Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Interview: J.J. Hebert, Author of Unconventional

Joining us today is J.J. Hebert, author of the Christian novel, Unconventional. I usually write up a short bio at the beginning of each interview, but I really liked his, so I'm stepping out of the way.

J. J. Hebert is a writer. Surprising, huh? He has written fifty-two novels, including the immensely successful, award-winning Willard’s Heart. J. J.’s also an archaeologist, and he recently unearthed an ancient religious scroll in Jerusalem that, in time, will prove absolutely nothing about anything important. He presently resides in Yemen, where he enjoys being the richest man in the land.

Of course, the aforementioned isn’t true (except for the “J. J. Hebert is a writer” part), but you found it entertaining, right? Perhaps just a little funny?

Honestly: J. J. Hebert’s debut novel, Unconventional (paperback), became an Amazon.com best-seller in three categories on July 19, 2009. The Kindle version has been the #1 Inspirational Book in the Kindle Store numerous times. J.J. is also the founder of MindStir Media, which helps authors successfully self-publish and distribute books worldwide. Currently, he lives alone in New England, home to some of the greatest sports teams in the world (for now), where he’s at work on his latest novel, Saving Dad, and a children’s book, Weepy the Dragon.

Visit J.J.’s website at www.jjhebert.net or his blog at www.jjhebertblog.com. Connect with him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/authorjjhebert or Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorjjhebert.

Welcome to The Book Connection, J.J. It's great to have you here. Loved the bio! Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?

I hope my bio showed you that I have a good sense of humor ... I try not to take myself too seriously these days. Oh, and I love beaches in the evening, cafes, parks (wow, this is starting to sound like a personal ad, so I’m going to stop right here)...

Where did you grow up?

In the backwoods of NH, right in front of a mountain where my friends and I used to play lots of wiffle ball, football (and other sports), and we even created movies with an old VHS camcorder. Those were good times!

When did you begin writing?

Long ago in elementary school. Ha... I started writing with publishing in mind somewhere around 2003, while I was working on my first novel, Defiance Rising, which hasn’t been published.

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

I seem to be more creative at night but I can write any time.

What is this book about?

Unconventional focuses on James Frost, a young janitor who decides to pursue his dream of becoming a published author. His journey from mopping floors to finding love, God, and literary stardom is inspirational and quite entertaining.

What inspired you to write it?

I wanted to inspire others.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My family, girlfriend, and fans.

Who is your favorite author?

Karen Kingsbury.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and virtually all online retailers.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Please visit my official website at www.jjhebert.net and my blog at www.jjhebertblog.com.

What is up next for you?

Staying busy with MindStir Media, the self-publishing/book marketing company I own, and then publishing a new novel and children’s book at some point.

Thanks for spending time with us today, J.J. We wish you great success.


Cheryl said...

Best of luck with Unconventional!


J. J. Hebert said...

Thank you, Cheryl!

V.R. Leavitt said...

"Unconventional" sounds great, J.J. I can't wait to check it out. I also loved your bio. A good sense of humor is always key. :-)

Tribute Books Mama said...

Sounds great, thanks! for sharing.