So Ionia had a brain fart. What? What you may say? How can this be? To tell the truth it happens all the time. I went on holiday and forgot the notebook that had all the scheduled interviews in it. So the 20th of August rolled around–also my birthday, coincidentally–and I didn’t seem to have an interview for that day. Since I forgot the book I couldn’t check to see who it was that was supposed to be the guest. Apparently the email was eaten in one folder or another. 3,000 plus emails a week that aren’t spam and another few thousand that are will do that, but no excuses. I goofed up. So thankfully, Mr. Airey is a kind soul and has offered me another chance to post his interview. I’m going to actually do it this time. Promise. I apologise for keeping you all from a great interview and to him for not posting as scheduled. :)
Where are you from?
I was born in Beaumont, Texas, but I was raised in Dallas.
When did you first have an interest in writing?
I read an kid’s abridged version of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when I was 8. About a year later, I read the full version and I loved it. I soon read all of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and then I got into JRR Tolkien, Frank Peretti, Brandilyn Collins, HG Wells, CS Lewis, and on and on and on. These writers inspired me to tell my own stories.
Have you ever written a full novel?
Not like an eight-hundred page epic. I’ve written three novellas. One is a mystery, one is a supernatural thriller, and the last is a fantasy story. Plus, several short stories and poems.
Of the three novellas you’ve written so far, which is your favorite?
I would have to say the newest one. It’s about a prince and his fellow crown royals who are in a magical world filled with dragons and unicorns. The prince, however, is immune to magic of all kinds. To make matters worse, his kingdom gets taken over by an evil emperor and a sorcerer. That’s all you get.
Are they standalone?
The first two are, but the newest one is meant to be the first in a trilogy.
You do book reviews on your blog Lone Star Inspirations. Why is that?
Often times, critics are not writers, so they review from a consumer perspective which is great, but it often gives way to bias. I review fellow authors from a creative perspective without seeing them as competition, so it eliminates some of my bias. No bias can be totally erased, but I try to give everything I review a fair outlook.
What kind of headway are you making to get yourself noticed as an author?
I started another blog called Jacob Airey’s Librarium which is where I’m going to self-publish poems and short stories. I also have art gallery on there for my paintings.
Do you have a favorite genre?
I would say it’s a tie between science fiction and mystery, but I’ll read anything. I love period fiction, dramas, medical, thriller, fantasy, etc. I want to write in several genres as well.
Did you ever try to get one of your books published?
I tried to get the first one published and even got an agent. We were negotiating a deal with a publisher. Unfortunately, my agent abandoned my manuscript and the publisher wouldn’t talk to me without representation. After that, it fell to pieces. It was very discouraging.
Wow! Did it affect your writing?
In the worst way. I had already finished the second manuscript and done four drafts of it, but I was so discouraged, I stopped writing all together except for poems. I would start a project, but ultimately abandon it. I did this for about five years.
Five years? Whoa. What made you get out there again?
One of my teachers found out I was a writer and forced me out there. I did a creative project where I did my fifth draft of the second book and renamed. After that, I got the fire back and I started my third project which is completed, but I’m still drafting it.
What would you say to authors who have had that encounter or worried they could be next?
I would say, do not repeat my mistake. I stopped writing and that was terrible. I mean, my poems were great, but it felt like something was missing. Writing is something I did to make me feel alive and for other writers out there, don’t let discouragement haunt you and keep you from writing like it did me. That is the worst thing you can do! Sit up straight, fix your eyes, shake it off, and then grab a pen or laptop! Let it flow from you!
That’s all the time we have for today! Thank you for joining us.
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