J. D. LeCoq [jdlecoq]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I used to love to go to the library. History books were my favorites, but humor caught my fancy also. I began to write on notes on 3X5 notecards to put into my regular journal at first. I learned that, if I remember correctly, from Jim Bouton and his book, Ball Four. I was 15 at the time. My first works were read by my family and of course at school in English class.
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 will write about anything at some point or another. That includes: fiction, non-fiction, humor, politics, history, you name it. I might write about it. So I am all over the spectrum.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I don't know if I have a creative process per se. I always carry a small red Moleskine notebook with me. I jot down notes and things I want to remember to expand on later. I use mind-mapping at times to help me out. I will occasionally outline something I write. But most of the time I just jump right into my idea or thought and just write. Plenty times I don't think about what I am going to write. I just sit down and write.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Just about anything can inspire me. I may hear two people talking at lunch. I get a lot of ideas from my Dad who tells me old stories about long time ago. I have worked all over and met a lot of characters. They inspire me. I also have a great imagination and just make a lot of stuff up. Inspiration for me can come from anywhere.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
The basics of a good story are a great plot and wonderful characters. Without either of those you really don't have a story.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
I do much better with first person. I can put myself in my story then. But I write stories both ways.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Hemingway, Faulkner, James Patterson are a few of the main ones, but I love all writers. Anyone who sits down to write is a person I admire even if they don't do it real well.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
I try to give my characters a conversational tone. That makes readers identify more with them and that makes them more believeable. You can write a Cajun accent into a piece, but Cajuns will use terms and dictate words a little differently than everyone else. So I put that in my writing and it makes the whole body of work more readable and believeable.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
You better believe that. I am much better orally.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Mainly for me! But I want to leave my family especially my nieces, nephews and great nieced and nephews and on down the line something to remember me by for years and years to come.
J. D. LeCoq
San Antonio, Texas