Writer Interview 📝 with Jim G. Black
I’d like to introduce you all to a fellow writer I met on Twitter. He’s such a supportive and wonderful person, I wanted more people to know about him and his writing.
I asked Jim a few questions and here are his answers…
Q: What is your favorite thing about writing?
A: My favorite thing about writing is the research. Writing outside of what I know gives me the opportunity to learn new things.
Q: What is the most difficult part of the novel writing process for you?
A: The most difficult thing is staying on track. I’m ADD, and get distracted easily.
Q: What inspired you to write your work in progress How long have you been working on your work in progress?
A: What inspired me? Long answer lol. I have always had several book ideas floating around in my head. As a result of two rounds with renal cancer, I lost a kidney in 2012. In August of 2017 my other kidney shut down, resulting in a hospital stay and several weeks of recovery. During that recovery time I started thinking about my bucket list, which included all of the books I ever thought about writing. I told myself that, if I was ever going to do it, now is as good a time to start. I’ve been working on it since last November.
Q: Do you plot out your stories, fly by the seat of your pants, or some combination of the two?
A: Some of it I have outlined, however, I tend to write it in my head as I go along, then just type it up when I get time to sit and write.
Q: How do you select the names for your characters?
A: My MC is named using my middle name, Grant, and the middle name of one of my ancestors, Canaada, yes, with two “a”s in the middle. My book has several “beasties” in it, and it’s hard to come up with names for them.
Q: Are you working on anything new?
A: Not really working on anything new. I also blog, and am doing more of that lately. I have a couple ideas for short stories, but haven’t made any notes on them yet.
Q: Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, night, or whenever you find a spare moment?
A: I write whenever I can find time to sit down and do it.
Q: Do you have any writing rituals?
A: I don’t have any rituals. Maybe I need to develop some. It may help me get into a routine lol.
Q: What do you think makes a good story?
A: I think relate-able characters make for a good story. When I read a book, I like it when I can actually place myself in the story through one of the characters. Not necessarily the main character, but one with whom I can find something in common. It just it that much more fun and easy to get into.
Q: Dogs or Cats?
A: Lol…I love all animals. We have five cats, and I love them all, however, I would love to have another dog in the near future.
Q: Savory or Sweet?
A: Savory always lol. My dessert philosophy has always been “no sweets, more meats”. I’ll take an extra burger or hot dog over cake and pie any day. Tastes better with beer 😉
Q: Beach or Forest?
A: Forest. I grew up in Southeast Tennessee and spent a lot of time in the woods, camping and hiking. I never even saw the beach until I was a teenager. Living in South Carolina, I do go to the coast, but prefer dirt over sand. Another philosophy, “any place with more palms than pines is no place for me”.
Q: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do with your free time?
A: In my free time I’m reading. I also like attending plays, concerts, ballgames and singing.
Q: How can readers keep in touch with you?
A: Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueHose2006
Facebook: Jim G Black Writing https://www.facebook.com/jimblackwriter/
I hope to have my website up and running by the summer.
Q: Do you like to hear from your readers?
A: I love hearing from people, and am always happy to talk with anybody about most anything.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
A: There is not much else to tell. I try and be laid back and just exist for the most part.
Thanks for spending some time answering these questions for my blog, Jim. I hope my readers will check out your blog and social media sites.
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