About

I'm not one for talking about myself, so I decided to solicit some basic interview-type questions from some friends and contacts and answer them accordingly.

 

Email:  crothall [@] gmail [.] com (remove brackets and spaces)

Full Name:  Jamie Brian Crothall

Born On: February 19, 1976

Born In: Gravesend, Kent (England)

Raised In: Sudbury, Ontario (Canada)

Lives In: Cambridge, Ontario (Canada)

What is your writing style?  -> I prefer to write more in a form of intelligent humour.  That's not to say I am intelligent - just my characters.

What is your genre?  -> I have no one specific genre, however I always endeavour to provoke thoughts and keep the reader guessing.

What topics inspire you?  -> I draw inspiration from the minuite of daily life and all the what-if scenarios and situations that arise.  Only my 'what-ifs' are a little more far-flung.

What made you start writing?  -> Cartoons.  I became increasingly unhappy with the standard of storytelling and began mentally amending the resolution in a manner which I found more fitting.  This frequently resulted in casualties for the good guys and victories for the bad guys.  It wasn't that I was rooting for the wrong team, but rather even at a young age I realized that the ratio of wins to loses for each side was not realistic. When faced with that many failures even the most villainous of villains would re-think his platform and re-consider his motives. And if he didn't then his followers certainly would.

What was the first book that made you say 'whoa'?  -> 'The Chrysalids' by John Wyndham (first published in 1955, first read by me in 1991). This was the first time I read a required-reading book that I liked. Loved, even. I was quite indignant when it actually ended. That was about twenty years ago now. I really should go back and read it again...

What do you want to contribute to your genre?  -> Since I don't have a specific genre, I'll have to ask myself "what do I want to contribute to the reading public in general?".  And since that means I was still unsuccessful in dodging that weighty question, I'd have to say 'simplicity'.  I think it's important to create a virtual world which illustrates your story vividly while giving each reader the leeway to add their own visual taste and flavour.  And I think all this should be done in as few words as possible.  Setting the scene effectively yet without unnecessary flourish.  I have little patience for authors who revel in their own word-smithing.

Ever been to the desert?  -> This question is a reference to an artist's journey into a place that inspires or provokes them into their own creative fits.  No, I haven't been to the desert, but I've been to my garage where I have a desk, a laptop, a slew of old cassettes and CD's, and a number of bottles of Jack Daniels in various stages of 'empty'.