Author Interview Justin Bienvenue

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
I didn’t initially set out to become an author as it happened on accident. I wrote down 5 goals I wanted to accomplish in 2010 and one was to write a book. After having completed or not having completed the first four of those goals I decided to write a book. I’ve always been told I could really tell good stories so I set out to publish a book. After realizing it was thrilling to write and I was good at it I decided that I wanted to become an author.
Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
Mainly horror and poetry. Although I have also written a western horror and crime thriller. I’ll test the waters and write in different genres if I enjoy reading the genre myself. So you likely won’t see any erotics or steamy romance novels from me.
Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Since 2010 and 2011. I wrote my first book, The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore around that time. Since then I’ve been writing a publishing a book a year or within every two years. I currently have 5 soon to be 6 published books.
Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I’m a self-published author. I have a few reasons for this. First off, when I first set out to be published I went with a vanity press and a bad one at that. After years of struggling with them I manage to get out of my contract. Not wanting the run around again I decided to self-publish so I went with Createspace. After a while I decided that it would be best to just keep going down the self-publishing route rather than try to submit to traditional publishers and likely get rejected. Also I feel self-publishing gives me total control and freedom to do what I want.
Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Be yourself, write what you want and don’t be afraid of what critics may say. If you believe in your work and believe others will that’s all that matters. No one is a bigger critic of your work than you. Also don’t repons to trolls or critics of your work as it will only lead to bad things.
Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
When I do write I usually write a few poems or write a short story within a day or two. I don’t write everyday anymore but I definitely need to as it’s a better flow of a routine to be in. I don’t keep track of word count when I write as I write as much as I feel like. If I think I can see a whole story through then I do if I feel I need a break or another day than I take the break.
Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I hope they’ll be entertained, educated and filled with satisfaction and enjoyment. One thing I do with all my works is set out to create an enjoyable and entertaining adventure for them to read. If I can do that or leave them wanting more in the good way than I know I’m doing a good job.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
They’ll feel as though they are part of the very book they are reading. The Wax Factory takes readers on a journey inside an old building with twists and turns but also creepy and strange things no person could see coming. IF readers are into thrilling shock and eerie madness than chances are my book is for them.

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