Today I have the pleasure of having JB Vample on my blog. Please welcome JB.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a thirty-eight year old Philadelphia native who has been writing since I was a child. I started off writing short stories, poems and writing in my journal…I wrote in my journal quite a bit as a teen. When I was a senior in high school I came up with the concept for my current book series “The College Life Series” and have been writing it since then. It wasn’t until I was thirty-four years old that I decided to publish. I published my first book in 2015 and have been going very since. I now have seven books out.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I am not writing, I’m normally listening to music or working out. I love to read too and used to read quite often. but once I began publishing I started focusing on my own work, so I haven’t really had much time to read other books.
Do you have a day job as well?
Yes, I work a full time job as a Time entry analyst. The goal is for me to be able to write full time one day.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I first started writing when I was probably about eleven or twelve; I finished my very first short story at that age. I finished the first book of my current series at about nineteen…the first of many drafts anyway.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I have written stories in various genres in the past, that I have yet to redo and publish. But for this current series, I chose the teen / new adult genre because at the time that the series was created, I wanted to write about college from the perspective of five young black women.
Where do you get your ideas?
My inspiration comes from all over. It could be a song, a picture or even a phrase. Or sometimes it just comes from complete silence. I could be driving down the street with no music on and think of something off the top of my head.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, and it’s a pain in the behind.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I normally just write. I did create a basic outline for my series years ago, but it was just a basic list of things that I wanted to happen in each book. As far as details, I don’t do outlines, I just sit and write.
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Not really, I used to read all sorts of books growing up and I enjoyed them, but I can’t really say that any of them made me want to write. I just wrote because it was my hobby.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I am self-published, so publishing my first book took a lot of trial and error. I had no idea what I was doing; from the formatting, to promoting. I spent months researching everything before I even started publishing and when it came for me to release it, I still made mistakes. It was frustrating, but I’ve learned from it.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?
Can’t say that I was influenced as I don’t write romance, but one of my favorite authors is an AA romance author named Rochelle Alers.
What impact have they had on your writing?
I just enjoy reading her work.
What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
I’d like to think that more aspiring writers will decide to share their work with the world. I also hope that more teens find their love of reading.
Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
Probably a little of both. I’d like to think that my writing (at least my current series) is realistic. So while it is strictly fiction, I’d like to keep it as real as possible. The characters have been through things that I myself have never experienced, so my imagination plays a huge part but there are certain aspects that I have to research to make sure the situations are not too far fetched.
What is your role in the writing community?
I’d like to think that my role is providing a good series that touches on a subject matter that has not really been touched on. There aren’t many book series like mine, at least that is what I have been told. So to be able to create a story about young black women going to college, and have my target audience not only read it but truly enjoy it, is an amazing feeling.
How does your book relates to your spiritual practice or other life path?
Can’t say that it really relates to my spiritual path. But I will say that writing these books have made me tap into emotions that I myself keep buried. My characters feel and say things that a lot of times I don’t. So I guess in a way it has been pretty cleansing emotionally. Not sure if that relates to a life path or not, but that’s just what came to mind.
What is your testimony?
It’s simple, four years ago, I let go of my fears and decided to build a career doing something that I truly love to do.
How has your environment & upbringing colored your writing?
Yes. I was a loner growing up, so I stayed to myself. I feel like if that hadn’t been the case, I probably wouldn’t have focused on my writing so much. Writing has always been an outlet for me; a way to express myself when I felt that I couldn’t. Had things been different for me back then, who knows.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Writing this series, hands down.
What projects are you working on at the present?
I am currently working on getting book #8 of the series ready for publication. I am also working on finishing the first draft of book #9 which will be the final book of this series.
Publisher: Jessyca Vample Publishing
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