Interview with Jay Tolentino

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Basically just seeing the scenes in my head become actual words on paper, in this case, a PDF document. And being able to share it with the world.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to relax and in a way clear my mind by watching movies on DVD and Blu-ray, which I am an avid collector of. I recently became a fan of PS4, so I spend time on playing games on that too. I have a bunch of close friends and relatives who became inspirations of the main characters of Lone Creek, who I hang out with regularly.

Finally, I listen to music. I recently became a fan of soft instrumental music, and I highly recommend you take a listen to David Tolk's In Reverence, also Hiatus.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The very first one was very childish, since I wrote that in high school, no working titles of any kind, just a plain hero story. But the one that stood out, was what I wrote in college. "Guttsburgh" was its working title, and it was about a Royal family plagued with intrigue and scandal, jealousy, until their downfall, with the most innocent, the youngest Prince, suffering the events of the past, which he has completely no knowledge of.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From different medias, actually. Aside from friends' suggestions, I find most from Wattpad, or simply searching Google.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Cujo - I just love the storyline. the characters, and of course, it's a Stephen King novel.
2. The Exorcist - Reading and imagining the scenes on that book made it triple more creepier and scarier for me then the movie.
3. Nathan's Run - Such a moving story. This is one of those books that would make you cry.
4. The Eyes of the Dragon - Another Stephen King novel, need I say more?
5. The Alienist - So dark, so mysterious, such a page-turner.
What do you read for pleasure?
Aside from comic books? Hmmm... Erotica. I'm just kidding.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the greater Manila area, with my grandparents, since my mom was divorced and she has to work. And being mostly alone, I learned to entertain myself with imagination, making up stories in my head, scenarios of all kind. And another thing was that my whole family just love watching movies. Especially the horror thriller genre, which fed my mind with all things scary and creepy.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to Lone Creek. And I already am planning on expanding that story beyond the sequel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, John Saul, John Grisham, Caleb Carr
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. I mean, without them, then this would all be for nothing. If they appreciate the books that authors write, they don't just support the author himself, but in a way, immortalizing the book itself. The story would live on through the fans.
Published 2018-04-03.
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Books by This Author

Lone Creek
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,450. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
A small town rocked to the core by a series of gruesome murders. Caught in the middle are Sheriff Ryle McHeaven, Father Dominic Figures, Rain Benson and a young boy shrouded in mystery. A shadow of unspeakable evil lurks in the bowels of Lone Creek. And the water turns red.