Interview with Jerome Evans

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is a way for me to share my quirky perspective on the recurrent themes that I encounter on a day to day basis. It's also the only creative outlet that allows me the freedom to fully immerse other people in my thoughts.
What are you working on next?
There are about a thousand story ideas clamoring around in my head but, for now, I'm going to continue publishing short stories. I like writing short stories because I'm able to explore the complexities of certain themes without having to express a particular opinion on those themes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ah - you've caught me. I'm a total sci-fi/fantasy nerd. My current favorite authors are George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss. Every new book from them is a precious gift that I can't wait to talk to my friends about. If we're wandering outside the realm of fantasy then I have to mention James Baldwin, Michael Cunningham, and David Sedaris. There are probably hundreds more that I could name but I know that I frequently re-read those particular authors.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, when I'm not actively writing then I'm usually out having adventures with friends. I've got some of the most creative, unpredictable, and uncontrollable friends out there. Bar none. They always keep me on my toes and are a constant source of inspiration. When I'm alone I'm usually reading or playing video games. I'm big into RPGs.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five!? That's hardly fair but I'll play along. A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Margin. The Hours, by Michael Cunningham. Bossypants, by Tina Fey. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris. Those aren't in any particular order but they're all books that I've recommended to my mom! I'm pretty sure she loved them all!
Describe your desk
My desk is a total mess. Right now it's covered in notes and ideas that I've scribbled down. There's a giant mug for tea and a smaller mug for coffee. Oh, and I have a really old thesaurus that I occasionally use. I'm not entirely sure where it came from but I think likes feeling needed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up around Atlanta, Georgia but my mother - being a military brat - infected us with her wanderlust at a very early age. We frequently traveled to places where none of us knew the language so, after a long while, I began to recognize what people were trying to say with their words and their body language. Eventually I also studied some foreign languages so some thoughts or expressions that aren't native to English may pop up in my writing from time to time.
What is your writing process?
My process is somewhat curious because my work may never really end. I want to have a conversation with the reader so, to that end, I tend to focus on one observation at a time. Usually that observation fits in nicely with an adventure that I had with a few friends. The end result of my writing is a fictionalization of real stories that are inspired by my, admittedly weird, perspective on things that I've seen and experienced in my life.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover is usually the very last thing that I worry about. I'll spend months working on a story and then - right there a the finish line - I'll trip over the issue a cover image. So right now my only concern is that the cover does not detract from the story. Hopefully I'll be better about that in the future.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'll read almost anything. Comic books, fantasy, video game reviews, you name it. I'll read almost anything that a friend suggests. There are only a few works that I absolutely had to put down. I think that I made it halfway through Atlas Shrugged before I had to set it too the side. It was way too preachy for me. I think the other book was a story about a dog? It was an old book that I picked up from a pop-up library and it just didn't interest me at all.
When did you first start writing?
I've written casually for a very long time. Somewhere in my basement I think there's are a few poems that I wrote when I was in 1st grade. And, although I don't keep a journal or anything, I have started and stopped writing stories for an embarrassingly long time. There are hundreds of discarded story lines in the journals around my house. One day I'll probably dust some of them off and set them properly to paper.
Published 2014-04-16.
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