Interview with Michael Juschke

Describe your desk
Well, depends when you're asking this question :-)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPhone, since it's always with me. However, if I do have my tablet on me, I'll use it instead.
When did you first start writing?
Dabbled since high school, wrote poems in the 90s, and started on my first novel early in the 2000s.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to Operation Lumi'nor, but I'm also working on a novel inspired by the experiences of a semi-orphaned German boy during and after World War II.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working my day job, reading (sometimes with or to my wife), watching TV, cooking, fixing things, gardening
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, that's actually two questions.

What motivated me to become an author?
A number of things. Firstly, I always liked creating imaginary worlds when I was a kid. I didn't write them, but instead my friends and I pretended to be in those worlds, and it formed the base of how we would play. Secondly, as an adult I helped my Mum compose and edit the first volume of her memoirs (not for publication), exposing me to the idea that writing a book wasn't necessarily something only other people could do. Thirdly, as the cliche goes, "it all starts with one idea".
I still mulled over that idea for a few years, but eventually I just decided to start writing it.......

Why go the `indie' way?
Well, I figured that if I wanted my book to be the best it can be, both indie and traditional publishing require me to go through multiple iterations of serious revisions, re-editing, culling, adding, rewriting, and re-assessing. So it's essentially the same amount of work to produce a good book. Yet with indie you skip the process of trying to find a company that currently publishes the genre and where the editor then also happens to like the book. You also skip the 6-12 months of waiting before the book goes to print once it's actually ready to print. And if the book does actually sell, the royalties are much better with indie.
And last but not least, getting published the traditional way doesn't give any better guarantees of actually selling either.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my characters take on a life of their own that I didn't quite expect.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Phew! Not sure if it's the first story, but I remember writing a high school story of a guy who was left alone in a cabin in the mountains and encounters a UFO. Of course, being schoolboy fiction, it ends with the guy waking up to find it was all a dream triggered by the noises of the storm outside.
The other story I remember quite vividly, although not a written one, was our (the neighbors' daughter and me) adventure on Lilliput, complete with our home-made paper and cardboard city.
What is your writing process?
It's a bit of a mix, really. For short stories I tend to write the beginning and the end, then fill in the rest as it happens to come along.
With my first novel I didn't really outline, but I knew where it started, and where I wanted it to end, and then I just went for it. However, after finishing my first full draft I discovered some significant timeline problems, and had to write a full outline of it all to correct it. Since then I tend to "free-flow" the basics into my timeline/outline for several chapters, review it, and when I'm happy I start writing the chapters in full.
Although, sometimes the characters highjack the story a bit and I have to go back and fix up the outline to match :-)
How do you approach cover design?
At the moment it's still done in-house between my wife and me. She has training in marketing, a good eye for what works in terms of colors and fonts, and I have the photoshop skills.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
At the moment, mostly the fact that I'll get fired from my day job if I don't :-)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The most recent ones I noticed advertised on Twitter. Other than that, just browsing. Some I noticed in the library or store, actually, and then went looking for an ebook of it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually Sci-Fi, but a good detective or mystery novel won't go unread around the place either.
Published 2015-10-28.
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