Interview with Andrew J Cole

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is creating imaginary worlds for readers to get lost in. What's even more fun is creating the guides and companions to laugh and cry with as they discover that world.
What do your fans mean to you?
its a symbiotic relationship. As a writer, like any other artist, i have to hone and refine my craft to garner enough interest from a prospective buyer that they'll be intrigued enough to give me their hard earned money in exchange for what i have to offer. that means i cant cut corners. if i can't maintain their interest, the'll buy someone else's work first.
What are you working on next?
Now that the first book of Star Epic One, my 11-part, science fantasy, space opera series out the door, I've got a lot on my plate. the other books will be released in succession every 90-120 days unless an agent or someone comes knocking. i'm hopeful but not holding my breath. I've already begun work on Star Epic II, a harder science fiction series about deep space colonization. in addition, theres a WW1 book, a screenplay, a stage play, and a trilogy about a teenage hacker girl from anywhere, USA. and i'm sure there is more i just dont remember right now
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
in my spare time i listen to alot of music and watch alot of movies. i've seen thousands of films and i own thousands of records. i also DJ at a regular monthly goth/industrial/alternative event every month called RITUAL in Lexington. but when i'm not writing i usually think about what i'm going to write next so i'm prepared to get to work when i get the opportunity
What is your writing process?
i create a rough outline with a beginning middle and ending in mind. the joy of writing comes in what happens while making those points connect
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure i like to read military and space exploration history books and articles. Wikipedia is my favorite reading source because you can start on one article and "linkjump" your way down an educational rabbithole
Describe your desk
my writing desk is a cheaply made do-it-yourself desk in the corner of a utility room. There's a huge Ghost in the Shell pin up poster of the main character Motoko from the original manga series. scattered empty cans of red bull, big speakers and a figurine of Death from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
i grew up in a small town called Versailles, Kentucky. if you've ever seen the Andy Griffith Show, it's alot like that. Covered in thick trees, it's a lot like the Shire from Lord of the Rings. its helped my ability to imagine larger places and destinations in the world and beyond i'd want to go if i got the opportunity
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has really stepped to the plate to open doors and remove barriers between authors and readers
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include but are not limited to: Neil Gaiman, Isaac Asimov, Jhonen Vasquez, Steven King, Anne Rice, Caitlin R. Keirnan, Margeret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Shirow Masamune,
What motivated you to become an indie author?
in the beginning I think I wanted to publish traditionally. but after sending out a constant stream of query letters to agents and publishers and hearing NOTHING in response i felt justified in sending out mt work through ebook distributors. Its exciting that the digital age offers such opportunities and venues to allow writers an other artists to get their work to a broader audiences
Published 2016-04-24.
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