Tacoma, Wa, Usa
Romelia: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
JMD Reid: When I was in Junior High, I started writing stories because I wanted to tell stories like the ones I read in books.
Romelia: how long does it take you to write a book?
JMD Reid: About 36 hours to write a 100,000 word novel. That’s the rough draft. Now, I don’t do that all at once, but an hour or two a day. So a month or so.
Romelia: where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
JMD Reid: Everywhere.
Romelia: what literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
JMD Reid: Never gone on one.
Romelia: what is the first book that made you cry?
JMD Reid: I honestly can’t remember. Possibly Seeres of Kell. It would have been something I read in the 90s.
Romelia: what is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
JMD Reid: Vanity presses that charge people to publish their books and then don’t do anything to market them or even to publish them.
Romelia: does writing energize or exhaust you?
JMD Reid: It energizes me! I love to write. I write eight or so hours a day!
Romelia: what are common traps for aspiring writers?
JMD Reid: Editing your book before you’re done writing it. You don’t know what you need to fix until you have a complete manuscript. Also, a writing muse is a myth poets like to wax about. You have to sit down and force yourself to write. If you want to take it seriously, it must become your job. How often have you gone to work when you didn’t feel like it? I’ve sat down to write and felt the same. but you start typing, words flow, and you make progress.
Romelia: does a big ego help or hurt writers?
JMD Reid: Hurt. You need to be able to take constructive criticism. Your work is not perfect. No one is. If you think you are amazing, your not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t write something worth reading. You don’t have to listen to the criticism, you can disagree with it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it. They just might be right.
Romelia: what is your writing Kryptonite?
JMD Reid: Politicis. If I get angry about politics, I have trouble focusing. So I try not to pay attention to it.
Romelia: have you ever gotten reader’s block?
JMD Reid: Nope.
Romelia: did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
JMD Reid: I write under pseudonym. Unless you think I was born JMD Reid.
Romelia: do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
JMD Reid: I write what I want to write. I explore the themes and ideas and truths I want to explore. I just hope the readers will enjoy what I have written and find it entertaining.
Romelia: do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
JMD Reid: Writing is a broad spectrum. Tom Clancy wrote great and exciting techno-thrillers. They were full of such great detail about how things worked. But they books were not very emotional. And yet, I still enjoy to read them.
I write emotional characters and spend a lot of time on that. Others don’t. There’s no correct way to be a writer. It either resonates with the readers or not.
Romelia: what other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
JMD Reid: I am friends with Amber Naralim who’s critiques have helped to make my earlier books much better. She has strong opinions and lets you know. Poppy Kuroki is a writer and my editor and she helps me see my flaws.
Romelia: do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to buld a body of work with connections between each book?
JMD Reid: I am building a universe of connected books. So far one series is out, jewels of Illumination, but in this year Masks of Illumination and Assassins of Illumination will come out. And I have many other series planned some with new characters some with old with plans of having a sort of overarching plot to deal with.
Romelia: if you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
JMD Reid: Stop playing World of Warcraft and wasting your twenties. Do that writing thing you want to do.
Romelia: how did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
JMD Reid: I don’t think publishing did. Writing my first novel taught me how to have a process. I had to figure things out, but I have 20 some novels now written so I have a process I think works.
Romelia: what was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
JMD Reid: On my cover artist, Steam Punk Studios. But my editor, Poppy Kuroki, is a close second.
Romelia: what authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
JMD Reid: Steven Erikson. The first time I tried to read Gardens of the Moon, it was just so different that I set it down. I came back to it maybe six months later and I now love that series.
Romelia: what did you do with your first advance?
JMD Reid: Never had an advance.
Romelia: what was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
JMD Reid: I can’t think of one.
Romelia: what are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
JMD Reid: I am not subscribed to any magazines.
Romelia: from where you get inspired with your first book?
JMD Reid: A video game called Skies of Arcadia which has sky pirates in a world of floating islands over this Storm. I loved the world and wanted to right something like it. But my attempt at a light-hearted swashbuckling tale turned into an epic military fantasy series.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
JMD Reid: I am a rather boring fat guy that spends most of his time writing.
Something you don’t know about me… My brother is four year and two days younger than me. Our birthdays are 2 days apart and I hated that as a kid. Mine came first, and he always whined to open presents when it was my birthday, and my parents always let him. We had to share birthday parties.
I hate how people have no view of history and are doing all the same things that have failed time and time again because they allow themselves to be emotionally manipulated by corrupt elites who care only about maintaining power.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/J.M.D.-Reid/e/B00P44PBQK/