Welcome back to Writing Wednesday! After an emotional post from Mental Monday. I felt that we all needed another interview from a writer and owner of a traditional publishing company. Now, this person has taken a leap of faith and gave me my shot at becoming a published author. If anything, she helped my 2019 have a strong start that year and encouraged me to keep going. I introduce you all to J.E. Feldman author and owner of Dragon Soul Press. Please, as always show lots of love and support and let’s get this ball rolling.
- Please introduce yourself before we begin.
I’m an ancient soul reincarnate mixed with an enormous amount of inspiration, passion, and commitment. My writing journey began at the age of three and has continued full blast with no sign of slowing down. I strive to continue writing and publishing six to eight books a year as J.E. Feldman.
The literature world is merely one of many facets. I’m fiercely passionate about vehicles and will one day be taking over the family’s auto body business. In the meantime, I manage the shop and haunt car shows.
In my free time, I enjoy road trips ripe with history, crocheting blankets for the homeless, and reading in cramped bookstores.
- Every writer has an origin story to tell, what’s yours?
I’ve had books read to me for as long as I can remember until being old enough to read and write my own. At three years old, I cut out little squares of paper and stapled them into a booklet before giving life to those pages with words and illustrations, thus creating my first completed book.
- What was the first story, poem or novel you ever worked on?
The illustrated kid book that you’re probably tired of me mentioning by now was the first short story. Three dogs based on my grandma’s pets met a blue whale and went on adventures together. Being three years old, it made perfect sense to me.
I wrote my first novel at eight and it was complete garbage, but contained all of my favorite fantasy elements, including a slew of dragons.
I started dabbling in poetry at eleven when my school library started hosting competitions. I won with a lengthy poem regarding the dark, watery demise of Titanic.
- What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Everyone seems to have an opinion about how you should be doing things. Whether it’s riding the latest writing trend on the coattails or turning a standalone story into a series due to popularity. There are many more examples than the prior out there, but staying true to one’s self is possibly the most difficult as readers become more difficult to please.
- What Genres do you write in and do you have a favorite?
This is a hard question since I write in so many genres and subgenres. The main ones being Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Dystopian, and Romance. By far, Epic Fantasy is still my love and joy alongside Horror, but Urban Fantasy is rapidly catching up.
- Why do you write?
There are entire worlds in my head that have to be written down on paper. Ever since I was little, there has been a burning need to be an author. Whether people pick up my books to read or not, the words will continue flowing.
- Favorite author and/or book series?
This could definitely take a while. I’ll do my best to narrow it down though because you can’t simply ask an avid reader or an author to have a single favorite author or book. Those that have inspired me include J.R.R. Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore, Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory, and Lucy Montgomery. As such, my favorite books include everything written by the prior. The oddball titles that may surprise some are The Thief Lord, The Book Thief, and Good Luck With That.
- Okay, the tough question here. It’s no secret that Mental health is important for writers. Seeing that, I want to be more of an advocate for it. Is there any advice you’d like to give to people to keep fighting, whether you’re dealing with it personally or know someone that is?
As Walt Disney said, “keep moving forward.” No matter what trauma has happened to you, no matter what you must face in life, at the end of the day, you control how you react to it. You, and you alone, are solely responsible for your own actions and who you become. It’s a grand adventure you must see through to the end. You can do it.
- Before we leave is there anything you’re working on now or anything you have released?
There are so many in progress and releasing soon. It’d be best to check out my websites as listed below for updates. After the last question, I would like to address my latest release. A short poetry collection called Misery with my co-author Vanessa Bane is solely for charity toward the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. For only $0.99, someone’s life can be spared.
- Finally, anything you want to say to new writers/artists?
Keep at it until you find your own voice. You’ll always continue growing and should branch out to try new things. If you end up not liking it, you’re not stuck with it forever. If it is your burning passion to create, do it in whatever form makes your heart burst with joy and satisfaction.
Thank you, J.E. Feldman, and thank you all for tuning into this week writing Wednesday. If there are any writers looking to go the traditional route, I urge you to check out her website and give it a try. You’ll never know she might take a chance on you too. But that’s all I have for you today and remember. Happy writing, reading, or creating whatever it is you’re making. Just please have fun doing it.
“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.”