About J.D. Hutchins:
J.D. Hutchins grew up in New England. Writing has been part of his life since he was young. At just age five, he created an imaginary publishing company, Big Box Books, and “self-published” several illustrated children’s books. He took great joy in reading his books to the class and lending them to friends. J.D. excelled at writing throughout his academic and professional career, often tutoring and training others. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with his family.
What inspires you to write?
Everyday people, place, and events inspire me to write. Interesting things are happening around us all the time, but the details slip through the cracks and are forgotten. I like to capture those moments and lock them into words. Think about the people in your life. Are they not characters?
Tell us about your writing process.
I write out the story as it comes to me in real time; sort of like free association. Then I look at and think, “Wow, that’s a mess.” The process from there is all about the reader. I want the reader to enjoy the ride. I cut it, mold it, smack it, and shape it until I’m convinced it would be enjoyable for the reader. I then let it sit for a few weeks or months before I work on it again. A lot of fat gets trimmed from my work. My recent book started out at 110,000 words and ended up at just over 70,000.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I become them. I talk and act out what they might say or do. I might write a few lines of dialog and read it back as that character to see if it rings true.
What advice would you give other writers?
Have fun. If you’re not having fun, your readers will not have fun. Take pride in your work regardless of critics. Writing is art, and as such, not everybody is going to like your writing- and that’s okay.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published and created a sole-proprietorship, Back Cove Books. I think it’s cool. I like to be able to have the freedom to do whatever I want to do with my writing. I plan to use Back Cove Books as a way to connect with people and help other writers. I enjoy my day job, so writing, and all that comes with it, is for fun. Sure, I’d like to sell books, but that’s not my primary objective; my goal is to enjoy writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The big publishers have become such elitists, while at the same time the indie market is flooded with anything and everything. What is publishing anymore? It’s a really crazy business. I think there will be smaller bookstores in the future with an increase in print-on-demand services for people who still enjoy physical books. Personally, I’d rather pay $10 for a physical book than $3 for an ebook, and that’s not going to change. I love the experience of reading physical books.
What genres do you write?: fiction, young adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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