Author Spotlight – J. Wolf
May 18, 2021 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
JW: I love reading romance, and I had always wanted to write one myself, but I kept putting it off. Then one of my friends wrote her first book, which she allowed me to beta read. Once I read the raw, unedited version of a book, I convinced myself I could do it too. It didn’t have to be pretty, but I was determined to get it done, and I did.
CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?
JW: Building relationships with readers is by far the most rewarding. It still boggles my mind that I’m somebody’s favorite author.
I love this job, but I’m challenged daily by it. Self-doubt is the biggest hurdle I have to overcome, along with growing a thicker skin. I’m still working on both!
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
JW: I really can’t pick a favorite. I love them each for different reasons. They’re moments in time, pieces of my brain and heart I leave on paper.
CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?
JW: Built to Fall is a standalone and a great introduction to my work. Times Like These is a fan favorite, as is Unrequited. And Start a Fire is my first foray into darker romance. Oh wait, was I supposed to choose just one??
CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?
JW: Ahhh…this is so hard! Built to Fall would be fun. I’d choose Barbie Ferreira to play Claire. She’s a gorgeous, curvy woman with a sweet face and a fierce attitude. Taylor Kinney, with his silver hair, would be a perfect Dominic.
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
JW: I would tell them to read a lot of books in the genre they want to write in. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, but you can’t fix what isn’t written, so get the words on paper.
CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?
JW: I did a co-write with 10 other authors for a book called Happy New You, and it was the most fun I’ve had writing. We heavily collaborated on the story and I got to work with some very talented authors.
CJC: Favorite motto?
JW: I don’t think I have one! Do I need one?
CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
JW: I write every day. Even if it’s 10 words, I don’t let a day go by without opening up my document.
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?
JW: The blurb, hands down. Usually I have a clear picture of what I want for the cover. Narrowing my story down to a handful of words is like torture!
CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?
JW: CoraLee June is one of my biggest inspirations. She has herself together, has a million brilliant business ideas, and is always willing to share and be supportive. Plus her books are kickass.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
JW: I usually start out with a vague idea of what I want to happen in my story and a few big scenes I want to include, but I can’t outline. I’ve tried, and I always deviate from the plan within a chapter or two.
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
JW: I am writing the first book in a new rock star series which will be coming out in the fall. My goal is to release six books this year, and I’m halfway there!
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
JW: My books have a little something for everyone. Humor, high heat, deep emotion, and stories you can lose yourself in.
CJC: Thank you so much for taking the time to be featured on my blog.
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