About James Reid:
J.M.D. Reid has been a long-time fan of Fantasy ever since he read The Hobbit way back in the fourth grade. His head has always been filled with fantastical tales, and he is eager to share the worlds dwelling in his dreams with you.
Reid is long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest in and around the City of Tacoma. The rainy, gloomy atmosphere of Western Washington, combined with the natural beauty of the evergreen forests and the looming Mount Rainier, provides the perfect climate to brew creative worlds and exciting stories!
When he's not writing, Reid enjoys playing video games, playing D&D and listening to amazing music.
What inspires you to write?
All the great fantasy books I read and wanting to tell as interesting and creative stories.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Robert Jordan, JRR Tolkien, R. Scott Bakker, Brandon Sanderson, Frank Herbert
Tell us about your writing process.
I do a basic outline, the major events of the novel. Then I do a more detail scene outline for a few chapters, usually from one major event to the next. This lets me adapt to the characters actions, dialogue, and to fix any deficiencies I didn't anticipate in the general outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not "listen" to my characters. I have had my subconscious interrupt my writing and show me how my characters would be acting that my conscious mind had not fully understood because I had missed something of their behavior. It doesn't happen often.
I do feel like they're real people and have felt guilty for killing some of them, but they don't talk to me. I believe that when authors describe that, it's really their subconscious stepping in.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day, even if it's not more than a few hundred words. Make it into a habit. Once you start doing it every day, you'll get used to it. Even writing just an hour a day can get you a novel done in a month or two depending on your typing speed.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried the trad publish on my first series I spent two years in the query process and gave up and went self-published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The indie market is over-glutted and a lot of it is not good quality writing thanks to the low bar of entry. This type of market saturation can drive away readers from the market as they are burned out on reading low quality material and can't find the true gems of indie publishing that are out there.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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