Interview with Nick Penner

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was drawn to writing by my love of wondering what was beyond what I had seen in my limited life time. I started writing when I was 14, finishing my first novel, "The Burning", at the age of 15, and releasing it on Smashwords when I was 16. Now, at the age of 17, I continue to write and can't wait to release more of my stories in the future.
What are you working on next?
I am currently in the progress of writing a brand-new fantasy adventure. I'm not going to say any more than that... for now.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many authors that I look up to. I have to say that I absolutely love the work of Eoin Colfer, who is definitely my favorite.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be honest, there are many times when I don't want to. Sometimes I just wish that the world could collapse around me, and that I wouldn't have to live another day. What gets me out of bed? The thought of something better, and the feeling that the stuff I love to do could bring me to a point in my life where I could escape what I've lived through thus far.
What is your writing process?
I write when I have a spark of inspiration. I will jot down all the ideas and plot concepts I have, and use them as building blocks to the tale. As I write the story, these building blocks will be bent and molded into the final copy.
How do you approach cover design?
As a graphic designer, cover designs are quite easy. That didn't shine through with "The Burning" as I wasn't a designer then, but in cover design, you always want to make sure the design reflects the general tone and mood of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Currently, I am reading the first book of "The Game of Thrones." Shhhh, no spoilers please!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to manipulate the world in any way I please and to be able to think how each character would react in real life to give the story the most relatable feeling possible.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans?
Published 2014-09-25.
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