J.P. Willie was born in Covington, Louisiana to parents Gayla and Joseph Willie on October 30th, 1981. He graduated from Tara High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and joined the United States Army on October 20, 2000.
While serving in the Army, he was stationed at: Fort Bragg (North Carolina), Caserma Ederle (Italy), Mannheim (Germany), Fort Benning (Georgia), Schofield Barracks (Hawaii) and Fort Polk (Louisiana). He served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He will retire from the Military in October of 2020.
His first novel, Blood In The Woods, was published by Fear Front Publishing on December 26, 2016. The story is inspired by true events from his childhood and is terrifying readers across the globe. He decided to leave Fear Front Publishing on March 1, 2017 for personal reasons and quickly self-published the novel on April 5, 2017 due to high demand. His first short story, Welcome Home, Rougarou reached #5 for short reads on Amazon.com.
J.P. enjoys writing Horror, Psychological Thrillers, Supernatural Fiction and Dark Fiction.
Please welcome J.P. Willie to Roadie Notes……….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I started writing when I was 26 and finished my first manuscript, Blood in the Woods, when I was 28. Balancing work and my family life was difficult during those years writing, and still is to this day being an active duty Soldier and father of five.
2. How many books have you written?
The one, the only, Blood in the Woods.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I will never write about Sci-Fi, and not because I detest the genre, it’s because my brain can’t write that smart and I personally don’t find it scary. I’m creative, but not creative enough to build The Matrix, or a world as such for readers. I’ve never been a huge fan of Sci-Fi novels, though I have tried to get into several, but I do love Sci-Fi films. Predator is my favorite action-sci-fi- horror film of all time.
Now I’m confused.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I joined the Army when I was 19 years old and I’m still currently serving with less than three years until retirement. I have a wife, Corrie, and five beautiful children. Fun Fact: All my children are named after video game characters. True story. Be jealous.
5. Who or what inspired you to write?
My best friend Jack’s sister, Jamie, who passed away, was the driving force that made me start putting pen to paper. The small success I’ve had with the novel, I owe it all to her. She was a wonderful woman and we all miss her very much. I can’t lie and not say that Stephen King’s “On Writing” didn’t give me the confidence I needed to begin my journey into the literary world. Thanks, Mr. King.
6. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to write, spend time with family, play in bands (metal or punk), make films, shoot 13-year-old kids in the face on Call of Duty, murder Stormtroopers on Battlefront 2 and drink Coors Light. I’m pretty much the coolest dude on the planet.
7. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
When I finished writing Blood in the Woods, I was on a beach in Italy, and when I typed the words “THE END”, I went and got drunk. Really drunk. And I’m pretty sure I got thrown out of a church that evening for refusing to pay for the guided tour. I asked the lady giving us the tour, “If Jesus was here, do you think he’d charge 10 euro to look at paintings in his church?” I was kicked out after that statement. True story. I’ll probably keep that tradition once I finish my first novella, Hot Summer Savior, but minus the public intoxication.
8. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
It depends. Most times I write on my laptop or IMAC, but I do a lot of plot lining on my phone, using either Final Draft or note taking apps because my job in the Army requires me to be very mobile while out in the field grading war games. But when I’m home, I jump back and forth between playing music and total silence. And if I’m writing a certain scene that takes place during a certain time period, I listen to the music that was popular during that time. Helps the creative juices flow.
9. Anything you would change about your writing?
Nope. I only wish I had time to write more.
10. What is your dream? Famous writer?
My dream is to become the next new literary name in Horror and Dark Fiction, as well as a respected and honorable screenwriter, actor, producer and director. As a writer and storyteller, my biggest influences are Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Clive Barker, Chuck Palahniuk and Rob Zombie.
11. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
It gives me a chance to escape the hectic world we all currently live in. I love creating worlds and characters for fearless readers to explore and get to know, all the while stepping foot into the dark, twisted and vivacious stories within my mind.
12. What is coming next for you?
My first short film, Welcome Home Rougarou, will be hitting independent film festivals across America soon and I can’t wait to get it before horror fans. My second film begins shooting in Louisiana in June, but I can’t share any specifics about it right now. You’ll have to stay tuned for those announcements. My novella, Hot Summer Savior, should be searching for a literary home later this year.
13. Where do you get your ideas?
My twisted, dark humored brain and close friend, ADHD.
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