Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
J. Lesle: J. Lesley Graham. I am a senior citizen
Fiona: Where are you from?
J. Lesley: Indiana originally, but I’ve lived in numerous states and in Germany. I have also visited numerous countries.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.). ?
J. Lesley: Ursula, my wife, and I live in Wichita Falls, Texas. I retired after serving 20 years, 6 months, and 9 days in the United States Air Force. I enlisted a week after graduating from high school, and became a commissioned office ten years later. I have also been a college professor, and a software engineer. I hold a BS in Mathematics, a Masters of Divinity, and a Masters of Software Design and Development (with honors). That’s pretty good for someone who didn’t learn to read until the middle of the fourth grade and who has flunked every spelling test he ever took.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
J. Lesley: I am working with Book Venture Publishing to get Star Warrior and Beginnings Again published.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
J. Lesley: When Saga of the Green Nails was published A second book, Beth Curtis: Conqueror of Darkness has also been published
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
J. Lesley: I consider all of my books to be divinely inspired. The idea for a book just pops into my mind, off time when I’m between being awake and asleep. I have the book outlined in my mind a few days later. Let’s take Star Warrior as an example. It started with me mentally humming the theme song of a TV show of the 1960s or 1970s. I think it was called 26 Men, and was about Arizona Rangers of the old west. I simply translated the concept to the far future.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
J. Lesley: That was a process of elimination.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
J. Lesley: My style is to write for my readers. That is something all writers should do. For example, if you writing about fighting cancer, your book would be a lot more technical and use bigger words for doctors than it would for patients.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
J. Lesley: Being realistic is a major part of my writing. I want the readers to be able to put themselves in the situations of human drama in action.
We are a sum of our experiences, the people we interact with, and what we have read. That means experiences have to color our writing. Take Beth Curtis: Conqueror of Darkness for example. Beth Curtis is my grand daughter, who was born with cancer in both eyes.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
J. Lesley: No
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
J. Lesley: Book Venture Publishing
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
J. Lesley: Good is better then evil, and people tend to survive and succeed against all odds.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
J. Lesley: My favorite authors are science fiction authors of the 1960s because they wrote about human characters is real life situations. That seemed to change with the proliferation of pseudo Star War books.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
J. Lesley: It was primarily my wife.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
J. Lesley: Yes
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
J. Lesley: Always. That the writer’s creative process. Every time you reread your manuscript, you find things you want to change. You can even read your book after it has been published and still want to change something.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
J. Lesley: Star Warrior has led to Beginnings Again, Rogue warrior, and as future book that will be titled Spook.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
J. Lesley: Clint Eastwood (20 years ago), Vin Diesel today.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
J. Lesley: Write. Also realize that writing is a creative process from beginning until your work is published. I use The Life Cycle of Computer Systems Development as a template. That sounds far out, but both use the same creative process. You start with a fussy concept and end up with a finished product.
For example, develop an automated Fire Department dispatching system led to a computer system that found the correct address lf the incident, dispatched the available nearest fire units, tracked the process, and recorded all of the information. That was developed for the city of Fort Worth Texas.
Now lets consider a pill being developed that would do away with all sickness. There was only one side effect. The person’s fingernails and toenails would turn a bright green. The world would learn that all Green Nails would die and their bodies would melt into a gelatinous blob on the fifth anniversary of them taking the pill. That is the idea behind Saga of the Green Nails.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
J. Lesley: Enjoy the books, But mre import, most people had a book in their mind that needs to be written.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
J. Lesley: I have two six foot book cases filled with book waiting to be read.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
J. Lesley: Only that it was in the middle of the fourth grade.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
J. Lesley: Old comedy movies.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
J. Lesley: Mrs. Caldwell, my fourth grade teacher, who taught me to love reading.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
J. Lesley: Reading.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
J. Lesley: Mainly sports and shows dealing with criminal investigations. I rarely watch anything on the major channels. Most of their offerings are garbage.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
J. Lesley: Chocolate is a major food group, as is barbeque. Red. Country gospel and Hawaiian music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
J. Lesley: Be lying in a coffin with my arms folded across my chest.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
He overcame all, did it his way, and was successful in numerous endeavors.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
J. Lesley: Not at the moment. I was a software engineer for over 30 years but no nothing about social media. The publishing company is supposed to help me develop one.