Spotlight Interview: James Agee Jr.

James Agee Jr. Has granted me this amazing interview. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did and be sure to check out his links and follow. Also, I hope all of you great readers enjoy your holidays!

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I am a college student who is studying English in the hops of teaching it someday. My free time is spent writing, reading, and taking pictures with my Lomography and vintage camera. I have a passion for literature and hope to continue writing for years to come.

Q: Can you tell us where your love of writing originated?
A: My love of writing originated back in elementary school, my lover for literature in general did. In the fourth grade a teacher of mine read the book Because of Winn Dixie to my entire class. I don’t know why, but something about that book stuck with me. It was just a good story full of truths about life, and I liked that. My best friend and I liked the book so much that we each bought a paperback copy at the local bookstore and nicknamed it “BOFWD”, I have countless times realized that the abbreviation that we gave it does not make very much sense, but it did at the time. I guess you could say that my passion for literature started then and as far as writing, I have always wrote stories and it has simply been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

James Agee JrQ: I have learned that you love photography. Of these two creative outlets which do you enjoy the most and why?
A: I think I probably enjoy writing more than photography. It’s really a close call since they are so similar in my opinion, but in writing you can create literally anything that you want to whereas in photography you can only work with your subject to a certain extent. I love them both, but the freedom that is associated with writing for me is the best of all.

Q: What inspired you to write your first novel?
A: I had a lot of influences when I wrote my first book, Jim. I was at a point in my life when so much was changing in regard to my education, friends, family, etc. and it just made sense to create an alternate reality where people had problems but were still able to cope with life. For me it was just a way to put all of my emotions at the time into words and characters that were not directly me.

Q: What books have most influenced you?
A: A few books that have influenced me the most would without a doubt be: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson, and the Bible. All of them for different reasons of course. Because of Winn Dixie because it was the book that sparked my passion for literature. The Picture of Dorian Grey because it opened my eyes to classic literature and made me realize that the extraordinary and the ordinary so often make the perfect combination. The Fault In Our Stars because of the emotions that it seems to evoke in just about everyone who reads it. Steve Jobs because I have always admired his drive for success and determination when it came to his work and to get a behind the scenes look at the mind behind Apple was such an experience. The Bible because it has always been a strong foundation for my life and my go-to book for all of life’s problems. Books in general have such a powerful effect on me that it is hard to just choose a few, but if I have to pick, those would be it.

Q: Are you currently working on anything?
A: I am actually working on a brand new book! Until now it has only been mentioned to a select few people, but I think this is a great time to make the announcement! My new book is somewhat based on the crazy people that I have met, the unexpected and almost unbelievable experiences I have had, and discovering that people really are quite extraordinary. It’s a work of Fiction and currently has no set date of publication since I am taking my time with it to ensure that it is as perfect as I can make it. I can however tell you that a name that I have been playing around with for the book’s title is, Bontrix. The name is derived from a very prominent character in the book. I wish I could say more, but right now so much is up in the air about the story itself.

Q: If you can have one lasting impression on your readers what would you want it to be?
A: I would want my readers to be able to say that I was able to at least make them think after they read my books. It would be fantastic if they could take some emotional experience, new thoughts, or just the memory of a good story from my books, but I am leaving that up to my readers. I want my readers to remember that I have a passion for literature that I would love for the world to share.

Q: Lastly, being that you are now in the Spotlight, are there any parting thoughts you would like to share?
A: I believe that the only way to understand and know about things is to truly experience them, be it in the for of a book or an actual real life experience. When I was working a very crappy part-time job one summer at a grocery store pushing buggies I composed a quick poem that I have yet to publish or share, but that I think has some truth in it. I would like to share that here!

The irrational thoughts of a rational man
Are thoughts that will never be known
For a rational man who thinks these thoughts
Will always live alone

Basically, we all have hopes and dreams that need to be shared with the world. Keeping those to yourself is never a good thing. Share your ideas and thoughts with the world, it’s not crazy, it’s what people were made to do. Communicating with others is a brilliant ability that humans have, it just makes sense to use it. Write a book, a blog, paint a picture, do something to show the world who you are, because you are wonderful, everyone is. Thank you!

Q: Where can readers follow you?
A: Readers can follow me at any of my online profiles, including my personal blog!

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