Interview with Paul Bimler

Describe your desk
A neverending clusterf@*#. I am not a tidy person, but I spend very little time at my desk... I write at the kitchen table, I write in cafes, I write on the couch, I write in bed. Everywhere except my desk.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
An indie author? I never really considered myself any type of author. I am simply someone who loves to write, and share my stories. It's something I'm compelled to do, not something I chose!
When did you first start writing?
When I was very small... Maybe the age of 10? I started a serial about a superhero, writing it out by hand on old computer paper... my own illustrations too... the joy of that was indescribable.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy that is written strongly, with good characters and a solid story... life is all about telling stories, right? The stories we tell ourselves, the stories we tell others, and the stories others tell us. We've been doing it since time immemorial.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a valley by the beach, and those beautiful natural surrounds always gave me something to think about.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My eyes and my hands. Perhaps I'm a little old-fashioned. However, sometimes I ready stuff on Tucan reader which is an app on my phone, and OneDrive can be pretty handy too...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to the end, taking a few days and then realizing I have crafted something not half bad! I am looking forward to sharing a whole lot of stories with the world, regardless of how many people read them!
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any fans! I have occasional strangers who read my stories and occasionally leave comments!
What are you working on next?
I am currently deep into the short story format - which has caused my novel to be put on hold. Through these stories, I am sneakily doing a bit of worldbuilding as well... all with the novel in mind of course. Two birds with one stone. The short story is the novel as microcosmos, which is what appeals about it. Perhaps the lessons can be learnt a little faster!
Who are your favorite authors?
Philip K. Dick, Glen Cook, Dostoyevsky, Ernest Cline, William Gibson, Richard K. Morgan... and many others
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family, listening to LPs, reading great books, teaching (I am a music teacher), also making music and working on my own craft... creating, living, trying to be present for my life!
Published 2015-09-29.
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Proof Of Dark
Price: Free! Words: 2,940. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
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Deserters
Price: Free! Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Deserters is a short story about Gruthos, a disgraced warrior who is offered a chance at redemption...