Tuesday, January 13, 2015

J.S. Quelch-- Twelve Question Tuesday

J.S. Quelch
Today I am pleased to welcome Oak Tree Press author J.S. Quelch to Twelve Question Tuesday.

1.  Please tell me the three most important things people should know about you. 
a. Music is my first love. Listening to, writing, and playing it. Writing Karl and the Kooltones, a life story of a musician, was a natural extension of that.
b. I am a jack of all trades, a master of none.
c. I believe social media makes people less social and is the greatest time waster of our time. 

2.  Are you a dog person or a cat person? 
Neither. Allergies run high in my family. 

3.  Tea or coffee? 
Coffee with freshly roasted beans from Up Café http://www.upcafe.com/ I grind myself. 

4.  Boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs, or commando? (Either what you prefer or what you prefer on others.) 
Boxer-briefs in winter, commando in summer. 

5.  What was the first thing you ever wrote? 
The first copyrighted piece I wrote was a song called $7 Fine about 20 years ago that I still play with my band Woodshop (like Woodshop The Band on Facebook). The song tells the story of a trip to the Indianapolis 500 that is also loosely chronicled in Karl and Kooltones. 

6.  When did you finally decide to call yourself a writer? 
After I signed a publishing contract with Oak Tree Press. 

7.  Which of your works are you most proud to have written? 
Definitely Karl and the Kooltones. It was a project I worked on for over seven years. 

 8.  What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? 
My second son was born with complications. The first 30 seconds after he was born he wasn’t breathing, and it was like I couldn’t breathe either. Fortunately the nurses resuscitated him and he’s a fine young teenager now. 

9.  How did you end up getting published? 
I did a lot of research at the library and on the internet and identified a large number of publishers. I did more research and narrowed down the list to publishers that specialized in newer authors and literary/urban fiction. I sent out about 15 queries and decided to select the offer from Oak Tree Press. 

10.  Would you be food or fighter if the zombie apocalypse were to happen? 
Fighter. I’m an avid sportsman and quite prepared for any kind of apocalypse. 
11.  What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
Picking up and moving to Montana for a summer in my twenties. I had no money, no job, and nothing to lose. It turned out to be one of the greatest adventures of my life. 

12.  Would you rather be rich or famous--and you could only have one-- and why?  The fame would be based on something good, not something like being the best serial killer or anything like that. 
Rich. Not because I’m greedy or need the finer things in life, but because I value privacy famous people don’t enjoy.

J.S. Quelch
Author of Karl and the Kooltones

Available at Oak Tree Press http://oaktreebooks.com/


Holli Castillo said...

J.S., thanks so much for joining me here today. It's always interesting to learn more about other writers.

Nancy LiPetri said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with our new musician/writer! Fun photo, too.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

What a fun interview. J.S. sounds like a person who lights up a room when he enters it. I also agree with him about social media, even though I participate in it regularly. Well done.

JS Quelch said...

I hope that after I get over the hump of publishing and promoting my first novel, mainly by social media, I can get back to writing my next novel and not have to spend so much time on it. After looking at a computer most of the day at home, I find it very hard to get back on it when I get home, but then again, I wouldn't have had the chance of meeting you nice people!