My name is JB Rowley. I grew up in a small Australian town right on the famous Snowy River; a town called Orbost in the state of Victoria. I spent my childhood chasing snakes and lizards down hollow logs, playing Hansel and Gretel in the bush with my brothers, climbing trees,searching the local rubbish tip for books to read and generally behaving like a feral child. We didn’t have horses but we had sheep so I used to ride on the back of a big old ram. I also did a lot of reading,usually curled up in the hay shed. One book I remember reading as a kid was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I was only around six when I read it and the character that I have never forgotten is the convict. He really frightened me! I also loved reading Enid Blyton books and later comic books and short stories in magazines; anything I could get my hands on in fact.
These days I live in Melbourne (Australia) where, when I am not writing, I work as an English tutor and an oral storyteller. Sometimes, as a storyteller, I wear a turban and have fun dressing up in colourful clothes. I just love stories; written stories, oral stories and visual stories.
What inspires you to write?
I do not know why I write; the need comes from deep within – a place that is beyond my rational mind. However I know it has something to do with the telling of the story. Because I love reading stories and telling stories, the writing of stories becomes a natural extension of that.
Tell us about your writing process.
It is haphazard and higgledy-piggledy in the initial stages. I simply jot down ideas all over the place. Eventually a form starts to take shape and I begin to impose a structure on the writing. When I am writing fiction I usually have some character background done before I start stirring the ideas around.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes. Once I have created a basic character I like them to tell me more about themselves as we get to know each other.
What advice would you give other writers?
I am not keen on giving advice to other writers as I feel we all have our own way of writing and developing as a writer. I will mention one thing that I find enormously helpful but which took me a long time to accept and realise its value and that is feedback from others during the writing process. I belong to two writers’ groups and I share as much of my writing with them as I can in order to generate feedback.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The print edition of my first book was published with Zeus Publications but I have since joined the growing crowd of Indie writers. Publishing independently has significant benefits for authors financially but perhaps more importantly also psychologically. The fact that at the end of the hard work involved in writing and editing a book reaching readers is a certainty is highly motivating.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m excited. More doors are open to authors. More books are available to readers. The gatekeepers are more accountable now because of the strength of Independent publishing – that has to be a good thing.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?