Interview with Duth Olec

Published 2019-02-02.
What are you working on next?
I am always working on what is next! I guess this should be obvious, there's not much of a reason to work on what you've already finished. As of right now I am working on Wandering Fortunes, a novel that, while is in the same Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos universe as my first two novels, features everything new--new cast, new setting, new species. It features three friends who decide to head out to the big city and make a name for themselves and a difference in the world, and instead find a mafia that chases them off the planet. But they have other options, and it still might work out. Right now you can read about half of the in-progress version on my website.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett is definitely a favorite. Well, was. *sad* I've read all the main novels, and some of the side works, too. They're funny, thought-provoking, and British, which I have been told I have a humor akin to. Gee, I wonder why??
Ryan North, while primarily known for comics, has also done a few novel-type things that always turn out hilarious. While not a traditional style of author, we don't live in traditional times anymore. Internet!
Laurie Penny is another good writer with good style!
I've also got to admire Salman Rushdie for not being afraid to write passionately and unapologetically?
Finally, because I'm weird, another who is technically a creator of a comic: Andrew Hussie. Although what he makes kind of transcends comics at some point. He's weird and ridiculous, something I strive for in my life and writing.
I just realized the only Americans on this list actually do comics, HMMM.
What is your writing process?
Shut the door, sit down, block out all sounds, fingers on keyboard, WRITE. After ten to twenty minutes I'll take a break and look at things. Of course sometimes I have to if I need to look something up for the writing, but for the most part my process simply involves writing and not doing other things.
Well, before that I suppose I do write out an outline for the story. This way I can figure out what I may need to look up ahead of time, plus if I get stuck I know what to aim for. I don't always follow my outline, though--such a situation happened in my last novel, Darmenzi.
What do you read for pleasure?
Strangely enough, comics. I read a lot of comics for someone who writes novels. Part of it is probably that each individual comic is short, so it's easy to just read a few and then get back to work or whatever. Sometimes "a few" actually means "like ten or twenty" but, you know...
Dinosaur Comics and Nedroid are two of my favorite webcomics to just pull up random comics of to read. Invisible Bread, too.
Describe your desk
It's actually a bed. I don't really have a desk, so I place my laptop on the box it came in, with the mousepad on an old Biology textbook (it's thickest hardcover textbook I have). When writing or editing, I'll sit up and type, but if I'm doing other things I may lay on my side. Do not try this at home! W-Wait, actually, no, only try this at home. Make sure you have plenty of rest, although coffee would probably suffice as a substitute, or you might fall asleep.
What was I saying? I dozed off. I'm just going to move on.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
For 13 or so years I grew up in Indiana in a liberal pit of the conservative state, which really influenced my views more than my writing. After 13 years I found the internet and completed my growing up on the internet, which is what really influenced my writing. You can be really weird on the internet and people will just respond, "ha ha cool".
When did you first start writing?
December of 2004 I joined the old official Nintendo NSider forums (no longer around). This introduced me to online role-playing. It was terribly-done, but that's when I first started writing. I did fan-fiction for years before I got into writing original things and became good. It's not a bad way to get interested in writing, though, that's certain. Just make sure you move on at some point.
Or don't! That's cool too.
Where do you put your writing online?
While the final products are available for purchase as an ebook here on Smashwords and physical book on Lulu...
Prog (or in-progress) versions of my novels and short stories are posted on my website and Wattpad...
And those are available for free, but you can see chapters early through my Patreon (monthly pledge) or Ko-fi (one-time donation)
Are you The Cloud?
What, ha ha, no, I'm Duth Olec of course. Don't believe what you read.
Okay, but how similar are you to the Duth Olec in the novels?
Oof, not actually that much, which is probably a good thing. Like most people on the internet, Duth can very easily be a jerk. It's not too far from how I act on the internet, but outside the internet I'm known as Jeremy Runyan. We're like two different people almost--I'm quiet, I try to be helpful (when not too lazy), stay in the background, don't make too much of a fuss, want people to get along, and Duth is pretty much none of that. Maybe it's not a good idea to dig deeper beyond Duth Olec...
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Books by This Author

Series: Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos · Nottle Crystal. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 88,500. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
An anxious bundle of nerves--a slube named Numer--must save the world from an authoritative conqueror and a manipulative force of chaos. Numer and his friends beat The Conqueror once before, but with a diabolical new force causing mayhem, it's anyone's game.
Series: Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos · Nottle Crystal, Book 1. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 94,510. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When disaster falls, there are only three heroes who, well, know about it. It remains to be seen if they can do anything about it.