Hello all! This week I’m interviewing the charismatic Jack Price. This happened quite randomly, really; I had no idea Jack was a writer until a friend of mine shared a link to download his new novella Home on Kindle. I wanted to know what made Jack want to be a writer, as I was very interested in the fact he’d chosen to self publish.
- A little bit about yourself, your background etc.
I’m Jack Price, I’m 22 years old and I’m from Ellesmere Port. I spent most of my childhood playing rugby and reading books. My creative background is in the theatre, something I’m still interested in having just completed a Literature and Drama degree, and in music video production through owning Park Bench Productions. I find it so rewarding to move between different mediums of storytelling. It keeps you on your toes creatively and means you can always tell the story in the way it wants to be told without having to force it into a structure or platform that it doesn’t necessarily fit.
- How long have you been writing for? What drives you to write?
I’ve been writing since high school drama classes. I think at that age it was the first opportunity I’d ever had to tell a story and develop it for an audience and watch the characters and narrative grow and I haven’t really stopped since. I’ve always found it really relaxing to disappear into another place for a little while and I don’t think there’s any feeling more exciting than watching an idea grow out of nothing into something you’re proud of. Particularly with writing, compared to theatre and film, you’re in complete control over everything the audience sees and you can make anything at all happen without having to worry about needing millions of pounds in the budget or what it will look like for the people at the back.
- What are you inspired by? This can be anything – places, people, music etc.
Everything and anything really. There’s always a good story lurking if you look for it, or at least a piece of a story. Sometimes you won’t know what the piece is for until you’ve found the next five pieces but the fun is following the trail.
- Your dream – what would happen to make you die happy?
Being able to do what I love and tell stories and create every day, you can’t really be unhappy that way I don’t think. Maybe that’s just me wanting to avoid the real world and hide out in imaginary places.
- Working on anything currently?
I’ve just started writing a yet to be named short film that I will be directing and shooting over summer to release later on in the year. Like my novella ‘Home’ it’s going to be a psychological horror and I’m looking forward to bringing one of my stories to life on film without having to fit into the time constraints of a music video. On top of that I’m also working on the narrative side of sci-fi dystopian comic book, which is great fun as it’s in an abstract watercolour style that facilitates a lot of opportunity for imagination and complex, ambitious narrative.
- Do you research your work – how much, why/why not?
Usually no I just dive straight in and let it happen, you can get away with murder in fiction. Saying that though if I notice something in the edit that looks so factually inaccurate that it might spoil the story for someone I’ll have a little google search just to be sure.
- What’s your main genre – or do you write in lots of different genres?
I always seem to end up with elements of horror in my stories, no matter where I start the bodies are usually piling up by the time I’m done. Try not to read too much into that about me personally.
- If any of your pieces were adapted, would you prefer Film/TV? Why?
This is the tough one. I’m lucky enough to be able to make a story as a film if it presents itself that way so the story kind of picks its own style. Film is great because it can say things that words might struggle to explain, it speaks in its own language. ‘Home’ is only short so it could only be a film. But generally speaking I think I’d prefer my works to be adapted into TV series because it allows for more time to explore the story and characters. It also allows more space for directorial interpretation and I think it would be really exciting to see my work through someone else’s eyes.
- What does your writing schedule look like?
I try and do at least an hour of something a day but I never plan when it’s going to happen, I just wait and see how I feel when the time comes.
- Do you plan or “wing it”?
I’ve had a bit of an experiment with my process over the last year or so and it’s kind of a mixture of the two, I’d call it structured spontaneity. I put the really significant plot points into bullet points and then whatever happens in between is decided in the moment while I’m at the typewriter.
- Your best writing tip would be…?
Don’t second guess your characters. If they decide they’re doing something that you weren’t planning for them to do then you’ve probably made a strong character. Trust them, use them, they’re yours.
- Advice to your younger self.
Be patient. And the owls are not what they seem.
- Do you have a writer’s/author page?
The usual social media affair:
Amazon author profile: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jack-Price/e/B0728HLSB8/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Facebook is under construction but you can keep up to date with the upcoming film here: https://www.facebook.com/ParkBenchProductions/
- How do you decide on titles?
It’s actually something I always struggle with. If nothing has sprung to mind through the devising process I usually just wait until a phrase or a theme that’s representative of the story presents itself through the edit. I always find you can see the story at a bit more of a distance with a fresher set of eyes.
- Your favourite thing you’ve ever written – why?
Probably the new release ‘Home’. It was my first time experiencing the publishing process and watching it climb up the horror and psychological fiction charts has been a feeling I won’t soon forget. I also like how it invites scepticism and tries to let the reader make up their mind about what they’re reading.
- Favourite new author.
Everything I’ve been reading recently has been pretty old, people like Harry Price (a relation perhaps?) because I love the empirical approach he takes toward the supernatural. But in terms of contemporary writers Shane Jones stands out as someone who I’ve been really impressed by who I’ve only recently discovered. He has this incredibly beautiful, dreamy way of telling stories and structurally he always offers something different.
- If you started all over again, what would you do differently?
Nothing I don’t think, if it wasn’t for the mistakes and negatives the positives and the successes wouldn’t be as enjoyable.
- Number 1 thing you learned from writing your first story.
The pages accumulate faster than you think. Leave more time for edits than you think you need.
- Anything else/other comments before we go?
If you like the smell of what I’ve got cooking or just enjoy free stuff, please download and rate my debut novella ‘Home’ on the Amazon Kindle store, its free until midnight on Thursday and reached #2 in both the free horror and psychological fiction bestseller lists.
Thank you for having me! 🙂
So that’s our interview for this week. As Jack said, if you like the sound of what he has brewing, head on over to the Amazon Kindle store to grab his novella Home which will be free until midnight on Thursday. I’ve got my copy, and I will be reviewing it in a couple of weeks.
Until next week!