Interview with Justin Pinkley

Published 2014-09-21.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As I was writing The Outliers, Ted and Andy (the main characters) were very adamant about me making their story available to the world. I'm still not sure why it was so important to them, but I made a promise.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a wonderful resource for everyone from professionals to laypersons to get their work out there for others to read. Personally, I feel some excitement every time I publish a new story, and I hope that never goes away.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hmm, that's a good question. I would probably have to say it's those times when a story just comes together, almost like it's writing itself and you're just along for the ride, like what happened with The Outliers. Those times aren't regular occurrences, but when they happen, they can really help fuel you to reach the next one.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm focusing on short stories due to other life pressures. However, Ted and Andy do call me and stop by on occasion to fill me in for the next volume of The Outliers.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Clive Cussler. With King, I love his classic horror writing and character-based stories. I enjoy and admire Koontz's writing, along with his characteristic knack for suspense and creating fear. And regarding Cussler, well, each book is a fun adventure, and I like how he often bases his work around one or more historical events.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and playing video games with my son. Aside from my favorite fiction authors, I also enjoy reading philosophy and psychology texts. Video games are just a fun time-killer and a great way to bond with my son.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through Amazon Kindle, because it's available on my phone. Although I'm really not a big fan of digital books - I guess I'm old school in that way - I just really like to have the physical book in my hands. It seems like digital is a little more difficult to comprehend for some reason, if that makes any sense. It's just not the same for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I do know it was a horror story. Even way back when, I was a twisted little kid (laughs).
What is your writing process?
It depends on what I'm writing. For short stories, I think of the main idea and let the characters guide me from there, without trying to force my own agenda on them. I relied on this technique a great deal while writing The Outliers, too, although I did create an outline and do some plotting. I like to say I'm half pantser and half plotter.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember that the first novel I bought with my own money (at Wal-Mart, no less) was Stephen King's, The Dark Half. I remember feeling immersed in the story and the darkness and story world feeling very real, which totally hooked me on the power of the written word. I've been a horror junkie ever since.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh man, there's so many I could list here, but I'll keep it short.

First is Stephen King's, Dark Tower series. These are all great books (Wizard and Glass is my personal favorite). They're well-written King, and keep you turning the pages. I really enjoyed this departure from horror, and overall, it's a really fun story to live in for a while.

Next would probably have to be Tick Tock by Dean Koontz. This one has a lot of fun with character elements, and of course, Dean's classic witty humor. I felt he hit a really good balance of horror, sci-fi, and suspense with this one.
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Price: Free! Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Daxton Pride is a hardened U.S. Navy SEAL deployed on an experimental operation in Amsterdam. When he witnesses a teenage girl forced into prostitution and intervenes to save her, he finds himself extradited and court-martialed. But when a high-ranking officer sees an opportunity for revenge, Dax and wife Amanda are slammed into a darker reality than anyone could imagine.