“The desire to create stories, and create worlds really fascinates me.” —Joshua WheelonTweet
What is your name, where are you from and what are your hobbies?
My name is Joshua Wheelon. I love to write stories, play chess, exercise, attend sporting events, and cook.
How did growing up as a writer looked like for you?
Growing up, I was always writing something. Mostly fantasy and science fiction, sometimes poetry. But other than getting a couple of poems published in a couple of literary magazines I didn’t really go that far with it due to a lack of self-confidence. The only family member who really supported me was my mother who is no longer with us.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing definitely energizes me. I can write for hours and not realize how much time has passed.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
At one point, yes. But ultimately, I decided I wanted my name attached to my work.
How did publishing your first book (If you have any) change your process of writing?
I don’t believe it has changed anything about the way I write.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I surprisingly didn’t actually base the characters off real people except for one which was accidental. A lady I happened to have a crush on really fits the character of Paula Priest.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I actually have only read a few and all of them were good reviews. I do believe I can handle bad reviews.There will always be someone out there who doesn’t like stories that other people do like. Just got to rollwith the punches, so to speak.
What inspires you to write?
The desire to create stories, and create worlds really fascinates me.
How do you expect your book (If you have any) to connect with your readers?
It is my hope that my book gets the readers curious enough about God’s Word that they start reading for themselves.
What was your hardest scene to write in one of your books (If you have any)?
As an emotional writer who gets emotional and sad when a scene is unfolding, I believe the hardest scene for me to write was when Arliss‘ son disappears right in front of him during the Rapture event. I really wanted to portray his shock and I kept tearing up.
Why should I purchase your book (If you have any)?
Because it is a compelling adventure based on events that will unfold soon. It will be fascinating to see how everyone reacts to people disappearing. Especially their loved ones.
Do you want each of the book you write (If you have any) to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I am working on a series actually. Without giving too much away there is a big cliff-hanger at the end.
What do you believe are the common traps for aspiring writers?
Self-doubt is a big one for me. That’s what prevented me from trying sooner. Also a fear of success. It has been a fear of mine that I will forget where I came from and that I won’t handle it well.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Keep working hard to achieve your dreams and gain confidence.