About J.M. Northup:
I’m an American author with the independent publisher, CREATIVIA. I launched my writing career with my debut Young Adult series, The Fears of Dakota.
I released a New Adult novel, the psychological thriller entitled, A PRISONER WITHIN and a novella of poetry, SOUL SEARCHING, which also includes the short story, EMERGENCE. I released a middle grade book entitled, FELINE FASCINATIONS: The Adventures of Boris and Olga and the military series, The Wounded Warriors, with co-author Simone Beaudelaire!
I am continuing to develop and research future projects.
I am a native Minnesotan who proudly served in the United States Air Force. I have been married 23+ years to my best friend, Dusty and together, we have 2 beautiful daughters!
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by my dreams or I will see a story playing out in my head, like a movie.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a blended style. I sort of get an idea and often, I know the beginning and the ending before the middle bits. I usually write the scenes that speak to me and then back fill, connecting and sketching a timeline.
I edit as I read through, smoothing as I go to be sure the story is flowing with proper continuity and that it is interesting.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. They speak pretty clearly to me once I have formed them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write the story you have inside and want to tell, not the story you think someone else wants to hear. You need to be true to your art because if you aren’t passionate about it, how can you expect anyone else to be?
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried the traditional way, sending manuscripts to literary agents, but after a year, I got rather frustrated. I didn’t know all the rules for query letters and though I learned, it took a toll. I wants to write to share stories and my love of writing. I wasn’t interested in being famous, so I decided to self-pub. I liked the ability to read readers and to hear their thoughts about my work. It seemed more personal to me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think more people will go to self-publishing or smaller, independent publishing houses. I feel this way not only because it is an easier route to get published, but because you have more control of your own art that way.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA, New Adult, Middle Grade, Suspense, Thriller, Romance, Erotica, and Sci-fi.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print