Jeremy D. Brooks

The Woodsman's Son, poetry, December 1, 2009





Birthdate?
 December 14, 1972

When did you start writing? I've been writing casually since I was about age 23. I began my quest to get published at age 34, about two years ago.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first published work was a short story full of paranoid delusions and evil circus-folk called "Billy Don't Like Clowns", which can be found in the NiteBlade print Anthology "Lost Innocence", published September of 2008.

Why do you write? Ever since I was young, writing has been a compulsion. To say I love writing would be like saying I like to sleep at night, or that I really like to eat food when I'm hungry. I do love it, but my need to write
almost drives itself.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I write in the genres I enjoy reading, and my reading habits are all over the board. I grew up on the standards like Asimov, Clarke, Tolkien, and Lewis, and although I
haven't read much sci-fi or fantasy in a while, those works still inform a lot of what gets spawned in my imagination. I think every other story I write is in a different genre.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? This changes constantly; I just finished Marilynne Robinson's "Gilead", and was blown away by her flawless storytelling. If I had to pick one story of everything I've ever read, it would probably be Arthur C Clarke's "Childhood's End". I read that book a dozen times when I was young.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? Writing has always been an emotional/intellectual outlet for me, which means that a lot of my work is driven by strong feelings that I'm trying to get out of my head and onto
paper: frustration with people, confusion, anger at political figures, fascination with massive concepts like time/space, etc. I always try to be cognizant of if my audience will empathize with what I'm trying to convey,
but at the end of the day, a lot of writing--at least for me--is kind of a selfish act, and I just have to make it as palatable as possible and hope people will like it.

Do you blog? Where? ttp://gristleandsmoke.blogspot.com

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? That my greatest efforts--raising my family, making a career out of writing--were not in vain.

Biography
Jeremy D Brooks has worked as a code monkey, product manager, amusement park ride operator, and burger flipper. He received his MBA from EWU, where the only creative writing he learned was crafting business plans for unfunded startup ventures.

He has published fiction with NiteBlade Magazine and Abandoned Towers, and will appear in the Fall 2010 WW Norton Hint Fiction Anthology. His non-fiction business journal work can be found Examiner.com. Currently, he
is finishing a novel that will hopefully be ready to shop around in early 2010.

He lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife and two daughters.