Interview with Creative Writer JB Burrage

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

I actually don’t have a set number that I strive for. While I know a lot of people who do this very well, it’s never been my style. I guess I’m just different. If I do this, it turns more into a numbers game. I spend more time worrying about how many words than the quality of the work.

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

Storytelling. It can have the most beautiful cover and layout, but if the storytelling isn’t that great, then your reader won’t see a reason to continue supporting you. That being said, each person’s definition of a good storyteller is definitely.

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

I read my reviews and comments all of the time. It’s important that as a writer, you do that. It’s also very important that readers leave reviews. I don’t reply to every comment; however, unless something really gets my attention or it’s a conversational type thing. I especially don’t usually reply to negative comments.

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

What would I tell my younger self? I guess I would tell myself to never forget my true passion because in the next few years you will need it, as you will make a major transition in your life.

  1. Which book inspired you to begin writing?

Believe it or not, I was never inspired by any book, play, or author to write. I was more influenced by music and my environment.

  1. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I criticize myself harshly. So actually making it to the end of my work without completely deleting it or starting all over is a big challenge, because I feel like it’s not good enough.

  1. Are you working on something new at the moment?

I’m working on several new projects. But because of lessons learned in the past, I won’t discuss them until they’re close to completion.

  1. Have you ever written a character vaguely based off a real life acquaintance and they found out when they weren’t meant to? If yes, then please tell us, it would make a terribly interesting story!

Yes, that has happened, but other people figured it out instead of the person in question. I never try to write about anyone that I know personally, but some traits come out. That being said, I’ve always been asked if anything I write is about them personally, or asked who is this story or article is really about it. I laugh and just walk away.

  1. Is privacy an issue for you?

Privacy is a huge thing for me. It’s why I keep my work secret until I’m ready. It’s also why I keep my private life guarded.

  1. Is there a genre you absolutely despise, or are written pieces all pieces of art and demand to be respected equally?

I wouldn’t use the word despise, but there are some genres I prefer more than others. But as I said about storytelling, how each genre is viewed is the perception of the audience; so in the end, I believe that all genres should be respected equally.

  1. How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?

When I got into book writing in the mid-2000s, e-books were still a new concept. Most people, publishers or self-publishers, didn’t quite know how to price them. I knew that within a few years, it would really take off, so I tried to position myself for it. Surely enough, in a few short years, it took off. While I’m still more for printed books, e-books are here to stay. It has completely turned the industry upside down. That being said, as authors, publishers, and other writers need to learn how to adjust their material accordingly. I feel that with e-books, there’s little need for three or four hundred pages of a novel, especially for fiction.

  1. Do you think the charm of public libraries has toned down much in the last decade?

People would be shocked by this, but the last time I was in a public library; outside of when I was in school working for my degree; was probably about three years ago. I do think that the charm of public libraries has toned down. Despite that, I still think they’re very important, and they’re an important and integral part of our culture and society.

  1. What are the non-fiction genres you enjoy reading?

Books about business, history, and science.

  1. Do writers become narcissists once their book starts to sell?

I wouldn’t say all writers. Just like with anything, there are some people who let it get to their heads. I’ve personally encountered a few.

  1. If you die today, how would want the world to remember you?

A man who tried his best to make something out of his life, and tried his hardest to bring something positive to a world full of negativity.

  1. Any particular writer in mind whom you would want to complete your unfinished works in the event of your death?

It this particular time, no.

 17. What are your views on modern erotica? Have they completely dehumanized the idea, or is it better?

I’m really kind of unsure about that, as I’ve haven’t dabbled in any kind of serious erotic material in a while. Even with the erotic work that I came out with in the past, it originally was unintentional. I’ve also never really read an erotic story outside of a couple of short stories, so I can’t answer that.

  1. If you were given a teaching opportunity, would you accept it?

I highly doubt that. But who knows what the future holds. When I was younger, I didn’t think I would be writing for the public.

  1. Can you tell us about your current projects?

I can’t really go into details about projects I’m currently working on. Not until they’re ready. But I’m still working with a blog for bipolar disorder, and I’m also trying to put together my first international project.

  1. How do you think your writing style has changed over the years?

I think my writing style is a little more structured than before. I looked over some work that I wrote in the mid-2000s and was very grateful that I didn’t publish it back then. That’s not saying that my writing style was horrible back then. But if you were to look at it and compare it to my work now, you would see the difference.

  1. Do you blog?

Yes. My blog can be found at jbburrage.com.

  1. Do you prefer being intoxicated to write? Or would you rather write sober?

That’s a funny question. I prefer to be sober when I write, especially if I’m working on a longer piece.

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

I don’t think that’s true at all. Any kind of artist; whether they’re authors, playwrights, film and music producers, and musicians; are important to our culture. Without us, there would be no society. The very people who have that belief are the ones who crave for our work.  

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