Interview with Sven Venus

When did you first start writing?
Late 2011 was when ideas for books first started popping up in my head and by early 2012 I began writing what was later to become The Broken Everything. Prior to that I don't remember writing anything else, short of some school assignments.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is also my first. It is a fantasy novel I began writing in early 2012, returning to it on and off and editing more so than writing. The finished result is about 75 000 words but there are over a 100 000 words of deleted material. It worked actually as a writing exercise, and by the time I was done with the first and second drafts I decided to start from scratch and the end result is the published work. What survived from infancy is only a few character names and the basic ideas. The ending, too.

I think of TBE as mostly practice. I know that's not very good incentive for anyone to read it, but hey, it's free.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a historical fantasy called Raenian Blood. It's about a politician whose mistakes and refusal to be honest with himself ends in wide-reaching tragedy. He's also a sorcerer, which is something forbidden.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When it comes to writing nothing beats that flurry of inspiration when your fingers move like crazy and the story just appears word by word on page. That happens rarely, though, and most of the work is actually editing. I know many people don't enjoy editing, and I've heard it compared to getting rid of your children, since I imagine most writers remove content when they edit. I happen to be very frugal and minimalist as I write so I usually end up with fewer words than I'd like. Editing then becomes this quest for fleshing out the content, which is always fun, especially when you find clever ways to make connections to other parts of the story.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite is doubtlessly Guy Gavriel Kay. I've yet to come across any other writer, in whatever medium or genre, that can invoke emotions so deftly. His imagery, characters, plots, settings, ideas, etc. are just amazing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm not sure if I could pick five, since after my two favourites it becomes hard to tell which is better, but my favourites are The Stranger by Albert Camus and The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. Aside from having great characters, prose, and plot what I really enjoy in any fiction is the atmosphere and mood of the work, and these two novels perfectly convey what the authors imagined.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Touch that I bought back in 2012 and it has yet to fail me. By now I actually prefer reading on it than reading in print. It's just more convenient, I think.
How do you approach cover design?
I'd never attempt to do such a thing myself, since I really am clueless when it comes to that. It's best if you contact a professional, but I happen to have a friend who is a graphic designer so it's rather convenient for me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What motivated me to become an author is a desire and need for writing. I enjoy doing it, but there also is this compulsion in the mind that forces you to get rid of characters and plots and ideas by typing them on a page. It would be a waste for all of the work and care to just sit unread on my PC so I decided that I might as well publish my first writing for free. I haven't yet attempted any traditional publishers since I am not from any major market country.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That remains to be seen but it can't be anything short of good, since without this service I really don't know how I would get my writing out to many people.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Croatia. I imagine it's quite different from growing up somewhere huge where there is endless traffic and less safety. I could wander around with my friends and we'd often imagine we were characters from our favourite films, books, and video games. Looking back, that was probably the first spark.
Published 2017-11-08.
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Books by This Author

The Broken Everything
Price: Free! Words: 76,160. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Sunlight destroys the flesh of humanity, the only refuge being in darkness or beneath the great Domes, controlled by the chosen few. When the father of three of the chosen succumbs to his illness, a strange force takes over his corpse. It transforms his sons into beings of light, sending them unto the world to raze the Domes, ending the lives of many, and forever changing the lives of all.