Name Jerrid Edgington
Where are you from?
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and have lived in several different states. I currently call Poteau, Oklahoma my home.
A little about yourself, your education Family life etc.
Jerrid: I am married to Jody and we have a two-year-old daughter Zoey. My wife is an ER nurse and that’s how we met. I brought her some patients and the next thing I know we are dating and married after dating for a year. I have been a paramedic for 18 years and been in EMS for just over 20 years.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Jerrid: We just released the fourth book in the Racing the Reaper series and the feedback on it has been great so far.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Jerrid: For years I have thought about writing a book, as many people in the medical field do. The things we see and do can make for some great entertainment. One day I decided to start working on a book, and that’s how the first book, Racing the Reaper, was born. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Jerrid: I joke about this with my publisher often. After four books being published, I guess I can now consider myself a writer, right? I have so much more to learn about writing, and maybe one day I will finally acknowledge that I am one.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Jerrid: I’ve tossed around the idea for years, until one day, while my wife and I were in Texas for a travel nursing assignment she took. I decided to give it a try. I stared at the blank screen for hours until the first few words came to me, and then I couldn’t get my fingers to keep up with the ideas I had. It was incredible how it started.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Jerrid: In my first four books I’ve been what is called a “seat of the pants” writer. I’m taking a little break and studying the art of writing and the different styles. I’m trying to be more of an outliner now, but haven’t applied it yet.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Jerrid: It’s kind of like what we do as paramedics. We race death, so it felt like a natural fit for the book.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Jerrid: Before I joined the paramedic field, I thought everything was life and death, and they ran around like their pants were on fire. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. Though my books are fiction, I want people to see the side of the job that they wouldn’t know unless they’re in the field. I not only want to entertain, but to educate as well.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Jerrid: A lot of the scenes in my books are from my personal experiences. Of course, I change a lot of things about them so they’re not exactly like the things I have seen. I get a lot of inspiration from my personal experiences, and I found out that I have quite the imagination as well. I will never tell anyone what’s real and what’s fiction.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
Jerrid: I will be honest. Until I started writing, I didn’t think much about reading. Now I can’t get my hands on books fast enough. I would have to say my biggest influence would be Candace Calvert. She’s an amazing author, and I have been fortunate enough to forge a friendship with her.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Jerrid: I’m reading War Room by Chris Fabry. My wife and I went to see the movie last week. It was incredible.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Jerrid: Janice Cantore is another amazing author I’m enjoying reading.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Jerrid: Originally we had book four, Revenge of the Reaper, slated to be the last book in the series, but my publisher has asked for more books in the series. So, book five will be called Reaper’s Redemption set to be release in June 2016. I have several other books planned.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Jerrid: My publisher, Kim. She’s been very supportive and patient with me.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Jerrid: I feel like I am where God wants me right now, working as a paramedic. I enjoy writing, and I would be lying if I didn’t say it would be an awesome career to be a full time writer. We’ll have to wait and see what the future holds.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Jerrid: Not a single thing. I feel like Revenge of the Reaper is a great book the way it is.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Jerrid: Just wanted to share my experiences as a paramedic with the rest of the world.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Jerrid: For the first time since I began writing two-and-a-half years ago, I am taking a break. I’m collecting ideas for the fifth book, but not actively writing.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Jerrid: Finding new ways to tell my stories. The one fear I have, is writing the same thing over and over again. I don’t want to become one of those writers. But that’s also the most enjoyable part of writing a book: finding new ways to be creative.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Jerrid: My favorite author is James Patterson. He is very character driven and captures my interest. With all of the books he has written, he still finds ways to make each character unique. Alex Cross and Nana Momma are my favorite characters.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Jerrid: That is where living in so many different places has come in handy. I don’t have to travel. The last time I counted, I have lived in 13 different states.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Jerrid: All of my covers have been designed by my publisher.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Jerrid: For me, the hardest part is the editing and rewriting. If I could write the first draft perfectly I would be one, happy camper.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Jerrid: That I can always improve and have the hunger to learn.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Jerrid: Find a good, professional editor. There are so many self-published authors out there who didn’t have their work edited, and it hurts the industry. I know the excitement of having a book out there and being able to tell everyone about your book, but if the quality is lacking, you will lose potential readers.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Jerrid: Thank you so much for reading my books and inspiring me to continue to write.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Jerrid: Green Eggs and Ham.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Jerrid: I love a good slapstick comedy that makes me laugh. I’m a generally happy person. Cry? Well, I’m a guy. We don’t typically cry, right? LOL.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would like to meet, and why?
Jerrid: Definitely James Patterson. I would love to pick his brain on where he gets his inspiration and creativity from.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Beloved husband and father.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Jerrid: I enjoy wood working. I’ve built a few things from scratch and loved every minute of it. I wish I had more time to build more things.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Jerrid: I have a few reality shows I enjoy. Survivor and The Voice. I also enjoy Chicago Fire. Believe it or not they are pretty accurate in the things they do.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Jerrid: Favorite food is steak. My favorite color is green. Favorite music I would have to say is 80’s music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer, what else would you like to have done?
Jerrid: I’m doing that right now, working as a paramedic.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Jerrid: My blog is www.authorjerridedgington.com and I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t been as judicious as I should be in keeping it updated. That is something that is a work in progress.
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