Interview with Bucky Doren

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The thing I love the most about the process is creating the world that the story takes place in. The world the characters live in is just as important to the storyline as the characters themselves. The setting and the characters all have a life beat of their own, and I love finding a way to weave all of those things together to push the story along.
Who are your favorite authors?
Growing up, I loved to read Ian Fleming, but what teenage boy wouldn't love the spy-sex cocktail. Right now, Lee Child and Jim Butcher are the two that excite me the most. I love the way they describe the storybook world. There is enough to plant the idea of the surroundings, but they leave the rest up to the imagination of the reader. I love that because it allows the reader to plant familiar items in the world that they see while reading. I love that because it makes it more of a personal experience to the reader.

Because I love the TV Show "Justified", I've just started reading Elmore Leonard. So far, I love the way he constructed the dialogue between the characters. Very sharp.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Unfortunately I do (laugh). Well kind of, anyway. "Mr. Murder" was the title - a murder mystery. Boy I sure knew how to create a title to grab your attention, didn't I?

In fifth grade, we were asked to write a book. We had to write, illustrate, and then actually make it into a book. Man, I really thought that was the coolest thing. I think my story consisted of 22 pages. I had a picture on the left side pages, and all the verbiage sat on the right side pages. I really only remember that the guy that was hired to solve the murder never ended up solving the mystery, but that was his plan. I gave a clue on the last page that he was the actual murder, but only the reader knew.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm an outdoor person in the summer. I grew up at dirt race tracks in the Midwest, and I still have that joy of being at a race track. I also love to mountain bike. I'm blessed to live in an area that is loaded with trails. It is a great exercise for my body and my mind. Out in the middle of nowhere really helps my mind forget the daily grind and explore new ideas.

Be it good or bad, my son has developed the same level of love for baseball that I have. We have traveled thousands of miles over the years on a travel baseball team. The last few, I ended up being a coach for his team. One of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. It's more than sharing my love for baseball to these young men, but hopefully teach them something about life. My goal each year is what I call the "Reward I Will Never See." 20 years from now, I hope that each of the boys will have a "Light bulb" moment where something I said pops into their head to help them deal with a situation.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be honest, I've never really thought about what inspires me. I have always just get up and get moving. I think that is because I'm an active, self-motivated person. I have been that way all of my life. Subconsciously I know the days agenda, and I can't wait to get things checked off of the list. Each day has one major thing that sits on top of that list. Some days it is to write so many pages. Some days it is to guide the youth baseball team I coach to a tournament win. Some days it is as simple as just spending time with my family.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The new avenues of opportunity to self publish got everything started for me, but it took a long time to get to that point to try.

Back in high school, one of our English Composition assignments was to write the first chapter of a novel. As everyone knows, that first chapter of a novel is critical to set the tone for the rest of the book. The goal of the assignment was to create those "hooks" to capture the readers attention, and in turn get them hooked on the rest of the book. Unfortunately, that was the end of that assignment. I don't remember my grade, but I do remember wanting to continue the storyline. It was at the end of the school year, so the excitement of writing that novel faded but not the desire.

From time-to-time, my imagination would play around with that storyline. It has gone through hundreds of scene changes, character changes, plot ideas, and so on. So after 20 years of dreaming about this world, I finally decided to sit down and write it. It became a hobby, and there was really no motivation to publish it. It was more of "let's see if I can actually do this" type of thing. Finally, I started putting life into the characters, build the setting, and all those little details that go into crafting a well written novel.

All though I kept pretty tight lipped about it, I did mention it to a few friends. One suggesting that I SHOULD publish it. He was venturing into indie film projects for his cable television network. He mentioned that the Internet had created a whole new world for the indie entertainer. That is when I finally saw an opportunity to share my work without having to sell my sole to an agent, a publishing house, and all the other links in that chain.
What is your writing process?
I outline the game plan first. I know that some will say that process limits your creativity, but I don't want to be winging it when I get to page 250, and I realize that I should have gone a different direction. Once the outline is complete. I write one to two pages for each chapter of what will take place. I include a few plot notes, and I send it out to a couple of beta-readers. They help flush out the believability part of the story.

After that, I work on the final product for each chapter. Once each one is done, I send them out to a handful of beta-readers. They help me see if the message I am trying to get across is actually jumping off of the pages. If not, I need to go back to work on it. My favorite comment is when they include what they are thinking when certain things happen. That really helps me see if I going pushing the reader in the direction that I want them to go.

After everything is done, it's the copy proofers job.
What do you read for pleasure?
I do not have any one particular genre that I love more than the other, but I do find myself lost in the spy and science-fiction realms a lot. Most will have an adventure theme tied to it. I do love a good hero's journey plot.

One area that might not be so obvious is that I love to also read non-fiction books. I love to see how things work. My dad always told me I was a button pusher. I had to know what everything did, and how it did it. I guess some things never change.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm old school. I still love the ole laptop. I'll load up a story on it, grab my laptop tray, and I'll fall into my big fluffy chair in the living room. I think that is because that is the view I see when I write 75% of the time. It's comfortable to me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've read a lot of books on this subject. I've also seen a lot of videos on this. The one thing that I have taken away from all of the tips - write a great story. It's just that simple. Word of mouth is the best form of advertisement.
Published 2014-03-14.
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Solar Rain: Raging Waters
Series: Solar Rain, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,980. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mother Nature tried to cleanse Earth of its evil ways, and Jordan Winston had hoped it would help bury his sordid past. Now his past is trying to pull him back, and he must decide whether to flee and protect himself or become the man he hated, in order to protect the entire kingdom.