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Interview with Jay Kerk

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself?
A. I am a Medical Doctor by education, and I loved reading and writing from a very young age. I have two dogs.

Q.2 Are we going to read more from you shortly? Any new project you’re working on?
A. Yes certainly. I am working on a new novel called the Trapped Daughter.

Q.3 Where do you get your ideas?
A. Imagination.

Q.4 What advice do you have for writers?
A. Write more. Ask what the reader wants.

Q.5 How do you come up with the name of this book?
A. I write down the initial obvious title, then I play with it, then change it. After I settle down in about five iterations, I test it on friends and close people. Then I repeat.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A. Don’t be so doubtful.

Q.7 What are the most important magazines or websites for writers to subscribe to?
A. The ALLI, Kindleprenuer, TCK, Nicolasarek, Creative Penn.

Q.8 What is most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A. Like any other character, you have to research and better to ask.

Q.9 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. By inspiration and most commonly used.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. I read every single one of them. The bad ones, I wish to know more and to improve. We write for entertainment, so it is important to know why the goal was missed.

Q.11 Does your family supports your career as a writer?
A. Some of them LOL.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block?
A. Yes. But more in what precipitates it, and not the syndrome itself. I mean you can have a block, but it is not a lack of desire or imagination, but because things are not going well in life.

Q.13 Does writing energize you or exhaust you?
A. Energizes me.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. I take a lot of notes and try to squeeze my outline on one paper, then spread it on excel.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A. The DIY aspect of launching the debut novel: initial cover, title, editing (before the professional one), making my primitive website - check it out btw.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. How long can the list be? The unbalanced resources, the costly CPC (you pay 0.5 and sell for a profit of 2, so technically you have to get a purchase out of 4 clicks, and the range is 10-20), purchased reviews.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. Scribendi and then a freelancer. By cost and efficiency table.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. Dostoyevsky.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. Les Miserable. Left a mark some 20 years ago.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
A. Fun, costly, educational.

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Facebook - @authorjaykerk
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