Interview with Andrew G. Schneider

Published 2014-01-30.
When did you first start writing?
Serious writing? My father made me a dare: "You read so many books, why don't you try writing one." He's regretted that offhand comment ever since... (Addendum: My mother believes she actually made the above comment, and declares she "is never wrong". One for the books, folks.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Consistent rejection and praise. Agents weren't interested in my novels, even as I earned excellent reviews from friends and family I could trust to be critical. As my wife said: "I wouldn't marry you if I thought you were self-delusional."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When all the puzzle pieces of a story come together, when elements I've been writing for weeks, revising for months, suddenly click and the story makes sense. That, and a hot cup of apple cider at the dining room table, fountain pen in hand.
What are you working on next?
I'm in the middle of Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood, a piece of interactive fiction - a game where you choose the path of the novel - for Choice of Games. Look for it in 2014.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife. She has to get to work. That, and the automatic timer on the coffee maker. It's a Folger's commercial every day...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Role-playing games, board games, video games, dancing, and weightlifting fill the bulk of my free time (reading should be in there, and I'm working on it). Also, I self-identify as a homemaker - I prefer gingerbread houses, but any medium will do...
What is your writing process?
A 70-page college-ruled notebook and a fountain pen (currently filled with Sherwood Green ink). Then I transcribe the draft into a word processor with voice to text, print it out, and edit (and re-edit) with that fountain pen. Wash, rinse, repeat and I'm done.
How do you approach cover design?
Find an artist who's work makes me say "Wow!" and ask them if they're willing to do the work. I cull a couple pages of descriptive material and pitch-work at minimum, and then cut the artist loose. They're professionals, and what they do is always different and more exciting than anything I might have directed.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton wrote one of the few books I've ever reread, and the only one I reread multiple times: The Elvenbane. I'm also a huge fan of Steven Brust, Barbara Hambly, and Steven Erikson (if I ever wade through the 3.5 million words of his Malazan series). Patrick Rothfuss' the first two books are genius, but I reserve judgement until I see the end of his Kingslayer Chronicles. Lastly, I love The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. It's a beautiful novel.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science-fiction and fantasy, of all sorts. I'll also pick up the occasional straight fiction or non-fiction, and I read the newspaper (the paper version) almost every day.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. Will I share it with you? No.
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Books by This Author

Waiting for my Happily Ever After
Series: Tales from a Coffee Shop Princess, Volume 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 61,580. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Eight-hundred years of ever after, and the immortal princess Sleeping Beauty needs a wake-up call. She’s stuck in a dead-end job slinging lattes at a local café, her relationship with Prince Charming is in a rut, and a good time means a free coffee and a cigarette. That is, until an accident between Beauty, an empty camera, and a too-pink hubcap margarita changes everything.
Undercaffeinated and Overexposed
Series: Tales from a Coffee Shop Princess, Volume 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 86,780. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The immortal Sleeping Beauty, still a teenager at heart, struggles to redefine herself; her relationship with Prince Charming; and her expectations of “happily ever after” amidst the hustle and bustle of modern Washington, D.C.
Nothing Left to Wish For
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 122,800. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A sandpunk story of high adventure! Sky pirates, space mummies, and a swashbuckling adventure you'll never forget! Esme, a sky pirate, sets out across the Endless Desert on a high-stakes voyage of unexpected self-discovery after she befriends Prince Sasha and his genie, Sting.