Interview with P. L. Wytka

What is your writing process?
I take a lot of notes. Little ideas come to me when I'm walking my dog or taking a shower, and eventually the pieces put themselves together.
How do you approach cover design?
While we should all avoid judging a book by its cover, I think that most of us do (myself included). The cover needs to give potential readers an honest and interesting idea of what to expect. For BOMBPROOF, I assembled a variety of items (medals, identity discs, etc.) that were all important to the story. Hopefully the cover will interest you enough to read a few pages.
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever is handy, but generally military and/or historical fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My desktop computer - I know, I'm a Neanderthal.
Describe your desk
I don't know how old it is, or what kind of wood it is made from, but it was my grandfather's. That makes it special.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Great War is two years old and shows no sign of ending soon. The revered “Originals” of the Third Battalion are becoming a rarer breed with each passing day. As new replacements fill the spots of their fallen comrades, they must decide whether to remain with the battalion, or accept a safe “bombproof” job away from their friends, obligations, and identities as Originals of the Third.

BOMBPROOF is a novel in three parts and takes place over one year in 1916-1917. Parallel stories set after the war provide glimpses into the lives of the survivors and how the decisions they made and hardships they endured continue to affect their lives long after they have returned home.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
1 part vanity, 1 part ambition, 3 parts beer; mix thoroughly.

Seriously though, there are a few reasons. The big one is that I am inundated with ideas; plotlines, dialogue, and scene descriptions come to me constantly. If I didn't get them onto paper, I would probably explode, and that would be messy. I am also regularly displeased with current military fiction. As an historian, former soldier, and lover of literature, I felt that I could produce a higher quality work of military fiction than generally available.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We'll soon find out!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having that "eureka moment" when stray ideas coalesce into a cohesive scene or plotline.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to BOMBPROOF that will take place from August 1917 to November 1918.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll tell you once I get some!
Published 2015-09-19.
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Books by This Author

Mentioned In Dispatches
Series: Third Battalion Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 60,570. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
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The sequel to BOMBPROOF and the second in the Third Battalion Trilogy.
Series: Third Battalion Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 80,960. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Canada, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
One year on the Western Front through the eyes of a First World War Canadian infantry platoon.