Interview with J.M Bingham

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't think it was necessarily a story, but I watched a cartoon about the story of Swan Lake. I just remember being fascinated by the characters and the music. Cinderella unbelievably was probably one of my favorite stories when I was a kid along with Robin Hood, The Sword in the Stone, and others.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually have my wife help me. She is an amazing photographer and has a lot of experience in photoshop.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
One of my most favorite books is a Tale of two cities by Charles Dickens. I really enjoy learning about the French Revolution, and the book itself is really exciting with the plot. I also like "The Historian" that chronicles a man that is haunted by Count Dracula.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love history and so I read a lot of history books. I also like to read different folk stories from different countries.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook that I got for Christmas last year, but i rarely read it. I'm pretty busy unfortunately.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I haven't really used a lot. I'm a fairly new author.
Describe your desk
It's clean. I'm a neat person, and like things organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Logan UT. it's very rural, and I come from a very small town. I remembered from the time I was in first grade I became fascinated with Ancient Egypt and history itself. I loved to act out and pretend the stuff I would learn. I also read a lot. Mostly historical and fantasy novels. A lot of the inspiration from my writing comes from my experiences growing up, the people I came across, and exploring the bottoms of Amalga.
When did you first start writing?
Two years ago. My wife and I moved to Montana for a while to live with my father in law. Before then, I didn't really enjoy it all that much from all the college papers I had to write. But writing became sort of a relief for me, especially dealing with living away from home and being away from my family.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Maiden Hunter is based on the legend of Swan Lake. The story of a young princess captured by a wizard and turned into a swan so that no man could fall in love with her. I've loved that story since I was little. I've tweaked my own book to make it so it's more modern. Henry is not a prince, and the curse is different. I've always included other characters and made it i guess a little darker than what people are used to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really like folklore and history, and writing about it. Like I said, a lot of my material comes from the things I've learned about in the past or have been interested in. My main goal is to someday be a part time writer. But we'll see how that goes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm not sure yet. I just barely published with them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters. A lot of my characters are from my past or based on myself. it's fun to look back on good memories.
What do your fans mean to you?
If i had fans, I think it would mean a lot. I would feel like I achieved something because I've made someone else happy by reading my book.
What are you working on next?
I've actually completed two other books. I'm just kind of seeing if I can get my foot in the door before I submit them as well. But as of now I'm working a book basically about fairy tales gone wrong.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh man. I have a lot. I would say Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, Amy Tan, and Edgar Allan Poe.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife and kids. my wife has health issues, so I'm the main breadwinner.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to play music. I play several different instruments. I like to spend time with my kids and my wife, and in my free time research stuff on the internet.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through my nook device.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In fifth grade i wrote a story for a class with some other kids. We compiled our own ideas together. i put in my part about I think Alexander the great's lost tomb or something. My teacher was pretty impressed that a fifth grade kid knew who Alexander the Great was.
What is your writing process?
When I have an idea, I write it down, and then start writing. I can't write the whole story line beforehand. I have to just write it out as ideas come to me.
What is your favorite foods?
I like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Mexican, hamburgers, Sushi, and pop. I like a lot of candy and stuff like that.
Published 2015-03-29.
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