Interview with Jesse Pickens, Jr

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the absolute world to me. Where i grew up we did not have many people to look up to me so I found celebrities and other widely known people to model after. Therefore I know fans love hard and I try to love them back just as much.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy writing brings me is peace. Growing up in a area where not many people make it out brings great agony. Writing helps me channel those pains.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a poetry book that will change the thoughts of anyone who reads it. It will be titled "Revelations Of The Ghetto"
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is Robert Greene. He is a absolute genius. Besides him I read authors of the past such as Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe,Ernest Hemingway.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Everyday when I wake up I think about all the people and kids around me who have so much to say, but because of the livelihood they are subjected to their voices may never be heard. I want to be that voice for them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my time reading or with family enjoying their company, I also love to hang out with my friends and just enjoy life to the fullest. You never know what day may be your last.
What is your writing process?
When I write I like to take my time doing research first. Therefore after I write a draft I still revise but I don't have to revise as much.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was out the bible. It was the story of Adam and Eve. That story has always been near and dear to me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read off of my android phone. All day everyday. I also have a kindle.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Tuscaloosa,Alabama. In a small community called Holt. This is the complete reason I started writing. Just some of the things I have seen and experienced growing up in what most would call the ghetto. We are not a huge community be we are a tight knit unit.
Published 2014-07-03.
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