Interview with Eric Horn

What is your writing process?
Notes, notes, notes. World building, coffee, panicked deadlines, a destination, but an unsure path. Details emerging from a fog, watching the characters from over their shoulders, sometimes they reveal something unexpected emerging swiftly from the morass of imagination as though you are simply viewing their reality through a smudged looking glass.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first chapter book that I read on my own was Andre Norton's Star Ka'ats. I had up till that point mostly enjoyed being read to. My great aunt introduced me to science fiction proper and from there I went on to read other contemporary books of my time. I would say that it certainly kindled a spark of imagination in me. One that I hope to share with the world.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is troubling for me. On one hand I lack a degree of trust to others for creating the art which will be the first thing that people see about my writing. If I could, without suffering penalty I would forgo a cover until a print copy of some importance was due. As it is, I am ever searching for that artist or photographer which I can work easily with, and who can capture my vision of what a cover ought to be. It's still early on in my career, I must simply continue to search, and budget.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my phone, primarily because it's something I have on me at almost all times. I would like to have a dedicated e-reader, but my pants pockets just aren't large enough for something like that to be kept in my pocket like I would prefer.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's hard to say, I've tried a number of different things, but I can't say I have the experience necessary to say this or that is more effective right now. I'm still experimenting with various methods. I am convinced that it's some amalgam of getting your name out there, having a respectable cover, and opening that draws the reader in. I'm sure my audience will agree, I have a ways to go in terms of hook, line, and sinker.
Describe your desk
I don't really work from a desk. I write while lounging, or in a rocking chair. or over breakfast.
When did you first start writing?
I first really started writing when I was seven. I even went so far as to recruit fellow classmates in the production of a number of illustrated short stories. It was quite an achievement looking back. Writing gradually has become more of a personal and solitary pursuit. I don't know if it's for the growing gulf between old friends, or from personal preference obtained from the bitterness of age.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Latest novel that I plan on completing in order is Trenchlings, which I will be releasing a short story establishing the setting and world in May of 2016. Trenchlings takes place in a Dieselpunk 1942 where the Great War didn't end in 1919 as it did for us, along with a number of other errata which conspired to make their continuity different from ours. The European Front has been stagnant those twenty eight years with innovations in ground warfare and flight matching one another displaying an inability to break the stalemate.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Fear of rejection more than anything else. You read about all the grief big name authors went through to get published by any of the large publishing houses and I don't know that I could survive a dozen or more rejections. For the time being, I muddle through life as an indie author, hopefully gaining valuable experience in marketing myself, my stories, and finding my audience. All useful skills if I ever wanted to help a company find the market for their product too...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the joy of a fresh plot, where the ideas and twist come flowing out of you in a rushing torrent. It leaves you exhausted as the furious typing of your keyboard fades away, if you're lucky the deluge was a complete story, if not you must go rooting about in the flotsam that you are wading in to piece together those missing and necessary pieces of the story. Sometimes in the hurry to get the story out of your head before it's forgotten key elements go missing or are forgotten forever, leaving you to make do with some conceived substitute. Your readers may never know, but as an author, you will always know. It's a sobering thought. That there was a better transcription of your story, and time, memory, and the fragility of machinery conspired to take it from you, and all that you were able to bring back was a pale shadow of what you once knew.
Published 2016-04-21.
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Books by This Author

Officer's Oath
Series: Conscript Charlie. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Charlie takes the Federation's Oath of Allegiance to confirm the promotion.
Corporal's Commitment
Series: Conscript Charlie. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: American English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Charlie is sent along with Whiskey Company to take Lone Rock Supply Depot from the Alien menace known as the Tihren.
Late Stage: An Apocalyptic Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,400. Language: American English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Long after the initial panic of the plague, a nest of survivors clings onto life in an otherwise fallen city.
Bonds of Camaraderie.
Series: Conscript Charlie. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,020. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Charlie goes through boot camp at the Mud Flats, and is assigned to a Fireteam.
Colony Ship Eternum
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 28,320. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A colony ship sent into the deep reaches of space upon the fall of civilization on Earth, has been drifting for nearly 700 years, What will happen to its inhabitants? What is their fate? A quiet death in their sleep, or something worse?