J.D. Mason is the author of several bestselling novels including, And On The Eighth Day She Rested (first self published in 2001), This Fire Down In My Soul, and You Gotta Sin To Get Saved, which has been selected as one of the best books of 2008 by Black Expressions and the RAWSISTAZ Online Bookclub, and has been nominated for The Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award in the African American Fiction category. She is the recipient of the Atlanta Choice Award for her novel One Day I Saw A Black King, and her novel Don’t Want No Sugar was also nominated The Romantic Times Magazine award for Best Contemporary Fiction. Her novels have consistently been selected by The Black Expressions Book Club as main selections, and her work has appeared on bestseller lists in the Dallas Morning News, Black Expressions Book Club, and on Amazon.com. Look for a new release from Mason, Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It, in March 2010.
Writing is what makes me happy. When I’m in the zone, I feel I’m where I’m supposed to be. When I’m not in the zone, I feel lost.
I admire different authors for different reasons. I admire someone like James Patterson because he never seems to be at a loss for ideas. Sometimes for me, ideas come faster than I can keep up with.
I admire Walter Mosley because he’s daring and doesn’t limit himself to writing in one genre (like Patterson). I think that as a creative person, it’s in our nature to want to try new and different things, and Mosley does that.
I admire Paulo Coehlo because his books touch me deeply and spiritually, yet, they are so beautifully and simply written, and it takes a true artist to paint a word picture as eloquently as Coehlo.
I donate a lot of books to local non-profits, and in the past I have given free self-publishing seminars.
A tip that I would give to new authors would be please care about what you write and how you write it. Please commit attention to your work. Your book is a reflection of you and you should be proud of the effort you put into it.
My next book “Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It” will be released in March 2010.
I’ve learned a lot of lessons since becoming an author, but the biggest is that the publishing industry is a business and to a publisher, your book represents dollar signs. To a writer, a book might be the result of their heart and soul and passion, but to publishers, it’s really not that personal.
Don’t give up on yourself if you can’t find a publisher. You have options, and self publishing is one of them. I am always, always, always prepared to self publish a book I feel passionate about in the event that a publisher rejects my idea. That’s my plan B, and I would always encourage authors to have a plan B.
You can find my books at online retail stores (Amazon, Booksamillion, etc.), and at major retail chain stores (Borders, Barnes/Noble, etc.).
You can visit my website at www.officiallyjd.com, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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