Featured Interview With SJ Wilke
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a world travel, currently resting in the Appalachian mountains in West Virginia. I’ve lived in a number of places through out the United States, but originated from Nebraska. I have three cats, purebred Bengals, who keep me entertained. I like to hike the trails or ride my bike. I have an overactive imagination and I have the problem of too many ideas for books and not enough time. I’ve never had a case of writer’s block.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’ve been a daydreamer my whole life. It wasn’t until 2010 that I decided to be a little more serious and worked on the first novel in The Spotted series. I write every day. My first few books took a year to write. Now I can write a book in a month or two, but edit and refining the work takes a little longer.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like the magic, mystical, and fun of the Harry Potter books. But I also like the cozy murder mystery. I can’t say who has inspired me more other than editors and mentors who have helped push me towards being a better writer and offering me the criticism that people are scared to give.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is Bantering With A Gun. This is a sequel to Bantering With Murder. Both are murder/mystery/thrillers. Banter is a gun-for-hire, who falls for a police detective. So we get a little romance between two people on different sides of the law. The new book has them teamed together, battling crime, handling parenting issues, and fixing bullet holes in the front door. Banter is a strong female character and one to recon with. She loves to strap a gun to her back, can pick a lock, pick someones pocket, and borrow cars (although the police call it stealing, but she always brings them back). The only thing she can’t do is make dinner for four people. Banter is such a fun character. Both books only took two months to write and about two months of editing and beta reading. I have a couple of educated readers who critique me.
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