About Jay Beckstead:
I’ve been writing fiction since I was five or six years old. I’m a graduate of Vanderbilt law school, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I am a Marine Corps veteran, and a registered patent attorney. I regularly accept court-appointments to represent indigent defendants in criminal court, and I have won my share of trials, both as a criminal prosecutor and as a defense attorney.
All those things revolve around a few things, though: (1) my kids and my wife; and (2) the artistry of writing.
What inspires you to write?
Life inspires me to write. The written word is a medium that nothing else can match.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write, then re-write, then re-write again. I start with a rough outline and try to see what happens within the context of that, but I don’t hold myself to it necessarily. I’m us a combination of outlining and writing-on-the-fly.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, and sometimes I try to verbalize what it is they might say or think.
What advice would you give other writers?
It isn’t easy, but write, and write as much as time allows.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Hugh Howrey’s blog had one of his thoughts about how self-publishing is no longer looked down upon. It motivated me to publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
A sea-change is happening, between the gate-keepers at publishing houses, and the self-publishing world.
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, and Dystopian
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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