Dude, where have you been? Busy. I’ve been busy.
Hey! Maybe a bloghop will light a fire under my ass. My friend Katie Stephens, made me do this. It’s all her fault.
Q: What am I working on?
So many things that I’m getting nowhere on all of them.
First, there’s my dysfunctional family novel, which is taking a long time, since it’s multigenerational and I want to get all of the time frames right. That means research, because I hate it when novels don’t get the details right. Besides little things like knowing how long a car drive from point A to point B would be in California in the late ‘60s, for example, I’m learning a lot about mental illness, alcoholism, psychology, childbirth, etc. So much work, but so fascinating.
Then, I’m working on a short story cycle around a small Mexican town called El Olvidado (The Forgotten). It’s a terrible place and terrible things happen to its inhabitants, but I’m in love with those poor souls. The first in that series, Patron Saint of the Lowlands, came out in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume II, another is looking for a home, five more are in the polishing stages, and the rest are still rattling around my noggin.
Finally, I’m venturing into poetry this year. I hope to have good news on that front soon.
Q: How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t honestly know. This is a question that somebody else would have to answer, I think. I actually hate comparing myself to other writers, since I’d like to think I’m the only one doing what I do. There isn’t another George Wells.
Q: Why do I write what I do?
Although I do enjoy sci-fi, horror, even an occasional mystery, I’m more interested in real life people and their personal problems. Life is rough and my characters go through hell—indeed, many of them die—but ultimately, I’m an upbeat person, and I see hope my words. I don’t know if readers agree, though. Since a story of mine just got rejected for an anthology with hope as its theme, perhaps not. Maybe when I have a larger body of work that will be more obvious.
Q: How does your writing process work?
I mostly write in the evenings after dinner or at any time on the weekends. I either have a coffee or a juice to sip on, music playing, and several other tasks working. When it’s really time to get something written is when I get the most housework done. I can’t stand silence and I can’t sit still.
I usually have the idea in my head and start writing once I have the first sentence. I can write anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 in a sitting, but it’s usually on the lower side on the first draft. Then, I read it once more for errors or minor changes and post it to Scribophile to get it workshopped. I don’t trust myself, and need other eyes to help me find the rough spots. Before sending it out, I ask one of my most trusted writer friends to take a last look. Then, I send it out and hope for the best.
Q: Who will we meet next week?
TL Gray: Author, Agent, Writer, Editor, Reviewer, Blogger, Social Media Specialist, Web Site Manager, Speaker.
Which means that she gets more done before my morning coffee than I do in an entire day. I’m okay with that.
C. J. Jessop is an English writer, living in Colorado, USA with her husband and army of cat.
And she has a great sense of humor or endless patience, considering how many times I’ve ribbed her about being a Brit.
JC Hemphill: With over thirty publications in the last few years, some of his work has appeared inBuzzy Mag, the Stoker nominated Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, S.T. Joshi’sWeird Fiction Review, Stupefying Stories, and Spark: A Creative Anthology. He is also the 2012 winner of The Washington Pastime literary award.
He lives in Colorado with his wife and two dogs.
I recently had the pleasure of sharing space with JC in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume IV. Dead Dog is wonderfully creepy.
Thanks for reading. You can follow these awesome writers at any time on their blogs, and they will answer these questions for you. I’ll be back soon with a fun rant.
Soon. Yes, I mean it. Shut up. I’ll be back, you’ll see.
Thanks again for joining me on the hop, skip, and…