Activated Authors

#073: JD Barker – On working with James Patterson, professional from the get-go, and grasping every opportunity.

February 5, 2021

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.

His work has been revered by the likes of Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Tosca Lee and many more, and his career has seen collaborations on a number of projects including writing the official sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” with Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, and his most recent novel “Coast to Coast Murders” with none other than James Patterson.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • What is J Thorn like to work with on the Writers Ink podcast
  • What benefits JD has found in starting a weekly podcast
  • Where JD’s journey started from
  • Taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves
  • What it means to be a book doctor
  • Getting permission from Stephen King
  • The importance of presenting yourself as a professional
  • The fear that comes with taking the plunge
  • All or nothing
  • JD’s relationship with imposter syndrome
  • Writing with James Patterson
  • Pantsing versus Plotting
  • Seizing every opportunity, despite the consequence
  • Top tip for making a career with writing
  • Changing landscape of self-publishing and traditional publishing
  • Importance of editing each book before pitching to agents
  • Your reputation and brand as an author
  • Why does JD write

JD answers questions from Patrons:

Holly Lyne: For Dracul, did you visit Whitby, and did you walk the steps?

Faye Trask: What are your opinions on the tropes and cliches that have come from the Dracula stories?

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