Interview with John Schrock

What's the story behind your latest book?
As a young father I coached a variety of sports teams my boys and daughter were a part of. Whether it was a parent of one of our team members, or of an opposing team, I regularly encountered aggressive, if not borderline abusive parents.
I witnessed the pressure parents like this put on their child.
The idea of parents pressuring their young athletes grew inside me until the idea for Giants Rising emerged.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I truly enjoy writing. For years I wrote freely. Most of it was awful, but I loved doing it. The only thing I would share with others were my story ideas. They always received very favorable comments.
There is no question that the process of indie publishing is extremely challenging. Once those hurdles are cleared the real challenge is offering your words to an unknown audience and waiting for them to weigh in on your efforts.
It can be thrilling to allow yourself to be so vulnerable.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords offers a lot of support. For me, it was critical that I was able to get my head in to it. The fact I am completing this Smashwords interview is a great example. I would never have thought of it, and I hesitated completing it. But I get it. With all the countless books available to a reader, more than could be read in a hundred lifetimes, things such as an author interview might help a potential reader to choose a book I wrote.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is having an idea, starting it, working to carefully craft it, and completing it. This applies to virtually everything in my life. Being the best husband and father I can be, running my business, competing in a sport, or in the case of writing, doing my best to create an interesting and readable book.

The bonus to all of this is my personal evolution. Mistakes teach me. I take great caution to not repeat them, for there are plenty of new ones ahead of me with my name on them. Life is too short and far too huge to waste time repeating a mistake.
What do your fans mean to you?
First, I would have to have one. Having a book, even an indie published book, is a new and exciting world to me.
Should I ever have a fan I imagine there would be an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
Gratitude in knowing that any book written could be written better, but in spite of this, that another person was able to still find enjoyment in my stories and words.
What are you working on next?
Now that my first book is available online I have a second one I am reviewing for overlooked errors and plan to add it to Giants Rising. Tentatively, it's titled Stranger In The Night. It's about a very active couple married to each other all their adult lives that are nearing retirement age and suddenly find themselves having to live apart the majority of the time. Don't kid yourself, romantic love for another can last a lifetime.
Loneliness begets jealousy, something they dealt with years earlier.
Now living more than three hours apart, the story is about the husband driving to surprise his wife for the weekend. The husband loves cars and music and both play heavily in the story.
The wife's boss has unexpected weekend plans for her. With a mix of flashbacks of their lives together, supported by the soundtrack I envision would be playing if this book became a movie, the story is told.

I'm currently writing a book called Tribe. The days of the plains Indians and their conflict with the rest of us ended more than a hundred years ago. This story is about a modern day tribe surfacing. Those that all they know about Indians they saw in a movie theater would call it a cult. As a hobby I have studied Native Americans for many years. It is a way of life. The conflict today between a tribe that has its values more similar to the past than today would be in conflict with a totally modern society.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a very wide array of genre. In no particular order : Sebastian Junger, Thomas Harris, Alistair Horne, Stephen King, Michael Shaara, Alice Seebold, Dan Brown, Anne Provost, C. S. Lewis, David McCullough, Richard Mattheson, Jim Collins, Ram Charan Bossidy, Evan Duncan, John C. Maxwell, Alan Lightman, Aubrey Niffenberger, Malcolm Gladwell, William Young, Joe Hill, Ron Chernow, Tony Hsieh, Timothy Keller, Erin Morgenstern, Howard Butt, Martin Dugard, John Green, Ricardo Ainsle, Joe Jackson, John. And many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Whether it's a thousand words or ten, it is amazing to take a thought and see it before you in print.
My prime writing time is pre-dawn when the world is most still.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The same as everyone, living. My time is invested in family, friends, working hard, and playing hard.
Each day is a miracle. Knowing that I constantly work at being grateful for all that comes my way.

My physical activity is pretty much limited to raquetball, snow skiing (seasonable), and Crossfit. When I'm lucky I get to do a bit of wilderness hiking and whitewater rafting.

Most weekends I travel to a small resort town named Fredericksburg found in the Texas Hill Country. It is a mecca for weekend shoppers from all over the world. Besides being famous for antiques it is the Napa Valley of Texas, supporting more than forty wineries and vineyards. Luckenbach, Texas, made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings is ten miles outside of town.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I type subjects into searches and see where it leads.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a kid I read erratically. Besides books that featured Aesop's Tales, A Wrinke In Time, by Madeleine L'Engle came to mind first. As of this writing, it's announced it will be in movie theaters next year.
Published 2017-07-22.
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Books by This Author

Giants Rising
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 99,820. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Sports
Science creates fantasy as young athlete's genetic codes are rewritten to create super athletes. When they suddenly grow much bigger and then violent the world turns against them.