Interview with J.M. Swan

What are you working on next?
Right now I am working on the book “The Inept Zombie survivor”. After that one I have a couple of different stories in the pipeline. I am considering another, more serious zombie book, to get that out of my system. Right now I have not got that far in the process to know what the next book will be about.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Italian author Umberto Eco will always be a favorite of mine.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
All the projects I am working on, writing and others. That and my wife is what inspires me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to go out and enjoy the city. Have a drink or a meal, go to some exhibition or just relax in the sun.
How do you approach cover design?
What I would like to do is follow the principle “less is more.” I usually play around with a theme or a style and see if I can do something with that myself. For “The James Interlude” I got inspired from the TV-shows of the 60s.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I get my hands on, from Umberto Eco to Clive Custler.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only have one and that is a Kindle. I have no preferences for the device, as long as it gives a good approximation of a real book I am happy, and my Kindle does that.
Describe your desk
Cluttered would be the best world to describe it. It is full of coffee cups, some paper I use for drawing, a lot of pens, and of course my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in the south of Sweden. The fact it was not a city, probably forced me to use my imagination more then I otherwise would have. The imagination is the core of writing fiction so i would say it has influenced me a lot.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is not as ordered as I would like it to be. Usually I get an idea that I let rattle around in my head for some time. Most of the ideas sounds good in the beginning but after some time they show their weaknesses, so I throw them out. If the idea is good, I create the main plot in my head and then I just start writing.
Published 2015-04-23.
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