Interview with B R Maul

Who are your favorite authors?
J. K. Rowling, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien.

I love that parts and pieces of Lewis, Tolkien, and Rowling are embedded within the fabric that is weaving Portals, Passages & Pathways together. I hope readers around the world find it as easy as I have to fall in love with the characters, and are exhilarated in the land of Magnanthia!
What is your writing process?
I like having an outline to start with because it gives me common ground, a foundation to build on. From there I continue to add notes as I think of things that may work. I say ‘may’ because as I get to know the characters they start to live out the story, and I just observe and write it down. Some of the characters are much different than I first imagined, so notes I had put down for them a year ago no longer fits into who they have become. It’s my favorite part of writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
All the wonderful blessings the good Lord has bestowed to me. Aside from eternity (which of course is no small feat and will come later), He blessed me with a loving family and a passion for reading, writing, and telling stories that I get to do every day of my life!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When the weather is right, I like being in the lakes country. On a more regular basis I like going for walks, taking the kids to a park, spending time with my wife, driving (I really like driving around), meeting for coffee and a slice of pie, reading, watching movies really loud, and spending time in God's Word.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read a lot of books I hear about from friends. Most recently I am learning to jump on Goodreads to find books. The reviews from other readers can be helpful, although I never put too much weight on someone's opinion.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was in fifth grade when I wrote a short story entitled "I Got You!" It was about a boy who liked to play pranks on his friends. The sequel was entitled "I Got You Back!"
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the "first" story I ever read, but "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls was the first book that ever made me cry. Boy...that was tough. I have always enjoyed getting lost between the pages of a book. It's a great escape!
How do you approach cover design?
Since I read a lot of books I have already heard about from either being recommended or reading a review, I don't shop covers very often. With that said, I find myself gravitating to nice looking covers at the book store; unfortunately I assume it must be a good book if it has a good cover. As a writer, I didn't think the cover of my books would matter because the story is so near and dear to me. I quickly found out books are definitely judged by their covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of what I write...young adult, fantasy fiction like "Harry Potter" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." I also enjoy a good drama every now and then, or suspense/mystery. For nonfiction I read a lot of Christian apologetics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like my Kindle Fire a lot for surfing the web or playing some games, but I still like my first Amazon kindle e-reader with the e-ink. It's ALMOST as good as a real book.
Describe your desk
Well organized with some of my favorite adventure trinkets (a small pirate ship,a metal dragon, and two small treasure chests, which I won't tell anyone what's inside them).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm afraid if I take on a publisher, the publisher will have too much to say and may make changes to the story I don't like. I don't know if I'm willing to give up any amount of my artistic license. Who knows...this may change later.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The “hmmm” factor, when a reader pauses after finishing the story and thinks about it. Hearing people talk about the characters and/or events in the story (or reading what they have to say). Whether they hate, love, or can just relate to a character or situation, it’s a privilege when readers share what they think or how they feel.
What do your fans mean to you?
When it comes to my writing...everything! There's something to say about completed a book and then sitting back and looking at it. It's a great sense of accomplishment. That feeling of accomplishment doesn't hold a candle to reading or listening to someone's response who enjoyed the book! It's the greatest reward.
What are you working on next?
Book 2 of "Portals, Passages & Pathways." This series should be about 4 or 5 books in length.
Published 2014-03-18.
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