The Author Next Door – Chasing Your Passion (Ep.4)

The Author Next Door – Chasing Your Passion (Ep.4)

Hello Wordsmiths,

Do you have a Passion you’ve been ignoring for far too long? It’s not too late!

Welcome back to this series I like to call The Author Next Door where I sit down at my…uh…desk and interview a fellow author about their work. If you’re unfamiliar with TAND, it is a medium where Authors can discuss their passion in depth.

So, let’s jump right in, then, no need to keep you in suspense.

Have you ever wondered how far you could go, following your passions? I’d say as far as you want to go, for starters, just ask J.E. Klimov, today’s Author in the Spotlight.

An Author following her passion.
Author – J.E. Klimov

This is J.E. Klimov, just so you can put a name to a face. I first met her in the Just-Us League forums where I also met plenty of other talented authors like herself.

The League has provided us both with opportunities to push ourselves and our writing further than we ever dared to dream.

Your Passion is your true calling.

Now, J.E., or Julian is a published author with several publications in her portfolio, but I’d like to speak about one in particular.

Her upcoming debut novel, “The Aeonians.”

Wait, where are my manners? Let’s learn a bit more about our new author-friend, shall we?

J.E. Klimov grew up in a small suburb in Massachusetts. After graduating from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, she obtained her PharmD and became a pharmacist; however, her real passion was writing and illustration.

Ever since Klimov was little, she dreamed of sharing her stories with the world. From scribbling plotlines instead of taking notes in school, to bringing her characters to life through sketches, Klimov’s ideas ranged from fantasy to thriller fiction. She has two short stories published in the first and second Just-Us-league Anthologies, The Guardian’s Secret and The Fate of Patient Zero. “The Aeonians” is her debut novel with Silver Leaf Books, a small local press in Massachusetts.

Hm, pursuing a pharmaceutical career and a writing career is a challenging feat, it’s good to see that Julian hasn’t denied herself the pleasure of following her dreams, even if it isn’t always easy.

Julian, first question…

  • How long have you been writing?

Julian: I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil, but I would say I started writing when I was in junior high.

That’s interesting. I wonder, do all writers start nurturing their creative sides with sketches? I started much the same way, doodling, painting with oil paints and then one day my interests shifted. I’ve got a Wacom Tablet I’ve been meaning to try out, perhaps you can give me some pointers.

What makes a Passion’s pull so powerful?

Writer's Block At Work
Inspiration is sometimes hard to find
  • You might’ve told this story a million times, but what made you start writing?

Julian: There were many factors that inspired me to write.

Primarily, I was flooded with ideas that I wanted to share with the world-my high school friends were my primary audience though, haha. I found joy in spinning tales that would take us all away from reality for a little while.

While my actual writing (grammar and such) was quite poor (I’m more of a math/science geek), I still had the passion and ideas. Someone once told me that all you need is passion. The techniques can always be fixed/learned.

First off, Science = YES and Math = NO. I believe some, or even all of my writing passion, came from my interest in science. This discipline of knowledge helps any who are curious about something, uncover impossible truths. I think it’s the discovery/creation of impossible worlds that makes writing so POWERFUL! 

  • If you had to pick something, what is your least favorite part about writing?

Julian: I hate editing. But I have found something else even more of a challenge: book promotion (It’s not really “writing”- but does this still count?). While the official release of “The Aeonians” is November 13th, it is already available for pre-sale, and I have a lot of work cut out for me. Do I put my focus in social media, or pitching at brick and mortar stores, etc. I’m a writer- an introvert, not a salesperson. So, book promotion will be a learning curve. However, I have to try because my novel will go nowhere if I don’t get everyone excited about it!

Sharing your Passion isn’t always the most challenging part of the process.

It’s odd, but not at all surprising to a writer that self-promotion is the hardest part of this process. I mean, we wrote an entire novel with living, breathing characters that make us feel emotions in a captivating story that we wished wouldn’t end, but we have a hard time selling that remarkable tale we just wrote! What I mean to say, selling a book isn’t always as easy as letting it flow onto the page.

  • About how long would you say it’s taken you to write “The Aeonians?”

Julian: From its inception until now? Hm. Fifteen years. With lots of breaks in between! But now I’m a little more focused, so the sequel won’t take another fifteen years, promise!

I think we can give you a pass, Julian. It’s entirely reasonable to take longer on your first novel. At the time, you’re still figuring out how you write and what you can do to streamline your process. Some of us, like myself, take longer than others. But we’re holding you to that promise!

I think now is a great time to take a break and come back fresh. I’ll have more questions for Julian, and we’ll dig a little deeper in the next episode of The Author Next Door.

Thank you for tuning in, and we’ll see you next time!

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