Interview with Rich Feitelberg

When did you first start writing?
I began writing as a teen and I've studied the craft of writing ever since. But it was only recently that fiction writing came into sharp focus. Prior to that I was writing poetry off and on. And I've been writing instructions for others for years to pay the bills.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story. It was supposed to be a myth but I was in way over my head and it didn't come out too well. But from that I learned a few lessons, such as write what you know, and don't take on too much at once.
What is your writing process?
Write a draft, let it rest, revise. Repeat. At some point I let others give feedback. If the story is big enough, it goes to an editor for proofreading while I focus on the production side of things. When everything is ready, I publish it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing and sharing my ideas through the written word. That means having new ideas is a very exciting time for me. But reading can also get me moving; I am constantly amazed when I find expression of thoughts so clear and so simple as to appear effortless. It's not, of course, but it looks that way and that the level I'm shooting for.
Describe your desk
It's a cluttered mess with computer equipment, a phone, several containers of pens and pencils, my e-book reader, my cell phone, cables for charging devices, the odd nick-knack, scrap paper for my to do list, ideas, and printing rough drafts on -- I still edit on paper.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. They are the reason I write. As I am fond of saying, writing is for sharing, and the people I'm sharing are the fans, of course. Without them, writing is very much like talking to oneself.
What do you read for pleasure?
That depends on my mood. I own many books and many are only partially read because very often the opening of a book will not hold my interest. When it does, then I know I have a good book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The most effective technique I've found so far is to make one of my stories free for a limited time. That draws the readers' attention to my work since everyone likes getting free stuff.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Now that's a good question. My latest book begins to tell the tale of the Aglaril, which are seven magic gems of enormous power. The gems were lost millennia ago and my book, Aure, the Topaz, is the first book in the Aglaril Cycle shows how the main characters come together and begin the search to find them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I can't say I'm motivated to be an independent author; it's more like I've got no choice. It is hard to break into any field and in fiction writing the walls are especially high and smooth. Self-publishing gives me a way to bypass much of that and go directly out to readers. The down side is that readers have to find you and that can be hard. But the more things you have to sell the more likely they are find something of yours they like.
What are you working on next?
I've always got a few short stories and poems in the oven. As for novels, I'm in the process of polishing up Book 2 of the Aglaril Cycle.
Published 2013-10-27.
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Books by This Author

Return to Gray's World
Series: Space and Speculation, 3. Price: Free! Words: 2,590. Language: American English. Published: September 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The exploration of the strange alien world QJZ is complete but what has been learned makes no sense. The Empire dismisses this intelligence and moves against it. Will they succeed this time to conquer the world or regret it?
The Cloax
Series: Men, Magic, and Melee, 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,590. Language: American English. Published: August 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
James, an apprentice sage, wants to be a bard, but his father disapproves. So he runs away to his grandmother’s home, halfway across the kingdom, only to discover something that will change his life forever.
Series: Bizarre and Macabre Tales, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: American English. Published: June 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A lonely old man meets a young female street performer who can take away his away his feelings of isolation. She invites him to go with her into a nearby tent. Does he go to experience a type of closeness he has never felt before or does he remain alone and apart from everyone?
Purple Gobblin'
Series: Tales of Marngol, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,640. Language: American English. Published: May 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Brashani and a group of four other wizards arrive in Marngol hoping to rebuild the town after an invasion many years ago. But the ghost of the town’s former mayor, Archimedes Orin, objects and gives them the task to remove the Purple Gobblin’ from the old inn’s basement as a test. Can they coax the creature out of the basement or is the task too much for them?
The Karma Fairy
Series: Fables and Fiction, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Russell makes a deal with a fairy to delete all the illegal content he has downloaded in exchange for a chance at happiness. But in the light of day he realizes the fairy was just part of a dream. But soon thereafter he meets a woman and falls in love with her. Will he keep his promise or risk being lonely forever?
Series: Men, Magic, and Melee, 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: American English. Published: April 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The necromancer Jormundan is hired to help a wealthy man named Smith correct a ritual that went horribly wrong and turned him into a living skeleton. Smith believes the error was no accident and wants Jormundan to find the traitor too. Can the wizard correct the mistakes that were made and locate the traitor before it is too late?
The Monster
Series: Fables and Fiction, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: American English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Prospective parents go to a local carnival and learn from a fortune teller that their unborn child will be physically damaged and too big to have naturally. They dismiss the thought until they see the infant is growing large. What impairment will the child have? Can the parents handle the situation or will they need to kill the child as the fortune teller suggested?
Series: Space and Speculation, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: American English. Published: January 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
George Zyberg, an astrophysicist, invents a telescope that lets him see the future and using it he is able to predict events before they happen. But after using it to prevent the robbery of the Central Bank he gets in trouble with gangsters. Can he bluff his way to freedom or has he gone too far predicting the future of criminal events?
The Wayward
Series: Bizarre and Macabre Tales, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,000. Language: American English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
An accidental fall down the stairs enables Ramon to see lost souls caught between life and death. Feeling that knowledge of their existence is a threat to them, the lost souls try to claim Ramon as one of their own. But Ramon fights back and discovers a way to affect these non-corporeal beings. Can he enact his plan before it is too late?
Gray's World
Series: Space and Speculation, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,540. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jonathan Gray learns of a strange encounter: a scout vessel has crashed on an alien world. The Empire seeks to rescue any survivors and annex the planet. But the world is enveloped by a strange energy field that interferes with the Empire's technology. Can Jonathan convince the Empire to let a small band of meta-humans make first contact and avoid a war?
The Horn of Horundring
Series: Men, Magic, and Melee, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,510. Language: American English. Published: October 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Merchant Wilson Kray has come to purchase the Horn of Horundring from the air spirit that owns it, Twex Oolung. But Twex is a known prankster. Can Wilson purchase the Horn or will he suffer the fate of all who come and have dealings with the dreaded air spirit?
Chamomile Flowers
Series: Men, Magic, and Melee, 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Laura comes to the small village of Abbotsdale to observe a strange and local festival. Her natural curiosity leads her to discover the site of the grand ceremony which ends the festival. Can she escape without notice or is she doomed to fall into the clutches of the villagers and suffer whenever punishment they can devise?
The Pen
Series: Bizarre and Macabre Tales, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A struggling writer finds a magic pen that lets him achieve the success he craves. But his wife is not pleased, preferring a weak-willed spouse who will obey her commands. How will she respond when his deadlines start taking priority?
The Reaper
Series: Fables and Fiction, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: American English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A fairy tale of a cursed scythe, a magic field, a witch, and a thieving farmer.
Knight Training
Series: Men, Magic, and Melee, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Shard, a half-orc, has had to fight hatred and bigotry all his life. But now in the training yard of the Michaeline order he learns a most devastating truth. One which will change his life forever.
The Last of Her Kind
Series: Men, Magic, and Melee, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Asbith, the mother of all dragons, has fought the encroachment of humans and has watched as her children are slowly killed one by one. Now, she is the only dragon left and the humans continue to use combat with her kind as a test of heroism and bravery. Can she fight off this most recent attack or is she finally too old to stave off the current would-be hero?
Sans Boat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
While exploring the tower of a wizard and old friend, Brashani discovers clues to a lost treasure. Can Brashani unravel the clues and recover the treasure?
The Statue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Brashani seeks to honor the victims of the Marngol Massacre with a dedication of a statue. But the ghost of the town's former mayor, Archimedes Orin, is angry at all the changes Brashani has made in order to reclaim the ruins. Will Archimedes let the statue be unveiled or will Brashani be forced to destroy the former archmage?
Baby Muran
Series: Tales of Marngol, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Brashani, a wizard and mayor of Marngol, discovers a baby in the ruins of an old tower. The child appears normal but seems to understand normal speech. Then people start dying and the baby is the prime suspect. Can Brashani unlock the mystery of the baby before it kills everyone and destroys the town?