Interview with Chris Podhola

Describe your desk
My desk is whatever is in front of me. I don't believe in having an actual desk. I don't want to limit myself to writing in one place. I have a laptop. I bring my laptop with me everywhere I go (except for work) and I write almost constantly. I have putzed around with writing for my entire life, and now that I believe I can do it, I don't want to waste a moment.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am a country boy through and through. I grew up in and around farmland and because of that my writing is down to earth and simple in its essence. I think that readers can relate to the characters that I write, because they grew up with people just like them.
When did you first start writing?
The first time I wrote was when I was fourteen. The writing was awful and boring so I burned what I wrote in our woodburning stove at home. I recently wrote a blog piece telling that story which has a pretty interesting ending, called "A Near Death at the Burning Party" which can be found on my website
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the idea of being in complete control of my work, and the entire process. I haven't even given the idea of traditionally publishing much thought. To be honest, my belief is that traditional publishing is headed toward extinction and I think that it is smarter to stay away from riding on the back of a dinosaur.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
To be honest I have just begun publishing with Smashwords. So far I am impressed with its performance. In many ways it is not only competing with Amazon, but surpassing it. I would be surprised if Smashwords didn't start giving Amazon a run for their money.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Whenever a reader takes the time to respond in any way shape or form to anything I write. Even if a reader is critical it lets me know that they were at least paying attention. I don't mind being criticized because I learn more from critical opinions than I do opinions that express adoration.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the very reason for my motivation to keep writing so much. If it weren't for the possibility of sharing my work with others, I probably wouldn't write half as much as I do.
What are you working on next?
I am currently editing "A Baran-Dak-Toi and her Quest for the Pockets of the Prim" and also Volume two in the Twinfinity series called A Prim and a Prophet. Both of these will be available soon, approximately mid November and early December.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen KIng, J.K. Rowling, Susan Collins, Dean Koontz are at the top of my list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have so much to write, and so little time to do it. I wish that there were 52 hours in each day.
Published 2014-12-01.
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