Interview with Glenn Snyder

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Although my practical side won out in college and I majored in International Economics, my creative side has always carried significant weight with me. Writing became that creative outlet. I was working as a senior financial analyst when I started writing One Moment in Time. I remember I told my boss about the story and I will never forget his exact words. He said, "Wow, that's very creative for you." I remember giving him a look of astonishment, then saying, "What do you mean for me?"

Writing One Moment in Time was both a difficult and rewarding experience. I take a great deal of pride and pleasure reading the reviews of my readers and knowing I wrote a story that made an impact. I've never set out to be the next John Grisham, just to be able to tell a good story that people will remember.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy suspense novels, so my favorite authors are David Baldacci, Brad Thor, and James Grippando. Although each of those authors write with very different characters, each are able to find the right balance of pace, detail, and characters I find myself rooting for.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing is actually a hobby for me. I'm a finance director in a large financial service firm. Unfortunately, my primary career doesn't leave me much time to write, but travelling on business trips gives me enough time alone to devote to my writing.

I'm also a season ticket holder with the Oakland A's and do my best to play tennis a few times a week.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
By far, the greatest joy of writing is hearing the honest feedback from my readers. When readers tell me they laughed in particular areas and cried in others, I know I wrote a story that resonated. Writing by itself has its rewards, but as Sean Connery said in Finding Forrester, "Writers write so readers can read." Being able to write a passage that draws out the exact emotion I was intending, to me is the greatest feeling as a writer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. Everyday we have an opportunity to make ourselves and our world a better place. Knowing that I can improve myself or my environment is incredibly motivating to me. I know that sounds a bit corny, but I truly believe that one only needs to look in the mirror to measure one's own value.
What is your writing process?
Before I start writing, I first need a premise for the story. I try to create a unique story that is thought provoking and entertaining. Once I have the general plot and a twist or two, I begin to write. I never outline the book, because I want the characters to be real and "in the moment." As I write, I try to see the world through the character's eyes and let them guide much of the story. Also, I don't always write cover to cover, as sometimes new developments present themselves in the moment.

I try to get the majority of the book out before I go back and read it. However, usually during my first read, I find places to expand or contract the story, as the story either moves too fast or too slow.

Once I get the story to a place I think is ready for others, I ask my wife and some close friends for their thoughts. After another round of "adjustments," I send it over to my editor who helps me take the writing to a whole different level.

After two rounds with my editor, I then try to go public.

It's a long and difficult process, especially since I'm a part-time writer. However, I know in the end, I have a story I can be proud of.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished the first draft of my second novel, Trapped. It's a story of a man whose wife is murdered, and while all of the evidence points to him, he struggles to save his own life while grieving for the love of his life.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing has been the most difficult aspect of writing. The most effective marketing for me has been doing a virtual (on-line) book tour. I was able to have my book reviewed by more than 15 online bloggers and reviewers, most of who gave me excellent reviews. You can see their reviews on my website or on places like Goodreads or Amazon.

I've also done some giveaways on Goodreads and LibraryThing that have helped get the word out.

In the end, the best marketing is a well written book, as it's the positive reviews and word of mouth that really sells books.
Published 2013-09-08.
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Books by This Author

One Moment in Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,300. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
After a violent accident, Jack Barrett had a new outlook on life. He took on adventures that made him one of the world's most admired people. With each step, Jack grew as a person and a leader; risking himself and his family to save others. In the end, Jack was about to die, or was he? Prepare yourself for a surprising ending that questions the nature between life and death, reality and dream.