Featured Interview With Thomas Jerome Baker
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am originaly from Luxora, Arkansas, which has a population of approximately 1000 people located in Northeast Arkansas. I was born and raised there. After graduation from high school, I joined the military and have been traveling ever since. I’ve settled down now. For the past 15 years I have been living in Santiago, Chile, which is where I call home now. As you might expect, my writing is eclectic, taking in a wide variety of genres and settings. My latest book, however, took me back to my roots. An old classmate and I found ourselves on different sides of a debate on whether Black History Month should be eliminated. When we finished, I produced a transcript of our gentlemanly debate. It’s called, Black History Is American History.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Very early. When I was in 8th grade I wrote a short story which got published in a magazine, and although I never saw it, my English teacher told me it had been selected from a large number of submissions. So, I’ve always had the talent, and when self-publishing became technologically feasible, I began to write.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Robert Louis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury, and Stephen King. These are all masters of the art and craft of writing, and their work has been very valuable to me as a reference to aspire to.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I just did. Also, I have a WIP about a romance about a girl who meets a boy while she is out running alone. She doesn’t like him at first, but then he protects her from an attacker and she falls in love with him only to discover that there is a good reason for the two of them not to let things go any further…
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