Author James DeAcutis grew up fascinated by the worlds created by Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, John Varley and Edgar Allen Poe and with this, first novel, he hopes he’s created a world and characters that will fascinate a new audience. An avid cook and hockey player, he is also a prolific songwriter influenced by progressive, heavy metal and folk-rock. He lives in New York with his wife, a school teacher and their three children.
What inspires you to write?
I have so many thoughts and dreams in my head that, if I didn’t get them out, I think I might go crazy. I became a writer because being just a musician wasn’t enough for me anymore. My writing outlet for the better part of twenty years was writing and recording original songs but I’d accumulated so many story ideas that I wanted to try another venue. And so, I started first writing short stories and then my novel, “Peter Cooper and the Pirate King.”
When I started writing long-form I found I really enjoyed it and now look forward to writing every day. Unlike writing music (which involves not only storytelling but melody and chord structures) writing stories can be just as exiting and creative and when it goes well it is like a song.
Tell us about your writing process.
Don’t have one really but find that I work best under pressure. I’ve written a number of short stories which I seem to get done when there is a deadline. As far as a “process” I don’t run a mile in the morning and sit at my computer at 9am ready to crank out a thousand words. When I write, I tend to let the thoughts flow in a stream-of-conscious way. When I get stuck I will either “step away” and do something else or work on a different part of the book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t but when I write I look at the story as a movie and try to imagine the interplay of the characters; I will imagine them bantering back and forth and that’s how I come up with dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you do it because you enjoy it don’t put too much pressure on yourself. There will be days when it just flows and others when it won’t go. If you enjoy it have fun and relax. If you do it to make money then you need to be disciplined and realize that it will take as much work marketing yourself as it will to write your book. Just don’t give up and don’t lose faith in your abilities. Stay positive.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As I was approaching the completion of my book I sent out a lot of letters to agents and got back almost as many polite rejection form letters. It became apparent that breaking into the writing business was as hard as breaking into the music business; If I didn’t have a contact or “in” my letter was destined for the bin with all the other “unknowns”. I then looked into self-publishing and after finding out that I didn’t have to have a basement full of books to try and sell I did some more research and found that self publishing would be a cost effective way to get my book on the market.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope that there is a future. I worry that the world is increasingly becoming a fast-food world and wonder if people under 30 have the patience to read a book. I’ve sold quite a few copies of my book but when I ask what they think of it I often hear “I haven’t gotten too it yet” or “I’m trying to find the time”, etc. I have a bad idea that the world of literature may one day be reduced to Youtube videos. I hope that I’m wrong tho…
What do you use?
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What genres do you write:: fantasy, adventure, young-adult, horror, sci-fi, humor
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print