Interview with Kacper Zagadka

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Stories which used to lay useless in a desk. And some experience in a publishing process in professional life which taught me - this is not difficult. Serious, but not difficult. And have no time to look for a publisher, editor, translators etc. And finally my wife who read samples and said: I want more!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Story which develops itself in my head and I'm trying to write it down. And the readers I see in downloads. That means stories are not useless in a desk any more.
When did you first start writing?
During my last year at Wroclaw University, I suppose. I sat in a cafe once and wrote my first children book.
What do your fans mean to you?
Motivation. I published one or two of short stories as a "notes" in Facebook few years ago. Comments from some friends made me to continue... Every time someone tells me something positive about my writing - makes me positive towards next story!
Who are your favorite authors?
Difficult to say. It changes. I was a great fan of Michail Bulhakov in high school, then Catullus' Carmina, Aeschyl's and Aristofanes' plays during studies. Later: Agatha Christie, Doyle, Dostojewski, Umberto Eco, Llosa, and Marek Krajewski.
What's the story behind your latest book?
An observation. Thinking what would have happened if... It's a series of short urban stories, mostly about a laptop case as a main character. Also translated into English.
What are you working on next?
Full length novel about a usual boy who meets a movie star and... accidentally breaks her nose. A story about love and a crime, of course. Hopefully will be published within this year, in Polish first...
Describe your desk
It's white, simple and clean. Small green lamp at one side, exactly the same as I used to see in most library's reading rooms. And a MacBook as a "all-in-one" tool. Tall flowers and a terrace door nearby. Usually deep at night...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working in marketing primary. Writing is spending my free time... But also I love movies. Some of them I saw over 100 times (cinema only).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Poland. Warsaw. Both I'm cursed to love. Mainly city, but also a small village, where my grandparents used to live. Wrocław then, where I've spent 5 years at the university - classical studies are important for me. Hitch-hiking across Europe few times was also important. Observation of different worlds around in the middle of 90'. Summer school in Ancient Greek in Dorset was a window for the Other World.
What is your writing process?
An idea. Usually based on observation. Than a brief of the whole story with a piece of fiction added. And finally execution in final writing, another quite a lot of fiction... As soon as it's done - I force myself to forget about it for some time. If after a month or so, when I read it again and it's still "good enough" - additional writing and another changes. Last two stages repeat until it's done final enough to show to someone for first reading, etc.
How do you approach cover design?
It's important, so I do it by myself. Knowing the whole story makes it sometimes harder...
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Free e-books. Or alternatively making some books free for some time. I am not very experienced, but I think all was said in "The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success" by Mark Coker;-) This was the book which persuaded me to join Smashwords. I've published a picture book for children in iBookstore before and lately experimenting with Amazon Kindle as well. Experiments will continue, there are plenty works to write...;-)
Published 2013-10-27.
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Books by This Author

O Małym Królu
Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: Polish. Published: April 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Royalty
Chcieć być królem i zostać królem to nie wszystko. Mały Król nie wiedział, jak zostać dobrym władcą. Niestety wydawało mu się, że wie. Przez to stracił tron, ale i dzięki temu... poznał swoich poddanych i mądrą królewnę. Gdy ponownie trafił na tron, wiedział jedno - nie musi być wysoki i silny, żeby być dobrym królem. Trochę o Państwie, Władzy i Przeznaczeniu. Dla starszych dzieci i dla rodziców.
Smok Trygław i Przyjaciele
Price: Free! Words: 1,580. Language: Polish. Published: October 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
Miła bajka o małym smoku Trygławie, który lubi bawić się z leśmymi zwierzątkami. Nie podoba się to jego rodzicom, którzy chcą, by wyrósł na prawdziwego smoka. Dzień potem robi groźne miny, ale gdy złe wilki chcą zjeść jego przyjaciół, przegania je z łąki ziejąc ogniem po raz pierwszy w życiu. Obrona przyjaciół jest najważniejsza. 23-strony, w pełni ręcznie ilustrowana. Dla dzieci od 2 do 6 lat.
Torba na laptopa
Price: Free! Words: 4,070. Language: Polish. Published: June 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Seria opowieści o świecie widzianym oczami torby na laptopa, o ile torba na laptopa ma oczy. Gdyby jednak miała, to doskonale widziałaby współczesny świat w mieście, środowisku naturalnym właścicieli toreb na laptopy, zwanych niegdyś krawaciarzami. Teraz torba na laptopa to atrybut krawaciarstwa powszechniejszy niż… krawat. A może powinien powstać termin "torbiarz"?