Interview with Glenn Muller

In which genre do you write, and which authors have influenced you?
My favourite genre is the thriller or suspense novel. I'm also a fan of crime fiction / mystery so I stir those elements into my stories. I've been influenced by the likes of Elmore Leonard, John Le Carre, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Raymond Chandler, and Alistair MacLean to name a few. These authors maintain a good pace with action scenes, are masters of dialogue, and know how to provide technical detail without bogging down the story.
Where do you like to write?
I have an office in my home with a large desk and shelving unit that holds the usual equipment, and cables everywhere. My main computer is a laptop that stays on the desk where I usually write, but I often take a netbook to another room, or outside, for a change of scenery or for some company.
What is your creative process?
I spend a great deal of time thinking about a plot and possible characters before attempting to type anything out. Even then, I don't write sequentially, I prefer to write scenes as they inspire me rather than starting at the beginning and writing through to the end of a story. During this phase my chapters have names, rather than numbers, to give me a hint of what happens in each, as in, "Roland finds the hidden diary" or "Sarah's house burns down". That way I can rearrange the order if need be.

The exception to this is when I write short stories. Generally, this format deals with a single idea, and since I can see from the start right through to the finish I often treat the whole as just one chapter and pound through it. Of course, anything I write gets rewritten repeatedly until I can't find another way to improve it.
Which point of view do you prefer?
For short stories, I like to use the first person as it quickly establishes the main character's views on life, and brings the reader up to speed with a few passages of inner dialogue.

For novels, I find first person to be a bit self-indulgent so I prefer to go with third person omniscient. This gives the reader more variety and different angles from which to see the story.

No matter what the point of view, however; I feel it is important to keep the story moving and maintain interest with twists and doses of humour. If my story doesn't surprise or make the reader laugh at least once, then it gets redone until it does.
Which parts of the process do you like the most, and the least?
The part I like the least is when an idea won't lay nicely on the page. I once spent two weeks on a single paragraph about the renovation of an old building. It was frustrating at the time, but it now glides nicely past the eye and perfectly sets up an action scene a few pages later.

My favourite part is editing what I have written. Writing first drafts is like forging a trail through deep snow. The editing stage makes me feel like a jeweler who's been given a rough diamond - each time I polish it the piece sparkles a little more.
What drove your decision to publish independently?
Time, mostly. Having invested years in writing my novel, Torque, and several months of querying agents and traditional publishing houses with scarcely a nibble, I realized that there was little they could give me that I couldn't do, or source out, for myself.

Even writers accepted into contract can wait another year or two to see their book published and, unless you are an established author, there is no little or no budget for marketing at the end of it all. By maintaining control I choose who helps to edit the book, when and where it gets promoted, and everything gets done when I want it done.
Would you like to share any final thoughts?
For the most part, writing is a solitary sport but it is important to get feedback along the way. Find someone who is capable to edit your manuscripts - and pay attention to what they tell you.

Writer's may create characters but it is the reader that ultimately gives them life. If you want to makes an author's day then download their novel and animate the world within. If you want to make an author's week then post a review.

Finally, I'd like to acknowledge Smashwords for providing such a user-friendly platform for authors looking to publish independently. Also, thank-you to everyone who spent the time reading this interview, and to those who download my work - you're the best!

If you have comments or questions, I can be contacted via email: gmwrites@hotmail.com
Published 2018-03-14.
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Books by This Author

The Letterhead Affair
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,130. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In this short thriller, Saul Ryerson is a historical-fiction novelist who develops a very dangerous style, but no matter how much history he's created, he can't escape his own past. Written by the author of Torque, this witty fast-paced thriller set in the Florida Keys can be read in one sitting - it's a perfect hour or two of escapism!
Torque
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 89,780. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
After nine years on the road, Chas Fenn knows how to avoid accidental death - it's the intentional kind that gives him trouble. The intentional kind is the seductive Brittany Reis, who plans to carve a niche in the street drug trade with a new hallucinogen. When Fenn gets caught between Reis and her ambition, his life take a dangerous detour where the normal rules don't apply.