Today we’re thrilled to bring you an interview with our friend, J.S. Bailey, author of several novels, most recently, Servant, a fast-paced supernatural thriller.
Tell us a little bit about Servant.
Servant is the first novel of The Chronicles of Servitude, a new series involving one socially awkward twenty-year-old, spiritual gifts, and demons. Bobby, the protagonist, is plagued with premonitions of disaster: whenever someone he knows is going to be harmed, he’s forewarned about it and has to figure out how to save them. (It seems that the people Bobby knows are always getting themselves into dire trouble, so he can’t catch a break.) But Bobby doesn’t foresee that saving one stranger’s life will place him in the line of fire in a madman’s plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God to exorcise demons from the possessed. Bobby ultimately has to choose between saving others and saving himself.
Can we get a sneak peek on your upcoming project?
Sacrifice: The Chronicles of Servitude Book 2 will pick up where Servant left off. Bobby has made some new friends and is working harder than ever to help people. I’d say more, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers! I can tell you, however, that Sacrifice features a creepy mountain lodge, a bar where crime is often overlooked, and at least one bagel sandwich.
Mmm. The bagel sandwich sounds delicious. What’s your favorite part about writing?
I love becoming someone else and looking at the world through that person’s eyes.
What’s been the hardest part about being a published author?
For me, the hardest part is getting my work noticed amid the throng of other published stories. I do my own marketing and have slowly been gaining a following one reader at a time.
If you could have lunch with any other author, living or dead, who would it be?
Dean Koontz! Lord, I’d like to pick that man’s brain.
Can you describe your writing process?
I do a lot of brainstorming and have a general idea of where I want a story to go. Often I get to the point where I realize the story isn’t working, so I scrap it and start over from the beginning making significant changes. (Example: I scrapped 3 versions of Rage’s Echo before I finally “found” the right story for the characters.) It’s time-consuming, but I write 1,000 words a day, six days a week, so eventually that turns into something of substance.
Once I’ve finished a manuscript, I go back and revise it roughly 10,000 times before it’s sent off to beta readers/editors.
What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring authors?
Get your butt in the chair and WRITE!
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