Introducing Author LA Jones
I love Mondays because I get to meet some intriguing authors each week. This week my guest is LA Jones, author of Tales of Aradia The Last Witch. You can read my review of the book here. Be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book!
Interview with LA Jones
What is your favorite pastime (other than writing)? (you can only pick one) and why?
Shopping. I love shopping. Going out and checking the new imaginative styles. Hanging out at the book stores and talking with the clerks. It’s my favorite pastime.
Who are you as a writer?
In all honesty, I am a person who has ASD (autism spectrum disorder) who is trying to become a role model and inspiration to people who also have this disorder.
What are your thoughts on the Indie Publishing movement?
My thought is like many new movements it takes to time to flower or flourish. I am actually happy about the indie author movement because it puts more power in to the author’s hands. Too long has the publisher held power in the relationship between writer and publisher. Publisher and their clients (writers) should be partners. This indie author movement is making sure of that.
Have you ever ghostwritten? Would you? Why?
No. I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with using someone else’s identity and idea to write a book.
What is your favorite book of all time? Why?
Matilda by Roald Dahl because the story of a little girl over coming such impossible odds has always been so inspiring.
Do you believe writers need a degree to be successful? Why or why not? No. I believe degrees don’t guarantee or signify anything. In the end determination is what gets things done. I have always been a believer of self-education. What you learn on your own time is what you use in your life.
You are camping in a tent in the woods. A loud roar happens outside the flap to the tent. What do you do?
I stay very still and try not to irritate whatever the hell it is that made that noise. I also try to hide a weapon under my pillow just in case.
What is your greatest asset? Why?
My creativity and my ability to be so open-minded. I welcome criticism and suggestions because they help me to be a better writer. My creativity because it helps me think of new things to write and develop.
What do you treasure most on earth? My family and my friends.
What did you like to do as a child? Favorite games, pasttimes, friends, etc. I like to make up games and watch TV. Most of all, I loved to read.
What is the single-most important thing that has happened to you thus-far on your writing journey?
I think what has helped me most of all was meeting my editor Harrison R. Bradlow. He has helped my series reach its true potential and opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities.
How important is being successful as a writer to you? Very. I want to be able to live off my writing and help entertain people with my stories. In addition to inspiring others.
The genie is going to grant you three wishes. What are they?
One) my book series to become the next big franchise. Two) to be able to live off my writing. Three) to be able to become the next J.K. Rowling. Meaning an inspiration to my fellow authors and such.
You get one day to spend any way you want with whomever you want. Describe the day (money is no object)
Meeting some of the authors who helped inspire me to reach my potential. Namely, buying plane tickets to visit RJ Palmer and her husband and taking her family out to Disneyland or something. Traveling to Florida to meet L.A. Sherman another author who has inspired me. Most of all, traveling to Las Vegas and taking my editor and his family to Disney World.
Who or what were your main inspirations for choosing a writing career?
My family mostly. They have always loved the fact that I am an author and are very proud of me for being able to publish my books. I don’t think I would have gotten this far without their help.
Readers: Thanks for coming and don’t forget to leave a comment in the comments section for a chance to win an autographed copy of the first book in the series. Winner will be notified on Monday, March 18.