Name: J.P.S. Brown
Address: Box 972 -Patagonia, AZ 85624
(Originally published in my old website, Writester.net in 2005)
Q: Where are you originally from?
A: Arizona-Sonora border.
Q: Can you tell us your latest book news?
A: Recently my four book Arizona Saga Series has been made available in handsome trade paperback by the Authors Guild and iUniverse. The foundation of truth for these four books titled, The Blooded Stock, The Horseman, Ladino, and Native Born was given me by my 102 year old Aunt Laura Mary Sorrells Bergier in 100 hours of interviews in which she told me the early history of my family of cattlemen on the Arizona-Sonora border. This series can be bought from any bookstore that sells new books, or from the author by contacting him at the above address.
Q: How old were you when you first started writing?
A: I wrote composition assignments for my classmates who were not very good at it in grade school and high school.
Q: When did you first realize you had the potential to be a writer?
A: In Journalism school at Notre Dame University.
Q: What was your inspiration to write your first novel?
A: I am a working cowboy. I was working hard at it in Mexico when I caught hepatitis and could not
work for a year. By writing fiction based on my own experience I was able to relive my work from a sick bed.
Q: Is there anyone or anything that inspired you to write?
A: Ernest Hemingway, J. Frank Dobie, Tom Lea, Will James and William Soroyan were the writers I admired most. I have never forgotten the titles, or the content of their books. My journalism professors at Notre Dame gave me the encouragement I needed to do my best at becoming a writer.
Q: How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
A: Lawrence Clark Powell after whom the Library at UCLA was named said that Landscape is a vital part of my writing and that I have the ability to put my readers in the cow country.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
A: I try to make it brief and bare.
Q: What genre are you most comfortable writing?
A: Western Americana
Q: How do you come up with the title(s) for your book(s)?
A: When the book is finished, the words of its title stand out and make themselves known to any writer. Sometimes, it can also happen on a certain day in the beginning, or middle of the writing.
Q: Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
A: Cowboys are not extinct, not reckless of the public trust as eastern writers would like the world to believe. Cowboys work way out where the sun shines between them and town with no audience, no ticket sale, and no background music and their work makes real heroes of them, not the make-believe, shootemup
Hollywood myth of them.
Q: How much of the novels are realistic?
A: All of my books including the Arizona Saga are based on true happenings and situations.
Q: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
A: 80 percent of everything I write is based on my own experience and events of my life.
Q: What books have most influenced your life?
A: Adventure fiction and non fiction.
Q: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
A: J. Frank Dobie, Will James, Tom Lea, Ernest Hemingway, William Soroyan.
Q: What are you reading now?
A: Patrick O’Brien’s wonderful Master and Commander series.
Q: What new author has grasped your interest?
A: The Late Patrick O’Brien and none since. A day after I finish a novel by one of my contemporaries I can’t remember the story, can’t remember the name of the author whose book I finished yesterday, no matter how much of a best selling writer he is.
Q: Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?
A: For someone who wants to start writing: Do it. Write what you know. Every living person has at least one original novel inside him. Do it, then correct what you knew you wrote badly while you had to get it out. Remember, you can’t correct what you haven’t done. So don’t worry initially about how you get it
out. Just get it out there on paper where you can go to work on polishing it.