Bec: Welcome to my blog, please start out by sharing a little bit about yourself –
My name is Jimmy Pudge, and I’m currently an Indie writer. In the past, I did go the traditional route with some degree of success. However, I was never able to write what I really wanted. Self-publishing gives me more freedom to write.
Bec: What first got you interested in writing?
My father and I used to tell ghost stories to each other at night. This is one of my fondest memories, and I recall how much I enjoyed making up tales. Later in life, I decided to become a writer and make tales up for other people to enjoy.
Bec: What are the worst struggles you think writers face, writing and marketing?
I think one of the worst struggles writers face as far as writing goes is getting to a point where they feel comfortable enough to write what they want to. By this I mean, they don’t hold back, they don’t write for themes or to try and impress a particular publisher or agent. Once they can unleash their true voices, I think they have much more potential to grow as writers.
Also, traditional and small press publishing companies are shrinking. The eBook phenomenon has put a true fork in the road for publishers. Now, they all seem to want to go with the sure thing, stories by known writers or stories that are similar to other huge bestsellers. I think it creates a struggle for writers to find a home for original works.
As far as marketing, publishing companies are now really cautious about what they publish and publish less frequently. If you’re an unknown, your chances of getting published traditionally are not too good. As far as self-publication, there is now so much out there, that it’s difficult to have your works noticed. You need to constantly push your product on social sites, like Twitter and Facebook. You’re also competing with known writers and writers who write full-time, those who can sit at home all day and market their products or pay to have someone do it for them.
Bec: Tell us about your book/s –
Yo A$$ Is GRA$$: Tales From a Rednek Gangsta (YouTube Reviews) is a collection of short stories probably unlike anything you have ever read. It’s a completely original work, featuring tales of crime, horror, and suspense. Each tale involves a lowlife of some form. There are no likable protagonists in my stories, and they break many rules in terms of what most publishers’ guidelines call for. You’ll see a lot of erotica and dark humor in these tales. I call them beautiful stories for horrible people. You need a certain type of humor to enjoy this work.
Bad Billy is my current work in progress and should be released toward the end of September. Bad Billy is my ode to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It involves a 500 pound, 4’7” rascal who manages to break free from his prison in Mama’s basement. He goes outside into the world for the first time and goes on a killing spree across the state of Georgia. Early reviews are very positive, with one reviewer calling it. “Of Mice and Men meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
Bec: Are you working on a sequel/s?
No, not at this time. I’m currently working on a new novel about a sociopath who is trying to prove to himself that he is not a sociopath.
Bec: What other projects are you working on or involved with?
I’ve been asked to contribute to several short story anthologies. I’ll submit my pieces and keep my fingers crossed that the publishers enjoy what they read. One is for charity, and I’m especially excited to help out.
Bec: What’s your favorite color?
Green is my favorite color. I love green eyed women. Although, they usually seem to give me the most hell when I date them. I’m not saying I don’t deserve it, it just seems that they seem more likely to give it the most.
Bec: Do you like to listen to music while you write or have complete silence?
I like to listen to music when I write. I recently discovered an interesting radio station called Never Ending Wonder Radio. I enjoy tuning in because of all the weird stuff it plays. I’m a bit of a weirdo, so this appeals to me. You can go there every time and expect to hear something new. Here’s a link if you’re interested: www.neverendingwonder.com/. It’s also seeking scripts to read live on the air during October. If you’re a writer, it might be pretty cool to hear your words read to you on the radio. I’m going to work something up for it.
Bec: What genres do you most like to read/write?
Huge fan of horror, mystery, and crime. I also read other genres, but I’m more inclined to buy from those three genres I just mentioned.
Bec: Have you ever gone streaking in a public place?
Yes, all the time. I can’t help myself, especially when there’s a full moon. I’m just crazy like that. I like the way the breeze feels against my nuts.
Bec: Do you find writing a lonely profession?
No, not at all. You get to meet a lot of new friends online. I can’t tell you all the kind souls I’ve had the fortune to meet. They’re a great bunch of people and have changed my perception on people in general quite a bit.
Bec: Eggs, bacon and toast or Pancakes?
What a tough question! I’m a go with pancakes though, because you can make them even when you’re flat out broke. It’s fit for kings and broke people alike. But you know what, I eat them all the time, and talking about them has just made me sick. I think I’ll go with eggs, the next cheapest meal on the list.
Bec: What would you share with a beginning writer?
Don’t bother outlining or setting word count goals if this discourages you in anyway. There are a lot of writers, myself included, who do not outline or set word count goals. Stephen King is a great writer, but his On Writing book is not the guide for everyone to follow. Also, don’t write to please someone else. DO your own thing. That’s how originality is born. One more thing, keep writing and writing and submitting and submitting. Don’t worry about rejections. I had over a hundred before my first acceptance. If you are a beginning writer and decide to self-publish, you need to join an online writing group and have your stories work shopped. You also need to hire an editor. You can find them for cheap at the local college. Just request English majors that tutor.
Bec: What do you wish someone would have told you when you first started your writing journey?
I wish they would have said, “Jimmy, there’s a difference between porn and romance.” I read that the romance genre was the best to break out in because of the demand. I wrote several trashy books before submitting them to agents and publishers. The replies were about the same: “This isn’t romance, it’s porn!”
Bec: If someone had a limit of ten dollars to buy you something for Christmas, what would you hope they would buy you?
I like magic tricks. If they bought me a ten dollar magic set, I’d be a happy camper.
Bec: Do you think having other writers as friend is a good thing for your growth as a writer?
Yes and no. It depends on the writer friends. Some have huge egos and only choose to talk about themselves. Avoid these jokers like the plague. There are humble writers out there. These guys will help you edit your stories and offer you nice feedback. You want these writer friends. Also, never be a writer’s groupie. It’s just sad. Befriend writers as you would any other person. Look at them as either buddies or dicks. If they ask about your stories, that’s a good sign. If they post on their wall that they need to limit their profile to just close friends and relatives and suggest you join their fan page, then just walk away. I mean, I can understand creating a new profile or fan page if you reach that 5,000 member limit, but not if you have less than 2,000 friends. That’s just ego mania right there. Also, know that many known writers are only lucky writers or writers who were good at networking. They’re not necessarily geniuses. Listen to their advice but discard it if you don’t think it applies to you. Most writers offer pretty stupid advice at times. Also, beware that writers lie more than any other people. We are all trying to get paid for our lies anyway.
Bec: What’s your favorite book? Why?
Tough question! Maybe Forest Carter’s The Education of Little Tree. There’s a lot of heart and humor in that book.
Bec: Who’s your favorite author? Why?
I’ve read more John D. MacDonald books than any other author. I’m not saying he’s my favorite, it’s impossible for me to choose just one, but he’s probably the only author I’ve ever collected. As far as why, I just think John is a master writer. The Travis McGee series is incredible, and his stand alone books aren’t too shabby either. He’s a master of discussing issues in his works and not making it seem like a discussion. He also has really great plots.
Bec: Is there anything you would like to share that I haven’t asked you about?
Your interview has been very thorough. I’d just like to thank you for this opportunity.
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