Guest Author Interview: J.A. Garland by Cassiel Knight
Posted by SeeJanePublish
Please join me in welcoming this week’s guest author: J.A. Garland. Welcome!
About J.A.: I always knew I wanted to be an author. (Okay, maybe except for a brief two month period after watching the movie “Top Gun,” when I was convinced that I would make the perfect jet fighter pilot). So I wrote, and I wrote, and I read, then I wrote some more, and when I turned eighteen, I became a…firefighter.
Many years have since passed, and while I am still happily employed as a full-time firefighter in California, I was finally able to get back to my love of writing.
In between being an addicted trail runner, and a consumer of all things cheese puff, I just completed my third book, The Dysus Dreamer.
Tell us about your publishing journey.
I am one of those uber lucky people who are surrounded by great friends. One of which, is a sports editor. He read my manuscript and told me to go Ebook. He educated me about the Ebook market, saying that now-a-days, it is the only way to fly. I wasn’t totally sold, if you haven’t noticed, I’m stubborn. I wanted one of those big NY print houses, right? (Ducking my publishers long reach right now, lol). I decided to appease him by sending my manuscript to two small presses that I’d researched a bit. One responded right off the bat, but I held out to hear from both. I’m glad I did, because when I heard from Champagne Book Group, which later created BURST Books for their SciFi/fantasy line, I knew they were right for me. They have open communication from top to bottom, great contracts, a wealth of supportive authors, amazing cover artists and caring mentors!
Funniest thing–well, one of the guys I work with started a rumor that I wrote erotica. We were both laughing because I got a lot of hits on my website that month.
Most exciting thing–seeing the cover of Instinct for the first time. I imagine it’s going to be the same way when it goes to print and I hold the book in my hands.
What has been the most challenging thing related to publishing you’ve had to deal with on your journey?
Letting go. After many rounds of edits, my editor, Virginia, finally wrote me an email and said, ‘hey, you’ve held your baby’s hand long enough. It’s time to let go and watch her walk alone.’ Being a type-A personality, I want everything to be perfect, so letting the story be finished is really hard to do.
Who is your favorite author, and what are you currently reading?
I think I have read every one of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books. Which is a heck of an accomplishment since she is quite the prolific writer! No, I have never stalked, er, met her. Of course I would love to talk to her, but not at a stuffy, automated book signing. I’m thinking it would be fun to chat about life and writing over coffee and beignets in a New Orleans cafe. What do you think, Sherrilyn? Are you up for it?
Currently, I am reading HIVE, by the very talented Marc Davies. I like fast paced reads, and Mr. Davies doesn’t disappoint. The book started with a bang, and it’s been a marathon of action ever since.
Finding unique names for the characters in my stories can be a challenge. For a chance to win the J.A. Garland Bag o’ Swag, share with me your favorite ideas for a hero or heroines name. What’s in the Bag o’ Swag? A monogrammed coffee mug, a monogrammed tote bag, a zombie soap from Ana Banana, a monogrammed magnetic “chip” clip, a monogrammed keychain flashlight, and a gift certificate for my Ebook, INSTINCT.
Thanks for having me on your blog!