Interview with J.F. Hagen

What are you working on next?
I plan on working in my local community to implement some of the solutions to the environmental and social problems that were discussed in the book. These activities will be comprised of direct meetings and lectures at community forums and possibly the formation of a website.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to garden, read, do volunteer work.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have four major sources. My friends advise me about books that they like. I also look for books about things I like to do such as gardening. Another source of discovery is browsing. Sometimes when browsing I see a title that looks like it may have some interesting topic about something I wouldn't normally look for. I also keep a lookout for new titles that are produced by my favorite authors.
What is your writing process?
I formulate a general architecture of the book. The next step is to gather detailed information usually on hand written file cards. I use these as a rough outline and then write in a intuitive fashion.
How do you approach cover design?
I look at photographs that have a symbolic meaning relative to the content of the book. In the book I just wrote the beautiful withered and frozen milkweed husk suggested to me the present status of our efforts to solve our environmental and social problems. The seed pods have fulfilled their function and released their seeds. The released seeds are waiting for the right conditions to germinate. Our beautiful but frozen society is like this having the "seeds" waiting to germinate into a new sustainable economic/social system.
What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read autobiographies, biographies, history, organic gardening books. I also like some fiction/biographical such as is written by Maxine Hong Kingston.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an E-Pub reader.
Describe your desk
My "desk" is my kitchen table with a monitor, keyboard and mouse, the computer sits underneath. Plenty of room for laying out my source material which is stored in bins.
When did you first start writing?
This is the first book that I have written. It has taken me more than a year. Prior to that I had published several technical articles in journals.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy doing the research and working with the other people who have contributed to it's formation. It also has provided a great learning experience.
Published 2015-01-17.
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Books by This Author

The Emperor Has No Clothes A Practical Guide for Environmental and Social Transformation
You set the price! Words: 64,560. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Environmental politics, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Environmental / Waste Management
The first part of this book examines the intertwined social,economic, and technological causes that are the wellsprings of many of the environmental and social challenges we face. The second part offers workable solutions to attenuate or eliminate these problems. The ideas being presented are simple effective things we as ordinary citizens can implement to successfully abate these challenges.