Interview with Unlimited

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in France, near the capital. France in an of itself didn't really influence my writing, but comics were. Reading Tintin, Gaston Lagaffe, Lucky Lucke, Astérix or Boule and Bill made my childhood. These BD (bande dessinées) made me laugh, made me wonder, made me dream. But when I started to read XIII, that was a defining experience for me. I was a teen, and I entered the gritty adult world with this masterpiece, with its blood and nudity, furthered by more dramatic stories.
But I will admit that one of the stories that severely influence my writing was the novella La Venus D'Ille (Ille's Venus) by Prosper Merimée. It was compulsory reading, but God did it move me, from the way it was written to the way the nameless character interacted with the events within the novella. I even use some of the names for my main characters, like De Peyrehorade. It came from the book, and I have more characters who will be inspired by this incredible masterpiece. A true paranormal story, where something supernatural come within the normal daily life, which is eerily similar to The D. Sea Scrolls.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing a bit more seriously in 2005 and sporadically through 2009, then 2010 onwards I started to write more frequently. I originally wrote my books in french (which I still have) and I started to write in english in 2014.
However I enjoyed writing stories since I was young. We had a "course" called "written expression" back in grade school which I absolutely loved. I could write what I wanted, free to express myself, and these feelings never left me.
What is your writing process?
I used to be more of a discovery writer who writes as he goes, but I became an outliner, which gave me better structure.

I always start with the characters, as they are the core of the story. I create a detailled sheet which give me a lot of intel about them, and their backstory. I strive to deviate little from it so as to ground myself. If a character does not fit my story, it doesn't matter, as it would make a far more interesting read than otherwise.

Then I write the rules about the abilities of my world, giving them a bit of their backstory as well so that I know their secrets well in advance.

Afterwards, I outline my story, trying to fit a theme I want to talk about, to the figures of speech needed and the style used. Symbolism is also decided at that point using the info my character sheet gave me.

Next, I write straight through, from beginning to end. When I'm done,I put it away for awhile, then I come back to it to make some much needed revisions, making sure that everything falls in line.

Then I copydedit, clean, then send it to freelance editors who gives me advice on where to improve my text. I used such advice to make an even better novel.

After all of that, I give my final word on a freelance copyeditor, I work with a cover artist, and when these two steps are done, I send the book to be bookformatted by a freelancer.

Then I publish it on various outlets !
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not a cover designer, however I want him/her to capture who the character is, what he/she represents, who they are, and hints at their future within a cover. A cover should tell about the present, the past, and hint about the future, which is what I did with my cover on Discovery: Anvil.
The backgound of a cover should be representative of the symbolism and mood of the book. It has to represent something beyond the character, but the essence of the entire story and its protagonists.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be an indie author because I was motivated by the freedom it allowed, the higher royalties -let's not lie to ourselves here- and the ability to tinker with a more experimental type of book. My novella is a Paranormal Thriller with science-fiction elements in it. However, it also has a mix of literary techniques infused within the text. Why ? Because the style of my book FITS my characters, not the usual opposite. For example, this book features an unusual amount of thought tags. Normally these should be kept to a minimum, but because my character is a very analytic person, I vicariously showcase his thoughts. I even go beyond and give him very specific figures of speech that he alone would have, not the other main characters. It would've been harder to try to publish such book normally, so being indie became more of a requirement than a choice.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Learning the craft of writing, reading novels, reading a lot of manga and anime, and playing videogames grinding role playing games.
But what I do the most is reflect. reflect on my previous actions, previous events, ad trying to see what I did wrong, and trying to learn from that. I try to deconstruct my behavior and analyse it, asking myself questions like: Why did I act that way ? What made me think that way ? How should I act or think next time ? among the most prevalents.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through either a recommendation, or the top 100 free or paid downloads within a category, which is why people want to be on it, as it gives you the maximum exposure for you and your book. Sometimes, It's out of curiosity on a maligned book. i want to know what the fuss is about that shit.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a roof under my head, food on my belly, and enjoyment of extra-curricular activities. Being thankful is not enough to showcase our gratitude. I am appalled to hear that some writers "owe nothing to the readers, only a story" and the like. My parents always taught me the value of gratitude, which seems to be forgotten when we sell a lot of copies sometimes. I'm not saying this to sound cool, it's really something that I believe in. Making sure that my work comes on time is part of a writers duty, not to come up with shitty excuses to explain why their book is so late. We shouldn't tolerate the behavior of artists who subsitutes their own weaknesses to the impatience of their readers. But what goes around, comes around, as the saying goes...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of passing down a story to your readers, to hopefully inspire them to do be a better person. Unlike a lot of writers, I never understood this philosophy of writing for yourself first. If I thought that way, then I would've never publicized these works. I made this mistake ONCE, and I never plan to do it EVER AGAIN. Writing novels and publish them is a service we do FOR THE READERS, not for ourselves first, and we tend to forget that as artists. That's my joy as a writer, but as a human being as well.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the next novella or novelette (depending on the length) called Discovery : Tiki. I hope to have it out by march, or april 2016. It's on the same world in which Discovery: Anvil is, and the events of this upcoming novella runs concurrently, going even further in the future than Anvil's story. It will also feature a distinctive writing style, wildly different from Anvil. As a tease, let me just say that arrogance will be a strong part of her descriptions, as she's a Indian female character ...
Published 2015-12-27.
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Books by This Author

Discovery : Anvil
Price: Free! Words: 20,540. Language: American English. Published: December 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The Lord Anvil De Peyrehorade is preoccupied. He must retrieve his research from the hands of the mysterious white-haired man who took it without his knowledge before the darkness surrounding it get leaked out to the world. Following his target down a imposing complex of warehouses, he stepped into a world he never knew existed, wishing to protect their darkness at any cost ...