JD Holmes is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with over 15 years experience in the health & fitness industry. He holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and is a certified athletic trainer. I Like Your Form: Confessions of a Personal Trainer is his debut novel. JD currently resides in Tampa, FL. For more information, visit http://jdconfessions.com/
What inspires you to write?
As much as I would love to have a go-to vice that gets me through life, I really don’t. So in order to get me through the day to day, I have found that writing is the perfect outlet for any mood I happen to be in that day. Some people are just happy to be here, but writing is the one thing that make me feel like I’m contributing. Contributing to what I have no idea but it whatever “it” is, it keeps me going everyday. If I happen to be having a good day, the words come out in a positive tone. If I happen to have a bad day or get angry, then that’s when I think I create my best work as I let it all go. And who doesn’t like an angry guy’s rants?
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not your traditional writer in that I don’t have a concrete system in place. I found a great editor who really gets me and makes sense of all the madness I put down on paper. Once I finished “I like your form”, I thought I was going to adopt a process that was tried and true, but I find myself still winging it quite a bit. One thing that has helped, however, is attending some writing conferences and book festivals over the past year. By having some conversations with other authors I have been able to gain more knowledge in the massive task of writing a book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Since most of the characters & stories in my book are based on people & events from my real life, it’s pretty easy for me to transport back to those times and relive the experiences all over again. There are also friends who I’ve known for a long time that help me through this process by recalling the little details I may have left out. So I wouldn’t really say I talk to or listen to my characters as much as I would say I listen to my own memories and have conversations with others to bring my ideas to life.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is a lot like working out. There are times it just plain sucks and it’s a whole lot easier to sit in front of the television and let your mind melt. But, the key to success is consistency and the more you write, the better you get. You may not see progress right away, but over time the results will speak for themselves. The one thing I would say is don’t stop or take time off. No matter what life throws at you, dedicate at least a little time each day. Because like working out, the longer you go without it, the harder it is to get back into it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first project was self-published. I took this route because, like most guys, I wanted control. “I like your form” was a pet project that was years in the making so the last thing I wanted was someone I don’t know ripping it apart and forcing me in another direction. I have looked into and will possibly go through a publisher for my second project because it is a difficult task to go about it alone. I didn’t realize that writing the book was only a third of the pie in terms of getting your book out there. There are countless hours spent advertising, promoting, travelling, and doing whatever it takes to get the book out to the public. But at the end of the day, even though there are some headaches, it’s rewarding to see the sales at the end of each month because of the effort I put forth.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
From everything I’ve been hearing, more and more well-known authors have been opening up to the idea of self-publishing. These large publishing firms have made it difficult for a newbie to break into the market and there is a good chance you will hear a ton of “no’s” just because you aren’t a proven author. That being said, just because anyone can be an author these days doesn’t mean they should be. You need to come up with something that appeals to a broad spectrum of readers and is readable. This means putting some of your own money where your mouth is and spending a good amount of time (and money) on your book to make it worth buying before it’s published.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Romance, Erotica
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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