Interview with Greg Schroeder

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Minnesota and Pennsylvania. I spent a lot of time outside; hours and hours of interacting with Nature. Enjoying the simple things, finding beauty and fascination everywhere. I try to insert the tranquility of sitting under a tree on a lazy summer afternoon as well as the fury of a sudden thunderstorm from the same perspective in what I write.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eight or nine I started writing "stories". By the time I was a teenager I subscribed to Writer's Digest and submitted some short stories - sword and sorcery and science fiction - to a few magazines. None were accepted. then I lapsed for about a decade. When I restarted I wrote articles on youth sports for the local newspaper. Simple stuff whose main goal was to mention as many kids' names as possible. Since then it has been pretty constant even if all over - military history articles online, humorous adaptations for my friends, and, of course, my books of poetry.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was actually an article in USA Today about self-publishing. I'd been writing poems steadily for about six months and I read this article and said, "Why not?"
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When the finished product conveys the image or the feeling that I, as the author, was striving for. When I start writing I always have a goal, whether it is to capture a scene or evoke an emotion. When the poem or story does that, I am happy. A close second is when anyone gets some enjoyment from reading one of my works.
What are you working on next?
There are four projects in the works that I am spending at least some time on every week - another collection of poems, a high fantasy novel, a military history, and a princess in a tower novel, with a different POV.
Who are your favorite authors?
Of course there are too many to list. My favorite poets are Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. My favorite genre fiction writers are Tolkien, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Carl Hiaasen. Nonfiction I can't choose, since part of it is the subject matter. But my favorite book of all time is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is an adventure. If you don't get up nothing good can happen.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an avid parent, soccer referee, bookseller, blogger, and then I have a day job.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. But one of the earliest stories I wrote was a factual account of a Little League baseball game (I was the catcher) that we eventually won 23-21.
What is your writing process?
I try to write at least 500 words a day. Since I have multiple projects one or more is usually piquing my interest any given day. Often I'll get an idea when I'm doing something else and the words will just pour out when I get the chance to sit and write. Days when there is no inspiration I will spend in editing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Again, no. But I do remember reading from a relatively early age, voraciously, and on a large range of topics.
How do you approach cover design?
I've been fortunate so far in that I've had photos available to me that were just perfect for the covers. I think the fantasy novel cover will be a new challenge that I am looking forward to.
Published 2013-09-03.
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Books by This Author

The Battle of Dranesville
Price: Free! Words: 1,300. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American
In late December 1861 Brigadier General J. E. B. Stuart and Brigadier General E. O. C. Ord both led their infantry brigades out of their camps in search of forage. At this time they were both relatively unknown, though the following four years would see them both immortalized, Stuart switching arms to the cavalry and Ord switching theaters to the West.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,530. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
(5.00 from 1 review)
Not what one usually thinks of as short stories, but little "scenes" or "sketches" that capture life and paste it on paper and it is somehow ... fascinating (TMW). 13 short short stories with 2-5 associated poems for each.
Free Moments
Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
A selection of poems from the collection Moments. Read, enjoy, review, please!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Poetry that is readily understandable finding beauty, wonder, hope, happiness in the everyday. Approach the anticipation of spring returning after the long winter. Experience the joy of boys playing in the mud; the beauty of a new snowfall. Feel the stories of ancient bones; listen to the quiet of the early morning. Hear reminiscing the passing of time and see the excitement of each scene.
The Battle of Belmont
Price: Free! Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military
(4.00 from 1 review)
A short military history of Ulysses S Grant's first major command in the American Civil War. Tactical descriptions, light command analysis, references and an order of battle. An easy to read yet accurate introduction to Grant, the Civil War, and military history.
52 Haiku
Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Japanese Poetry
A small collection of haiku. Some have been published before, some see the light of day for the first time. They are a formal (and short) treatment of relationships both between people and within a person, beauty in the small things, the fabric of living.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
More poems of calm, quiet, hope, and everyday happiness. Featuring a series on Hurricane Sandy as well as the transitions we all face - summer to fall, child to adult, storm to quiescence.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Calming, insightful, clear and clean, Conditions offers poems about the amazing in the commonplace and the quiet in the cacophony. The poems are offset by beautiful photos of everyday things - trees, flowers, etc.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is not just a book of poems, it is a book of memories. Once again you find yourself enjoying the days of your youth, the smell of grass after rain, the dust of the neighborhood ball park, the fury of an oncoming storm. We grow up, we get busy, and we forget the magic and wonder of the world around us. These poems bring that magic back.