This week it’s my pleasure to share a writer with you who is very unique. While many of us whine and moan when the bottom drops out of our lives, this author used a very different tactic. I think JT Sather has had just about everything happen that can go wrong but he chose to face adversity with humor and optimism. We’ve had a couple of good chats about my home state of Michigan and its beautiful upper peninsula, as well! So, without further ado, let me introduce JT Sather and his book How to Survive When the Bottom Drops Out. You can read my review of the book here.
Interview with JT Sather
What is your favorite pastime (other than writing)? (you can only pick one) and why?
I love to build sandcastles, or at least my version of sandcastles. Time on the beach is very relaxing for me. I like to find a secluded spot so I can work undisturbed. It takes anywhere from two to four hours to make a masterpiece, and it’s tough when there’s a bunch of kiddies running about.
Who are you as a writer?
I’m the same man that I am in regular life. What I write about is non-fiction. I don’t have to immerse myself into a fantasy world, my reality is crazy enough!
What are your thoughts on the Indie Publishing movement?
I think much of it’s terribly disorganized. I’m happy to be a part of it, but I wish someone would have held my hand when I started. When I first published, the book was terribly riddled with spelling mistakes. When I finally realized this (two months later) I felt awful. If people are going to pay their hard-earned money for a product, I want it to be quality. Thankfully I have a publisher now, and it’s been edited by a professional.
Have you ever ghostwritten? Would you? Why?
I have been approached to ghost write a memoir for a friend of mine. I’m happy to do it, but it’s very slow go. He’s 2000 miles away from me, and he’s a very busy guy. It’s difficult to pin him down to answer the many questions I have for him.
What is your favorite book of all time? Why?
I’ve only read a handful in my life. One that stuck in my head was Fear and Loathing. I really enjoyed Hunter’s story telling skills.
Do you believe writers need a degree to be successful? Why or why not?
A degree? Absolutely not. What they need to possess is story telling skills. Everyone has an imagination, but it takes a skill to transfer it to paper.
You are camping in a tent in the woods. A loud roar happens outside the flap to the tent. What do you do?
I would scream like a ten year old girl, they hate that!
What is your greatest asset? Why?
I’d have to say my experience. I’ve been through more than most, and the lessons that I’ve learned have served me well.
What do you treasure most on earth?
My freedom. I lost it for a while, and I missed it terribly. I have no plans to let it out of my sight again.
What did you like to do as a child? Favorite games, pastimes, friends, etc.
I was one of those tree climbers. Not your ordinary tree climber, I was that kid who would climb to the top of a fifty foot pine tree and cling to the very top, swaying in the breeze, and survey the landscape. That was my first taste of real freedom, and set me on the path of daredevil mayhem.
What is the single-most important thing that has happened to you thus-far on your writing journey?
Getting a contract from Inknbeans Press to publish my work. I’m out of my realm in the writing business, and it’s nice to have someone at my side, finally.
How important is being successful as a writer to you?
It’s become the single most important thing to my future. As an unemployed construction worker, I have no desire to go back to it. My body getting tired, as well as damaged. I hope to continue this for the rest of my days.
The genie is going to grant you three wishes. What are they?
Peace, love, and happiness. Anything else that I could ask for would only bring me to these conclusions anyway.
You get one day to spend any way you want with whomever you want. Describe the day (money is no object)
I want to take my mother out for a boat ride on Lake Mead. I’ve done it a thousand times, and never had the chance to take her out there. She lives in the upper peninsula of Michigan, and doesn’t get out much. I’ve had some really great times on that lake. We’d start the day off at nine in the morning, and depart from the southern part of Boulder Basin. Lake Mead Marina is filled with beautiful boats of all kinds. Speedboats, sailboats and yachts are lined up like toys in a pond. Then it’s off to Sandy cove, where I can light the bbq and have a dandy lunch. A relaxing day spent cruising on the water is just what my mother needs. At seventy-four years old, she never seems to have enough time to just enjoy herself. When the day is done, I’ll tie the boat up in the slip and we can have a cocktail in the Captain’s lounge. That would be a great day.
Who or what were your main inspirations for choosing a writing career?
I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. It’s the highlight of my night, whoever I’m hanging out with. I’ve had a lot of friends over the years tell me “You need to write a book!” Well, I finally did. If the economy hadn’t crashed when it did, I probably would never had done it. I never had the time before. When things were good, I worked 80 hrs a day, and then some. Time was a commodity that I never had. Now, I have far too much! Oh well, better finish the next one, before time runs out.
Thank you, JT for being my guest this week. Readers, be sure to leave a comment to show JT you have enjoyed his featured spot. And, if you’d like to find out more about author J.T. Sather check out the links below. The Book Junkies page includes many pictures, including those of his sand sculptures.