Interview with C.R. Mucklow

What motivated you to become an indie author?
At first I was very much against being an indie author. I didn't think it was possible to be taken seriously, or to be a real success without a big publishing house at one's back.

That all changed early this year when I began researching the world of indie publishing and learned that a great many popular and respected authors have found success by going it alone.

The most attractive thing to me about being an indie is the fact that I don't have to win the virtual lottery of submitting work to literary agents and then have them submit it to a big publisher.

This way my work is GUARANTEED to be published when I want and how I want and I'm given the creative control to oversee every little detail of my budding little enterprise.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That moment of perfect absorption in the work.

I absolutely adore it when my brain is working so frantically and so naturally that my hands seem to move over the keyboard almost of their own accord.

Hours can go by like this and at the end you've not just written down words, you've crafted a story.
What do your fans mean to you?

Without them I will fail. It's that simple.

I'm very early on in my writing career and have a tiny number of fans but those that I do have regularly talk to me, either through email or IM, about what they like, what they don't like, what resonates with them etc etc

I love that part of being a writer, that personal engagement with people who enjoy your words.
What are you working on next?
Aside from putting together and polishing the upcoming episodes of this season of Isoria, I'm working on a new project called "Letters From Behind Bars" which will be an ongoing project posted on my blog.

Letters' will chronicle the life of a prison inmate from sentencing to release. It's a bit of fun that I hope will allow me to plumb the emotional depths of a person in the devastating situation that a convict finds themselves in.

I'm working on a collaboration project with a close friend but the details are a little hush hush at the moment.

Lastly I've begun brainstorming for my sci-fi project. Whether it will be a serial or a novel, I'm not quite sure, but I do know that it will most likely detail man's first steps into the galaxy at large.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to count but if I had to name just five thay would be: Anne Rice, J.R.R Tolkien, G.R.R Martin, Troy Denning and Joe Abercrombie.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The promise of cigarettes and coffee, mostly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a video game fanatic.

I play on a custom built PC and I'll play just about anything. My favorite genre is the RPG. The ability to mold the tale around you is something I find extremely compelling. I'm a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls series. Never have I encountered another series of games with the level of freedom that those games give you.

Other than gaming I like to watch high-quality TV serials (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad etc)

And of course, I read like a man possessed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was around 7 or 8 years old.

In English class we were studying sequels and were tasked with writing our own sequel to "Tommy Niner and The Moon of Doom".

My teacher was so impressed with my work that she had it typed up, put on the wall in massive print for everyone to read, and she called my parents in to read it.

I guess you could say I was a natural. *wink*
What is your writing process?
First thing's first. I unplug the wireless adapter from my PC and turn off my phone to escape all potential distractions.

Then I make sure I'm stocked with cigarettes and a fresh cup of coffee and then I just write and write until I'm mentally exhausted.

I then leave the work to sit for a few days before I come back to polish, edit and fix up my keyboard vomit.

As for the broader planning of the work, I go for walks and simply think. Acting out scenes in my mind, inhabiting my characters and learning who they are. This gives me an idea of where the story will go when I sit down to physically write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first "proper" book that I read was The Hobbit by some obscure unknown author <recoils in preparation for the hate-mail>.

I was struck by the enormity of the world that was presented before me and the excitement of the adventure. It instilled in me a life-long adoration of Tolkien (see, I DO know his name!) and of fantasy as a genre.
Describe your desk
Hiroshima - August 6, 1945
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up about half an hour's drive from Tolkien's home-city of Birmingham, England.

Similarly to the master himself I hate city life and industrialism and am constantly going on sojourns into the countryside in order to escape them.

I love to write of green and pleasant lands, unsoiled by the destruction that the technological advancements of mankind have wrought.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, A Game of Thrones by G.R.R Martin, Invincible by Troy Denning, The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.
Published 2014-06-06.
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Books by This Author

Isoria - Vincent's Law - Episode II: The Lord of The Black Clan
Series: Isoria, II. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,560. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The second episode in the new fantasy serial "Isoria: Vincent's Law" Catch up with Dorian as he teeters on a knife edge and acquaint yourself with the ancient and immortal Vincent The Black.
Isoria - Vincent's Law - Episode I: A Stranger in A Strange Land
Series: Isoria, I. Price: Free! Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
For twenty five centuries Vincent the Black has governed the Isorian Empire alongside his brethren and the Emperor, but now an upstart brother seeks to undo what he has spent millennia building. Defying the founding principal that the Empire was built upon, Serpae the Cerulean now sates his deadly addiction by spilling the blood of mortal innocents. Flying in the face of Vincent’s Law.