Interview with J.N. McGhee

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first time trying Smashwords, so I hope so.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to express myself without restrictions.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm not sure if I have any fans yet. But if I did, it just makes me whole to know I have genuine people in my corner to support and uplift me.
What are you working on next?
Doing some reading. Then, I will be working on other individual projects as a Copy Editor, Editor, and Proofreader.
Who are your favorite authors?
Emily Dickerson, Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, Countee Cullen, just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To learn, grow, experience new adventures, and connect with other creative individuals.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reflecting most of the time. But I read, play video games, watch anime and manga, and watch old Kung-Fu movies like the Shaw Brothers.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't particularly read ebooks that much. But if I do, I discover them on Goodreads and other websites.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called "When Pigs Fly." I wrote this short story while trying to enter a school for English and literature that helped potential writers. My mother wouldn't let me go. The story was based on all the stuffed animals that I possessed. It was a humorous story.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one. I just write. After I finish writing, I revise and edit. And that's just about it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, unfortunately, I don't. I read so many books as a child, and it was fun to read. The impact of reading allowed me to tap into my love for writing. It also led me to read and study the dictionary and the thesaurus to enhance my vocabulary.
How do you approach cover design?
At first, it was a challenge. It was difficult to find someone to do the design I had in mind for my book. But I was finally able to find someone to do it, Ms. Francessca Wingfield. She did an awesome job. She made my vision come true.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hmmm....you know I don't have any particular favorites. I just love books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now, I don't have an e-reading device. If the book is available on Amazon, I use the ebook reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book teasers, book trailer, storyboard.
Describe your desk
It's a mess. Everything is everywhere.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mississippi. I was not accustomed to people wanting to listen to me, so I wrote what I felt and what I saw.
When did you first start writing?
I was in 5th grade when I started writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A little girl is telling her story from what she witnessed during her childhood to her adolescence. The little girl struggles to find meaning in her existence. She continues to create and discard multiple masks as she searches for one that fits her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A lot of traditional publishing companies will not publish poetry. Most think it's a waste of time or not worthy of selling. While publishing as an indie author, it gave me more freedom and opportunity.
Published 2017-11-28.
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Books by This Author

Little Girl Blues: Existence of an Image
Price: $2.25 $1.12 USD. (50% off!) Words: 7,750. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
These poems take you on a journey through the eyes of a child transitioning into adolescence. Questioning the societal and familial conjectures, the child experiences reality from a perspective that causes her to embody the "poetically blue" spirit as she struggles to find out who she really is. The book centers around the main themes of existence, image, identity, and self.