Interview with Erik P. Feldmanis

How do you approach cover design?
I typically design my own cover because I know the story better than a cover design artist could, not that they don't add value to a book. They most certainly do. The cover is extremely important although as we've all heard before " You can't judge a book by its cover." However, the cover must visually tell something about the topic, or story in my case. Does the cover work? Remove the title and author's name from the cover. Does it tell part of your story?
When did you first start writing?
I actually wrote my first story when I was about ten years old. I still remember most of it. In fact, I recently completed writing another screenplay and used a part of that story in my screenplay. Some things never get old. Funny how that works sometimes.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's easy! It's an escape and it allows me to run with my imagination. My stories go in the direction that I want them to go - well sort of. When I come up with a story I only have a general idea. I allow the story to develop as I write which means I really don't know where it's going until I write it. Sure, I stay focused as to where I want to get, I just let the story figure out how it's going to get there.
What are you working on next?
I'm presently working on my next book but this time I venturing a little outside of my comfort zone. This novel, although also a fiction, requires a considerable amount of research, not that my presently available novels didn't because they did, but unlike my present works where I had subject knowledge and experience, this story takes place during the second world war, something that took place before I was born. That becomes a challenge because even a work of fiction requires a level of realism and technical accuracy, both of which makes a story more believable.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just the fact of knowing that each day is the continuation of a story where I am the main character. I have a personal vested interest in "my" story. If I don't get up out of bed, it'll be a boring ending!
What is your writing process?
This may seem somewhat strange and I briefly touched on this earlier but this is my method....

When I write a story, I only have a general idea. I know where I want to the story to go but I let the story develop on its own and let the story decide how it's going to get there. As I write I eventually start thinking about how the story should end. At some point, I stop going forward and write the ending, then work forward and backwards until both ends meet in the middle.
What made you want to begin writing?
This is a tough question because I have no idea where this passion came from. I started writing when I was in the United States Army but it was limited to technical aviation subjects. I wrote numerous articles for an Army aviation magazine. After the army I entered the field of law enforcement and again started writing technical articles pertaining to aviation law enforcement matters. Then one day, for some reason, I decided to try my hand at writing fiction. The result was my first novel "The Jungle". Now I'm hooked!
What do you read for pleasure?
You might find this hard to believe but I don't read just to read. In my field (Aviation), I'm constantly having to read to keep up with technological advances in the industry. I train pilots and with that responsibility comes the responsibility to stay on top of changes. As far as sitting down with a good book, well, I'd rather try writing one.
Do you write every day?
I know the experts ( who ever "they" are) say a writer should write every day, but I don't and here's why.....
I write fiction., and to be more specific, action/adventures. In order to do that I need to be in a creative mood and that just doesn't happen every day. So, if the mood isn't there, I don't write. I'll spend some days researching and writing notes to use later but I have to be in a creative mood when I work on my story. When that mood strikes however, I can write for hours on end.
What motivates you to write?
Great question. Every writer or those who want to start writing need to ask themselves this very question. Here's my answer.......
I write because it's something that I enjoy. I don't write for fame, financial reward or a legacy to leave behind. I write simply because it fills a void. It's just something I feel compelled to do, whether or not others read my works. Since I'm going to continue to write, why not allows others interested in my works to read my stories? I will also however continue to self- publish my works for others to enjoy. Why self-publish? I've heard too many horror stories about publishing editors who tell their authors to change their stories to better suit the editor's idea of how the story should read. I won't do that. It's my story, written the way I wanted to write it. By self- publishing, I maintain total control of my story. Again, I write because that's what I love to do. The day it becomes work is the day I quit!
Published 2014-08-31.
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