IndieView with J.D. Palmer, author of The Meek

I owe a lot of people beers. But I will say I enjoyed writing the action scenes the most. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Do you listen to music while you write? I don’t know why I thought that, but his books gave me the kick in the butt I deserved to finally sit down and get the story out. Finding himself in a world filled with broken spirits and hidden motives, he must navigate through a darkening landscape fraught with violence and despair as he desperately tries to get home to the love of his life, Jessica, and the child she is carrying. I did have a marketing plan… I realized very quickly that it was rubbish. Or so he thinks. What would I do?” The story began there. I don’t know if anything did. What came easily? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Do you outline? Los Angeles, California
What would you like readers to know about you? His friend, the neighbors, the entire city falls victim to an unknown disease. It didn’t end with everyone blowing each other up with nuclear warheads and it didn’t end with a natural disaster. Easily? I’d also advise patience. Did you hire a professional editor? Don’t get bogged down by making sure each sentence is perfect. The bulk of it was written in four or five months. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) But to be honest, I always planned on going this route. How long did it take you to write it? I am fortunate enough to know enough readers and writers who, somehow, agreed to look over my manuscript multiple times. I guess I’ve always loved the idea of having autonomy over my book. I talked to a few publishers and they advised, since this is my first book, to self-publish as it would be hard to get someone to represent me at this juncture. Usually one or two songs on repeat until I get that section done. I think I had held onto this idea, at least in my subconscious, that authors were old. But if that’s not in their nature then you have to go back and change it to fit their psychology. A post-apocalyptic story about a man trying to get home. My mother is an amazing artist and my wife is a professional graphic designer. Then repeat. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? About the book
What is the book about? And then a couple years ago I read a fantastic book series called Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Montana
Where do you live now? So now I’m winging it. Especially when it comes to organizing and compiling. Morality becomes blurred as Harlan is forced to commit questionable acts to protect himself and those around him. Especially on days when you can’t seem to produce any writing, it’s easy to go back and edit what you’ve done so far. About You
Where did you grow up? I play chess and read every day. They rarely resemble the people who inspired them at the end. I have been playing with the idea for a couple years. I like to break the book down into three
parts and fill them with placeholder chapters. Someone who likes something very, very, grim and gritty. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I was blown away by his storytelling. I don’t know why I thought that, but his books gave me the kick in the butt I deserved to finally sit down and get the story out. Then the editing began… The whole process was well over a year. It didn’t end because someone got offended in one of the million petty squabbles that were real, or fake, or imagined. Do you have a target reader? Except for Harlan. When did you start writing the book? Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles is my most treasured series. No lights, no phones, no devices. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? But an author friend of mine gave me a very good piece of advice: get it all out of your system while it’s fresh. Her writing showcased someone truly plumbing the depths of a
person’s soul. J.D. Usually an hour of research before staring at a blank page for two hours followed by fifteen minutes of frantic typing. I outline in the most open-ended way. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? So many authors… There are two I’d like to mention. I use Scrivener. Where did you get the idea from? I’m all over the place. And he learns quickly that just because there are other survivors, not all are to be trusted. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a post-apocalyptic landscape. I think I had held onto this idea, at least in my subconscious, that authors were old. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? The farther the story went along the more attached to characters you become. Once I find a song that exemplifies a character, or setting, or scene, I listen to it non-stop. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? We all know how important it is for writers to read. I like vodka and country music and camping. Harlan is visiting his friend in Los Angeles when people start dying. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? That’s for later. But January of 2016 was when I started writing it in earnest. Book 2 of the Unbound Trilogy. I’ve talked to multiple authors who, although represented, are unhappy with the way their book is handled, either by content manipulation or by marketing. Art is subjective and I want to put forth the story that makes me happy. Sometimes you want to make them do something more mature, or responsible, or kind. When your characters are running for their lives the urgency takes over and the scene gets broken down into its most basic elements. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? What are you working on now? Some characters are based on people I know, but invariably as the story changes so do the characters. I did not. If so can you please describe it? It ended quietly. Find a group of readers that you trust and don’t get frustrated with critiques. What you think is your final draft is most likely not. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   The Meek from Amazon US or Amazon UK. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Physical characteristics and mannerisms are things I can’t help but incorporate into my writing. And then I go and look him up and he wrote those books when he was 28. I think, from day one, I knew I’d self-publish. Keeping it honest. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I can only aspire to go that deep. Palmer – 3 June, 2017
The Back Flap
The world didn’t end with a religious war, or a race war, or an economic collapse. So I really, really, lucked out. I enjoy people watching, and I remember there being a day in which I asked myself “how would these people behave if suddenly there was no more power? I did not. It’s really hard not to edit as you go. And then I go and look him up and he wrote those books when he was 28. Getting a good writing program helped me out a lot.