Friday, January 20, 2012

Please Welcome Joshua Corey Mays!

Today I am pleased to welcome Joshua Corey Mays to As the Crowe Flies.  I did not post his picture because I did not want to be responsible for all the women chasing him after this :)

Hope you enjoy his interview.

*Please tell me about your book.

My book is about a boy who discovers a world hidden from our own. It’s a world where our myths have existed for thousands of years without the flow of time. Space and time work differently here, making the protagonist's journey more interesting.

*When and why did you start writing?

I started writing because it’s something that has always interested me. I’ve had an interest in reading for as long as I can remember, so I think there was always going to be that natural “next step”.  At some point you get tired of saying to yourself “I wish this would have happened like this,” or  “I would have changed that.”

*What inspires you?
Things I can’t understand or explain, and any work I feel I could have done better. Unsolved mysteries and the Time life books, “Mysteries of the unknown” shaped me interests early on. I moved from ghosts and aliens to the occult, where I read everything I could that I felt had any amount of validity to it.
When it comes to things I feel I could do better, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been watching a really bad B movie, or reading an awful book and thought, “Interesting premise, too bad the creator didn’t do this, or that!” From there the ideas takes shape and morphs into a completely different creature. Maybe it's better, maybe its not, but either way, I feel inspired.
My first book, Terra Incognita: The Abyss, came about because I wanted to write a book, but I didn’t really want to do anything very challenging. A problem I’ve had my entire life, is that I over complicate everything. I would have started writing years ago, if I could have just stopped myself from going so in depth with every idea. There was something alluring to the idea of coming up with a simple premise (a boy gets drawn into a new, mysterious world) and running with it. I know it sounds like a cop out, and it is.
*Are you working on anything now?

Yes, I’m currently working on a vampire novel. I’m only about 10 pages in, so I doubt it will be done anytime soon.

*Is there anything you do NOT like about being a writer?

The more I write, the more I want to write, and the less time I have to do other things. But that’s not so bad. One thing I hate about being an indie author is marketing. I can’t stand it, and honestly wish I could get along without it.

*What do you think of the ebook revolution?

It’s a natural progression of technology. It was bound to happen eventually.

*How do you see your writing career in five years?

At this rate, I don’t know. There are good days and bad days. Sometimes I feel like I’m on the way up, and then I realize that the more people I get to read my work, the more bad reviews I’m gonna get. Time will tell if I’m going to be anything.

*Is there anything you will NOT write about?

Maybe not a subject, but there are genres I won’t write. I don’t think romance will fit into my schedule anytime soon.

*In what genre do you prefer to write?  To read?

I’ve always been fond of horror so I tend to but a horror spin on everything I do. My fantasy series is “dark fantasy” because I tend to like creepy dark things that lurk in the shadows.

I really want to be considered a prolific writer, so I'm gonna tackle as much as I possibly can. I think it’s important that all writers break away from their safety zones, and try something new and different.

*Please tell us about any ups and downs in your writing career so far.

So far, other than one bad review, it’s been all ups! I’m still a new author because my book has only been published a few months, and I must say, every sale I still a milestone at this point. Sad, I know, but it cheers me up every day.

*Do you have any suggestions to people who might be considering writing as a career?

Don’t quit your day job, and hire an editor. This is a lot of fun, and the possibility to make money is definitely here, but it could be a long hard road to the top, and you are going to need money to fund every book cover and editor you get.

As far as an editor goes, hire one! It was the best thing I’ve ever done, and it’s important that your stuff looks professional.

*Anything else you want to add?

Buy my books! Oh, and add me on facebook and tell me if you liked them or not!
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  1. Nice interview!
    Lookie! I'm able to post a comment!
    And your blog didnn't dissapear!

  2. Thank you!!
    Yay! I love it when it doesn't vanish--thanks for the comment :)


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