Interview with J.B.McGee

I have been lucky to get interviews from some of my favorite Authors. i will be trying to put one interview up a week. they will be mixed Genre, hope you will come back every week to see who i have been talking to. 

Before i get started with the interview i would like to thank JB McGee for taking the time out to do this with me, she is one of my go to authors.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Starting!  Seriously, starting a story and writing the first 10,000 words for me is by far the most difficult part. Once I hit that milestone, I usually am fine.

Have you ever had writers block  - if so what got you through it?

I have been blocked.  For me, it doesn’t usually last a long time.  There’s usually an external factor that influences the timing, usually something happening in my personal life that interferes with my ability to write. My mood will often play a role in that, as well.  If I don’t have a great playlist that speaks to me, it makes writing more difficult.  Music really moves me, and I get a lot of inspiration from songs.  I just try to be patient.  Eventually, my imaginary friends always start talking to me again.  What they say is usually worth the wait.

Do you read much or at all?

I don’t get to read a whole lot anymore.  There are multiple reasons why.  One is that I don’t usually read while I’m writing.  Having published five novels in a year, there hasn’t been a lot of time where I’m not writing.

If you do read who/what are your favorite Authors/Genre?

I love romance.  If I know there’s no happily ever after, I won’t read it.  I also love romantic suspense.  I want to write one of those.  I’m waiting for that story to pop into my mind.

Do you read your books review?

Every. Single. One. Of. Them.  Yes.  I credit the bad reviews with making me a much better writer.  I read them all.  Good or bad, they mean the world to me.  Ultimately, even the bad reviews show I did something right.  I wrote a book that made you passionate enough to leave your opinion, to make you have an opinion. So, I try to hold my head high and just make good from them, but I live for the good ones.  The good ones make my heart happy in a way that I can’t describe.

If you were asked for advice from an aspiring writer what would you tell them?

I’m not always the best at practicing what I preach, but this is the best advice I’ve got.  Just write what you know, what you hear, what you see.  Write every day.  Don’t worry about whether it’s good or bad.  That’s why we edit.  You can’t edit something you haven’t written.  So my biggest advice is to just write.  
Which Authors inspire you?

I would love to one day have an empire like Nicholas Sparks.  I love his books, and I’d love to have a following/audience like he does.  I know that is probably cliché, but that is the person that stands out in my mind.  

Tell us a bit about yourself ?

I’m severely ADHD and I use this disability as an ability when I write.  The ADHD gives me the ability to hyper-focus on my project.  When I’m writing, it’s pretty much all I can think about or do.  Everything around me sort of disappears and it’s as if I have blinders on, or something.
I am also a graphic designer and an ultimate crafter.  I love making things.

How does it feel to have your work published?

Even a year later, it’s very surreal to see my name on paperback books, to have people send me messages that they loved something I wrote, or to actually pay money to come see me.  The sense of accomplishment is great.  I think out of all of the accomplishments I’ve had in my life, I’m most proud of this one.  My words are something that will live on forever, and I think making my family proud has been huge.  It’s also given me a platform to raise awareness for Mitochondrial Disease and share my testimony.  It’s definitely been a door opener.

Do you still like writing as much as you did when you first started?

Yes, probably more so.  I’m far more confident than I was with the first one.  With the first book, I was an amateur at best.  I’d like to think of myself as a professional at this point.  I don’t like writing when it feels like a homework assignment.  I like writing for me, what I want to write, what moves my soul.  

Where is your favorite place to write if you have one?

It’s changed over the year.  It initially was my kitchen table.  Then it became the library.  Now it’s my desk in my office, which is open to my kitchen and living room.  As long as I have earphones, I am not too easily distracted.  Like I said, I have blinders that come out when I’m in writing mode.  
The thing I love is that my kids can come up and pull my earphone out of my ear and tell me they love me, give me a kiss, or ask me to spend time with them if they need me.  I recognize how lucky I am that I have a job that I don’t consider work and allows me the opportunity to still be there 24/7 for my kids. 

If you weren’t writing what else do you be doing?

Graphic design is what I did before, and I am pretty sure I’ll always be doing graphic design.  It’s the thing I’ve done the longest in my life.  It allows me the same flexibility as writing.  As the mother of two special needs children and having Mitochondrial Disease myself, I need something that allows for flexibility and can be done anywhere.
What is your comfort food?

Sweets.  I’m not picky.  I won’t lie.  I eat my emotions. 

Do you use a Pen name or real name?

Well it’s both.  My maiden name is Jennifer Brandi McGee.  I hate Jennifer.  I actually paid money to have it switched to my middle name so I could drop it once I got married.  I go by Brandi, which is why a lot of people just call me B.  So when I decided to write, I didn’t want to use my married name because it’s hard. Polatty.  Try saying it or spelling it.  Can you imagine a domain name with that in it?  No.  It wasn’t going to work.  So, I’ve made no secret as to who I am or my identity.  I just thought it would be easier to use my maiden name.  Don’t call me Jennifer.  I won’t answer.  Still loathe that name.  My sister, who is the lawyer that changed my name for me, thinks it’s hilarious that I paid money to have it removed and now I’m using the initial.

Do you listen to music when you write?

Absolutely.  I think I’ve only written without music a couple of times, and it was because I didn’t have it as an option.  Once was in bed when I had something come to me in the middle of the night and I wrote it on my Samsung Galaxy Note.  The other was on the plane from Las Vegas.  Same situation.  I didn’t have access to music, but I knew I needed to write down what I saw in my mind.  They ended up being huge scenes, so I’m glad I just went with it. 

The funnest thing happened at a signing?

Signing foam inappropriate body parts.

The Scariest thing happened at a signing?

Realizing I’d only brought three copies of several of the books and a bunch of one.  It all worked out, though.

10 Quick Questions

Chocolate - White / Dark / Milk

White or milk.  I don’t like dark.

Pets - Dog / Cat / Bird / Fish

None.  I do want a Yorkie, though.  No way we can do pets until the kids grow up, though.

Hair - Long / Short

Guy or girl?  I don’t like long hair on a guy.  For a girl, I think it just depends.  I’ve had both.  My hubby likes it long, so I’m growing mine back out for the winter.

Getaway - Mountains / Beach

110% beach.  Now you’re making me want a vacation!

Holidays - Easter / Xmas / Halloween

Easter, Christmas, Halloween.  Lots of great memories with my family for all of them.  I love Easter because it’s hope, salvation, grace.  The fuss over buying someone something they probably already have or don’t need isn’t there.  You can just really enjoy what it represents and the joy of being with family.  

Movies - Horror / Comedy / Romance


Wine - Red / White


Season - Summer / Winter


Meal - Fast Food / Home-cooked 

Home-cooked – I’m southern.  Need I say more?

Favorite Ice cream – 

Pralines and cream.  Anything with caramel.  I don’t like chocolate ice cream as a flavor.  Only bits of candy in it.  I really like vanilla with add ins.

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