Box: The Rainbow Sphere
Price: Free! Words: 36,150. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Erinn, a college student in a small town, takes a tour of a haunted house called The Portal House. Her and her friends soon discover that it holds more than meets the eye. There is something in there, called The Rainbow Sphere, that is part of a legend from long ago. But is there more in that house? Can the legend be real? See her world unfold with deceit, mystery, suspense, riddles, and secrets.