Interview with J. A. Folkers

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me, the look on the kids faces when they read my books or I read to them gives me all the feedback I need.
What are you working on next?
I am going to start work again on the Alchemist and the Funnel of Light.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisholm, Dianna Wynne Jones, Dan Brown, Enid Blyton, JK Rowlings, CS Lewis
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My two beautiful girls, my dog and the next bit I'm working on.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do up houses, garden and swim and of course spend the time mulling over where the next piece of the puzzle is going.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
On the internet, people recommend books to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. I was more of a reader before I started writing. I would read up to three books in a weekend.
What is your writing process?
I lay down a basic plot. But by the time I start to write I find the story now writes itself. It unfolds as it goes. I tend to direct where it's going.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No I don't remember the first story I ever read. I read heaps as a child. I would go raspberry picking and any money earnt was normally spent at the bookshop on my way home. I'd get home and that would be me gone until I'd finished my latest book.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to try to get the theme across on the cover, the cover must be engaging and it's the first thing that makes your book jump off the shelf.
What do you read for pleasure?
Dan Brown, JK Rowling, any kids books I can get my hands on
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Sony ebook
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find if I do it personally that works best for me.
Describe your desk
My desk has toys on it. Teddy bears, a card from my childhood that was my membership to the Ooky Spooky club. It has a tennis ball the physio gave me that stays out of range from my dog if it lives hidden at the back of my desk. It has a wooden card holder which is shaped as a stack of books. I have 3 monkey statues I got in Australia which tell the story of see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. They are rather cool. I have a reading light for working in the early hours of the morning. I have 3 computers normally cluttering my desk. A stapler, cellotape, a pen and a calculator. A stack of inspirational cards someone gave me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand. I loved books from an early age and became a reader. I loved escaping into any imaginary world. When I found time to write I started getting serious about it.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in Bangkok when I got asked to be Secretary of the New Zealand Society over there. I wrote very unconventional minutes which lovingly became known as 'The Scriptures'. I was somewhat unconventional to say the least when it came to taking minutes, if it was said under the hammer then it got written up as having been said. I turned boring meetings into let's see what the minutes have to say this time around. I had a lot of fun with it and everyone got to the stage they could not wait to see what I'd written.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Oh you best read it and find out.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My books had rolled off contract with my publisher and it was another avenue to a wider audience. I didn't have time to find an overseas publisher to take them on.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Hasn't done much as of yet, let's hope this might change in the future.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making the plot unfold and seeing it work. And the look on children's faces when I read to them
What made you become a writer?
Well I actually got very sick after my eldest child was born, I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had always wanted to write kids books but had never found or made the time. Too busy working and leading a busy life. I started studying for my diploma in Children's writing and it went off from there....
Published 2014-08-25.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Mr Dudley and the Shadow Beasts
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 7,140. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Who’s the old man with the very cool old car? What’s his problem and why has he come to see Betty? A treasure map, Shadow Beasts and Dreamland enter the picture. Can Chloe, Ben and Mum work out what’s happening? Or will Muriel the witch from the next village have to save the day? Join them all on their latest adventure and enjoy the fun and games.
Picasso Dook and the Rainbow Bunny
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Who are they and what are they up to? Chloe and Ben are preparing for Easter when low and behold Fairytale land overspills again. Can Mum keep Ben from finding out about Fairytale land or will the adventure ruin his childhood? Can Mum protect him from all the magic? What’s a fugly rug and a leprechaun got to do with Easter? Will Muriel the witch from the next village save the day.
Bertie Bumpkin and the Frosticals
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 8,380. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Christmas is finally here! No more waiting patiently or guessing on whether you've been naughty or nice. What greets them all on Christmas morning and was it Ben who caused it all? Jack Frost is about. Along with his groupies, the Frosticals. What mischief and mayhem are they causing? Can Bertie Bumpkin save the day or will Mum take charge and fix the wrongs.
Danger Dweeb and the Turd of Hurtles
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
What's Santa given to Barnaby to give to the kids? The kids are going to have so much fun with them! Join the kids as they become test dummies for Santa's latest invention. Who's Danger Dweeb? Not to mention the Turd of Hurtles! Join the kids and enjoy their antics on their latest adventure
Razzle Dazzle the Missing Reindeer
Series: The Fairy Tale Series, Book 3. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 7,000. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Who is Razzle Dazzle? He's one of Santa's reindeer but he went missing before the original tale was told. So - he was left out and forgotten. Barnaby, one of Santa's elves thinks he heard him on the magical walkie talkie. But where is he? All the characters in Fairy tale land want to help find him.
Barnaby the Christmas Elf
Series: The Fairy Tale Series, Book 2. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fairy tales
Who is Barnaby? He's Santa's Christmas elf who comes to visit for a month before Christmas. He's invisible to kids, only the adults can see him. He's here to check and report back to Santa on whether you have been naughty or nice. But Barnaby's gone missing! The kids were laying traps for him, will they find him in time to save Christmas for all the kids around the world.
The Pimperknickels and the Tooth Fairy
Series: The Fairy Tale Series, Book 1. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
What's happened to the Tooth Fairy? Why is she leaving notes instead of money? Why can't she leave the money? And who are the pesky Pimperknickels who are playing havoc with the Tooth Fairy? Join Chloe and Ben on their big adventure with the Tooth Fairy and the Pimperknickels. Recommended for 6-8 year olds.
Time Bandits and the Fountain of Youth
Series: The Realms, Book 4. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 59,210. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Muriel is plain worn out from their latest adventure in Magical, she wants to put her feet up and rest but low and behold the mysteries just keep coming at her. Two Moons in the sky, wild weather and distress signals start happening, An inter realm highway that has been warped by the two idiotic Time Bandits, somehow her house is now part of the highway! Hobgoblins, Tigers and Dragons.....
Abby and the Hopplescotch Realm
Series: The Realms, Book 1. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 44,300. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Abby is an eleven year-old Hopplescotch, the twin to the gate of the gateway that leads to Hopplescotch Realm. Muriel, a Hopplescotch witcherene, is the keeper of the gate and one of the most powerful witches in this world and the seven realms.
Magical Chaos at Beechhorn Cove
Series: The Realms, Book 3. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 53,140. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Magical chaos is upon us! Muriel’s cats arrive in Hopplescotch realm to fetch Muriel home. Seems mayhem has beset Beechhorn Cove. Spells are broken on Muriel’s house and the Museum, eight ghosts are running amuck!!! A living statue, a Puppet Meister are at play and a murder occurs to add to mayhem. Magical life is a secret in the cove and it must be kept that way...who is playing who?
Anika and the Techno Pirates
Series: The Realms, Book 2. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 47,370. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: September 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Techno Festival has come to Hopplescotch Realm. Inventors and magicians from each of the different realms have all kinds of gadgetry and magic spells on show at the festival - more than you could ever imagine! But there is mystery afoot! Who is this Techno Wizard who always cloaks himself, and why does he have such a sinister appearance?