Interview with Z Gottlieb

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Texas and literally grew up throughout the US and Asia. My father was in the U.S. Air Force and we moved every year. I attended a new school every year. Even when we lived in Okinawa for three years, I attended a new school every year. I believe living in many places has made me open to the many cultures in the world. I believe, this has helped me describe the culture of the aliens in my first book.
Describe your desk
I use a standing desk. It is a three shelf Ikea desk that allows me to stand. One shelf holds the monitor at eye level, the second my keyboard, and the third, located at my knees have a number of items that I should probably just throw away. It's a little cluttered, but I know where everything is located. It is always maintained in the ready mode for me to stand and write my next chapter.
When did you first start writing?
I remember writing the first time in third grade. I wrote a short Fantasy piece. The teacher told my parents that I might be able to have a career in writing. In college, I had an English professor who thought my style of humorous writing resembled Mark Twain's. At one point of my life I wrote a script for Star Trek Next Generation. There has always been this desire to write throughout my life, however, this is the first time I am publishing. Thank goodness for the digital platforms that will allow me to share my story with readers across the world.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started this book from a scene in my head that was so vivid that I had to write it down. It became Chapter 1. It was followed by other scenes that I would write down. Over the 4 years that I spent on this book, I learned that I was an asynchronous writer. Synchronous writers have a definitive start, middle, and ending with a plan. Asynchronous writers go with the flow, stream of writing. As I write this, and if you have not read the book, I'm sure you are thinking OMG should I read it? While a lot of the scenes in the book were stream of thought and in no particular order, a number of people who are not friends have stated they enjoyed the book (no comment was made on the crazy structure. I believe that somewhere deep in my brain the story sat there and was coming out in no particular order. If you haven't read the book, please don’t let this scare you. Publishing via digital means, is a legitimate platform and allows people other than publishers to read my book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
According to the internet, traditional publishers told JK Rowing no over 20 times; Tom Clancy over 30 times; and finally Dr Seuss was told no 29 times. I have also read a few books by a few authors that I loved, but were never given a second opportunity to be published. I decided screw traditional publishers. I would publish my book via digital means. It is legitimate platform and allows people other than publishers to read my book.

I also want to say that Mark Coker and his video's convinced me this is the way to go. Print will only be limited to first print, unless the book is widely popular, however, with digital publishing, my book will always be in the cloud for many generations and no one has said "no" to me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans keep me cool. I sincerely hope my fans believe like me of a future of space exploration, travel, and good guys prevail.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a follow-on to Connor's Gambit. It will have many of the same characters we love and a number of new ones. The story is a little different. It is darker, but hopefully just as enjoyable.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Weber, John Ringo, Lois McMaster Bujold - Many more Science Fiction and Fantasy writers. My favorite authors change as books are released.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I would love to say the next chapter, but I have a day job. At this point of my life, it is a paycheck that inspires me to get out of bed. I sincerely hope Connor's Gambit finds a large following for me to say so long day job and hello freelance writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a voracious reader, I read the news, books, almost anything. I will watch one or two scifi shows a week, but honestly, I'm not really into TV.
Published 2017-01-10.
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Books by This Author

Connor's Gambit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 122,270. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Brad Johnson experiences a UFO siting, followed by a firefight, which destroys everything he thought he knew about his family and pulls him into an intergalactic battle between two space-faring alien groups. All Brad wants to do is to survive and return home with his family, but not until he embarks on the greatest adventure of his life.