R Judas Brown is an up and coming author and one you will not want to miss. He is passionate about his work and strives to do his best through telling an amazing story. He is a dedicated husband and father who loves his family. He is a new addition to our Stitched Smiles Publications family and we couldn’t be happier to have him with us. Please watch for his up coming books you won’t be sorry. Please make welcome R Judas Brown…
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I remember starting on “books” several time through school, but the first story that sticks out, start to finish, was for a short fiction class in high school. It was about a person who’s rage changed them. They became a murderous beast. It was very graphic, and I received the highest grade in the class, even though the instructor said she should probably count off for nausea. Now, I would most likely be suspended for the content.
2. How many books have you written?
Two unreleased, and they will most likely stay that way. At least for a while. I think every author has the initial clumsy fumbling of a book hidden away somewhere. One day I would like to revisit them, but I’m not sure how recognizable they will be by the time they are done.
I have one I am working on right now that will most likely be the first I shop around to publishers.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
No. There are ways I won’t write about certain things though. There is a fine line between dramatization and glorification that I won’t cross for some things, such as rape, child abuse, etc. They may make it into a story, but I make sure that there is no question I am NOT glorifying the act.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am almost 40, married with three daughters. I have a day-job working customer service for an insurance company.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I am really excited about my current solo project. It feels like it is going to be very special. It is a horror book about books, so I am hoping there will be some feelings that really resonate with the reader.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I had made several faltering forays into writing before finally folding that dream up and putting it into the little box adults keep their broken dreams in. Never really thought about it again, except with wistful regret. Then, through an online gaming group, I made a friend who was self-publishing an anthology. It gave me a chance to see that the publishing landscape had changed. It seemed doable, even if I did it myself. While I haven’t self-published, that initial spark brought me back to the idea that I could be a writer. I got out my little dream, dusted it off, and put it back on.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to create. I enjoy reading. Sometimes we get together and play games with friends or my wife and I will co-op on whatever video game she is currently working through.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a story?
Euphoria followed by crushing self-doubt. I think that is a cycle every creative person goes through. You make something beautiful and wonderful, then you send it into the world. Immediately after hitting send, you start to worry about it. Will it say what you want it to? Will they like it? What if this is the one where people realize you are a charlatan?!?
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I write where the mood hits. I use cloud storage so I can access my files on my laptop or phone, write a bit, and then pick it up later. Certain stories require certain soundtracks, but there is no rule. Sometimes music works, sometimes it doesn’t. I have jokingly told my friends that my three possible muses are music, alcohol, and emotional pain. One of the three will usually get me going.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Writing is a personal journey, which sounds like some new age cop-out, but it’s the truth. My writing is always changing and should, because I should always be changing and learning.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Ugh, no. Well, not famous the way most people mean. I do have a couple of goals for my writing career.
I would like to be able to support my family from writing and writing related activities and I would like to help other authors pursue their own dreams. If I am only remembered in twenty years for helping someone else put the dots together, there are worse legacies to have.
12. Where do you live?
Quincy, Illinois. It is a small city on the banks of the Mississippi River thirty minutes from Mark Twain’s boyhood home.
One very skittish and sweet dog, Val, short for Valentine. And, cats. Too many cats.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
I love the connection it has let me make with readers, other writers, editors, and publishers. I am not generally a people person, but I have had some interactions that have truly enriched my life.
R. Judas Brown is part of the Stitched Smile Publications acquisitions teams, a Lore Guardian for the Death Helm realm within The Ed Greenwood Group, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Quincy Writers Guild in Quincy, IL. His speculative fiction has appeared in several anthologies. You can follow him on Twitter @RJudasBrown, at http://www.facebook.com/RJudasBrown, or visit his website at http://www.rjudasbrown.com.
As always, I wish you all the happiness and success in the world so glad to have you at SSP!