10 Questions with Jay Dee Archer

I’m doing something a little different here.  I’m interviewing myself!  Since I’m asking others these questions, I may as well answer them, as well.

As you know, I’m Jay Dee, and I’m currently writing Journey to Ariadne, which is currently a web serial that will be heavily edited and added on to so I can publish it as a novella.  It’s an origin story for the bigger Ariadne universe.  I live in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, Japan with my wife and daughter.  Definitely check out this page for my daughter. She is the reason that this interview took me nearly four hours to write.

You can find me and follow me on this blog, on my website, on my Japan blog, on my Facebook author page, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Goodreads, and YouTube.

1. What’s your favourite colour?

Blue.  More specifically cobalt blue.  Even more specifically, the blue of copper (II) sulfate.  I had a chemistry set when I was a kid, and loved that colour.

2. What’s your favourite food? Do you like Marmite?

It seems to change every once in a while.  However, I think the food that I always love to eat is curry.  I’ve grown to love the curry here in Japan.  And I love Marmite!  Who wouldn’t love yeast extract spread over toast?  Okay, maybe it’s an acquired taste.

3. Which country would you most like to visit?

New Zealand.  But not because of Lord of the Rings.  I love the outdoors, and New Zealand is one of the most remote countries in the world.  I’d love to just get away and explore the mountains.

4. What genres do you like to read?

I think it’s pretty obvious, considering what I review here.  Fantasy, science fiction, and a bit of Shakespeare.

5. If you were going to write a book outside your genre(s), which genre would you choose?

I might go for historical fiction.  I like history.

6. Describe your writing environment, including room, desk, sounds, etc.

Sitting on the sofa in the living room with my laptop on a low table.  There’s a TV directly in front of me, and my daughter constantly trying to get my attention.  The room is cluttered with many toys. Far too many distractions.  One reason my writing doesn’t advance as quickly as I’d like.

7. If you could have dinner with any character (person if non-fiction) from your books, who would it be?

Solona Knight.  She’s someone you wouldn’t know yet, as she hasn’t been introduced yet.  She’s a kind of pioneer, and I’d love to discuss with her what it’s like.

8. Do you draw maps when planning your books?

Absolutely!  In fact, Ariadne began with a world map, then a much bigger world map with all of the countries and capital cities defined.

9. Do you ever read self-published books?

All the time.  I read self-published books with my Kindle app on my iPhone.  I also review them.

10. I’m interested in fantasy, science fiction, history, and classics. Which author’s books would you recommend to me?

This would be kind of strange for me to recommend authors to myself.  However, I’ll give you a list of some of my favourites, though not necessarily the best authors.  These authors’ books have just found a special spot in my heart.  Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

So, that is me.  What I’d like to do now is give you a chance to be interviewed.  This is free promotion for your books.  If you’re interested in being interviewed, please send me an email through the form on the About page.  You must be a published author or are in the process of publishing your first book.  Indie authors are happily accepted. If you have any more questions, please ask me in the comments.  I’m also hoping to make this into a video.  I won’t be reading it off this page, though.  I’ll be able to elaborate more about my answers.