Interview with Lee A Jackson

Published 2015-01-21.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting into the flow of an idea stream is definitely one of the most enjoyable moments of writing. There are frustrating points of the writing process, such as a blank mind and noticing a loose end that wasn't quite tied up, but when everything clicks into place and flows, then it is a wonderful process that can take you away. That and completing the final edit.
What do your fans mean to you?
If there is no-one there to read your work at the end of the day, then it falls a bit flat. Writing can be a personal experience, digging deep into yourself to pull out a character or motivation, but ultimately it is about the end reader. Anyone who positively enjoys your work (a fan) is a great support system and an inspiration in and of itself to continue writing.
What are you working on next?
Completing a back catalog of my work. After writing for so many years and doing nothing with the short stories that I had produced, I am currently working through an entire process of editing all of those stories and releasing them on Smashwords. At the same time, I am working on a bigger product of a longer story that I have had brewing around in my head for the last couple of years. Completing that will feel like a pivotal moment in my writing career.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have read a lot of the classics, but my taste has changed throughout my life. There was a period where I couldn't get enough of Edgar Allan Poe, then a journey from everyone from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Robert Rankin was enjoyed. Just about everything in-between I've read and of course that will include Stephen King, who has been an inspiration because of the left-field ideas that he's brought into the mainstream.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and a drive to be better, especially for my wife. Procrastination and a lack of belief has been battled with throughout the years, but even in the midst of it, there has always been an inner voice (however loud) telling me to get things done. Guess it's been heard, helped along by Smashwords and a wife who believes in me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I would have to speak to Coursera which has helped me broaden my horizons through non-writing times, as well as going out running and spending down-time with my wife.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally the ebooks that I've stumbled across have been from recommendations from across websites. That, or just general catalog browsing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not entirely which the first one was. I remember the environment that I was in when I was writing, sat at a desk, the room dark, huddled over an old Commodore computer, right next to a window overlooking the back yard. Illumination was generally from that window, or a small reading lamp.
What is your writing process?
Generally pretty scattered. The process has changed over the years. When I first started writing it was pretty much a one track process, where a story got written in one or two sittings, methodically from start to finish. Then it changed from just writing random sections of a story and then piecing it together afterwards. It has pretty much remained non-linear.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in the south west of England. That probably had a profound effect on my writing, because I dipped into my imagination to take me places. The nice balance with that was that the small-town environment also offered the quietude to afford me the chance to get things written.
When did you first start writing?
I was probably in my mid to late teens when I started writing. It was a bit like visiting with a secret friend during the evenings, listening to my inner dialogues and then trying to get them typed up on to the computer. The writing, which mostly started with poetry, did come from a period of teenage-angst, that is what kicked it all off.
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