Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name’s Jayden Melbom and I’ve been writing since the age of ten I think. My passion for writing started shortly after my passion for reading began; I remember as a child I hated reading actually because I was always playing too many video games and didn’t want to waste my time with books. How times change. But ever since I’ve gotten the taste of writing I’ve never looked back. I’ve written many books in the past, but only currently have one published.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called ‘Threads of Life’. It’s a short story collection revolving around the themes of love and breakups mainly, of course the inspiration being my own breakup which fuelled my desire to get my feelings onto a page.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
No, not reallly. I write everyday, which I suppose is unusual in a way, and often I listen to rap while writing. That is probably not something everybody does.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King I would say, George R.R. Martin as well, the Magician Series by Lev Grossman has influenced me as well. But those are just authors I’ve read recently, and I believe every book I’ve ever read has influenced me in some way and the writing style I have now.
What are you working on now?
A new novel about a basketball player who breaks his leg and must deal with the consequences, and it’s also about a girl who loses her boyfriend in a car crash and must deal with his loss. It’s going pretty well at the moment.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Doing this I guess. I’m pretty new to promoting and publishing, so I don’t really have a “best” method just yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write everyday, read a lot, don’t doubt yourself or your skills. Do that and you can be great.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To write everyday I think. A year ago I was only writing sparingly when I wanted to, and I just didn’t develop as quickly as I am now.
What are you reading now?
“The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy, and I am also rereading the Harry Potter series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just continue to write and write as it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. Continue to publish my work as well I guess.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The first four books in the Game of Thrones series; there’s so much complexity in them and they are so long that I could just keep rereading them and find more stuff hidden within the words.
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