J.L. Bourne

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: July 16, 2010

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Please tell us your latest news!

Well, my latest news...hmm, lets see.I bought a dirt bike last week and have been riding it like it's stolen every since. You probably mean my latest news as it relates to the writing tradecraft. Looks like Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile is being well received so far and it pleases me to know that so many are enjoying my work.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No way. I like it just the way it is. Well, ask me again after I read a few bad reviews.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

There are a few. I'll pick one. Jack London. He wrote as if he had been there and in some cases he had. I try to do the same thing and in some cases I have. Just go read The Sea Wolf. That's the best way I can answer this.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really. I just write stuff down on paper that I would want to read and go from there.

Do you see writing as a career?

Not currently. It's more of a hobby at this point in my life. My main profession is taking up too much time to focus on full-time writing as a reality.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I remember reading a few post-apocalyptic novels and thinking, "I can do better than this." So I gave it a shot. I started posting serials of my work online for free and somehow attracted a small cult following. It grew.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I don't know. It seems a little pretentious for a man that calls this whole writing thing a "hobby" to be giving advice to someone that wants to make it his or her life's blood. I guess I can say a few things. Take your ego out of writing. The writing isn't about you, or your success. The writing is about forming sentences that regular people want to read and keep reading. The desired result is that you rip them from the world they existed in before they opened your novel and blast them into yours.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My family doesn't know. Very few people know. Only one person at work knows and that's only because due to security protocols, I had to disclose it. I live my life amongst people that feel they know me well but have no idea I'm a closet would-be-writer. It's kind of cool. Lonely, but cool.

What did you do before you became a writer?

I've been on active duty in the military for fifteen years. I am a commissioned military officer. This job takes up most of my time; so at this point writing is a part-time hobby for me.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I use this writing software called Scrivener on my Mac. Seriously, I love it. I like to fly by the seat of my pants mostly but Scrivener helps me with note cards and other organizational features. I use technology to help me with my lack of organization. I can't imagine doing this on a manual typewriter. Now that I think about it, I'm going to get one on Ebay and try to write a chapter or two on it. I'll let you know how it goes.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it.

My Macbook Pro and a quiet place with no Internet connectivity. That's really it.

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, pen, comfy place

I know this sounds ridiculous, but I sometimes wear big sound attenuators on my head when I write (they look like Mickey Mouse ears). They help me to detach from the real world and enter the dark scary world where much of my writing takes place. Too much noise prohibits me from writing anything of quality. I like quiet.