Interview with F.W. Haynes

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a book that was dying to get out into the world, but traversing the rat maze of literary agents, publishing companies, publishing company fees and being rejected time and time again because "it isn't what we are looking for right now" just wasn't for me.
I like to control as much of my life as possible and not have someone behind a desk do it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation. The whole act of running a series of words together that creates a universe, helps someone figure out something, allows someone else to create, it's all about the creation.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I mean, even if I had no fans at all, I would still write, but the fans are the ones who inspire me and keep me sane through the creative blocks, the deadlines, and both the highs and lows of creating the next book.
What are you working on next?
Along with a few more non-fiction help manuals for my audience looking to get out of the 9 to 5 rat race and go from wantrepreneur to entrepreneur, I am about to tackle a fictional tale of Steampunk sci-fi as well as I promised my 8 year old that I would help her publish a story that she has been working on.
Who are your favorite authors?
H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Frank Peretti, Issac asimov, Stephen King, H.P Lovecraft, Plato...I could go on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter. If ever I feel discouraged, disappointed or insignificant, I look at the world through her eyes and see a whole new world of amazing creations.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Nature. I love hiking, camping, and just spending time outside sketching and painting. I also make jewelry as well as design and create puppets.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A small illustrated story of a super mouse that had a cat for a sidekick. I wrote it when I was 5.
What is your writing process?
It varies. I have different habits and processes when I am writing non-fiction than when I write fiction. Non-fiction is more methodical while my fiction takes going back and forth, playing out each scenario over in my head from "different cameral angles" if you will.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first one, but the one that had the most impact on me as a child that led me to writing would be "1984" by George Orwell. The entire story was a fictional story of a futuristic landscape and structure, yet at the same time, a poignant allegory of situations that were very much real. I saw how powerful words could be.
How do you approach cover design?
The covers need to reflect the content of the book, but I prefer to have a subtle display most of the time. For example, On the cover of my book "Kinetic Kopy", the background image doesn't have anything to do with copywriting, however, it does have a sequencial design that creates a very asymmetrical pattern that directs the viewer's eye, which is exactly what great copy does in marketing.
What do you read for pleasure?
sci-fi, horror and thriller. I am also frequently reading self-help books on many different subjects.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
e-book publishing, and social media marketing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up moving around quite a bit, always to small towns with nothing much to do, so I was a loner and spent many hours by myself creating and day dreaming.
Published 2015-10-23.
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Books by This Author

Kinetic Kopy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Advertising
Great sales copy is: Engaging, clear, concise, the sales copy doesn’t bombard the reader with more words than necessary, and it's persuasive. Great sales copy encourages a reader to take action. Sales copy is measured by how well it makes the readers take the action you want them to take. That's where this book comes in.
Would Jesus Be a Blogger?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / Growth, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / General
If Jesus were physically walking the earth right now in the 21st century, would he be using a blog to minister to people in every corner of the world? So as a ministry, you are the embodiment of Christ on earth, so why are you not utilizing a blog to effectively minister to people in every corner of the world?