Interview with Nard J

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Arkansas called Pine Bluff. It's 30 minutes south of Little Rock on I-530. Growing up there, if you weren't into sports, there wasn't much to do outside of school. I took that time to start dabbling in writing short stories and poems, until I got sidetracked trying to find my way. I went through a lot, but it has shaped me and gave me a lot of things to write about in a fiction style.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in when I was around 17 years old, but I stopped for a while, then started writing again around the age of 24.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I usually read thrillers, suspense, and action books. Some of the authors I frequent are David Baldacci, Stuart Woods, John Sanford and James Grippando.
Describe your desk
My desk is literally the kitchen table. I usually have books that I am reading or going to read, plus many pieces of paper with brainstorms and ideas for new books scribbled on them in a way that I only can decipher.
What is your writing process?
First I start writing down the ideas that I see in my mind on paper. Its usually not in any particular order. Next I start the organization process and continuing adding to the story line from there and developing my characters, also. When I feel that I have a good amount of points down for the plot, I start expanding on those points with big details under them. Once I finally start typing the story I refer to my brainstorms frequently and adjust as I go.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is getting lost in the world of my mind. I just love how it takes me away and relaxes me. No matter how bad a day may be, once I start writing, it all melts away for that time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I figured it would be a good start. Trying to get my feet wet and get my name out there. Plus I figured I could really connect with a fan base and get some really good feedback and have control over my projects.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually read, talk and play with my children or go for walks to try and generate more ideas for the projects that I am currently working on.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks I have read, I was literally just scrolling through a website and picking books at random that either sounded or looked interesting. Others I read were either referred to me by a friend or suggested by the website based on some search criteria.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Jehovah God and my children. Everyday that I have breath in my body and I can still operate, I will get out of bed and be productive. I have to provide for them and Jehovah God has given me that ability and responsibility, so I will not fail Him nor my children.
Published 2016-03-22.
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Books by This Author

Recognizing What's Real
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,710. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Deidra comes back into Tim's life at the most unexpected time and turns his whole world upside down. Tim finds himself stuck between choosing if he wants to try and work it out with his old flame or continue going around in circles with his now girlfriend, Ally. While Tim's life seems to be going up in flames, his friend Shaky finds himself falling for a woman who wants nothing from him.
Four Walls
Price: Free! Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
After spending an awesome night together, Darius and Phire's romance is starting to heat up. They have spent a lot of time together over the last few weeks and after not seeing each other for a while, Darius invites Phire to his new house for a romantic dinner. So much for the forbidden fruit being off limits. Their relationship is striving to prove that your business can be your pleasure.
In The Morning ft. Darius Coleman
Price: Free! Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Darius has just finished his first season in the NBA as a stand out player. He's looking to make his name a household brand and he needs a real agent. A friend of his family introduces him to Phire Wilson and he sees more than just an agent in her. After he hires her as his agent, he is feeling confident and asks her out on her on a date, but he isn't sure if she will see the date in the same way.
In The Morning
Price: Free! Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Phire Wilson is about to take her talent search agency to the next level by signing an up and coming NBA star. She has been all work and no play over her career. Now that it is time to make the biggest deal of her career thus far she is starting to feel that a little play time might be in order. Darius catches her eye, but she knows that he is like a forbidden fruit for her career. Will she bite?
Quiet Savage
Price: Free! Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Troy aka Savage has finds himself in a state prison and is looking to do his time as quietly as possible. Most of the other inmates respect his decision to do his time by staying out of the way. He spends his time by reading, working out and watching television. When trouble arises, he is faced with the decision that most prisoners have to deal with at some time or another, fight or walk away.