This week, new author JB Christopher stopped in to chat. I don’t think Charlie trusts him. I’ll admit, he does look a little shifty, but he’s good people. Charlie will just have to get over it.
E: Welcome to Erindipity, JB. I see you have brought me no food products. That is…unfortunate.
JB: Erin thanks for the interview. Alas, I owe you a dozen Voodoo donuts and a six-pack of an IPA of your choosing.
E: You are in the process of publishing your first book. What is it called and who is publishing it?
JB: The working title is The Last Fall; the publisher is Rainstorm Press.
E: What has the process been like for you so far?
JB: The process has been…slow, but that’s a good thing. It’s a necessary evil that, I think, has made me a better storyteller. Writing is such a solitary craft, but great storytelling requires a relationship with an editor who understands and hopefully shares the vision with the writer.
E: Are you currently working on anything?
JB: I just finished the sequel to The Last Fall. It picks up with the protagonist Ruby Oliveras three years later and what he’s up to.
E: Do you have any upcoming events, such as book signings, etc?
JB: Unfortunately no. No upcoming events…yet.
E: What is something you’ve learned during this process that surprised you?
JB: Treat your work with the highest level of professionalism that you can and don’t loose sight of the overall story.
E: What is the last book you’ve read, and who are some of your favorite authors?
JB: Last book I read was A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess. I love his use of a fictional slang/pidgin and his ideas about removing free will from society seem almost prophetic at times. Some of my favorites are Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Clive Barker, Neal Stephenson, Elmore Leonard, Denis Lehane, Jim Thompson, and of course, Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
E: If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to publish their first work, what would it be?
JB: Don’t give up. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig was rejected over 100 times before it found its way into a publishers open arms…so don’t give up.
The release date of The Last Fall is TBA, so make sure you check back here for when and where you can pick up your copy. You can also find JB loitering on his website.