About the Author:
J.L. Petty is an author of several short stories. She published her first book “Death and the Journalist” with Solstice Publishing, February 14, 2011. Her stories range in contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy fiction. Over the years, she’s written for various magazines and has been featured as an author in several anthologies. Petty discovered her love of writing at an early age and started working as a contributor for The Virginian Pilot Newspaper. After working with the local newspaper in her hometown, J.L. Petty embarked upon a career in entertainment journalism and also worked for United States Congress. She is currently working towards a Masters degree and resides in Virginia.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I kind of let the story flow. Once I am sitting at my computer chair there is really nothing to stop me.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Yeah, lol. I think I struggle with that most of all when I am developing a literary piece. Some characters deserve a book in their own write. I may re-write a story a dozen times before I actually submit it because I have a hard time placing a character in a story.
What is your favourite food?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I consider myself a night owl. I write mostly at night; especially when I can't sleep.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I've always wanted to go to Japan only because I heard that the population is enormous and there are many things to see there.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Not yet, but I plan and hope to do that someday.
Do you listen to music while writing?
I try not to because it distracts me.lol. I have to be in complete silence so I can focus on the story.
Death and the Journalist is set in the fall of 2001 and purportedly based on actual events. Michael Devoe, journalist for the New York Times, is the victim of the most compelling evidences of disappearances ever documented in United States History. After a plane crash, Michael disappears one night during an encounter with an unexplained supernatural force. Authorities report that his body was never found.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I learned that publishing is more of a business if anything else. I always thought that the tough part was writing the book, but I think that marketing and promoting the book is the hardest thing.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I would have started writing earlier. I didn't really pursue it professionally until I turned 20 years old. So, I probably would have started out a lot younger.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
My mother has been a huge encouragement for me as a writer. She has always supported me from day one.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Follow your dreams and never give up on your stories.
What are three words that describe you?
Fun,creative, and driven
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
My favorite writer of all time is Michael Crichton.
Any places people can find you on the web:
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6547670.J_L_Petty
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X8-wEGd7Ng
Thank you, J. L. and good luck with your book!