How old were you when you started writing?
JC: I was sixteen when I started writing.
How did you get your books published?
JC: I self-published through Amazon Kindle, just for fun at first.
How did you find an editor?
JC: At first I didn’t have one. I had friends and family look over my work. I found one online with great references. You just have to make sure the person knows what they are doing and can be trusted with your work.
Do you write or type your books?
JC: I type them. I’d never be able to read my scribble if I wrote it out.
Do you have any tips for writing?
JC: Write every day. Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. In the beginning just let the words flow and don’t stress if your writing isn’t perfect. It takes time and practice.
Do you have any ideas for a story?
JC: I do and I keep them on a list and check them off as I go!
Did you start out writing short stories or skip strait to full books?
JC: I just started writing whatever came out. I thought they were really long stories, but now when I look back, they were very short and had hardly any detail at all.
How do you get an idea for a book?
JC: It usually happens when I’m listening to music. I hear a song and I can imagine it as a story. The rest of the time it’s when I’m blow drying my hair. I always think up new things when getting ready for some reason!
How do you stay focused on a book and not get side tracked?
JC: I give myself goals. Like, I need so many words by this date. I like to write in the afternoon and evening, it’s when I do my best work.
How do you come up with names for your books?
JC: Generally I get the name from the book. Chasing McCree is the Character’s name. A little play on words. I sometimes don’t think of a good name until a book is almost done.
How do you come up with story lines for your books?
JC: I take a cue from the characters. Every lead has an issue they have to deal with, and that issue drives the story.
How do you come up with characters?
JC: Some of them are based on people in a very loose way. Zack Warren was an idea that came from knowing a guy who was a baseball player. For Chase McCree, I wanted to find out what a classic cowboy hero would be like as a teenager. Some of my characters just pop up as I’m writing, as if they’d always been there.
Do you base your characters off of real people or make them up?