Interview with Fred Strange

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was 2 1/2 when I read it (according to my mother). It was the Barenstain Bears' Big B Book. It got me reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was what could only be described as a Star Wars fan fic, only with pictures as much as words (I was about 8 at the time).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My dad was in the military for much of my early life, so we did a lot of base-hopping while I was in elementary school. I did a little bit of fan-fic-like writing, but mainly my first love was (and still is) music. I loved to sing and perform and learned how to play the piano, but not very well. I wrote up to 30 songs from my junior high and high school years, but couldn't find anyone to play in a band with me. That was my main creative outlet. My story writing got destroyed in third grade by THE WORST teacher. My reading of books kind of went that way too. That, and my ADD, and the fact that many of the books in school put me to sleep, kept me from reading as much as I should have. I stumbled onto a Star Wars fan message board right around the time that I decided that the music thing just wasn't going to happen. I began writing short stories on their little fan fic board, and everything seemed to take off from there. The story writing that had all but been destroyed at age 9 came back, and I channeled my music and lyric writing into that.
When did you first start writing?
I began seriously writing around 1999-2000, mainly on the Nightly.net message board in their fan fic board. My first novel was written between 2001 and 2003, with several short stories scattered through that time and for several years since.
Who are your favorite authors?
I tend to favor sci-fi and fantasy authors, but not always. I like Tolkeen, J.K. Rowling, Terry Goodkind (before he went all Ayn Rand on us), and a few others of that ilk. I really don't read as much as I should.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock! That and a wife and kid that need to go to work and school.
What is your writing process?
I don't have one. I need one. Can you recommend where I can get one?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lack of any knowledge or help in becoming a non-indie author.
How do you approach cover design?
Still working on that aspect of book publishing. I suspect my covers will change from time to time as I hit on better ideas.
What are you working on next?
I have a novel out in paperback, which I will upload to Smashwords shortly, titled Starchild: Prophecy. Besides putting my other short stories on Smashwords, I am in the middle of writing the sequel to my novel, which will be titled Starchild: Regency
Describe your desk
Chaos!
Published 2013-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Starchild: Prophecy
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 169,320. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Aurora Celeste crash lands on Talus IV and finds herself scarred, stranded, and all alone, save for her android companion, on an alien planet full of magic and danger. To make matters worse, Aurora is also the focal point of a prophecy that foretells of a cataclysmic war that will test the souls of men. To the inhabitants of Talus IV, Aurora is known and revered as... The Starchild.
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Erin was the prettiest girl at Hamilton Elementary, and Teddy was determined to prove that the ugliest boy could stand a chance with her.
Hickory Dickory Dock
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You set the price! Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A young couple discover that it's not a good idea to stop next to an abandoned church on a dark, stormy night.
Cold Water, Hot Air
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
During the migration season, humpback whales begin appearing in every major U. S. port, apparently lost. One scientist discovers that the "lost whales" are more than they appear to be.
In Time for Christmas
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Time travelers go back to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, in an attempt to discover the origins of the "Christmas star".
Double-Edged Sword
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A samurai's attempt to assassinate his master's rival has some unforeseen results.
Chasing the Sun
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,650. Language: American English. Published: December 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
The year is 1947. In the deserts of California, men are competing to become the "fastest man alive". The sound barrier has already been broken, but still the tests with the Bell X-1 continue. Lt. Bobby Kohler is next in line to compete for the title of "fastest man alive". Will his decisions on test day lead to disaster, or enable him to pursue his dream of chasing the sun?