Author Interview: Benedict Jacka

Submit your creative works to Flashes >>HERE<< .

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Author Interview: Benedict Jacka

  1. #1

    Author Interview: Benedict Jacka




    British author, Benedict Jacka, wrote his first full-length work when he was only eighteen. Although it was never published, he kept on writing, and his Ninja series was released seven years later. These days, Benedict stays busy writing his Alex Verus series, a popular adult urban fantasy centered around the proprietor of a London magic shop, who happens to be able to see the future. Fated, the sixth book in the series, will be released on August 4th. Benedict was gracious enough to spend a little time with us, so we hope you enjoy the interview.

    When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

    BJ: I didnít, really. I just started writing a story one day and it turned into a book, and after that I wrote another book, and so on. I didnít start thinking about whether I was a writer or not until people started asking me about it.

    Which writers have influenced you the most?

    BJ: J.R.R. Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Richard Adams, Robert Jordan, Jack Vance. And probably lots of others that I canít think of at short notice.

    Kyle R asks: What would you say is your biggest obstacle in lifeóand how do you deal with it?

    BJ: My biggest obstacles have tended to relate to my personal life, rather than my professional life. Writing is pretty straightforward by comparison!

    Kyle R asks: What are you most conscious of while writing?

    BJ: I usually find that my writing goes best when Iím not actively and consciously thinking of anything. Itís a weird, trance-like state. The hard part is staying in it, since maintaining it can take a lot of work.

    What kind of impact would you like your work to have?

    BJ: For there to be some people out there for whom reading my books makes their lives better or happier in some way.

    astroannie asks: What part of the writing process do you find most difficult?

    BJ: Lots of parts can be difficult, especially the getting started. But if you mean the part of a bookís life cycle that I find takes the most stress and hard work, thatíd definitely be rewriting.

    What is your favorite setting for writing?

    BJ: Hmm. Good question. I donít think I have one. Iíve read and loved stories in lots of settings. I think I care much more about the characters than the location.

    What is your favorite thing about writing fantasy?

    BJ: The fact that I can write the sorts of stories I like, and people will want to read them. Iíd never be able to do that if I wrote highbrow literature!

    Gumby asks: Do you still practice ninjutsu and if so, do you feel that it helps your writing, both the physical and the mental discipline it takes to write?

    BJ: Not ninjutsu specifically, but I always keep up some kind of physical exercise, whether itís climbing, skating, martial arts, or just going to the gym. I find itís a huge help with keeping up my energy levels and mental focus.

    What are you reading right now?

    BJ: A biography of Elon Musk.

    J Anfinson asks: What was the biggest lesson you learned during the writing of your first novel?

    BJ: Perseverance.

    How do you think youíve evolved creatively?

    BJ: Itís hard to answer those sorts of questions because youíre viewing it from within your own perspective Ė itís like trying to see the back of your own head. A critic would probably have a better take on it. From my point of view, the most obvious difference is that Iíve become a lot more efficient with how I use my ideas.

    What is your role vs. your publishersí in marketing your books?

    BJ: My publishers shop the books around to the sellers and distributors, and do occasional promotions. For my part I maintain my website and post up new stuff every week.

    What advice do you have for new writers?

    BJ: Read a lot, write a lot, and expect to take years if not decades before getting any kind of commercial success. Writing is like any other craft Ė it takes a really long time to get good at it.

    am_hammy asks: Are there any characters you've created who you identify with? Why?

    BJ: I identify with nearly all of my viewpoint characters, to one degree or other. The only ones I have trouble identifying with are the ones with genuinely alien viewpoints, in which case I just have to analyse them from an outside perspective and take my best guess.

    Are there genres you haven't tried, that you'd like to in the future?

    BJ: Well, Iíve had several people tell me that I ought to write paranormal romance, but Iíve got the feeling thatís mostly for their own amusement.

    What are you working on now? When will it be available?

    BJ: Iím just finishing up the first-round edits for the seventh Alex Verus novel, Burned. Itíll be out in April 2016.

    For someone new to your books, what do you suggest they read first?

    BJ: The first book in the Alex Verus series, Fated. The later books are better (I was a much less experienced writer when I started the series), but youíre better off starting at the beginning.

    Where can we discover more about you and you work?

    BJ: At my website: benedictjacka.co.uk

  2. #2

  3. #3
    J Anfinson asks: What was the biggest lesson you learned during the writing of your first novel?

    BJ: Perseverance.
    BJ makes a good point. Perseverance is key. Without it we talk the talk of writers but don't walk the walk! Says she whose novel is still locked in the archives of her computer gathering dust.
    Hidden Content

    Flashes now accepting submissions. Please submit your poetry, flash fiction and writing articles <Hidden Content >






  4. #4
    I know Pip. I love that he wrote a novel that nobody would publish, but kept at it for years! Gives me hope!

    Quote Originally Posted by PiP View Post
    BJ makes a good point. Perseverance is key. Without it we talk the talk of writers but don't walk the walk! Says she whose novel is still locked in the archives of her computer gathering dust.

  5. #5
    What a great interview!

    What advice do you have for new writers?

    BJ: Read a lot, write a lot, and expect to take years if not decades before getting any kind of commercial success. Writing is like any other craft – it takes a really long time to get good at it.
    I love that advice! When you first start attempting to write, it's so easy to be impatient and expect instant success.
    There is no life I know
    To compare with pure imagination.
    Living there youíll be free
    If you truly wish to be.~ Willy Wonka

  6. #6
    He has made a good point to new writers that before getting commercial success we need to read a lot and also write a lot, and these to continue for some yeas if not at least a decade. This is very true. Good experience is required and maturity will surely come in the writing.

  7. #7
    Awesome interview. How interesting to create characters and identify with some, while others are left to wonder about. I think its pretty cool you can be close to your own work and be separate from it as well.
    ".... But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
    All losses are restored and sorrows end."
    - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXX



Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
This website uses cookies
We use cookies to store session information to facilitate remembering your login information, to allow you to save website preferences, to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.