Interview with Paydon Jones

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Exercise. Nothing gets me more excited these days except for maybe food. It's a close second.
Ah, the simple things.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working as an English tutor for (mostly) Korean kids, working out, playing WoW & running my RP guild, driving, eating, sleeping, listening to music - all very relatable things.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Simple recommendation. I believe a writer is often made up of the books he's read, akin to the way a muscle is made up of the calories and protein you consume. If you aren't open to new books, you never expand your toolkit.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! A short story about dramatic, fast and very spiky vampire teenagers. I wrote my first simile in that one!
What is your writing process?
There is a lot to be said, I think, about allowing a longer leash on your written product. I allow stories to go their own organic way... it's the environment I learned in.
How do you approach cover design?
I absolutely adore Photoshop. Whatever cover you see, I have designed it somehow. I am attracted to noise, primary colors, cheesy effects, overlays and very aesthetically arresting designs. I don't want to shock you, I want to entice you.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Necronomicon, H.P. Lovecraft - this introduced me to an amazing display of maximalism. You have to dedicate some time to his work, reading and digesting it. Very much worth it.
2. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho - very easy, pleasureable read. Subtle and not in your face with allegory and philosophy.
3. VHD series, Hideyuki Kikuchi - Japan's own "H.P. Lovecraft" in a more heroic and mainstream sense. Short but fantastic books. Significant for their time.
4. What Every Body Is Saying, Joe Navarro - essential for any writer to correctly give characters organic and believable body language. Helpful in real life too!
5. Bhagavad Gita, Stephen Mitchell - beautiful prose, enlightening in both a literarily philosophical sense and a practical sense.
What do you read for pleasure?
WoW RP! Also, currently, Game of Thrones. Short stories. Poems. Plays. Nonfiction, fiction, literary magazines. Legal documents. All sorts of things!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone; I prefer print.
Describe your desk
Clean! Heh.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
East coast! I believe a lot of my writing tends to revolve around beautiful environments because I grew up around forests, trees and heavy rain/snowfall.
Published 2017-11-27.
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