Saturday 27 April 2013

John Manning Interview

Hello John welcome to Booky Ramblings, thank you for joining us today.

Author Bio.
johnmanningJohn L. Manning Jr. has self-published three books through that haven’t been getting the attention that they deserve.  The first book was about a future on Mars in the not to distance future.
The first book was published Dec. 14, 2006 these three “New Mars” books were published by the same publisher.  I used different Self Publishers to publish, “The Night Watchman” and “Paradise Island” trying to find the attention they deserve.
I was born in Philadelphia, but I grew up outside of the city.  I would imagine that I had a good childhood until my mother died when I was ten and I was hit by a car when I was twelve and suffered brain damage.  Now the brain damage just affected my fine motor controls, so I am all there in the head.  I have graduated college with an associate’s degree in computer sciences.
I have had a particular view to life that has help me see the world in a different perspective than most and that helped me write, “Changing the Little Things”

What inspired you to write your first book? I was trying to keep my mind active after getting a redundant job.

Do you have a specific writing style? Not really. I let the story grow as I write it.

How did you come up with the title? The title comes to me half way through writing the story, usually.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In most of my books I hope the reader finds a part of the story that makes them think about what they would do in the situations.

 How much of the book is realistic? I try to keep most of my story with in the realm of possibility, so the reader can better connect to the story.

Are your novels based on someone you know, or events in your own life? I build most stories around experiences in my life and then they grow in my imagination.

Which of your novels have influenced your life the most? My bestselling book, no, the research I had to do for Changing the Little Things changed how I saw myself and my life.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I don’t even like a copilot at the gym. No, writing is for me. More education of the English language is needed for any author.

What book are you reading now? “Witch & Wizard” The Fire, by James Paterson;  After starting this trilogy I thought that I should try writing a book in the first person narrative.

What are your current projects? I am working on the right way to market my books. I am also deciding what idea, for my next book, will best sell in this time and day.

Do you see your writing as a career? Only after someone writes a book that has regular sales does writing become a career. Till then writing books is just a part-time job.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Yes, I would add another 200 pages.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Story telling always impressed me. Sharing a story of my own and affecting a strangers life makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? The book that is being edited now is about how the United States welcomes higher evolved Aliens from another galaxy.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Keeping at it. There are too many distractions in the world today.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not for what I have written so far. I am thinking of taking a vacation and writing about the location, then adding a stranger that disrupt the vacation or strange events accruing around a vacationer.

Who designed the covers? I have a digital imaging degree, so I have designed the framework of my covers.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The grammar and spelling. I was never good at spelling and grammar never mattered as much as it does now.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Keep writing. Bestselling authors don’t start out that way.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Finish the book it may change the way you think.

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