Interview with Tuomas Vainio

What is your writing process?
I sit down and write at least 500 words a day. It is not really any bit more complicated than that.
How do you approach cover design?
Take hundreds of pictures and then see which of them look neat enough as is or through minor image manipulation. And I guess I want there to be some kind of correlation with the book. For example with my first published novel, Heart of Ceres, I wanted the cover to depict something that almost looks like coral.
What do you read for pleasure?
I used to read books upon books of fantasy, adventure, and sometimes science fiction. But as I ended up writing things myself, I kind of feel like I get enough by just reading what I have written down today.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Either official or public domain PDF reader. I just want to see before me a big proper page of text as that way I can read through a lot before I have to worry about swiping or scrolling for the next page. I find it more immersive.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
And that is my Achilles' heel. Finishing my first book is what I consider to be one of my biggest achievements, and when I talk about it I cannot help but to shoot at my own ankle.

But what I have gathered, you need to make a buzz. You need to get reviews. So ask all your friends to give honest reviews to make it more visible on search results. Have a youtube channel where you tell of your own writing, and other projects, and these days go check out Patreon too!

But I am somewhat introversion defined as a singular being, and I fail to perform what I know I should do.
Describe your desk
My desk is made of of wood an it has one drawer box on the right side. The whole desk is been painted murky green, the kind of green you rarely if ever see. As for what is on it; right infront of me you can find my computer, a laptop, and an additional keyboard that together consumes roughly a third of the total surface area. There is some free space and supersized mouse pad in the middle, and on the right edge there is a general mess of pens, papers, various small gadgets, headphones, and a framed picture of my girlfriend.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I guess you could say that I grew up in the middle of nowhere, so for a very large part of my youth I had to come up stories to amuse myself and my younger siblings. For example transforming a fallen tree into a mighty pirate ship to sail the seven seas and even beyond to the stars if need be. In a way my youth has left me with an imprit, a desire for adventure, which I have regretably mostly overlooked. But as I write down the 500 words on daily basis, it gives me the chance to have the adventures I probably never could otherwise.
When did you first start writing?
I did have some little attempts here and there, but those rarely went any further than a page or two. Just barely enough to get those school essays done for creative writing assignments. I did recieve encouragement to write more during High School, especially after my essay about searching for a mechanical gorilla in the middle of a desolate plain filled with mechanical spiders, and my poem about the paper industry. But it did not catch on for me, I only really started writing many years when I started to feel like that I should do something just for myself, and then came forth Heart of Ceres in about a year and a half. It got me hooked, and now I cannot stop writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started writing for myself. As a hobby to pass time, to clear my head, and then I realised how I could have whole a novel finished. I set myself a goal of 80,000 words and ended up with almost 100,000 extra. It had good parts, it had bad parts, and I wanted to know what someone else would think of it.

So, perhaps my motivation was just curiosity and personal achievement.
What do your fans mean to you?
At this moment, I am not sure if I have a single one. I suppose I would be just terrified of the whole idea. What could I say to my fans, what could I dare say to them? It is a big unknown for me. We'll see if I'll find a better answer to this sooner or later.
What are you working on next?
A collection of poems, one poem a day and the topic of the poems could be anything from fish fingers to terrorism. I got some 65 poems down thus far.

A fantasy novel called 'Vassal of the Rat-Kings: Part 1' a story of group of kids growing up and finding their place in the world. A story of both ups and downs, of hijinks and thievery, of crazed magic wielding magisters, the actions of heartless undead, of how broken and mad the world is, and of course rats appear in every chapter in one way or another. I got some 27,000~ words down already, and I am aiming for 80,000. I have been thinking of something like nine books in total. Vassal of the Rat-Kings (I-III), Legend of the Dandelion King (I-III), and Death to All Kings (I-III). But the titles are as is, we'll see what the future brings.

I've also started a sequel for Heart of Ceres, but it currently acts as the writer's block resolution solution for me. If I find myself stuck, I write something to it instead and it clears my head.

And then there is the fourth project, which at this point I do not have all that much to tell you about. . .
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Pain.
Published 2015-10-03.
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Books by This Author

Fox Hunter
Series: Rats, Magic, and Thieves. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,920. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A fox hunter will arrive to the city as a part of his quest to find out what really happened to the Skull of Oghren, and our young thief Pan will have a noose of around his neck tighten as the Fox Hunter’s search continues. There is a storm brewing both above and under the streets of the city.
One Hundred Poems, Volume X
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 11,840. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
It is the time for my last hundred poems ranging from contemporary commentary to tiny tales and mere snippets of thoughts and desires that were but fleeting moments. So once more, go ahead, give a try and read the mind of a man out of new ideas.
One Hundred Poems, Volume IX
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 11,560. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry
One hundred poems, one poem written a day, a simple concept to follow through. Something happens in the world at large and I cannot help but to write something down as a response, and at other times it is just life in its all mundanity. A poet’s way of distilling a single day into a few lines to be remembered through aeons. A lot has transpired in these past hundred days.
One Hundred Poems, Volume VIII
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 10,920. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry
I have embarked on a journey to write a single poem per day and this my eight volume containing a set of 100 contemporary poems on various topics ranging from politics to cultural criticism. Sometimes the words appear harsh and on other times almost whimsical as the lines roll down and rhyme.
One Hundred Poems, Volume VII
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 10,830. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Roughly seven hundred days ago I decided to write one poem per day until I would have one thousand poems in total. This is the seventh volume of ten, and a lot of things have transpired during the past hundred days. Some of these events are good and many are much worse. So give it a read, it is free!
One Hundred Poems, Volume VI
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry
This is the sixth volume of contemporary poetry that touches a multitude of topics from popular culture to politics, and occasionally from food to specific events. It is a result of a challenge I have imposed on myself, to write at least one poem per day, until I have reached the grand total of one thousand poems. So feel free to read away, the poems are about one hundred words each.
One Hundred Poems, Volume V
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 11,020. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry
One contemporary poem was written per day on the topics of popular culture, current events, and whatever else that I might have fancied at the moment. The fifth volume out of ten.
One Hundred Poems, Volume IV
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 10,620. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry
Contemporary poetry inspired by and about popular culture. From food to controversial issues. Each poem is about 100 words on average. The fourth volume out of ten planned.
One Hundred Poems, Volume III
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 9,640. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Short poems on the topics of feminism, journalism, science fiction and fantasy fandom, in addition to politics and other topics of popular culture.
Skull of Oghren
Series: Rats, Magic, and Thieves. You set the price! Words: 90,460. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
A boy trained as thief, a girl with a soul of a fire elemental, and an old rat to guide them must find their way to survive within a city built inside the caldera of a dead volcano.
One Hundred Poems, Volume II
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 10,400. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry
What you get is a hundred short poems of varying lengths and topics, although this collection is dominated with ones about politics and popular culture. Majority of the poems rhyme and they are here for you to browse and read.
One Hundred Poems, Volume I
Series: 100 Poems. Price: Free! Words: 12,720. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Scandinavian Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
What you get is a hundred short poems of varying lengths and topics. Most of which rhyme and all which are free for you to browse and read.
Heart of Ceres
You set the price! Words: 177,340. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This is a story told by Sophus Rhiner: a man resurrected 100,000 years into the future and left to find out who he is in a world of nigh infinite possibilities. It is his story from his first breath to the moment his eyes laid upon never before seen stars.