My first novel of a planned trilogy which I don't know what to name, funny enough. I'll probably just let the fans name the trilogy if they want. But I kinda don't have fans right now, so that might be difficult. Anyways, the first book has a title, and a such a simple cover, it's hilarious because I had this vision of my cover being all extravagant and what not, but then after a little research I realized "Whoops, I have no money." So it'll be a simple cover. I don't know why I'm speaking about covers, see I really veer off the questions that I'm asked. Expect that throughout the entire interview.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors? God, I wish I could tell you all that I love the classics like "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne and "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, but the truth is, they don't appeal to me as much. Yes, I appreciate them and what they have done for the literary world but I'm happier reading something gritty with a lot of action. Suspense does it for me too. So if I had to choose a favorite author I'd go with Stephen King just because I admire his work greatly. Rick Riordan and his "Percy Jackson" series really calls to me too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me? The hope that one day I could be recognized for my work. Not me. My work. You hear the title of one of my novels or my short stories and you go "Oh, yeah I know that story, it's pretty xyz!" I think it speaks volumes when you let your work speak more than you. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't go mute. I would just try to enjoy letting the words that I write down on paper be the ones that define me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
School takes up a lot of my time. Funny enough I've been trying to pull off the whole "I'm super mysterious, you'll never know who I am..." but I'm starting to piece together that that will never happen. I attend school. I have homework. So I guess you could take your pick at my age, haha. But seriously, I'm going in a different direction. As I told you, this is going to happen throughout the entire interview. Back to what I was saying, if I'm not at school or doing schoolwork then I'm usually with my family and friends, and so on and so on. Typical guy stuff. Yes, I'm a guy if you hadn't noticed, although I thought I was doing a good job at being mysterious.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks that I read are usually discovered by me just surfing through the genres I like. When I read a cool description I try the book. I haven't bought too many because, ironically enough, I'm more of a fan of hardcover books. I like the feeling of physically flipping the page in a book. I don't know why, I just do. But there are some fantastic authors out there and I love reading work that fascinates me and makes me go "What will this character do? I have to find out!"
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was the one I published. Well, in terms of it being of my own accord and not an assignment for school, then yes this one would be the first one. Although I did write the first two chapters of the novel that I am releasing, but I scrapped those chapters and started again. Now I'm happy with the way things turned out. But usually when I write I just go at it and don't think too much about word choice or anything like that (unless the book demands it). So when I wrote "The Executioner" I was really serious about writing it for an audience, and that motivated me more than any story for myself ever could.
What is your writing process?
My writing process? Honestly, I don't have one. If I had to say, it would be a couple of simple steps. Open up a document which you can type in (obvious). Um, don't worry about the formatting too much since there are templates for that, so just look one up and be nice about who you're taking it from (be grateful people even make them). After that, just get going. Write what you feel like. Whatever your heart yearns to tell through your fingers is what you put down. Yes, if you're writing a novel it's good to come up with their names, the world their living in, the plot, and much, much more. What I do is come up with a character that I find interesting which usually means he isn't archaic, and place him in circumstances I find to be unique or at least fun. Once that's done I write, an the supporting characters and everything falls into place. But don't let yourself get boggled down in every little detail or you'll never write. If anyone reading this has a story they want to tell, just contact me through my twitter and I'll be more than happy to talk to you and help you out.
How do you approach cover design?
I just usually pray that it looks good. I use free services because if I can't get it done professionally, there's no point in buying a service and figuring it out myself because, at least for me, that's utterly impossible to do. Funny enough, I wanted such a complex cover for "The Executioner" but when I actually made it, I fell in love with the gorgeous black background and those beautiful white letters. It was so simple but so catchy to me. I didn't need a drawing of my character or a fancy HD graphic design (although a drawing would be nice, and with what I just said I'm sort of asking if anyone wants to uh help me make one haha); that nice, simplistic cover made my day. I never expected to fall in love with it. So most of them might end up being like that unless I can get some help *cough* *cough*.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To tell stories that aren't out there yet. I've read so many mainstream titles and some of them end of being enjoyable while others miss what I'm craving. I always love to think that I can manipulate the characters within these books and enhance them. So when I write, I look for things I like. Now I don't have a fanbase at all yet, but if I ever do, I'd write things they like. If they suggest something and I like it, then I'd write it for them, hand them all the credit for it too. All I did was write something to make it come to life, even if it was just a little.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't really have fans right now, but if I ever do get fans I think I'd end up spoiling them. A fanbase means a lot to any person trying to build a career because it lets them not only feel appreciation from people who respect what you do, but they also complain and give you pointers on what to do exactly. I see so many artists, actors, and other people of that nature say they love their fans, but they don't give their all to them. They just see dollar signs. They don't interact on Twitter or any social media, they don't want to hang out with their fans, hell, they hate it when you ask for autographs. I find it really appalling because these people essentially made you into what you are. Yeah, you put in hard work. So what? It means nothing if people don't get behind it and realize that it was hard work. If you neglect your fanbase you're neglecting what you stand for. So to me, fans mean a great deal.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I simply wanted to get myself out there. I like having creative control over everything. It's my work. I made it. I took time out of my life to complete it and if some publishing company ever wants to restrict me, I'd get angry. Yeah, it's nice if your publishing company actually helps you and tells you what's best for business, but if they're just hovering over you and commanding you to do things simply for the sake of money, then it's better to go independent (sorry if my grammar is messed up, I'm not really in the mood to edit these responses, plus you guys can see my silly mistakes and have a laugh). Once you find a publishing company that gives you exposure and lets you at least reign over your creation, then I'd say you're lucky. Still though, being an indie author allows you to post whenever you want, however you want. Maybe one day publishing houses will take notes from the indie authors and a better relationship will come out of it. As of right now, I just feel blessed to have been able to use this website as an outlet for my work.
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