Interview with Tyler Dobbert

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is my first book, and I decided I finally wanted to try my hand in market of publishing. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to try going through traditional publishing paths, so I decided I would research and try self-publishing Ebooks. Beyond that, my book In Hindsight contains much of the poetry I've written throughout a good portion of my life. It's almost like my first baby, letting it out into the sunshine and hoping it doesn't get run over by a truck.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What motivated me was my financial situation. I don't have the money to try traditional publishing, so I decided to try the self publishing market.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, from all my research, Smashwords seems to be a good choice of publishing platform. It's centralized, distributes to all the major ebook publishers, and beyond that, the style guide and templates were immensely helpful. I honestly learned a lot about the inner working of Microsoft word that I had never even known before.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I just enjoy entertaining people. I like to tell interesting stories, I like to express myself, and I tend to be a little awkward in face to face conversation. Writing is a means of expression, a powerful one at that, one where you can transcend the limits of your own social presence and become a force to truly be reckoned with.
Beyond that, it's also hell'a fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
Honestly, I'll be happy if anyone even takes the time to look at my work, much less buy it. To find that someone wants to enjoy my work makes me feel accomplished. It gives me those warm fuzzies inside.
What are you working on next?
At this point I am uncertain. However, I have many novels and short stories on my backburner, and once my life straightens out a little more, I may well spin my way onto those and throw them out to the world at large.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include several fantasy writers. R.A Salvatore writes many Dungeon and Dragon's official books, and has the honor of being my top favorite author right now thanks to his character Drizzt Do'Urden. Beyond that, I would also Include J.K Rowling (Harry Potter) and David Clement-Davies (The Sight).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me to get out of bed is the desire to improve myself. I've learned recently that the only way anything ever gets done is by you doing it. No one else is going to do the work you need to do to be successful.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not writing, I watch Anime and play video games, work out. I also design video games in my spare time, working alongside my friends in an attempt to make another entertaining episode of panicked inducing horror games.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't really read many Ebooks, to be honest. I prefer my books in paperback. I do however have several audiobooks I listen to. I discovered them by learning about the author and looking up to see where his work was. The front page of the store really helps as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This book IS my first book, but the first story? I would have to say the first story I wrote was a roleplay between myself and several members of the Black Blood Alliance forums. I finally had to deal with several characters in a complex situation, and the greatest fun was that I had no control over any character other than my own.
Published 2015-02-11.
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Books by This Author

In Hindsight: A Poet's Musings
Price: Free! Words: 9,550. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Looking back in time can be difficult. Especially when you need to learn from your experiences. But when you take away a lesson from a horrible situation, you come out all the stronger for it. The poems in this collection represent different periods of life that can apply to almost anyone in a difficult circumstance.