JL Stratton has always been a storyteller, although most folks just call it "spinning a tale" or "lying." He began writing in earnest in junior high school when a creative writing teacher gave him a "C" grade on a piece of speculative fiction, calling it "blasphemy." From that point on, JL saw continued remarks about his writing such as "weird" and "writing for the mind" only as fuel for his writing fire.
Although born and raised in the Northwest of the United States, he now resides in the Southeast, having been deposited there through Uncle Sam's relocation program, otherwise known as military service.
JL enjoys writing across genres, having written or currently working on mystery, crime, science fiction, speculative fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. JL writes paranormal romance and erotica under a pen name.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
While it is difficult at my age to remember the very first story I wrote, I do remember the story that set me on a path to a life-long enjoyment of writing. It was a creative writing assignment. I wrote a piece of speculative fiction (although the term speculative would not come into play for years) involving a set of characters escaping from their home planet and arriving at another. The characters were so much like that of Adam and Eve protrayed in the jewish and christian bible that I actually named them "Adam" and "Evek." At this early age, I had not yet developed a skill for naming characters. My teacher was appalled by the story. She gave me a grade of 'C' and wrote something referring to blashpemy on the first page. From that point, I was hooked on creating stories that tested the reader's beliefs.
What is your writing process?
I normally start with an idea or just a tiny seed of a story. I'll write a scene or a character sketch and go from there. At some point I do formulate a very loose outline just to make sure that events and characters are matched. My first draft is often very sparse, basically describing a character doing something or going from one place to another. On the second pass, as I get to know my characters, I add more detail. One odd thing about my process is that, while many writers reduce their word count during rewrites, I normally increase mine because of my initial sparse writing style.
The cold realities of war are realized too late both by a manufactured soldier and the command team that controls him. This is a dystopian look at mental conditioning and creating the ultimate soldier, without empathy or fear of pain.
on June 19, 2014
I love stories with a twist, and this one delivered! This is the first story I've read from C. F. Sheeler but it will likely not be the last. While I thought I had the ending to this short story pegged by the time I was half-finished, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. Without giving too much away, I will just say that this story demonstrates how a parent can be proud in ALL their children's ventures. Great short story overall. Sure, there were a very few tense and grammatical errors, I was so engrossed in the story, I did not even catch them until the second reading. Again, I probably only saw them because I am a fellow writer. Nonetheless, this story deserves five stars for unique method of telling and an ending that took me by surprise.
on July 22, 2014
Great Story and wonderful introduction to the fascinating world (or universe) of Dar Meltom. The writing was tight, the grammar proper and the story, exciting enough to keep me turning the pages to the end. I believe if one takes a chance on this first story, they will surely be motivated to purchase the other stories in the series, as I have.