Interview with M J Collins

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two dogs. When the weather is nice we enjoy going hiking and camping. At home I enjoy cooking though my cooking skills leave an awful lot to be desired. I'm more comfortable on a grill than I am a stove!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Of course Amazon. :-) I'm a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. But also non-mainstream outlets like ASSTR, EMCSA, and even Nifty every now and then.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I was in high school. It was a science-fiction piece about a man that couldn't die and journeyed through time (and eventually space) observing — and sometimes influencing — history.
What is your writing process?
I've got to have at least a story outline completed first, then I just write. On my Mac, on my iPad, or on my laptop. Usually in various text-editors using Markdown. Once I've got all of the pieces together I assemble the draft of the story/ book together and begin the editing process.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a love/ hate relationship with Amazon's Kindle. I really like the device. Amazon has done an amazing job with it. But I absolutely loathe the DRM and the fact that Amazon is now subsidizing its devices with ads. As if we aren't bombarded with enough ads in our daily lives! I've got a Kindle Voyager and a Nook.
Describe your desk
Very, very, very cluttered. Full of knick-knacks and paddy-whacks, trinkets and other miscellaneous bits and bobs.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Georgia (the State, not the Country), and there wasn't really a whole lot to do. Reading & writing was my escape into another World, another universe, and another dimension. After high school I had to grow up very fast due to a series of tragedies in my personal life so as an adult writing tended to be my therapy and helped me cope and deal with the stress of life and living.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I never really thought my writing was good enough to publish to be quite honest, but I've received some feedback and encouragement from those who have read my stories who have encouraged me to share my works with a wider audience. I guess fear of rejection is what motivated the most to strike out as an independent. I figured it only one person reads my stories, or if only one person likes my stories, then the effort has been worth it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
This is going to seem weird but the greatest joy of writing for me is to give life to my characters. They're like my children in a very esoteric way and I care deeply about them while I'm writing the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. You are who I'm writing for and why I sit down to write. Without my fans there would be little reason for me to write anything.
Published 2016-09-29.
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