James Daniel Spears comes from El Paso, Texas
How long have you been writing? Since I figured out how. However, I started taking it serious back when I was 14.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Hopefully it hasn’t happened yet! It’s only in the past year or so that I’ve started seeking out publications and started trying to get my voice out there. The most meaningful thing that happened with a work was when a young lady sent me an email in regards to a poem I wrote about my father and I and said it inspired her to reconcile with her own dad.
What projects of yours have been recently published? My poem “Split” was published in the Eunoia Review, my poetic sequence “Him” was published in JUMP as well as read on The Dog and Poetry Show podcast.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? Currently I’m working with a translator to have a piece published in the Vietnamese poetry journal The Diving Club and compiling my first chapbook. This work was inspired by my innate ability to distract myself from anything and an old friendship with a classmate with whom I share nothing in common but a love of jazz and poetry.
Where can we find your work? You can find readings of all my finished work on SoundCloud, link below.
How do you react to rejections? My competitive nature means that every rejection makes me briefly sullen, then inspires a new creative wave.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? By calling my dad. Then my mom. Usually they have to listen to me read it.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Write to stay sane.
What is your favorite book? Depends on what kind. Book of poetry is a tie between Poems 1958 – 1968 by James Dickey and the newly released Helium by Rudy Francisco. If you haven’t read the latter, you should. Fiction is an old Star Wars Expanded Universe novel (believe it or not) Traitor by Matthew Stover.
Who is your favorite author? Ooof. Tough. I’m going to go with a three way tie between Mark Strand, Alan Moore, and JK Rowling.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Can it not be a fictional character? Can it be Ezra Miller? And the why is because it would mean that Ezra Miller accepted the offer of a date from me.
What makes you laugh? How serious life is.
What makes you cry? How serious life isn’t.
What is your preferred drink while you write? Water in the morning. Iced coffee at night.
What is your favorite food? Three-way tie between green chicken enchiladas, my adopted mother’s brisket, and chocolate ice cream.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Bill Waterson.
Personal website/blog: https://soundcloud.com/james- danny-spears/
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