About JP Bloch:
JP Bloch has a PhD but hopes people won’t hold it against him. His last name is pronounced “Block,” not “Blotch,” but he’s gotten used to it. He has been called far worse. He lives in Connecticut, where he is an indentured servant to his dog. JP writes on his king-size bed with the fan on. His hobbies include eating cashews while watching TV and overdosing on film noir favorites.
Doc Bloch, as he affectionately calls himself, teaches criminology, gender, and other things. He has appeared on TV and radio numerous times. Having grown up in different households, he became interested at a young age in the fragility of self-identity. On his own since age 15, he also developed a lifelong interest in finding food and shelter. Thus he hopes you will buy his books. JP is also a victim of identity theft, which is ironic since he has no money.
His turn-offs include Brussels sprouts, bigotry, and people who think life is simple. He enjoys people who have gained wisdom from hardship, and ask questions more than they assume answers. Besides novels, he writes poetry, non-fiction and scholarly articles. JP’s paintings have been hailed as naïve folk art. Tumultuous skies are preferred over sunny ones.
What inspires you to write?
The things that happen to me, the people I encounter, and my emotions. Even if something goes wrong or is a sad memory, writing about it gives it a purpose.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t like to outline in advance. I think it spoils all the fun. I write as I go along, and if anything needs to be changed by the time I get to the end, I go ahead and change it. I like to writ in bed with my laptop, so I am comfortable. I do not write after dark, as what I come up with may be stilted. If I’m stuck, I walk my dog, and somehow that gives me the answer I need/
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, in some mysterious way they become like real people, and I am like a medium who receives their messages.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be willing to learn. Don’t think just because you “expressed your feelings,” it means the writing is good. Be willing to take c constructive criticism. If you reread what you wrote and it gives you a sinking feeling that you try to deny, this means it needs more work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I want to make money. I worked hard writing the thing so I might as well get a few bucks for my effort. Plus I like sharing what I write with other people. I today’s world there are so many ways to publish. If you go with a press, make sure it’s a company you’ll feel comfortable working with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
More democratic, but also more competition because everyone is able now to publish a book. The big publishers are probably in trouble.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: literary mysteries and thrillers, noir, macbre comdeies.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print