Interview with Bacil Donovan Warren

Published 2016-01-04.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I experience two joys, one with fiction and one with non-fiction writing.

When I write fiction, I really enjoy seeing what happens. Watching how the characters morph the story as they add their own say, that is often surprising and very cool.

With non-fiction, I most enjoy sharing knowledge. Much of my non-fiction is designed to help people solve problems, and if even one person is able to read my writing and resolve an issue, then that's why I do it. That is very, VERY cool.
What are you working on next?
Next I will be working on publishing a book for veterans, aimed at helping them get into, pay for, and graduate from college.
Who are your favorite authors?
#1 by a long shot is Piers Anthony. The Author's Notes in his /Incarnation of Immortality/ series are almost as much fun to read as his fiction!
After that, I love Heinlein, Tolkein, Herbert, Morrison, Stephenson, Gibson, and Vinge.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read, hike, and ride my bicycle.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I *think* so. I don't remember writing stories before English 101 in college; before that, I was a poet like my grandmother before me. The first story I remember writing was non-fiction; an essay on my experience in Desert Storm (which, eventually, became my book /With It or In It/). The first fiction story I wrote was a short story based in the universe of Battletech and Mechwarrior, about the leader of a Lance of heavy 'Mechs who goes insane during a battle.
What is your writing process?
It depends on the genre and the kind.

Blog writing is mostly brainstorming topics. Once I have a series of topics I feel I can cover adequately, I write an outline for each one, and then fill it in with research or personal knowledge, depending on the topic.

For fiction writing, I first outline the plot, covering all of the major elements and structuring the project in my writing tool of choice, Scrivener (which I use for all of my writing, except things like this where it's just easier to type in the text box). Then, I sit down and write each scene in the outline. I also will read in-genre, to see how other authors have tackled some of the things I run across.
How do you approach cover design?
I am hardly a designer! I start by throwing together something, then running it by my friend who is a graphic artist. About 90% of the time she doesn't like it at all, and gives me tips on how to make it better.
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Books by This Author

Universus Respondet: Fermi's Paradox Answered—a Novel
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 83,420. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Out of nowhere, a rogue meteor impact threatens to derail JPL's Mars Habitat Preparation project. The truth behind the impact turns the mission sideways, and may provide a terrifying answer to Fermi's famous query, "where is everybody?"
Hooray for Pain!: Poetry and Prose about Embracing Life's Difficulty in Order to Overcome It.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Hooray for Pain! is a moving, poignant masterpiece of modern American poetry and prose.
With It or In It: Desert Shield and Desert Storm from the Loader's Hatch
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,260. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military » Military / Persian Gulf War (1991), Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
With It or in It tells a captivating and unique story of the 1991 Persian Gulf War as seen from the loader's hatch of an M1A1 tank. Using humor and frank candor, author Bacil Donovan Warren shares his personal experience, as well as that of his fellow tankers, as part of the US Army's 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (the "Brave Rifles") in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.