May has been officially declared as the “Interviewing the Indies” month. As such, all month there will be posts containing interviews with indie authors. Today’s guest is James William Peercy, author of Without a Conscious…, The Wall Outside, and Moon Half Full.
What do you have published?
Without A Conscious…
It is a 5 book mystery series (The Cliff Fulton Mysteries). Each successive book title adds to a sentence which is a final clue used in the fifth book. When Cliff Fulton’s grandmother is murdered, he is drawn into a world he never knew existed. While being hunted, he must find something that everyone wants, without knowing what it is, or die.
The Wall Outside
The Xun Ove fantasy series book 1. Who doesn’t love magic, pixies, dark mages, elves, and minotaurs? It is set in Washington State.
Moon Half Full
Sci-fi short story. Moon exploration, DNA trackers, and a fight to find a lost love in the nick of time.
What are you currently working on?
…Thought That’s Thin…
The second Cliff Fulton Mystery, which I am editing now. The first book was the tip of the iceberg. The second gets closer to the water–and danger.
The Xun Ove fantasy series book 2, which I am editing now. Just when you think it’s safe to travel the land of magic…
Sci-fi in edit. A loner UCT, Universal Computer Tech, named Ivan gets caught up in a planetary war while trying to do his job, help the unfortunate, and escape with his life. Only, he finds something else along the way…
How do you stay motivated?
There is an element in my brain that says, “No matter what happens, no matter how busy you become, write!” If I go longer than a few days, phrases, storylines, poems, and dreams pop into my head at the oddest, and sometimes inconvenient, times. (Ever try writing down a storyline when in a shower, and soap is in your eyes? Soap on the wall doesn’t work well, but in a pinch…) The only way to get rest is to write it down just as fast as I can.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
It is understanding that not everyone will like your work. You’ll have some that will read it and love it, while others will read it and hate it. You’ll have some that will make fun of it even if they never read it, just because someone else didn’t like it.
It takes a really thick skin, and a very brave soul, to be a writer. It is not a job for the weak willed, or those that can’t handle rejection. The first time it happens, you wonder why, and it eats at you, until one day you understand this point.
As Mary Poppins said, “A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down.” Every time I succeed, I just look back at the naysayers and grin.
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
This was a difficult question. I am not addicted to coffee, don’t drink, don’t smoke, and don’t carry the usual vices. I’ve even sat down and written straight through the day and night before realizing I was hungry.
That only leaves–air. While my body breathes, I write.
You can purchase any of the Indie Adult Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!