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15 Jun

A boiler/maker welder who loves children books. Meet Ben Jackson…

 

JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?

BJ: Fun, easy going and easy to talk to. I’m a little shy at first, but once I know you I’m the guy that is always making jokes and laughing.

 

JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer? Who spotted that talent and what was the first thing you do knowing that?

BJ: I have always enjoyed reading, so writing was a natural progression to that. My children’s books are the thing I enjoy writing most, but I’m always working on a new project.

 

JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?

BJ: I have very little formal education. With the right editors and passion, I think anyone could be a successful writer.

 

JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?

BJ: I wish that I was a full-time author! I work a regular 9-5 job as a boiler/maker welder in Australia. I also travel between Australia and Canada, and work as a freelance writer in my spare time.

 

JR: What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?

BJ: My wife inspires me and keeps me focussed when things get tough.

 

JR: What is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?

BJ: The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey was my most successful book so far and my greatest achievement.

 

JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?

BJ: No not really. I like to write and watch movies or television.

 

JR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?

BJ: Getting started is always the hardest part of any book. Depending on what type of book you’re writing, the length can vary quite a lot.

 

JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

BJ: No none yet, I haven’t got an editor I use all the time.

 

JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?

BJ: I’m definitely becoming a better writer and hope my books reflect that.

 

JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?

BJ: For sure! Take a break and then come back to it.

 

JR: Do you have professional designer to design the cover and/or interior of your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

BJ: I use my wife’s company www.IndiePublishingGroup.com for all of my formatting.

 

JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?

BJ: Hard work! Don’t give up this is the hardest part of writing a book.

 

JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing?

BJ: I’m self-published, so can’t comment on it.

 

JR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?

BJ: All my books have been published by me, around 10 now with two more on the way.

 

JR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre?

BJ: Children’s books are where I’m focussing at the moment.

 

The Day My Fart Followed Me To HockeyJR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?

BJ: The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is my best seller. It’s about a little boy called Timmy and his imaginary friend, The Little Fart. They go to hockey try-outs together.

 

JR: Any other works in progress?

BJ: A book about Timmy, Little Farts and the Tooth Fairy!

 

JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?

BJ: Keep writing and don’t give up.

 

JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?

BJ: Check me out at www.mylittlefart.com

 

For anyone who wants to know more about Ben Jackson, please visit his Social Media Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15144197.Ben_Jackson (Goodreads Page)

https://www.amazon.com/Ben-Jackson/e/B00S4A4W5C/ (Amazon Author Page)

http://bennsam.tumblr.com/ (Tumbler)

https://au.pinterest.com/benandsamauthor/ (Pinterest)

https://www.facebook.com/BenandSamAuthors/ (Facebook Ben & Sam)

https://www.facebook.com/MyLittleFart/ (Facebook My Little Fart)

https://twitter.com/AuthorsBen_Sam (Twitter)

 

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