I’m pleased that author James Marshall was willing to be subjected to more of me hehe I wanted to ask some follow up questions and here they are.
I also have two copies ebook format of James fine book to give away, open internationally just leave a comment or a question for James. Please mention what format you’d like the book in, giveaway ends July 1st.
You said in our first interview that you like your space barren, not reading anything right now to not distract you etc. Have you always been that way? Have you found you are more productive this way or is this just what you like and stick with it?
No, I haven’t always been this way. I used to surround myself with black and white photography. My work room was covered with it. Then one day I took it all down. I’m not even entirely sure why. I think I like the white walls in the same way I like a blank page. There’s endless possibility. And once I sit down to write, I don’t spend too much time looking around anyway.
You mentioned author friends who’s work you’d like to read. Care to share some names and titles?
Yes! Thanks for the opportunity! I’m dying to read THE LAKE AND THE LIBRARY by S.M. Beiko, BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris, HUSK by Corey Redekop, THUNDER ROAD by Chadwick Ginther, FLOATING LIKE THE DEAD by Yasuko Thanh, NO RETURN by Zachary Jernigan, and all the titles ChiZine Publications puts out always look amazing.
You mentioned your dad a couple times. What does he think of your writing?
He’s never read it. I’ve never wanted him to. I don’t write the sort of thing he’s into.
You play your guitar a lot. Do you write just as much? You say you’re not sure you’d entertain with it but you like doing it. If you could pick success as a musician instead of a writer would you?
I can only manage to write about three or four hours a day without getting burnt out. I can go eight hours a day in a pinch but the quality starts to suffer pretty quickly. And I’d definitely pick success as a writer over success as a musician. I don’t really want success as a musician. I mean, I’d like to be able to play at a high level but I don’t want to be a rock star or anything.
Why are your books apocalypse focused? Why does this interest you?
I think that, throughout time, people have always felt the world is ending. Things always seem pretty bleak. And our world really does end when we die so, in a way, for all of us, the apocalypse really is always near.
How did joining ChiZine come about?
I’d written NINJA VERSUS PIRATE FEATURING ZOMBIES and ZOMBIE VERSUS FAIRY FEATURING ALBINOS and I had no idea what to do with them. I sent them to the few people I knew. One of them recommended ChiZine. Am I ever glad she did!
What was your first experience getting published like?
My first “real” experience getting published was with a literary magazine and I’d been trying so hard and for so long that I was a little callous by then. I couldn’t really feel happy because I’d been disappointed so many times. But I had a credit to put in my cover letters and that’s all I really wanted.
What do you know now that you wish you had know then?
I still don’t know anything. 🙂
Can you tell me about yourself, who is James?
I’m a small town boy who lives in his head.
Bad habits? Spill –
I drink coffee. A lot.
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
Connecting with amazing bloggers, reviewers, readers, and writers! I’ve met some amazing people!