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Authors Helping Authors Interview # 1: Jack Crosby

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Jeff: Welcome to the Author’s Helping Authors Interview. How are you today?

Jack: I’m doing great, thanks for asking?  How are you doing today Jeff?

Jeff: I’m doing well. Thanks.Tell us a little bit about yourself? Maybe something that not a lot of people know about?

Jack: Well, I’m an IT guy that freelances on my own.  Unfortunately that means I have to travel a lot, so I spend a lot of my free time writing and reading.  I like to think good comes from it though in the form of my books.

Jeff: What are you working on now?

Jack: I’m working on book 3 to the Grimm’s Reapers series.  By working on, I mean I’ve started outlining the plot.  If you’ve read the stories so far, you know a lot of things are coming and none of them are good.

Jeff: At what point in your life did you decide you were going to become a writer?

Jack: You and Jeremy inspired me.  I first read Power Play and then I picked up Everything Comes Full Circle.  I reached out to you two because you seemed like every day guys just like me.  From our conversations, I figured, what the hell, let’s publish a book and see what happens!

Jeff: Which two characters that you have created have been your favorites so far?

Jack: Derrick and Roxanne are my favorites.  They were the first two main characters, so I think they hold a special spot in your heart.  I’m really excited about Roxanne’s future, but that’s all I can say for now!

Jeff: How much time in between books do you generally take? Do you finish one and immediately jump into the next or is there a rest period?

Jack: A few months.  Sometimes it gets hard to wait, because the stories come to me and I just want to write them down.

Jeff: Worst review you ever gotten?

Jack: Someone emailed me and said I write total garbage.  Said that I use sex and violence to sell books and that is hack writing.  Do I use those elements?  Yeah I do.  On the flip side, I challenge that person to really read my books and see that there is also a story there, one that uses a lot of emotions to get reactions from readers.  Especially in Old War Stories…

Jeff: What would you say is your biggest mistake as a writer? Anything you wish you could change?

Jack: That I don’t let anyone else help.  These stories are mine and I don’t want anyone else to influence them but me.  I doubt I’ll ever change that flaw, but if I could, I would.

Jeff: Do you only focus on the one book that you’re writing or do you tend to plan for what you will work on after this book is done as well?

Jack: One book at a time.  I let each story tell itself and then I’ll move on to the next.

Jeff: And finally, what would you like to say to your readers?

Jack: Stay tuned for my best book yet to come this fall.  Let’s just say Hell is about to be unleashed on poor Derrick and this time, he’s got nowhere to go but up!

Thanks for having me Jeff!  This was a lot of fun!

Jeff: Well thanks for being a part of the first Authors Helping Authors Interview. You can come back anytime you want!

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Interviewing my Business Partner

Good afternoon and welcome back. As it stands “Everything Comes Full Circle” is in the hands of my editors. I hope to have more information about the release soon!

In the mean time, I am proud to conduct a very special interview. A few months ago a friend of mine that I have known for many years and I decided to partner up and form our own independent publishing company called “Two Dudes, Brews and Books.” So ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Mr. Jeremy Croston.

Tell the readers a little about yourself:

Well, my name is Jeremy and I am a giant nerd, lol.  Books and beer are two of my favorite things and hence how I came to team up with you and created this crazy company!

Since the name of our company is two dudes, brews and books let me ask you about the first time you drank. Do you remember what it was?

It was on my twenty first birthday and it was a Bud-Light.  I remember the first drink was awful, but years later I came to appreciate a good beer.  (note: Bud-Light is NOT a good beer)

Do you remember when we used to chug beer at Jungle Jim’s? And for the readers’ sake, tell us who won?

I do remember those days and to the readers, let me tell you, there were no winners.  On those nights, we were all losers, haha! (Editor’s note, Jeremy could out chug me those days and probably could still. But he has a point!)

You have primarily written science Fiction books to this point. Are there any genres you would like to write about in the future?

Ironic (or knowingly!) you should ask.  My next project is a romantic/sports novel about a boxer who is rebuilding his life, both personally and professionally.  It is a tale I think anyone can relate to, as we all have to go through the rough patches in order to get to the glory at the end of the road.  Look for it late spring/early summer on a Kindle near you!

For those that don’t know the story, your wife Stephanie was the one who encouraged you to pursue writing after finding your stories in a box while you two were moving. What did you think when she first told you to pursue it? Did you think it was a good idea?

At the time I thought it was a crazy idea.  No one would want to read the random stuff I came up with.  But you know, women tend to be a bit smarter than men.  Granted, I’m not on the New York Times best seller lists, but the response to my novels has been very positive.  It just goes to show you, all you need is faith in your abilities.

What drew you to the inspiration of writing about characters like Thor and Loki?

I’m a big Norse mythology guy.  I’ve studied it and even have a minor in mythology as a whole from UCF.  I wanted to give the public a more accurate portrayal of them, as the Marvel portrayals are fun, but not fully right.  Loki is not the evil genius everyone thinks he is.  He is a very complex and misunderstood character,

As a writer, what do you think is your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal is to entertain the people who read my novels.  I think being an author gives you a different motivation than most professions.  You write what you think will inspire people to think and read more.  If my Ragnarok on Ice series motivates a person to learn more about the real Norse gods, than I am happy.

When you become a successful writer, where is the one place you would like to live?

Good question!  I’d buy a summer home in Alaska and a winter home in Cocoa Beach.  You would find me on my front porch sipping my favorite brew, creating the next big thing!

Thank you for your time with us, Jeremy. To find out about Jeremy’s books you can find them at this link  www.amazon.com/author/jeremycroston and you can find his blog here https://ragnarokonice.wordpress.com/