About J.A. Wright:
J.A. Wright was raised in the Pacific Northwest and moved to New Zealand in 1990. With more than thirty years in recovery from drug addiction, she’s been crafting her debut novel How to Grow an Addict for years.
How to Grow an Addict is J.A. Wright’s debut novel. Named best book of 2015 by Redbook/Good Housekeeping magazine and a finalist in both the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and 2015 Foreward Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award and a Bronze winner in the 2016 IPPY Awards for Literary Fiction.
What inspires you to write?
Life conditions inspire me to write. Sometimes I’ll see someone or something that gets me motivated and other times I’ll recall an early childhood experience that invoked a feeling I can’t forget.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t often get the chance to write every day, but that would be my preference as it takes me a few days of writing for an hour or two to get into a groove. I have a process diary (created from word options) that I add ideas and information to pretty regularly. I also keep a writing tablet in my purse and car and use Grammarly. I try not to delete as I write- even if I’m frustrated.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk, walk and ask questions. I sometimes pretend I’m a character (for weeks) as it helps me to develop a voice and a point of view.
What advice would you give other writers?
The same advice I got from an another author, “Write as though no one will ever read your work because chances are they won’t.” This was great advice for me as believing no one but me would ever read my words made it possible for me to feel okay about writing anything.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’d been working for years on a way to write a realistic account of how a family that isn’t quite right can influence and nurture an addiction in a child. My hope is that people who read it will gain a better understanding of how a misfit and sensitive child can easily get into more trouble than she ever intended.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s scary and exciting. I’m not always sure what to do or who to approach for promotional help. Entering writing contests has benefitted me and my novel How to Grow an Addict and so has joining various online support networks. But there is so much out there about how to publish and promote and hard to understand which way to go.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Faction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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