Interview with Karl Gustafson IV

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always written and told stories in one fashion or another. My children have listened to the stories forever, and finally, my son, now thirteen, told me I should write them down. Couldn't agree more.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
the piece and quiet in my head. Everything is always rushing by so quickly that I lose myself. When i write, the noise takes shape and I can see what it is I am writing, where it is going, and why. It's amazing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Asprin, Jack L. Chalker, Christopher Stasheff, Christopher Moore
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
hunger? Why does a guy get out of bed? Between hunger and kids, hunger is the driving force, either mine or the kids...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
watching movies, fly fishing, archery and messing around with the kids.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
honestly? it sort of just happens... It's a pain, and admit to having a little bit of a problem with blinders. it takes a lot to get me to take a leap and try a new author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
the first story? wow. My actual first story? It blew chunks of the most vilest order. " Once upon a time there was a bear. then he went to sleep. The End" yeah.... it was probably worse than that.
What is your writing process?
there's a process? crap, I should look into that.
Alright, what I basically do is start with the characters, then I let them loose somewhere, hopefully, I remember to write it down. sometimes stuff comes too quick and I splat it down so randomly I'll be sorting through it for an hour or so.

It can flow and I'll go over adding detail and filling it out for awhile, and next thing i know i got 50 pages out of ten rough. The trick is stopping before it's ruined... LOL
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
the first story that i read on my own? I really don't remember, I read a lot of stories though, early on. Remember those Books of Tape from Disney? Oh man.. I read them into the ground, I had a huge set too. I loved them
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hobbit, of course is one of my favorite reads, I admit that I must have read that book over and over again, both versions. It's a monumental piece of writing. It's so full of adventure and depth. How can you not like it?

Another Fine Myth- by Robert Asprin I cna't tell you how entertaining this book of puns and comic punts is. the whole series is amazing and creative. It inspires.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore - It's another great comic read, what can I say?

Four Lords of the Diamond series by Jack L. Chalker - It has so many levels, fantasy, sci-fi, The Works.
What do you read for pleasure?
Comics, and a lot of sci-fi.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
my ipad mini, or my computer
Describe your desk
chernobyl
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up everywhere, but mostly in Vegas. It definitely gives you ar reason to escape to anywhere, there wasn't a lot for "family fun" in the valley.
Published 2014-01-31.
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