Interview with J.W. Hankins

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is entertaining readers without a doubt. Sharing my characters and the worlds I create, is a close second.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything really. They are the ones I want to share my creations with. They are the ones I want to entertain and touch with my stories. Fans are the ones I want to transport to other worlds, drop into crazy situations, and see how they cope. When I'm excited about a project, fans are the first people I think of, like "I can't wait for them to read this!"
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Creativity. I'm interested in so many things creatively, and I'm always trying to express myself through those creative mediums. when I wake up, what gets me out of bed is the thought of creating something new.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm either reading, studying film, playing video games, making music, or experimenting with photography.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't really remember the first story I ever wrote, but I do remember one of my earlier ones from when I was teen. It was a Sci-Fi story I never finished writing, but there was a character named Sempel, who my family and friends fell in love with, then I killed her off for the fun of it. To this day, my mother still remembers Sempel and hates me for killing her. That was nearly 20 years ago, lol.
What is your writing process?
I'm a plotter for sure. I borrow heavily from what I learned studying screenwriting. I bounce back and forth between Plot Development and Character Develop to where one phase feeds the next. So, I usually start off with a concept, then develop the antagonist and protagonist, then the log line, plot characters, Acts, Supporting characters, Sequences, Element Characters, etc. Towards the end of my list I get into world building and such.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First story, no, but a story that did impact me was titled Dance of the Dead by Christie Golden. It was a Ravenloft Book, a subset of Dungeons and Dragons, I believe. Christie Golden captivated me with her writing and was the first author to ever make me feel like I was right there with the character, in their situation, in their world, in the swamps dealing with the undead. Its the story that made my young mind really want to tell my own stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
The same genres I write: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Thriller.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
MacBook, iPad, iPhone with the KindleApp, though I'm getting into iBooks now.
Published 2013-12-24.
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Two-Sided Triangle
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