Interview with Paul Bimler

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!
What is your writing process?
I'm definitely an outliner. I've been using Scrivener a lot lately, and getting a lot of mileage out of it. The ability to move my ideas around and come up with a finished outline before moving on to working on a draft - invaluable.
Published 2018-11-12.
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Books by This Author

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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In a vast underground facility, two scientists are on the hunt for dark matter... but one harbours a dark secret...
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...