author q&a · foster an author 2018





✨As part of FOSTER AN AUTHOR 2018 the awesome, Jim Proctor offered his time to answer a few questions. I loved learning more about him, thank you so much, Jim

1. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Writing the blurb for a new book. Writing 120,000 words is easy. Trying to explain those 120,000 words in 400 words… I struggle with that.

2. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It definitely energizes me. Even if I am tired when I start writing, there is a certain energy and excitement that comes from the creative process. It lifts me up.

3. What is your writing Kryptonite?
Distractions. Noise, music, people talking. I like a quiet place to write where my thoughts don’t get derailed.

4. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Actually, I did write under a pseudonym for a few years. Then I reached a point where I knew I needed to make changes. I either needed to take writing seriously, or I needed to stop. I stopped for about a year. I spent some time deciding what I wanted to do. Eventually, I came back to writing with a new and better attitude, and began writing again, using my real name.

5. What inspires you to write?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I might be reading a book and I’ll think, “What if it had happened this way instead?” I’ll hear people talking and one of them will have an interesting way of putting things, and that leads to a new character. A phrase from a song can give me an idea for a story. Sometimes, inspiration comes out of nowhere. I’ll suddenly have an idea pop into my mind, and it refuses to leave me alone. That’s when I know I need to pay attention and write about it.

6. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I definitely try to be original in my writing. I’ve never written anything because I thought it was what readers wanted. They say, “Write the book that YOU want to read.” That’s what I do.

7. Do you often project your own habits onto your characters?
I did that to some extent early on. My first two novels, no longer in print, had a lot of me in the characters. I don’t do that anymore. I let the characters develop on their own, growing into the story.

8. Who’s your childhood literary superhero?
That’s hard to say, but I think it was the main character (nameless) in “I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew” by Dr. Seuss.

9. What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?
I love Science Fiction and Fantasy because they are completely limitless. Anything is possible. I especially love to show how, even with amazing technology that we don’t have today, people are still people. I love to blend some comedy and romance into the stories along with the fantastic elements. You can have all the elements that make it Sci-Fi or Fantasy, and still have comedy, romance, drama, suspense, horror.

10. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
If I have time and I feel up to it, I write. I’ve never been able to schedule writing. I don’t like my writing to be forced. That said, most of my writing happens late in the evening after my family has all gone to bed. That’s when the house is nearly silent.

11. Have you ever designed your own book cover?
Yes, I have. I created the cover art for Freedom: A Futuristic Fantasy. I also created the cover art for my first two novels (no longer in print). Mostly, though, I leave that up to a professional artist. I show her concepts of what I am looking for, and she does her magic.

12. If you had the choice to rewrite any of your books, which one would it be and why?
I actually began rewriting my second novel. It was horrible, and I wanted to make something out of it. I got more than three quarters through the rewrite before I gave up and put it aside. I thought I could salvage the story, but it just didn’t grab me. The more I worked on it, the less interested I became in the story. That’s when I knew I needed to move on to something new. I wrote it. If it can’t hold my interest, the readers won’t be interested either.

13. Which book you’ve read is the one you keep going back to again and again?
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it (I stopped counting at 30). Tolkien has influenced my writing more than anyone else. The story had such tremendous depth. I think most people who read it fail to truly understand all it’s subtleties. If you’ve seen Peter Jackson’s movies based on the book, it is clear that his screenwriters had no clue what the story was about and completely failed to understand most of the characters.

14. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
It would be tempting, but I probably wouldn’t tell myself anything. In Terry Pratchett’s “Night Watch” Sam Vimes goes back in time 30 years and meets himself right after he joined the night watch. There is a lot he wants to tell his younger self, but doesn’t. He realizes you have to be the twerp you were then in order to become the person you are now, otherwise you wouldn’t be you.

15. What do you do in your free time?
I’m not familiar with the concept of free time. I’ve heard mention of it, but nobody has ever explained it to me.

16. Do you Google yourself?
I did shortly after I started writing, but it just turned up references to my books, all of which I already knew. I haven’t googled myself in years.

📌 And if you haven’t already please stop by his FB page, stay, read all about him and his great books, and give him some like 💞
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