Hermesse James [hermessejames]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I always liked to read romantic historical novels. I became a bit of a history freak.
I wrote articles for journals and started to write for a Dutch library site called www.infonu.nl
After 2001 9/11 I started a website about Nostradamus called Nostradamus-puzzle.net. The site got an award for its design. For several reasons I stopped the site in 2008. I'll write a book about my findings of Nostradamus one day.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
I write about quite a lot of topics: politics, economics, law. I also write about things that are rather 'spiritual' such as articles on Nostradamus, spirituality itself.
I like to search the Internet for answers on questions such as where did Merlin go to or come from, did Arthur exist, did jesus really have a wife, a daughter, when was his real birthday....
You can find those articles on: www.infonu.nl/hermesse
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I like writing about facts within a frame of secrets. I do an enormous amount of research before I start writing my articles.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Everything that takes my fancy. It can be a book, but also an article on a site.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Novelty. Secrets, Good journalism.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Third is safer. If you write first in a journalism article it's weird and may become too personal.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Can't say. I read so much, and you should really specify that per genre.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
In my line of work sturdy research is the best thing to do, I think.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I like to think so. I'm terrible at jokes though. I think the stand-up comedian is too far away from my character. I'm basically terribly serious.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I like to be read. I write for my readers.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
No, not in my line of work. I hate to become too personal, so no, I won't show my internal conflicts. I'm too down to Earth.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Yes, I like feed-back. I am mostly amazed when people rave about my articles but some do (in a positive sense.) I don't often get people who approach me in a negative way. Some very religious people tend to criticize me or want me to shut up. With what I write about Jesus Christ and say his daughter or Mary Magdalen or the Shroud, or the Roslin chapel I'm bound to be criticized by strict religious groups, but I like to point out to them that they are not the only ones who have freedom of speech.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No. I'm not bound to get a Pulitzer.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
No. Also because I can publish whenever I please. At infonu.nl the publishers are quite strict to some extend, but that concerns style etc. not about the content of your article.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
My voice is in whatever I write about. I'm more a journalist than a writer.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I have a job with HamptonJones Books (www.champtonjones.com) and next to that I write my many articles. Sometimes on demand, sometimes because I want to.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
Books, notes, different pc's, anything that helps me in my research before I write an article.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I write in the cloud, through a cloud system. That means I only write on a computer. I keep an enormous amount of handwritten notes though.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Everything that can help me write my story. Every source that is factual and useful.
What has been your experience with publishers?
I work for one, that's all I want to say.
What are you working on now?
I'm focused on getting Constance HamptonJones' books prepared, published and hopefully sold. (www.champtonjones.com.) We are planning a big media do in autumn.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Old pie never sells.