Interview with Joseph Mark Brewer

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I believe in the power of a good story. If my fans like my stories, that's heaven to me.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors range from Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie to Raymond Chandler to Ken Follett and Nelson DeMille. And I enjoy reading John Irving, Anne Tyler and Anne Lamott.
What are you working on next?
I am writing the next book in the Shig Sato mystery series. I view the series as one long story broken up into sections -- the books. As Sato becomes the reluctant P.I. that he his, he never knows what misadventure awaits him.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love writing and sharing stories. I feel lucky to be interested in doing something creative that can be shared with others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My "other" job is journalist. I've been a newspaper reporter and editor for many years. It's the storytelling: even if it's non-fiction, even if it's a news item, I like telling stories.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse for ebooks the same way I browse for books in a bookstore: I go to a section and look around, peruse what's new, see if anything catches my eye. Often, I find a title based on the recommendation of others. The ebook universe to me is one big electronic bookstore.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was about six years old, it was a ghost story. Halloween made a big impression on me at that age, that and the image of sitting around a fire and telling stories. It all came into my life at a very young age.
What is your writing process?
On the one hand, I sit down with a pen and a legal pad and just empty my head of ideas until something takes shape. I jot down things that come to me whenever I'm out and about. But when it's time to craft a story, I sit down and I write and then rewrite rewrite rewrite, edit, and rewrite some more.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not sure if it was the first story I ever read, but I remember being quite young, reading a book about firefighters that was a Little Golden Book, and saw my name used in the story. That made a big impression on me.
Describe your desk
My desk is a typical particleboard student's desk I kept when my son left home. I really only need something for my PC. The desk is surrounded by notebooks and other such clutter, and I have a bulletin board on the wall that serves as a home for 3x5 cards and scraps of paper. It's a good writing space.
Published 2013-11-02.
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