Author Interview with J.M. Salyards

On today’s Page to Page Promo Author Interview we have J.M. Salyards. Welcome J.M.


A Little on the Personal Side:

  • If you weren’t an author, what would you be?  A ninja. Or a monster truck driver. Or possibly a criminal mastermind. Underground occult bookstore owner. Big game safari hunter. Crackpot radio show host. Mad scientist.

All of the above. Still, I’ll stick with “author”.

  • What types of books do you read? The stack next to me has “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett, “Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond, “The World as it Is” by Chris Hedges, “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, and “Last of the Amazons” by Steven Pressfield.


  • What do you love most about writing? What do you not like?

Writing is freedom. Storytelling is as ancient as language, and although there is a craft involved in putting words together to tell a tale, the tale itself is entirely yours. An author chooses something that he or she is passionate about and commits it to a record for all time. A book is a window into the mind of the man or woman who wrote it.

On the other hand, writing is a tremendous challenge, demanding dedication and sacrifice. Crafting the story is easy. “Committing it to paper”— actually writing the novel— is hard, slow work. It is very rewarding, but it does try one’s patience.

A Little on the Professional Side:

  • Where do you draw your inspiration from? Anywhere— with the exception of television, which I don’t watch. Films, graphic novels, and comics have a place. I enjoy visionary art. Music is a big one. A song clicks when it resonates with me. It hits hard and sticks around and I come back to it several times. Books are the same way.

Clear perception is the same thing as inspiration, I think. Take a good, hard look around and write what you see. Go as deep as you dare and let that open things up for you. The world is equally wonderful and horrific. There is no shortage of inspiration in reality.

  • Of all of the characters you have written, which has been your favorite? Why? Least favorite? Why? Favorite: Quintain. He is a young protagonist in my novel “Shadow of the Last Men”. In a word, his most pronounced quality is integrity. I root for good guys, and he is the best of the good guys I could imagine. Of course, he gets angry and impatient, blows up at his friends, balks at public speaking, and can be a bit of a pedantic know-it-all. But when the fate of the world is in his hands, it is in good hands.

Least favorite: Carver Delano. Same novel. A real sleaze, with a moral compass that points exactly opposite of all things decent. Everything we hate about lawyers, bureaucrats and used car salesmen, rolled into one.

  • Who is your ideal reader? Someone who reads for enjoyment the first time, then re-reads to “get to know” the work better the second time.


A Little Quick Fire:

*When it comes to books*

Good Guys or Bad Guys? Good guys.

Fiction or Non-Fiction? Write: fiction. Read: non-fiction.

Handwritten or PC typed? Typed.

Cozy Nook or Outdoors Oasis? Oasis.

Happily Ever After or Nail-biter? Nail-biter.

Writing or Reading? Writing.


*When it comes to you*

Ice Cream or Cake? Cake.

Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla.

Coffee or Tea? COFFEE.

Dress Up or Dress Down? Dress up.

Barefoot or Shoes? Shoes.

Cook or Order Out? Cook.


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