Interview with JoJo Schroeder

What are you working on next?
I am working on a memoir of my year in Angola, at the end (although we didn't know that at the time) of the civil war that had raged for 40 years.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Their feedback and reactions to my work are so enlightening. I learn more from my fans about myself and my work than I ever knew even while writing it. It's lovely. I don't think writing would mean as much to me if my words went into a void and disappeared from thought. My fans keep the earth beneath my shoes...and, for that matter, keep my characters alive. I need them. I'm extremely grateful for them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut. I love him. He's brilliant, inventive and unrelenting. Anne Somerset writes incredibly well-researched, scholarly biographies. She doesn't interpret. She brings the characters into human focus. Lawrence Wright. I respect him tremendously. PG Wodehouse. He's a master. Need I say more? Gladys Mitchell, who writes unusual, fascinating characters.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse and sluice and chose like most; when one captures me for some reason that suits me at that moment.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. Eight grade, adventure story. My friends and I were hired by the FBI to track down a killer going undercover as a band. Actually, it was quite the romance novel.
What is your writing process?
Sit down and get to work and ignore everything but.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I don't. I grew up with books around and fables at bedtime and my dad's own made up stories, so it was around for as long as I can remember. I was very lucky.
How do you approach cover design?
I have long discussions with the friend who's helping me about what I want the cover to tell about the story and the kind friend working on my design for me creates it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Biographies, Ellen Degeneres, PG Wodehouse, Golden Era Murder Mysteries, Tom Friedman, and whatever is on my book club list.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Germany where there was no pressure to be just like everyone else, where sex, body image, individuality were part of society, but with kids moving away and moving in every year. We lived on a military base and letting go was a big part of my childhood. I was always saying goodbye and being left behind. I think the psychological ramifications of that show up in my work.
When did you first start writing?
Novels? In 8th grade. Songs? Before I learned to read.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly? It was impossible to get conventional publishers to bother. The midlist is dead and so if you're not famous or infamous you don't get a contract, mostly. A new system is born whereby we can put our work out there, be writers, read writers and not get lost and demoralized by the corporations who only care about the bottom line.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's given me an excellent forum for publishing my work and receiving feedback and plying the trade I love.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making up a story. I love making up stories. And then I love having people read them.
Published 2015-08-03.
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Books by This Author

Done With Love
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 81,130. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
julie cavendish is in love with her best friend. as a strong career woman and modern feminist she hates being a slave to feelings so powerful, especially unrequited ones. to avoid screwing up a good thing, julie attempts to forego love altogether, with interesting consequences.