Interview with John St. John

Describe your desk
Well, my desk is the kitchen table. It became the kitchen table after we downsized our home and my wife called dibs on the office, which is now called "The Meditation Room". It's her "Woman" cave now. I don't mind. I love being at the kitchen table where my 10 year old daughter finds her way into my arms for a big hug and a smile. Yeah, I sit at the kitchen table now...the love continues well after dinner ends. Plus, it's right next to the kitchen...late nights...you get the picture.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up poor in the pockets and rich in spirit. My hometown is Marin City, which is sandwiched between Sausalito and Mill Valley - well to do multi-million dollar homes, beautiful bay views, and sail boats everywhere - just not in my world. My mother passed away when I was quite young. To keep my sanity, I would roam the wooded areas forming a ring around Marin City. Up there, you could see for miles and miles - watch the fog roll in from San Francisco or fluffy clouds invade our world. My imagination would run wild in those hills! I would build castles, in my mind, and eat wild fruits, while dreaming about a life far away from the drugs, murder, alcoholism, and that sad beat went on and on. Reading and writing were escape hatches for me. I don't know where I'd be if I did not have the local library to read, write, and reflect.
When did you first start writing?
I started out writing poetry when I was about 14 years old. I never thought it would be a useful skill, until later in life when girlfriends would turn to putty reading my romance poems. Since then, I refrain from writing poems and focus on writing about finding purpose and how to live it fully for the most satisfying existence ever.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been on Twitter since 2009-ish? And, I'd written several quotes as tweets. My network of peers convinced me that I should compile those 100+ original quotes and resulting 20+ categories to share as an e-book. So, here's Johnnie!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a bit of an oddball and regularly broke away from tradition. e-Publishing appeals to me because it takes the middle man/woman out of the equation so more readers can purchase my work anytime, anywhere for less money and don't have to wait for a drop shipment of something they wanted to read last Saturday.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They create more channels to share my work and help people live better lives.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find writing very relaxing. I often slip into a semi-trance like state and lose track of time creating a tool or book that helps make other people's lives better.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING - they are the reason I exist. They share and provide great feedback about all things good and bad about my writing. They make me strive for excellence and stay up late making sure I thought of everything I can to help them, before sending a product their way.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a second book about finding one's purpose, their audience to serve, and a great mission to support!
Who are your favorite authors?
H. D. Thoreau
Maya Angelou
Daniel Pink
Ferdinand Fournies
I'm sure there's more, but it's really getting late :)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife and children motivate me to keep writing toward a best seller that will create a life of ease that gives us more time together.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about what I'm writing next :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do a ton of online research for my day job and also do a ton of web surfing at night, to research my blog post topics.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. But, I am pretty sure it had something to do with aliens and robots coming to take me away from planet Earth.
Published 2015-10-01.
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