Interview with Joshua Renneke

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making a story be about whatever I want. That way it's exciting to write, and hopefully more enjoyable to read.
What do your fans mean to you?
Whoa, I have fans?! That's great news. I really write for my own enjoyment, but I'd like to think that eventually my books will reach a lot of people who'd enjoy them.
What are you working on next?
An action/sci-fi story that's highly influenced by The Force Awakens. I'm excited to write something that's meant to be entirely fun to read. No filler, no boring parts, just action!
Who are your favorite authors?
Bret Easton Ellis. He cuts out anything boring, and his writing is extremely readable. You could open any of his books to a random page, and you'd get hooked.

Honoré de Balzac. He has a way of slowly adding insights and layers so you eventually see each plot development through multiple character's perspectives.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to enjoy life somehow. It seems like "serious" authors think they need to be a miserable observer of the world. I'd rather be part of life than separated from it.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea that hooks me, and I write a few pages. Then I make it up as I go. If I planned out the entire plot of a novel, sitting down to write it would feel like doing homework.
I can only enjoy writing when I'm experiencing the plot as I write.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sci-fi short stories. They're full of imagination, and have no room for filler.
Describe your desk
I don't use one. I write on the Scrivener app for Ipad so I can write whenever I feel like it. I'll write a page while laying in bed, or watching TV, or cooking food. Inspiration hits when it hits,
When did you first start writing?
After being an avid reader all my life, one day I put a book down and decided to write something that didn't do any of the things I hate: basically, anything boring or fake.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm fascinated by stories about Greek gods and goddesses. They have the power of a god but all the flaws of humans.
Published 2017-05-10.
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Books by This Author

Girl In The Needle
Price: Free! Words: 41,270. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Nearly all life on Earth is eradicated by a goddess called Keti. She offers the survivors a luxurious life in her City, a place of advanced technology. At the City's center, Keti keeps a girl called the Empress isolated from humanity. When a group of rebels plans to kill the Empress, not even Keti herself can predict where events will lead in this surreal, dreamlike novel.
Alicia's Two Years: The Second Six Months
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,140. Language: American English. Published: July 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Coming of age
Read the first installment, "Alicia's Two Years: The First Six Months," for free before checking this one out! Alicia's Two Years tells the story of a two-year period in the lives of Alicia and her friends. They're all in their early twenties and living life with no real plan for the future.
Deleca: Life By Proxy
Price: Free! Words: 12,300. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
These short stories are set in a near future where people live their lives almost completely through virtual-reality. Three main corporations have formed an alliance and bought out the debt-ridden government. With nearly every job performed by bots, citizens spend their lives in a virtual-reality device called a VNi chair. But if their entire life experience is simulated, are they really living?
Alicia's Two Years: The First Six Months
Price: Free! Words: 23,860. Language: American English. Published: September 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Coming of age
Alicia's Two Years tells the story of a two-year period in the lives of Alicia and her friends. They're all in their early twenties and living life with no real plan for the future.