Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve enjoyed the art of storytelling since I was a young kid. I remember being excited writing short stories in the third grade and sharing them with my class. I have six published short stories available on Amazon with plenty more on the way.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest short story is ‘Neon Ghost Projector’ and it was inspired by children’s toys that project images on the wall. I got excited at the idea of writing a scary story for young readers with the theme of a haunted toy.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Often while writing I have soundtracks playing through my headphones. The soundtracks are from Super Nintendo video games, particularly the Japanese RPG’s like Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, and Final Fantasy VI.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’ve been a big fan of Stephen King for as long as I can remember. I also enjoy Ray Bradbury, Richard Adams, Brian Jacques, and R.L. Stine.
What are you working on now?
I’m almost finished with the writing of a new fantasy short story for young readers.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I use a variety of methods and hope to have my own author website in 2016.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
You can talk about ideas until you’re blue in the face or you’ve bored your friends and family to tears. There comes a time when you have to sit down and do the actual writing. Not everyone can crank out thousands of words a day. What I do is tackle each story in bite size amounts which eventually add up to a completed project. I’ve developed, written, polished, and published 6 titles in my first year with this system. Everyone is different, see what works for you and what you are comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself though either with ideas or word counts. In my second year, I’d like to increase my productivity.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To read as often as you can.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading a collection of spooky Halloween themed stories for children. I’ll never believe I’m too old to enjoy stories from when I was a child.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to continue to produce quality short stories for children and adults. It is my goal that my work will inspire people to go after their goals the way authors I look up to did for me.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Stephen King’s ”IT”
Author Websites and Profiles
James Johnson Amazon Profile