Interview with J. M. Erickson

Published 2024-04-23.
What are you working on next?
Endless Fall of Night is a novella set to come out in the summer of 2024. Based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, we see our future that shows striking similarities to this age of imperialism, classism, and capitalistic expansion where racism is commonplace, slavery exists, and a minority of people are in absolute power. Instead of a Belgium Company during the late 1880s on the Congo River in Africa, this is the great Third Republic on Earth and colonies on Mars in the year 2126.
Cassandra XI, patrician and first-class citizen, is exposed to a traumatic experience that later has her questioning the established social order. She is eventually tried and convicted as an insurrectionist, her personal AI deactivated, social status and titles revoked, and she is sent to prison. Cassandra is then approached by Captain Willard Bennett of the light cruising ship the Jefferson Davis to investigate why the Martian colony, New Georgia, went dark, leaving severed heads on spikes and the message “Bring Cassandra Kurtz.”
With no choice but to go, Cassandra’s life is about to change in unimaginable ways.
Who are your favorite authors?
William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur C Clarke, Ray Bradburry, Joseph Conrad, Mary Shelley, Robert Browning, Samuel Coleridge, and a whole lot more.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was my first book, Albatross: Birds of Flight - Book One. With time and opportunity to write, and my son as a source of inspiration, I wondered what it might be like to have a client like Jason Bourne. I wondered what it would be like to be his therapist and to help him unlock all his memories at once. Would it be a bad thing for me? Would my life change? What would I be willing to do to get my life back? All these thoughts came to mind when I started writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There we're two stories that really affected me: From Out of the Silent Planet by Arthur C. Clarke & The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
From Out of the Silent Planet - a wonderful novella that captured my imagination with a lot of scientific knowledge required to enjoy the story;
The Longest Day - a solid narrative that made a massive human undertaking of historical proportions relateable at a human level;
Heart of Darkness - a difficult read but a great example of mental illness and decompensation;
Lord of the Rings series - I never thought that a simple story of good versus evil could be so eloquently told in poetic terms - this is a work I would love to be able to approach in skill and talent some day;
Shakespeare's Richard II - lesser known work that about power, corruption and human nature.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle - the older kind that is black and white
What do you read for pleasure?
Sadly, I have become one of those people who likes reading clinical text books, journals and...Latin. Yes, I have three Latin text books with vocabulary, readings and history. That is why you will see a lot of inner dialogues, mental health issues, flawed people, and Latin references in nearly all my books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an urban setting just outside of Boston. It's a place called Dorchester. It's known for being a melting pot and first port of call for new arrivals and families trying to make a living with the hopes of moving out to the suburbs. With more than its share of crime, poverty and strife, there are many more wonderful families from multiple ethnic backgrounds working hard to make in this country to be part of the American dream. For twenty plus years I lived across Fire Station 21, hung out with "my gang" and did a lot of watching. This experience allowed me to collect a great deal of material that would go into creating dialogue and layers to all of my characters to give them, hopefully, a realistic, textured feeling.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Writing more books has been my best marketing strategy. Winning awards - gold, silver, bronze, honorable mentions, and finalists - from such places as Foreword Reviews 2013 & 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, Readers' Favorite 2013 & 2014 International Book Awards, and 2014 CIPA EVVY Awards Book Competition, have all helped. Reviews from US Review of Books (Recommended), Kirkus Reviews (Starred) and Awesome Indies Approved has also helped get the word out,
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