My buddy Benjamin Jones, author of the H.U.B. series, returns for an interview. Let’s find out what he’s up to, shall we? 🙂
Tell us about your most recent publication.
H.U.B. is a series set around vampires who, long believed to be nothing but myth and legend, do in fact exist. For years they have lived peacefully amongst humans but all that is about to change. Not content with being considered an equal to the human race, a faction has arisen that is threatening to fracture the delicate truce and engage in a global war pitting humans against vampires.
Why did you decide to publish independently?
I decided to publish independently due to the freedom it allowed me to have. I like being able to put my work out WHEN I want and HOW I want, plus I get to keep all of the profit w/out having to split it with a publishing company.
What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why?
My favorite part so far has been the book conventions. I attended one in Tulsa, Oklahoma in March and I had a BLAST meeting all the people and being able to talk about my book. And then, for those that actually purchased the book, it made me so happy!! I loved being able to take pictures with everyone that bought my book. It was truly an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to my next one which is in June.
What is your character development process?
When I initially start I have a general idea about what each character is going to be like but what I’ve found is that, as the story gets written, the characters start taking on a life of their own and they end up evolving as the story does. So, I sit back and let them grow and they usually end up being vastly different than what I had anticipated but it all works out in the end.
For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?
The hardest part of the writing process is getting noticed because, without that, you essentially have nothing but this great piece of work that no one knows anything about. This is where the frustration and stress comes in.
What’s the easiest part?
The easiest part to me is actually the writing part itself. It’s very easy for me to put pen to paper because I feel that’s what I was born to do. It’s everything AFTER the work is finished that gets hard.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice to writers is to KEEP WRITING – that is the single most important thing that you can ever do. After that, network with your writing peers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc… Also, invest in yourself and you will always have a good return on your investment.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m actually working on two projects simultaneously, the first being H.U.B. Volume 3: The Tipping Point which is to be released on 9.10.11 and I’m also working on my romance novel entitled Head Above Water which will also be released sometime this year.
Who would you say is your biggest fan in your writing career?
My wife, most definitely. She’s been SUPER supportive in everything and always offers constructive criticism/feedback. She’s been great.
How about some quickies!
Pencil or Pen: Pen
Print or Cursive: Cursive
Pantser or Plotter: Pantser
Favorite Candy: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Worst habit: Eating too much ice cream!
About the Benjamin Jones
Who am I? My name is Benjamin Jones and I’m what’s known as an independent (for the time being) author who is working tirelessly to make this dream of mine to be the world’s greatest writer a reality (right now I’m simply the greatest writer that 99.99998% of the world hasn’t heard of but I’m working to get that percentage a little lower).
All jokes aside, I’m a person who has a family (wife, kids, dog, cat, all that good stuff), who works a 9-5 (actually a 7-4) job by day, and writes whenever he can find the time. My goal in life is to be a writer, and it’s something that I take VERY seriously. Not having an agent at the moment I spend all my time either writing, promoting myself on Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads.com/etc…., or thinking of ways to get myself noticed by people.