Interview with Christopher Wilde

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing it in the first or second grade. I don't remember what it was about but I remember writing it on that wide lined paper with a dash down the center, the kind they gave you to learn writing. It was written in crayon and might have been about a boy who could fly.
What is your writing process?
I use to spend a lot of time outlining my work. The idea was that I'd have my beginning, middle, and end before I started. Now that I've written a couple of books, I take a couple of notes now and again but largely trust myself to invent as I go. It's been freeing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first books I ever read on my own were "The Berenstain Bears Inside Outside Upside Down" and "Old Hat New Hat." I didn't learn to read until the first grade and I was extremely frustrated. I had been read to plenty and knew my alphabet but no one was teaching me how to sound out words and I wanted to read so badly.
How do you approach cover design?
On my first book, I hired a brilliant artist and designer. For my second I wanted something really, really simple and so I did the cover myself using basic tools.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The "The Picture of Dorian Gray" was a deeply influential book, it was the first book that showed me that you could tell a story and also do it in this beautiful almost lyrical way. I won't restrict myself to five favorite books. Books teach me as much as they entertain me. I think of them as lessons. Asking my favorite five is a bit like asking where learning to tie my shoe ranks in all life's lessons.
What do you read for pleasure?
I try to keep my pleasure reading to authors who I believe will inform my own writing and help to make me a better writer.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
I hardly ever sit at my desk, when I do it's to file the accumulated papers. I mostly write on the couch.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Eastern seaboard. There's a strong work ethic where I come from and a desire to "get to the point, already." For me, writing is mostly about not getting to the point. With each successive work, I'm trying to slow down and give the reader more than I gave the last time. The hardest part about writing is putting failure into your characters lives, too often my characters are in a fast moving current filled with things washed from shore. It's exciting but not really reflective of the growth. They're swimming, trying to have an effect but in the end, they are going where I tell them. I'm trying to learn to let them swim and almost get out, but not quite.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was swept up in the fervor of the 2016 election and saw it as a generational more than a left versus right divide. Simultaneously, I was thinking about the fallacy some gun owners have that they could beat back the government, that's when the idea struck. I realized there was a way a civil war could be won without fighting the military. "The Loyal" is the story of Atwood, this young dynamic female leader who galvanizes her generation and leads them to war.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In the case of "The Loyal," there really wasn't a choice the events in the book are so current and fresh. The timeline of the story has the civil war taking place at the end of 2018. That's only a year away. I can't imagine the book having much life after that.
Published 2017-09-12.
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Books by This Author

The Loyal
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,580. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Led by the bewitching Atwood and rallying around the cry boom the boom, the bloody civil war between Millennials and Baby Boomers begins.