Hi J.P! Tell us a bit about yourself and your book.
I have been a musician/songwriter for most of my life. I also have worked a day job for over 31 years in which I come in contact with dozens of different people every week. Since I have been free from addiction for nearly 12 years I now feel that it is safe for me to disclose what I had struggled with for 30 years.
What does your general process usually look like, from initial idea to published book? Do you outline?
My method of writing may be different from the average author. The complete book is hidden within my soul, so I write what is in my heart from Chapter 1 to the end. Then I have my first editor go through the manuscript to make sure the concept is flowing. After this get it into the hands of my professional editor. She is very meticulous and thorough. We have been working back and forth for over 6 months polishing and fine-tuning the book. It is in the last stage of editing, so I am excited about the release; soon to come.
What was the idea or spark that led to your latest book?
I was 75 percent through with my first book (which is not finished yet) when I reached the dreaded “writers block”. I was watching an interview with an author who has published many books. He said that he often has 3 or 4 books that he is working on at the same time. As soon as I heard him say this I instantly knew I should start on “30 Years High”. It flowed like living water as soon as I started writing it.
Because I have spent most of my free time writing and recording music, I have not had much of an opportunity to tap into the glorious wealth of words written by inspired and gifted authors.
What can you tell us about your latest project or future project(s)?
Once 30 Years High is released and the demand for a book tour arises, I would like to encourage people in a live setting not to give up on loved ones who struggle with functional addiction. I also plan on finishing my first book “Blessed Suicide”. Don’t worry, the book does not excuse or encourage this act.