Interview with Agasel L

When did you first start writing?
I stated writing in my diary at age 12, and articles for local newspapers when I was about 15. I started a blog when I left Canada to try living in Europe for a while, and now, in my mid-thirties, I'm starting to write work to be published.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I worked in news television for 13 years. It was my major after high school. I worked behind the scenes, and occasionally in front of the camera. I learned a lot over that time, and had always wanted to teach people how things work in a news station. My first book, "Make Money with Video", was a brainstorm I had while working in television but I didn't start writing it until after I'd left my career to try out Europe. I think this book provides great insight into something most of the public doesn't know about.
What are you working on next?
A book about Spain. Specifically, Andalucía.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Canada, and was born there, although my parents are from the Phillippines. They were pretty strict with me, being that they were living in a new country and I was a girl, etc. I was pretty frustrated with all of the rules I had to deal with, and meanwhile my younger brother got away with a lot. So I poured out my feelings into my diary. I've kept a diary since the age of 12, and I write in it almost every day.
Describe your desk
My desk where I write is located in a room not used for anything except writing. I use a formal setup, with a proper chair, desk, light, etc. I need quiet to do my work, plus it can't be a room that's too comfortable. Natural light works for me; I once rented an apartment where the view from my desk was the Sierra de Cazorla, a popular mountain range in Andalucía in Spain. It was the most inspiring place to write.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Instead of handing off my work to someone else, I've always preferred the harder route of trying to learn how things work. I had a dream of somehow including writing in my life, but I thought it would be expensive to publish. With websites like Smashwords, it's easy to follow one's dreams. It just takes dedication and carving out a little bit of time each day towards reaching your goal.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
With Smashwords, there's no excuse now to not publish one's book. It's practically free to launch a book into the public realm. I found the formatting guide extremely easy to follow. In the end, it was only a matter of sitting back and uploading my book to the website.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is creation, with words. It's also a release of oneself onto paper (or onto a blank screen, haha). When I wake up, I can't NOT write. It's an impulse I can't stop. I love it for the act of expression.
What do your fans mean to you?
When someone tells me how much they loved what I wrote, whether it be a funny email, a book, or a blog post, I feel good because I feel like I slightly influenced someone. I may have influenced how they feel, or their philosophy, or even their life. I feel flattered by that. I also think it proves that there are common bonds out there, that we're not alone.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My intentions are always to develop skills such as learning Spanish (I'm studying for C1 level) or improving my guitar solos. In reality, I'm pretty lazy. Without the pressure of exam deadlines or prodding by my friends, I'm apt to lounge on the couch watching action movies in Spanish (hey, at least I'm improving my language skills). Luckily I have good friends with whom I can go out and have a bite, to get my butt out of the house.
What is your writing process?
To start, I create a flowchart of the Table of Contents, which I add to or subtract from, while I write. During my very creative moments I'll use a mountain of scrap paper and draw out my ideas. The Table of Contents and flowcharts are my guides to keep me focused.
I try to write every day, even if it's just half an hour or only correcting a page. I don't beat myself up for not writing X amount of words per day. I know that it's enough to just show up every day and do something, because most people don't keep up that momentum. Normally, after breakfast is my best time, but sometimes I have to push it to the afternoon because of my schedule.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire a professional to do it. I do like to learn new things, but learning graphic design is not something I have time for right now.
What do you read for pleasure?
As strange as it may seem, men's magazines. When I was young I loved women's magazines, but now I prefer ones tailored for guys because the interviews are good, and also because the interview subjects have more substance. Women's magazines seem to always be about looks and being good in bed. Life is more than only that. I love that I can open a men's magazine and find a huge range of articles and interviews.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There's a scene in the movie "Julie and Julia", where Julia Child is shown in bed, and her alarm clock goes off at 6:30. She wakes up and practically bounds out of bed. What gave her that energy so early in the morning, day after day? She was going to cooking class. She was going to do something she loved.
I've noticed that the times when I bound out of bed, early in the morning, are for things that involve exploring something new. For travel; to catch a sunrise with my camera; or to do a cool outdoor activity. I would rather skip clubbing and go to bed early for an excursion the next day. I am a morning person, although 6:30 a.m. every day would kill me.
Published 2015-06-06.
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Books by This Author

Make Money with Video: Sell Footage to News Stations and Get Paid
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to
You've used your phone to record amazing footage, or seen viewer video while watching the news. Now, discover how to make money by sending it to your local station. Or, if you're a business owner, find out how to access free advertising that will reach hundreds of thousands of viewers.