Welcome to our second spotlight Sunday with Jamie D. Munro. Another of our fantastic members here at Australian Speculative Fiction Group. Take the time to read his interview, and ask any questions of your own. I am sure he would be more than happy to answer anything you may want to know. If you would like to join his 2000+ fans, follow him at https://www.facebook.com/JamieDMunroAuthor/
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Hello Jamie, thank you for taking time and answering my questions for our speculative fiction group.
Your facebook author page tells us that you are an ‘Australian dark paranormal short story author,’ what draws you to the genre?
Myself. My favourite genre has always been the umbrella-genre of fantasy, and speculative fiction generally. I don’t like darkness, violence, or horror, but when I started writing, two things happened. I was drawn to writing paranormal, and dark themes emerged. Paranormal was just an interest, but the darkness, that came from the whole writer thing about ourselves coming out in our writing. I’ve been a police officer for more than half of my life, and there’s a lot of darkness there. But I’m really just a beginner, so who knows what my writing may morph into?
After some facebook stalking (yes, I went there) you seem to have a love of classic books. Do you have a favourite author, past and present?
Past: Far too many. But if I had to pick one, it is Charles Dickens for his enduring characters. Present: Easy. Patrick Rothfuss for his poetic writing style.
Have you had the opportunity to have much of your work published, short stories or otherwise?
I wish. I just need to write more. I sold the first short story I ever wrote, and I’ve only completed a handful since, which are floating around submissions like digital boomerangs. But I’m working on my output.
What is your current work in progress about?
A paranormal comedy and what I would call a near-future paranormal. Both short stories.
What kind of research do you do for your book? How’s that google history looking…
My browser history would scare a ghost. Everything paranormal and spiritual.
What was the best money you ever spent on your writing career?
Absolutely professional critiques.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Always. But I really started about five years ago. I’ve been a bit of a turtle – but the turtle wins!
Any advice you would give your past self or any writers just starting out?
My past self: Just write! And lots of it. But a couple of other things, start writing short stories, I rarely meet someone who hasn’t dived into a novel, and when it comes to peer critiques and beta readers, you really get what you give back, we have to help each other and develop relationships before we can expect all this free help from others.
What is your goal/dream for your writing career?
To position myself in life where I can read and write all day and share my work with as many people as possible.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
It’s great to have an Australian speculative fiction group. It has a lot of potential, but we will all only get out of it what we jointly put in.