Interview with Jack Quinn

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I used to write books for one of the major publishing houses, but I didn't like the fact that the the publisher controlled when my books would be published and how they would be marketed. I have complete control as an indie author, and that's important to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's a difficult question to answer. Sometimes when I am sitting at the computer writing, I can't stop. Writing is an addiction. I would not be able to deal with not being able to write, even if I were just writing a journal for myself.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a novel based an a woman who lived across the street from me for about two years and managed to harass the whole neighborhood with calls to the police, orders of protection (all overturned in court), calls to neighborhood services, and harassing phone calls and notes left on people's doors. I'm fictionalizing everything. I've changed names, and I'm inventing a childhood for her based on what little I know of her history.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many: Isabel Allende, Charles Dickens, John Updike, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Goethe, Shakespeare. I could go on and on. Basically I like good literature and seldom read popular authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Bicycling, hiking, reading, learning languages, keeping track of the news.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually know in advance what I want to read. Mostly I read classic fiction. I will never get through the long list of books that I want to read, so I don't need to discover new ones.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I don't remember it. I began writing short fiction when I was a child. I've always had an addiction to both reading and writing.
What is your writing process?
That's difficult to describe. When I am writing a factual book, I outline it first. I attempt to do the same thing when I am writing fiction, but usually the characters take control of the story and steer it in a direction I had not anticipated when I first conceived the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember. It would have to be a story in a children's book, of course. I was already reading children's stories when I was five years old.
Published 2016-04-30.
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Books by This Author

Running for President, Stories
Price: Free! Words: 25,680. Language: American English. Published: May 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
A collection of three short stories based on the life of the fictional psychotic presidential candidate Jason Wilder. The stories portray him as a university student, as a candidate for governor of Arizona, and as the choice of the fabulously rich Hogson Brothers for the office of president of the United States. Together the stories form a satire on today's dysfunctional presidential politics.