• Fred Charles

Writing Process with J.M. IVIE




Happy Wednesday! This week we welcome caffeinated YA fantasy author J.M. Ivie, author of Alvar: Battle for the Realm!


Who Are You?

I’m J.M. Ivie, a young adult fantasy author, bibliophile, and multi-manuscript writer. This means I basically live on coffee. Outside of writing I’m a teacher and artist. I enjoy listening to a variety of podcasts–mostly the Lore podcast–online courses, and cooking videos.

What are three things that you absolutely need in order to write?

My computer/phone and Scrivener.

Music… lots and lots of music.

A drink of some sort, be it coffee, tea, or just plain old water.

Most writers have many ideas swimming around their heads competing for attention. How do you decide which idea is worth working on?

I work on multiple manuscripts at the same time, though I tend to put my current series as first in roles of importance. If it seems interesting, I start to plot the book out. I try to wait until the idea has developed from a glittering whim to a wild abandon.

When you decide on a writing project, how much do you plan upfront?

Being an avid plotter, I can’t usually begin writing a book until I have each chapter outlined. This means I have developed the world, characters, and even languages.


All writers experience writer’s block from time to time. What you do to get unstuck? Exercise and sometimes music. I find that when I’m ‘stuck’ it is because I am stressed. Exercise (or music) helps me alleviate that stress and push through the block.


Tell me something about your writing process that is quirky and unique to you. I have to either light a candle nearby or have put on a perfume. Somehow the fragrance just kick-starts my imagination and gets me ready to write.


When are you most productive? When are you least productive? Oh, that’s a fun question. I would say my least productive, no matter the day, is the afternoon. From noon to about two-thirty. I can’t put my finger on it, but my brain must be its most strained then. My most productive is at night or the early morning, which is when the ideas are most abundant.


It’s my birthday and you want to give me a book. Which book do you get me and why? Without a doubt, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It’s got rich characters, intrigue, and a wonderful douse of the fantastic. I firmly believe everyone should read it!


Bonus Question from Alycia Ripley: I'd love to know an example of what he/she considers his/her favorite movie(s) and what about the writing/structure/characters within that film really affects him/her?



Now, the fun part: What is one question that you want me to ask the next interviewee, not knowing who it is?

Oh how fun! I would ask: what first made you want to be a writer?


What are you working on and where can readers find you?

I am currently working on releasing my second book in my series, which comes out April 12th! It’s the backstory to a very engaging character which have significant weigh on the third and fourth books. Super excited about its release! You can find me on instagram @thejmivie or at www.jmivie.com . I do love chatting with people and getting to know fellow authors and readers, so I’m always up to an email here at: historyinthemaking2@gmail.com

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