Interview with Travis Deaton

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote? Not quite sure, to be honest. When I was young my parents gave me my first notebook and encouraged me to write. So I wrote down everything I saw or thought. The first full fledged story I put together was based on the friendship I had when I was 9 years old. All my friends had been with me since first grade, and I began to notice how much we were all changing. I instinctively knew that to make a good story you had to have friction. It was only a few dozen pages, and I changed all of our names, but it was pretty good.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a finely tuned process that has been built from years of writing. First, if I have writer's block and become trapped in the daze of the white page, I'll just start writing single words. Either on paper, or on my iMac, I will write single words that relate to my general thoughts on what the story will be about. After awhile, the brain kicks into gear and sentences begin to form. Once I have a paragraph, I then make a bullet point outline of the general themes and events that will be in the story. From there, I may jump write in and write the first chapter, and/or, write short paragraphs under each theme and event in the outline. After that, the story just writes itself. I go into cruise control for a few chapters, and then hit the twist. The twist is an interesting thing. It is such a blunt object to a story. It can either make or break your story, and it can alter the mood of your story. The twist, of course, surprises the reader, but it also alters the direction of the story. So, it requires some thought. Some twists demand more thought than others, and I usually will try several different twists before settling on one. It's just that important. That's my writing process, a little messy, but it gets the job done.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design should not only grab the readers attention, but it should also be original. There is something very powerful about originality. A cover can and should be a work of art, especially for a work of fiction. It brings life to the story behind the cover, and should provide the reader a sense of the books personality. For The Kreutzer: A Short Novel, I wanted an original piece of art to convey the main characters personality. For me, that is very important to any story.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
This is difficult. There are just so many! Depends on what category we're talking about. My favorites in fiction would have to be:
1. Bleak House by Charles Dickens- It is a great insight into the boom days of London and the vast inequality between the classes. It's a fantastic intertwining of fiction and non-fiction, and bringing to life the economic theories at play and their end result on both micro and macro scales. Oh, and the characters are some of the best.
2. V by Thomas Pynchon- Amazing book. End of story! This book caught me off guard. I first got it after readying an article about Pynchon and his style of writing and figured I would grab one of his books and give it a look. Didn't put it down for one second. I read the whole thing in one sitting. If you want a gripping story that also forces your mind to workout, this is your book. Worth reading a dozen times.
3. A Dublin Student Doctor by Patrick Taylor- A genuine representation of Ireland and Irish culture, told through some of the most dynamic and lively characters you will ever come across. For me, it is a great testament to my heritage and the very familiar struggle that most college students know. The transition between college and adulthood, and the day-to-day struggle to keep it all together. This is a sick over generalization of what A Dublin Student Doctor is about and accomplishes, but really, the only way to do it justice is to read it for yourself. It is an incredible tale told in authentic Irish slang.
What do you read for pleasure?
All kinds of stuff. Micro and Macro Economics, Physics- Particle Physics, History, and Legal/Political History. There is a sense of interconnectedness between all these fields and I find it immensely relaxing. Anytime you can be enlightened, the more calm you can experience.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Easy, iPad.
Describe your desk
First off, my desk is a modern glass desk with black metal framing. Center of the stage is my brand new 2013 iMac 27", and a small Buddha bust next to it. I try to keep my workspace clean and serene.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Well, I moved around a lot. Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, Ohio. Growing up I always strived to know more about the outside world. I knew my immediate surroundings resembled very little of the greater world abroad, and so through reading and writing, I exercised intellectual thought to expand my understanding of that world. The more I did that, the more I realized how silly things were around me. Later, I would go to college and move around the country, experiencing many different cultures and norms. Giving me a great new perspective of myself and the area I grew up in. This perspective would greatly influence my writing style.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as a way to help me speak. As a kid, I had a difficult time verbalizing anything, and writing was my foot in the door. My parents gave me a notebook, and told me to write everything down. I wrote, and wrote, and as soon as I started to run out of things to write about...which didn't take long, I began to create stories. I would take a random person that I saw on any given day and create a new life for them. If their life was interesting, I would reflect on the why's and how's of their life. Gradually, I became more comfortable speaking and my skill for story telling strengthened. Writing was not an outlet, it was a key to both mind and voice.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It started off as an inside joke between me and a college friend. For 4 years we just built up this joke of a kid whose obsessed with a girl that doesn't even know he exists. I had to turn it into a story. It was too rich and funny not to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My love of books and story telling.
Published 2014-02-16.
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Books by This Author

The Kreutzer: A Short Novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,310. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
The Kreutzer, the first installment in a new trilogy, is a suspenseful tale of love, betrayal, and intrigue, as Mike struggles to find the love of his life. Along the way, he is confronted by his own stubborn demons, and the absurd self-interest of others in this gripping roller coaster ride. He wonders. Will he ever win over the love of his life?