Interview with J R C Salter

What do you read for pleasure?
Virtually anything.

I can be happy reading J K Rowling, or Charles Dickens, or Shakespeare. I will read things by other indies, or film and TV tie ins. Recently I've discovered the excellent lore for the trading card game Magic the Gathering. I've also picked up many compilations by Delphi Classics, a publisher that collects entire bodies of works by single authors into ebooks, many of which are long out of print. Highly recommended.

My favourite author though, has to be Stephen King. The way he writes is infinitely entertaining. His conversational style feels like he's telling you a scary story by the campfire.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone. I like to read on my iPad as it's larger, but it's an older model and is thus very slow. Plus, I'd only use it for reading so it's an extra device that I don't need.

I still have a fondness for my Kindle, but again, it's an older version and cannot hold the all the books I want.

As for the app, I prefer to use the Kindle.
When did you first start writing?
I always enjoyed our creative writing courses at school. Every year we were told to write something centred around a certain theme.

However, the first time I really wrote something for fun was when I was ten. It was a blatant Power Rangers rip off.
What motivated you to become an indie author?

I don't like the idea of somebody else having absolute power over my art.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I've been reading ever since I can remember.

Roald Dahl was always a favourite of mine when I was younger. However, the first 'big' book I ever remember reading was 'Northern Lights' by Philip Pullman. That story has influenced the mixing of science and religion in much of my work.
How do you approach cover design?
Image first. A striking image that can be seen as a thumbnail.

Then I go about designing the title logo and other relevant things.
Describe your desk

I either sit on my sofa with a wireless keyboard, or I'm writing on my phone on the commute to work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Lord of the Rings. Such a detailed and rich environment that has yet to be surpassed. A masterpiece in worldbuilding. Good story too.

His Dark Materials (Yes all three). An epic story which broke new ground with its mixture of science and the spiritual, and Pullman's boldness to explore current religions.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While all seven are great in their own way, this one in particular is a perfect story. Every mystery built up through the series is solved. The three main characters go through their own personal journeys.The final battle is thrilling and unashamedly deadly. The denouement falls into place like the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle. And it doesn't leave you feeling like there should be more, but doesn't drag on either. Also, the only novel I've ever read cover to cover in one sitting.

Great Expectations. Such an atmospheric and classic book.

The Stand. It really needs to be something special for me to enjoy a post-apoc novel. This is it. A carefully crafted story that builds and builds, slowly shifting genres without you even noticing. Definitely King's best work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm a little Tolkienesque. I enjoy worldbuilding, and having somewhere to put my characters.

But I also enjoy the characters. One of the reasons I generally like to write with little to no plan, is just to see what the characters do.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book (released at the end of next month) is the first in a retelling of the classic Arabian Nights series.

Many versions exist, but I have found none that tell all 1001 nights in a modern style. So that is what I am attempting to do.
Published 2017-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Scheherazade: Nights 1-3
Series: 1001 Arabian Nights, Volume 1. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 22,200. Language: British English. Published: April 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Classics
The Sassanian Empire is ruled by a ruthless King who marries a different woman every night and orders her execution the next morning. With the population running thin of potential brides, Scheherazade has a plan. She can save herself. She can save her father. And she can save every woman who still draws breath in the Empire. And it all begins with a story.
Blood (The Calnis Chronicles #2.5) (The Calnis Chronicles of the Tarimain #1: Emergence)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,580. Language: British English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Luke has reached his mid sixties and is already feeling the strains of immortality, but something happens to break up the boredom, a murderer who drains his victims of blood. Soon, he, Sarah and Atharron are on the trail of a demon. 
The fifth Chronicle in the Tarimain series.
Girl Corrupted (The Calnis Chronicles: Emergence #4) (The Calnis Chronicles of the Tarimain)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: British English. Published: April 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Religious
While searching for David, the Tarimain are offered help by a young girl and her mysterious mentor. 
The fourth Chronicle in the Tarimain series.
War of the Dead (The Calnis Chronicles: Emergence #3) (The Calnis Chronicles of the Tarimain)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: British English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Having heard of a demon in the trenches, David and Luke are sent to the Western Front to investigate, and find an army of soldiers bearing wounds that should kill mortal men. The third Chronicle in the Tarimain series.
Eternity: Emergence (The Calnis Chronicles of the Tarimain: Chronicle 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Having escaped an ambush, Luke must discover who, or what, is controlling the police. But is he willing to put his recently discovered immortality on the line for his new allies? 
The second Chronicle in the Tarimain series.
Emergence: Mortality (The Calnis Chronicles of the Tarimain Book 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,300. Language: British English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Plymouth, England, 1887 When his friend's wife is murdered by a monstrous wolf, Luke seeks it out to avenge her death, but is arrested for the killings. His only hope to avoid the noose is a mysterious woman who claims to be immortal.
Allison's Defeat (The Calnis Chronicles): Rise of the Emissary 1
Series: Rise of the Emissary (The Calnis Chronicles). Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,220. Language: British English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sixteen year old Allison has definite plans for her future. A Fender Stratocaster, to marry her childhood sweetheart, and the cover of Rolling Stone is all she wants. So when a new school friend tells her she is to be God's warrior, and a black cloaked woman enters her life with murderous intentions, she fears her dreams will soon evaporate.