Interview with J. E Plemons, author of “Last Light Falling: Into The Darkness”

A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?

That’s about as truthful as saying that Nickleback is a great band.

Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

No, because my wife is.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Are you kidding? J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings. He’s been a phenomenal inspiration to so many authors, including me.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

It’s very popular and can be controversial as it is in my series.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Extremely important. I like to put things into perspective based on current events and past mistakes. My wife is a nurse, so I make sure any medical references in a scene is truthful and not embellished.

What inspires you to write?

Reading other’s stories.

How often do you write?

Not as often as I should.

What inspired you to start writing?

Not as often as I should.

What inspired you to start writing?

Simply put: reading. Reading is the quintessential ingredient for writing. I wrote short stories and poetry all the time as a young child until I became glued to film during my teen years—that’s when I delved into screen-writing. Most of my writing was for me and my little inner world of fantasy, escapism, and just pure entertainment. I never at any time dreamed I would grow up to become a writer.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of guy. I’m not always inspired to write. If I sit down and write by a schedule, my writing suffers.

Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?

I used to, but now it depends on my mood. I forced myself to write 25oo words a day, but now I feel less constrained to do so.

Do you think writers have a normal life like others?

Depends on what you consider normal. I’m not normal.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

Going wherever the story takes me.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

The flow.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

Developing the characters.

Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?

Who hasn’t. Sometimes days or weeks, but writer’s block is just simple procrastination.

Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?

I usually watch a movie.

Over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?

Dialogue and story flow.

Do you proofread and edit your work on your own or pay someone to do it for you?

I always proof my work first before it’s sent out to my professional editors. I also let my wife, who’s an editor take a look at it before and after it’s edited. You get what you pay for. Spend the money on editors!

What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

Great characters that you will remember forever.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

In this business, you definitely judge a book by its cover.

Have you ever designed your own book cover?

Never. I have an incredible graphic designer. I’ll stick to the writing.

Do you believe a book cover plays an important role in the selling process?

All the time!

How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing?

Meh, I’m no one famous, so I’d expect it.

Do you read and reply to the reviews and comments of your readers?

Never. That’s a no no.

Does a bad review affect your writing?

Nope. I’ve been in the entertainment business for a long time, and I’ve learned to have thick skin. First rule as an author: You will never please everyone, so it’s much easier to piss everyone off.

Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?

Stay home on (this date) from school. Do not throw that chemical into the toilet, Jay.

Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?

Don’t let other readers or authors discourage you. Just keep writing no matter what and be patient. Things will happen when you least expect them to.

What did you want to become when you were a kid?

A late night talk show host. Professional drummer. Became one.

Who are your favorite authors?

C.S. Lewis and Tolkien without a doubt for their courageous unsolicited effort to go against the pretentious grain of the book publishing world during their time. They both have created timeless characters and stories to which have inspired many to follow in there writing footsteps. Robert Lewis Stevenson and Jack London, two of the greatest authors of our time, for their masterful real-life characters and colorful story telling through prose and poetry.

Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?

To Kill A Mockingbird

What do you like best about developing characters?

I love when my characters teach me something I’m not expecting. The story is always about interesting characters whether they inspire, move, change, or even discourage you. But then surprisingly, there’s that smidgen of compassion for the most unlikely character that you never intended to happen. When my story changes, which it often does throughout countless drafts, so do the character’s development, but when the characters unexpectedly change, that’s when the plot unfolds into something magnificent, purely by accident.

Do you read any of your own work?

If I do, I’m just going to be upset because I’m never satisfied with my work.

Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?

My writing style is vivid and sometimes sarcastic, but I don’t feel the need to ride the coattails of other authors.

Do your novels carry a message?

Indeed they do, but not on purpose.

How much of yourself do you put into your books?

Most of what is in my books is based on my own personal experiences vicariously lived through a different character.

Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes!! But I’m not going to tell you what it was. You’ll have to read and guess.

Are there any books that you are currently reading and why?

Just got through reading Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

I’m almost finished with Last Light Falling – The Ten, Book III. (3rd book in my 4 book series.) Soon to be a major motion picture.

Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

My kids. They absolutely love to read.

It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?

Of course. That’s what emotions are for.

What is the most rewarding thing about writing a book?

Simply put—finishing it. Okay maybe that’s not all, but it sure helps. I get joy out of someone else diving into the story I just created, feeling and reacting to the characters as I would. It’s always rewarding to see a reader get something else out of the writing that you didn’t expect.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Not a chance.

If given the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?

Like I said, I’m never satisfied with my writing, so …yep.

How do you see writing? As a hobby or a passion?

Both

Is it true that anyone can be a writer?

Anyone can be a writer, but only some will become authors.

People believe that being a published author is glamorous, is that true?

Hahahaha! Not at all.

Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts?

Who the hell uses ‘word-perfect’?

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

Of course, who hasn’t?

Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?

Absolutely. That is so important to me.

Have any of your books been adapted into a feature film?

They currently are.

They say books die every time they are turned into a movie; what do you think?

That’s complete rubbish: Lord of The Rings.

Final thoughts?

If you’re looking for suspense, adventure, and a large dose of gratuitous violence, the Last Light Falling series will be sure to supply it for you. I’d like to think this isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter apocalyptic novel. It brings with it a bit of controversy about the human existence and the plight to which it extends after death. Whether or not you believe in a deity over our being, this story will entertain. It’s graphic, raw, and real, and it will leave you wondering if our current state of being will evolve into something as horrific as it does in the novel. It’s scary to think how brooding our political state is in to the possible future it may become. This book will give you a glimpse into a conceivable future that is both disturbing and evil. It will leave you with more questions than answers, but it will surely make you think what our political leaders in this world are capable of creating. This first person character driven story isn’t aimed to preach or convert. It’s merely an interpretation of the book of Revelation that is aimed at entertaining and nothing else. What you get out of it as a reader will come from your own imagination and convictions. This isn’t about the end of the world as much as it’s about the characters trying to survive in it.

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