Good afternoon!! Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with an author I found to be quite interesting, J.B. Vample. She has written a book series called The College Life Series. I thought this book series idea was so amazing I wanted to know more about the author, her books, and her writing process. If you like the interview and want to see more interviews like this, hit the like button or leave me a comment. Sit back and enjoy.
laportsia: What inspired you to start writing?
J.B. Vample: I started writing when I was a child. I always had an overactive imagination and writing allowed me to tap into that. It was just something that I always enjoyed doing, even though I never actually expected anybody to read my work back then. It also provided me an escape during some trying times in my life because writing allows me to express feelings that I otherwise keep bottled.
laportsia: What inspired the book series?
J.B. Vample: I was seventeen, getting ready to graduate high school and go to college. I started thinking of what my own college experience could be like and from my imagination, I created these characters and their storylines. From there, I started typing. 8 book later, these characters are still going strong.
laportsia: Who is your target audience?
J.B. Vample: Late high school through college aged readers (seventeen and up.) Although I have readers ranging from fourteen through mid-fifties.
laportsia: Who are the authors that you look up to?
J.B. Vample: Umm, can’t say. I never really idolize anybody, although I do enjoy a good series writer and I’ve read a few books by AA romance author Rochelle Alers, that I love.
laportsia: Do you have a writing process? Would you be willing to share that process?
J.B. Vample: Honestly, I just sit down and write. I have one basic outline of eight of the books that I created years ago, but its safe to say that a lot has changed from that outline. A lot of times when I write, things come to me as I go. So I don’t get to write too much down. I just started typing and the words flow. Now, I do need quiet when I’m writing. So I try to seclude myself and tend to listen to music, and drink tea.
laportsia: Do you ever get stuck when writing? How do you overcome it?
J.B. Vample: Yes, I do. Years ago I was struck with writers block and I didn’t get back to the keyboard until about five years later. Now, when I feel like I’m stuck, I either go walk or get on the elliptical for an hour, (movement gets my mind working. Or, I just sit and start typing, and things tend to pour out. Now, I do go back and read over it to make sure that it doesn’t sound like crap. But just typing something is better than nothing.
laportsia: What is your morning routine?
J.B. Vample: Weekdays I get up and get ready for work at my 9to5. My ten minute car ride to the train station allows a moment of clarity so I can act out these scenes.
laportsia: What is the one thing you’d like people to know about you or your book series?
J.B. Vample: Regarding my book series; it’s a fun read, full of drama and humor. Regarding myself…yes, I did write each and every one of these books myself (I get asked that a lot, lol)
laportsia: Where do you get your ideas?
J.B. Vample: Inspiration comes from all places, so I can’t really pin point one thing in particular. I could be listening to a song and a scene will pop in my head. I could be driving down the street and think of a word that a character would say and then create a dialogue around that. So yeah, ideas come from everywhere, from the simplest things sometimes.
laportsia: What advice do you have for others who want to write?
J.B. Vample: Always, always, always write what you love. I don’t care if its fantasy, poetry, erotica, contemporary, etc. If you love it, write it. Often times when coming into an industry, we think that we need to do what others do, or what is popular just to make a splash. And granted, if you’re doing something different, it might take a little longer to get noticed. But as long as you’re passionate and have an audience, you will get noticed, trust me. I pride myself on being different and sticking to the story that I love and believe in.
laportsia: If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would that be?
J.B. Vample: Follow your dreams sooner. Don’t let fear and uncertainty discourage you from publishing your work. Oh, and choose English as your major, not Computer Science. Your mind is too creative for binary codes….and you hate math.
laportsia: What is your favorite book?
J.B. Vample: One that I can think of at the moment is “No Compromise” by Rochelle Alers.
laportsia: How many hours a day do you write?
J.B. Vample: I get it in where it fits in. Sometimes, during work. Combined, I’d say maybe at least two hours a day during the week and longer during the weekend, depending on what I’m working on.
laportsia: What is your goal setting mindset?
J.B. Vample: I try to set realistic goals for myself (even if others don’t think that they’re realistic) and just put plans in place to be able to achieve those goals. Some achievements will take longer than others, but the more goals that I set and achieve, the closer I get to my ultimate goals. I also keep in mind never to throw in the towel, Even when I get frustrated, I keep pushing.
laportsia: How do you measure success?
J.B. Vample: I don’t measure success by money, although money is a good thing to have. But if I’m working at a job that I hate and am making a bunch of money, that’s not considered successful to me. Success to me, is me making a great living doing exactly what I was born to do, which is write.
laportsia: What comes to mind when you think of living a passionate life?
J.B. Vample: What comes to mind is living a life full of happiness and purpose. And following your dreams no matter what.
laportsia: Where can people find your books?
J.B. Vample: My books are currently available in both ebook (Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook and Itunes) and paperback (Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com and Books-A-Million.com).
laportsia: Where can people find you on social media?
J.B. Vample: I am on Facebook. I have both a personal page (J.B. Vample) as well as fan page, (facebook.com/thecollegelifeseries) I am also on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat with the handle @jbvample.
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