Today we have J.W. Luff, author of Virago 4, The Ebih, The Alal, The NOAH Equation, The NOAH Remnant, and The NOAH Warriors!
That’s quite a line-up, so do you have any jobs outside of writing?
I work as a pilot for a contractor in the oil and gas industry.
Not sure how you found time to write so many novels and be a pilot! Now I want to know more. Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’m 57 years old and I’ve always enjoyed getting lost in an exciting book. During the summer of 2011, I was dealing with a lot of pain in my back and fatigue. Turned out I had colon cancer and didn’t know it. During my days off I started putting a Science Fiction story together on my computer. After my surgery, I continued writing and I had no idea it would turn into the first novel in the Virago 4 series. To me, this is a ministry. I grew up in the sixties and I remember watching a black and white Lost in Space episode where the Robinson family kneeled down and prayed to God after surviving an adventure. You just don’t see that anymore. People of faith today are usually shown in a very negative light.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
Since I don’t have a set schedule (very dependent on the weather). I usually write where ever I can. Hotel room, at home, airport lobby or sitting at our office. I pull out my laptop and start banging away. I don’t use an outline. God puts the story in my head and I sort it out and put it in a document. Yes, I know literary majors are shaking their heads.
Ha! I can relate to that one, I’m usually a pantser myself. So, what do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Of course, I love to fly. When I was four I saw an airplane zoom over the house and told my mother that was what I wanted to do. No one in my family had any kind of aviation background. I’m married to a very wonderful and supportive woman. My wife found out she had kidney cancer in 2012. Her kidney was removed and she was cancer free until 2014 when it came back in her spine. After radiation, she is once again cancer free but she will be on chemo for the rest of her life. I focus on taking care of her and flying full time. I have been teaching myself 3D animation using it to create book trailers for my novels.
3D animation you say? So I should come pick your brain when I delve into that, just kidding. What’s your all time favorite animal?
I’ve always loved eagles. The type of flying I do is low level, around 500 feet above the ground. I’ve had them soar by my noisy airplane with a look as if to say, “what are you doing in my hunting area?”
Do you have a favorite myth? If so, tell us about it!
I like the Predator series. I admire the code that they live by.
Tell us about your next book project.
Currently finishing up The NOAH Warriors. It’s the final installment of the NOAH Equation series. Hoping to have it finished in the next couple of months. An alien race known as the Draki has invaded and enslaved the Earth’s population. They’re about to get an eviction notice.
What are you reading now?
The Battle Won, by Chis Russo
Okay, now this one is for the other authors that stop by, any marketing tips you’d like to share?
I’ve had very good luck with book trailers. I consider them an animated book cover. Quite a few people have told me they would not have considered reading one of my novels because they were not Science Fiction fans. However, after watching the book trailer they became intrigued by the story line. Using the 3D software I can create scenes right out of the book. And of course, blogs like yours.
Awe, thanks, it has helped drive up traffic. So, where can people find you?
Cool, off to find you on facebook! Thanks for stopping by.