Hi Jams, I’d like to start with a few personal questions. Just so the readers can get a bit of a feel as to who you are. If that’s okay with you?
Oh, he can’t answer me right now.
*Jams grabs two more chocolate biscuits and shoves them in his mouth. Then washes them down with a cup of tea while motioning it’s okay for me to go on.*
Are you a rooter, or a traveler? I mean, have you always lived in the same town?
I am a traveler… or at least a bit of one! I’m English, very much so, but I’ve spent nearly three years living in Spain, and I’m currently in my fifth year in France. Am I planning to travel the world? No. I love “western comforts” too much, so if I relocated out of Europe for a change, I think it’d the US or maybe Australia… boring? Horses for courses, I say!
What do you prefer, reading or watching a movie?
I’m a big film fan. I love films. I watch a couple of new films a week, which is more frequent than new books to be honest. But that isn’t to say I don’t rate being a reader. On a quiet, lazy afternoon, there doesn’t get much better than curling up on the sofa and opening up that book that I haven’t stopped thinking about since the last cliffhanger.
Would you ever want your work to be made into a movie?
Yes. 100% yes. Selling books means a great deal to me, to have people willing to spend some of their hard-earned cash on my work; it’s a great feeling. And then an even bigger boost comes along; the good reviews, which are fantastic. That’s a real buzz generator. But ultimately, being the film fan that I am, if I ever get to see one (or more) of my titles on the big screen, I’ll happily fall to the floor in fits of giggles.
Is the way your work is set up, psychological, twisting, and crime leaden with a touch of humour a reflection of you, or is it all pure fiction? i.e. what do you pour into your work that’s really a part of Jams?
Absolutely, it’s a reflection of me, the people I know or knew, and the life I once led and now avoid like the plague – except the humour, that is. However, don’t get me wrong, everything in my books has had the ‘fiction” wand firmly shaken at it. I can genuinely say that I am one of the good guys.
And now what you really came here for. *drumroll*
What is the title of the book you would like to talk about?
I guess I should talk about my most successful book so far, Son of a Serial Killer. It has recently had a stint in the Amazon top 100, which made me so happy I fell to me knees and had to hug my son. He thought something was wrong; I had to explain why I had tears in my eyes!
Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?
No, I never really do either – it’s the rest of the book I have trouble getting down! I think a title, just on its own, should give the reader at least a clue of what the book is about. I feel that “Son of a Serial Killer” does that.
Can you tell me how you celebrate finally getting that tricky chapter (or para) right?
Alcohol, cocaine, and nights out at the casino. Is there any other way?
Oh, you like to party! 🙂
If you would have to change the genre in order to be able to publish it, what would it be then? i.e. would you conform to the market?
I don’t think I would – maybe if there were large bundles of cash on the table, but otherwise, no. “SoaSK” actually had interest from an agent, but she stressed that I would have to make the book longer – the word count was around 10,000 less than she thought she could push for me. But in my eyes, the book was done, the story was told. My work is what it is; changing it to suit the market, instead of writing honestly how I feel the story needs to be told is perhaps a skill I lack.
What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?
With a new release, I give the book away – literally, I’m out there on the streets and shoving paperback copies into the hands of anyone who’ll let me. Ok, that’s not true at all, but I do give e-copies of my books away when they are first released, to give them a bit of a boost and to let the world know it is there. I’ve also got a couple of titles listed as giveaways on Goodreads; this gives readers the chance to get a paperback copy of my work, and also acts as advertising for those of haven’t yet heard of me (that would be most of you).
Right with that out of the way and to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.
What don’t you like about writing?
Actually, there’s quite a lot of it…I don’t like how long it takes. I don’t like the fact that when I’ve figured out the plot, created some great characters who develop in interesting ways and whose paths meet and incredible things happen, that I still have to sit down and write it. And then edit it. And then edit it again. There’s just so much work involved in writing a book! And then the marketing! Don’t get me started on the marketing. I can summarise and say that it is the initial creation of the story and its characters that brings me joy, not the non-stop, tedious and lonely slave-labour that comes afterward.
Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?
Well, I don’t really drink alcohol anymore, just on special occasions (like nailing that tricky chapter), so I guess my main drink is tea*. I drink gallons of the stuff when writing or marketing online.
*Best consumed with chocolate digestive biscuits.
Hahaha, the mark of an author. He loves chocolate!
What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?
I’m a single dad, with no culinary training and living on a writer’s budget – you do not want to know what we eat chez moi! But I can give you my 5-star vegetable soup from scratch.
All the vegetables you have in the house cut in little chunks.
A pan of vegetable broth, from a cube.
Boil the vegetables in the broth until tender and then chuck it in the blender to turn it into a chunky mess.
Serve with toast and spreadable cheese. Oh, and a bowl of crisps in whatever flavour you prefer.
Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it!
Seriously, there are many days I can’t write. But the best excuse, I would say, is when you’ve finished a draft, before editing it in any way, I find it best to leave it well alone and concentrate on something else, anything else. That way, when you go back to the “finished” story, you’ll go back with fresh eyes, and you’ll see the obvious flaws in the plot and bad grammar usage.
And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?
I don’t! I don’t know how I ended up here! I thought I was signing up for a dating agency and I wound up a bestseller on Amazon!
Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂
If I told you my dirty little secrets, we’d never be able to look each other in the eyes again, and I couldn’t risk losing you, any of you!
And we wouldn’t want that to happen, not now that we just get to know each other! To give the folks a chance to stalk you, erm, I mean to find out more about you. Where are you to be found online?
Oh, and I’ve organised for a giveaway on Goodreads, So if people would like to stand a chance of winning one of my books click the links and enter the funzone!
Want to win Son of a Serial Killer? Click here!
Or are you more interested in Finding her Feet? Click here!
That’s it, Jams. Thanks for stopping by and if the fans have more questions they can always leave a comment and I’m sure you’ll be back to answer them. Right?