My name is Justin Bienvenue, I was born in and reside in Massachusetts. I am a friendly and outgoing person. Always enjoy meeting new people. I graduated high school in 2006. Since then I have held two jobs before working full-time at home as an author. I am also currently looking work aside from writing. As an author and poet. I have two published books, A book of Horror Poetry entitled “The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore” published in 2010 and a Western Horror “A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West” just recently published. While I mainly enjoy writing poetry I have recently expanded my horizons and started writing stories, narratives and short stories. I enjoy writing and it always makes me satisfied to have others enjoy my work. I like to be creative and different, always trying new things. I have a background in creative writing which really helped me develop my writing and expand my imagination. When I’m not writing I also enjoy playing games and watching sports such as football, baseball and basketball. I am a big football fan and my favorite team is The New England Patriots. I also enjoy the outdoors, always playing sports whenever I get the chance and going for walks to gather my thoughts looking for my next best creative idea.
What inspires you to write?
A couple things inspire me to write. The first is what I take in and hear around me whether it be what I take around me in my everyday life or what I happen to watch on television either shows or movies. The second thing that inspires me to write is the people. I believe in my work and It’s eager readers and those who appreciate the same things that I do that inspire me to want to write something that I won’t just enjoy but they will too. My third inspiration to write is motivation, if that makes sense. My interest in writing really took off out of no where and my motivation to create something unique and that simple drive to write is something that truly inspires me to get the ball rolling so to speak.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process can be both productive and annoying. My writing process consists of me sitting down at my computer and first off really brainstorming an idea. If I already have one I try to expand it or make sure it really can be written into something. After I have a good idea of what to write about I get started by just typing away and writing until I can’t think of anything anymore. I go back, look everything over, fix any mistakes and then after i think it’s good enough I write some more. It’s productive if I feel all I’ve written makes sense and I’ve reached my goal of words for the day, it’s annoying if I constantly find myself going over sentences over and over or find myself making changes. If that’s the case then I try to gather my thoughts and make sure my original plan going in was right. I am usually consistent in my writing and you can really pick up on my style and sometimes I notice that if I can’t see my own style then I shouldn’t be writing because the inspiration isn’t there or I am too tired to be writing at that moment. I try to make the most of my writing and if it becomes time consuming I at least want to know that I was productive while I took so much time pouring my thoughts out.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not out loud of course but yes in my head I talk to them. Or they talk to me. I find that after I give them a back story and sense of purpose that they then tell me what they would like to do next. In a way it’s almost like because of what I created for them they then tell me what they wish to do next as if they are writing themselves. I suppose a lot of writers do that, their characters become so developed that over time they write themselves because we have already given them a purpose. I take what I made my characters and really try to read into them more and listen to see if they want more creation or they feel they are suited enough to sit back and enjoy their own story they are in.
What advice would you give other writers?
Believe in yourself and your work. As a writer your of course going to not be happy right away and your going to get frustrated at times but believe in yourself and know that your your own critic and need to give yourself a chance. Stephen King threw his first work “Carrie” in the trash but his wife picked it up and told him it was amazing. So think about that, you can be like King wasn’t and stick by your writing and believe in it as you did the first time you decided to write.
Another bit of advice I would give is if you don’t want to self-publish and you want to go down the traditional route that you look into a bunch of companies ant not just settle on one. Aside from rejection if a company takes you, you should look them over and look into others as well. I made the mistake when I first started of going with a poor company and I didn’t look anywhere else. My book ended up getting poorly made and i got stuck in a seven year contract which was more like a prison sentence. I have recently gotten out of it but I will now look thoroughly into companies alot more now that I went through that. So I would advise others to look into several companies and if you find one you like, look into them and make sure they are solid, even the smallest setback may in fact set you back.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It seems silly but I wrote down 5 things I wished to accomplish back in 2010. I believe the first five were common reachable goals such as finding a job, going outside more, exercising stuff like that. The last thing on the list was to publish a book. I knew I enjoyed writing but to publish seemed like that last thing I would ever be able to. However since the other 4 weren’t happening I thought why not try to write and book and try to get it published. I succeeded in doing just that and while I did say above that I ended up with a poor company the fact that I got a book published was truly satisfying. I have since decided to self-publish my books using Createspace as it just saves me time in looking a bunch up, facing rejection and of course gives me a lot more control in what goes into the book since what happened to me the first time. I do look into traditional publishing from time to time but again I like that I get to decide how to publish my books.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Well I think it’s definitely taking a new approach with the whole ebook and Kindle. I think a lot more people are going with publishing their books online and paperbacks are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Don’t get me wrong I am still a fan of paperbacks and don’t think they’ll ever truly just go extinct one day but the fact that people are going with online first goes to show you where publishing is going. Also self-publishing is becoming a lot more of a thing to do because people either don’t want to face being rejected over and over or just want to get their book out there and don’t want to wait around, also because they want control. I think the future looks good for publishing but at the same time we should slow down and look at where it may lead. Traditional publishing will always be around but I think it’s definitely going toward more of a self-publishing/indie and ebook route. If anything it puts more stress on the traditional publishers to compete and it will be interesting to see in a couple years just where exactly we are in publishing.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Poetry, Horror, Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print