Interview with Tzigane

What motivated you to become an indie author?
A massive earthquake is hitting print publishers with the advent of e-books. With distribution models and access for indie authors changing, I find this to be an incredible time to write and get my work out to the reading public.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
No doubt. I'm new to this, but using a company such as Smashwords makes sense. Of course, unless you put in the work to prepare your manuscript or have someone help you do it, your chances for success are lower. However, I think Smashwords provided a place for proactive authors to create an audience for themselves.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are many moments that are wonderful; from first seed of an idea to watching that creation grow. Of course, with anything that grows, there are growing pains. For a writer, I believe that means developing one's craft. My best times are when I feel I have learned something that makes my writing better. I write a piece and put it away for a month. If I look at it then and feel it can be improved, I know I must be growing as a writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
I haven't thought of fans, but rather of readers. I know that, if for instance, they read 'The Turnings of Fire,' they will spend eight to twelve hours of their lives letting me in their heads. I'm hoping I don't waste that time they give me. Also, good criticism can be gleaned from readers. If a number of 'fans' don't like something in your writing, might be time to think about whatever that writing issue is. Of course, you can't please everyone.
What are you working on next?
I have three projects in various stages of completion; a Non-fiction book on how to Novelize an Unproduced Screenplay (as I have just made that journey myself), the novelization of a drama from another screenplay, and lastly another screenplay, mystery/fantasy based on an Aboriginal Myth.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have too many to list. They run from scifi writers to those writers of literary fiction. On the scifi side, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, and older authors such as Clarke. Literary favorites include modern writer such as Sam Bellow, and Roth. Older yet; Shakespeare... and on and on
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The cup of coffee I know I will brew; then drinking it as my mind comes alive to think about what to write, or just sometimes enjoying the sky outside my window (Which often leads to some story idea or another as well).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking, spending time with friends and chatting, seeing a good indie movie... too many things to mention.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often have someone tweet me a new title that I might appreciate.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was about seven. It was a fantasy about an urban worm that lived in a two-story apple, then got into various kinds of trouble.
What is your writing process?
It had changed over the years, from just going with an idea, to a more structured way of writing. For instance, I wrote a very bad novel when I was in my 20s. I just went with the initial idea, finally realizing I had no ending and that many of the characters did not work. The book became kindling later as could bare to have it around. Now, I start with the seed of an idea, run with it for a while, then return and organize it before committing thousands of hours to write it.
Describe your desk
Organized chaos.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I was probably five or six. 'Pablo the Penguin,' a story of a penguin who didn't like the cold and fled to a warm beach where he enjoyed the sun, but missed his friends. I've been following the sun ever since, and hoping to make friends along the way. It was such an enchanting story for me at the time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Near Hollywood, every week a double bill at the movies for twenty-five cent. What wouldn't kick-start a kid's imagination?
Published 2014-12-01.
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Books by This Author

The Turnings of Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,430. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
2064 AD - New Sacramento, California. What will the world of your children be like in 2064? How will people live then? First written as a screenplay in 2005, then recreated as a novel in 2010, The Turning of Fire looks at life in a world turned on its head by weather, and scientific advances. Join Baker team and live through their challenges in this changed world.