Interview with JJ Pringle

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in eastern South Africa, in the heart of Zululand. A large part of South Africa is illiterate and it's inspired me not only to create relatable works but also to inspire others. I've been helping out kids developing their writing skills and assisting them in creating their own works.
When did you first start writing?
I can't even remember. I've dug out old scraps of paper from when I was very young where I'd written short stories in terrible grammar, but all I do know is that it's something that I've enjoyed doing most of my life.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's aided me in getting my work to be seen by more people than the regular selling lines. It's also helped me keep better track of what is happening with my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation of a story.
What do your fans mean to you?
I've had some really great support and with follow-up books it's really become clear how keeping in good contact with your fans helps push you to be better and aim higher. In the end the fans are the real critics anyway.
Who are your favorite authors?
This is kind of the same as asking someone what their favourite song is. There are just so many great ones to choose from that it difficult to narrow it down to just one. According to genres I'd break it up to Joseph Finder for thrillers, Stephen King for horrors and JRR Tolkien for fantasy. I've also enjoyed some of Dean Koontz's work and Nick Hornby for a nice honest break.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm actually a morning person, so I get most of my work done in the mornings. From then onwards it's just downhill as far as productivity goes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making music has always been a great passion. It's something I grew up with. Our family has always been musically inclined so I've learned to play just about anything that can make a sound.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Well, I like to get recommendations from others and every now and again I might go digging around a site to find something obscure. There are some gems out there that deserve more publicity than they're getting.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Wow. Not at all. I remember the first novel I tried. To put it lightly it was a disaster, but I was proud of it at that stage. I treasure it for the fact that it was one of my stepping stones to getting where I am now.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is jumping in head first, usually with only name and a vague idea of the book in my mind. I like to not over think things and let the story create itself as I write. I've found that it keeps me more interested in writing when I don't even know what's going to happen next or even how it will end.
How do you approach cover design?
I tend to have a picture in my head as soon as I start writing. I like to have covers be simple, yet present a feeling of what the book is about.
Describe your desk
Usually very tidy and clean, apart from a glass and a bottle of wine and scribbles of maps and summaries.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to enjoy some graphic novels when I'm in a lazy mood, taking a break from the usual fiction I read.
Published 2014-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Terno
Series: The Darklose Summons, Book 1. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 150,710. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After a devastating event Furien is left without a home but with a mark he will bear for the rest of his life. He will not only have his spirit tested but also his faith in others. Furien will face the greatest evil ever to walk the face of the planet, but when that day arrives his biggest foe will be himself.
144
Series: The Filchers, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,550. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Six people, six days, one big score. It’s been a year since Ben, Chris and Leon had stolen three rare diamonds from a high-end jewellery store in Stellenbosch. Now, they’ve decided to go at it once again, but this time the score is bigger and the job is bolder. Not only will they have to watch the clock this time, but they'll have to watch their backs too.
Unbreakables
Series: The Filchers, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,290. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When options run thin, creativity kicks in. Joe introduces The Filchers in Unbreakables, the first book of a heist series. Three men are willing to do a lot to get what they want, even if it means bending the rules a bit.