Meet the Writer – Jackson Compton
When did you start writing?
I’ve had the mindset of a writer all my life. I was influenced by all things science fiction and fantasy as a child and wrote short stories and drew illustrations for my stories. I put togeth-er a class newspaper in 5th grade and in 6th grade wrote a Thanksgiving play that my whole class performed for the school. I drew sequential art for my stories but am terribly slow at it, which is why I use other artists. I had a travel job for eight years and wrote two novels during that time before starting Enigma Endeavors Productions, LLC to publish my own comic books and graphic novels.
What are your favorite things to write?
My favorite things to write are character stories with flawed heroes and redeema-ble villains. Sci-fi, fantasy, horror and supernatural are my favorite genres to write in, but I’m also working on scripts for biopics.
Who are some of your artistic inspirations?
Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke were my early influences. J. R. R. Tolkien, Michael Moorecock, Lynn Abbey, C. J. Cherry, Mel Odom, Peter David, David Gemmel were my later ones. I keep note cards for bookmarks so I can scribble down inspirations before they are forgotten.
Any projects you’re working on or looking forward to working on?
I am a grad student studying Creative Writing. My thesis will either be a Stephen King-esque novel called, Crowsbane, or a screenplay of a contemporary take on a certain Greek Mythology story. I’m also writing a biopic teleplay based on Olaudah Equiano. And The Wrong Side of Right graphic novel is nearing completion.