Interview with J Merrill Forrest

What is your writing process?
Much as I'd like to be disciplined and work set times to a set amount of words, I can't do it! I write whenever the mood takes me, whether that be every day for five hours or once a week for 20 minutes. For poems I write by hand - very messily - to begin with then type them up so I can see how they look. For stories I go straight to my laptop, and am always grateful for my secretarial training that means I can type as fast as I can think.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The very first stories were the Janet & John series at primary school, but the ones that made the most impact were Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books.
How do you approach cover design?
I see the cover in my mind right alongside the first story ideas. I use Digital Image at the moment, but am trying to learn Photoshop. I LOVE designing covers!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Impossible to answer! My five favourites of today will be replaced by another five in a matter of weeks.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love mystery novels, thrillers, paranormal themes, some romance (not too slushy!). I belong to a reading group, so read many books on a mixed range of themes I wouldn't otherwise pick up. I would recommend this to anyone as an excellent way of widening your reading horizons.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm too new at this to be able to answer yet. But give me time .....
Describe your desk
My desk is in my little studio that was built specially for me in the garden (you can see pictures on my website, www.jmforrest.com). A lot of the time, though, I use the dining table, which is not ideal as I'm so untidy when I'm working.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Flight of the Kingfisher' has been years and years in the making and I will eventually write about this. For now, I'll just have to say that the story behind it is my belief in the Afterlife.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Control! Having been published the more traditional way, I was frustrated by how little I actually mattered in the process! Being an indie author allows me to produce the book exactly how I want it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing people I will never meet are reading my words and laughing, crying, considering, enjoying.
Published 2014-06-03.
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Books by This Author

Flight of the Kingfisher
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 85,620. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Alex Kelburn will tell you that life continues after death. Scott Miller would argue that it does not. Only one of them can be right, and as tragic events unfold, they and their loved ones are forced to confront their beliefs head-on.
Natural Alchemy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,780. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A collection of contemporary poetry with black & white illustrations.