About J.M. Denholme:
I grew up in the Midwest region of the U.S of A., but my DRD4-7R prompted me to go out into the world in my twenties and I’ve never looked back. My travels have taken me far and wide, and I can attest to the fact that “the grass is only as green as you make it.” I don’t believe in traveling the same path twice, or that muscle car production ceased circa 1972. My first love was a ’70 Chevelle SS 454, and I’m always on the lookout for an Ella.
I have several manuscripts, of various genres, in the making. Currently, my sole focus is adding the finishing touches to the remaining short stories that will fall under the collective title “Caution, Girl Up Ahead.”
What inspires you to write?
Life and living: those standstill moments or volcanic reactions caused by a chance encounter, a piece of music, or a fleeting moment inspire me to write–personally or vicariously, it doesn’t matter.
Tell us about your writing process.
It begins with a brief scene, a bit of philosophy, or a run of dialogue that flashes through my mind; it gets jotted down on whatever form of media is at hand and then largely ignored until interwoven into pre-existing work over the course of a few weeks up to several years. Outlines–what are those? If I could use only three words to describe my writing process: abstract as heck. To the chagrin of those closest to me, I am wholly non-linear, so this process works for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t think listening is the right word and I don’t have discussions with my characters–hasn’t happened yet anyway; at some point, though, I become more of a tool and captivated reader versus the writer. It’s akin to that feeling you get at family reunions when a family member’s behavior gets out of hand but you’re transfixed because, ultimately, you want to see how it will all play out.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t stop, even if you or others feel you lack that certain something–someone WILL like it … and at the very least: writing is therapeutic. Consistently evolve, research your subjects thoroughly, try a different genre, test yourself constantly, hone your particular style or tone. Just … don’t stop, it’s in you and it needs to come out.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Basically, I published after caving into peer pressure. I’ve really only been writing for my own enjoyment and release. I finally got fed up with being told I was crazy and selfish for not sharing my work with the masses. I don’t expect fame and fortune and self-publishing is great for me–it’s as instant as I allow it and I get to know the merits of my writing beyond the circle of those closest to me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we’re witnessing the future of book publishing now. Traditional (print) publishing has become more tight-fisted and exclusive as ever. With only a handful of reputable print publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts, self-publishing has become the way to go for talented writers to be seen and read versus perpetually occupying a slush pile. And the belief that self-publishing will only make the possibility of knowing mainstream, print-published fame that much more difficult, is simply no longer true.
What genres do you write?: Fiction: Literary; Fantasy; Steampunk; Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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