How did you know you wanted to be an author? There was never anything else, so it was never a question. Stories are everything. I learned to read when I was three and already writing with manic focus at nine. That very concrete, single-minded perception of my place in the world as a chronicler of the stories of it all around me shaped my entire reality. Maybe. Or this invisible entourage that ‘s been following me around the past forty years needs to be medicated away.
Six of one, a half dozen of the other?
What is your advice for aspiring authors? Never think you’re good enough. Ever.
Hone your craft. Work at it every, single day. Never stop. Trust me, the energy that goes into that, that gets poured into that kind of dedication, really comes through. People can tell. They won ‘t be able to put their finger on it, but they ‘ll feel it. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you different – they’re lying or they’re a hack.
The moment you start thinking you don’t need to work at being a better writer? Drop your keyboard and walk away.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?I listen to music with headphones on – remnants of my commercial writing for broadcast days. Always under mega time constraints, I learned to block out everything using music right up at my head. White noise, so I could focus and meet deadlines. Doesn’t seem to work the same listening to it through speakers – lets the distractions too close, I guess.
What message to you want readers to remember?Ignore the man behind the curtain – he’s no one. And everyone.
If you really want to know a writer? Read their work. Every character is a little piece taken to the extreme. Every situation and emotion that rings true inside you is based in reality. Never mind what they decide to let you know through social media. If you read all their work? You’ll have the story under the stories.
How can fans get in contact with you?Twitter: @jdstanleywrites