Interview with B L Render

What is your writing process?
Most of my best writing is done by my subconscious mind, with little (if any) input from me. Plus, that's the easiest -- I barely have to do any work!

My college writing teach once commented on my homework that I obviously wrote meticulous outlines and drafts and such. To which I had to truthfully say, well, no. I wrote the homework on the bus ride in, the morning it was due, then copied it over (making a few tweaks) just before class started.
Well, she hedged, do you think about the assignment during the week? Which, yes I did! Then she declared I outlined and edited in my head. And I can't argue with that.

Characters live inside my head (and occasionally annoy me when I'm trying to pick out books at the library or watch a movie on Netflix), interact with each other, and their scenes play out in my head whenever my brain has some downtime. By the time I get to writing the scene in question, it's been redone and polished several times already.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Unique Child is a semi-apocryphal autobiographical fable, so... it's the story of my childhood.

But the story didn't originate like that, it actually came from one of my other characters, Sabrina, from my dance movie. I haven't actually written the movie yet (it lives in my head), but there's a scene where the three main characters are sitting at a boardwalk cafe and discussing their childhood woes with conformity.

Bryan tells how the little kids used to call him 'tutu princess' because he liked to dance, and that's when he became self-conscious about it and stopped. David got grief in high school for not being stereotypical enough, and every day was torture for him.
Then Bri tells the story of how she went to the first day of school, got teased and pressured to conform, and thence f-bombed the other children and went on her own way of defiant non-conformity.

From her few sentences, the fable grew. I found it compelling and even empowering. I kept meeting people who needed to hear that message. So I realized I should share my experience and words of wisdom with the world at large (although without the f-bombing in the children's version!).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like -- no, I LOVE my writing!

Unlike my art. When I complete an artwork, I hate it. It never matches the vision of greatness I had for it. But with writing.... I like a certain pace, a certain flair, some good word-smithing; deep pathos, angst and drama, and/or humor. Something I can sink my teeth into, something that sinks its teeth into me.

And I don't find that very often. So... I make my own.

I guess it may seem narcissistic, but I am my biggest fan. If nobody else likes or cares about my writing... I can live with that. (It's a tonne more fun when people love my writing as much as I do, though!)

An even bigger enjoyment... is when somebody Gets It. With sudden shock and awe, they go, "OMG, I see what you did there!" Yeah...shock and awe! Who doesn't love it?
What are you working on next?
At this time, my next project is to write the script and novelization of my dance movie idea. This will be a project for 2017 InNoWriMo.

For some crazy reason, I think it will actually be easy. I told the whole movie to my imaginary friend, start to finish, and it was all there. So I wrote that down, and then put it into a Story Grid. And it all works. So now all I have to do is go to each scene summary, throw the characters in my head onto the stage set, yell ACTION! and... write down what they say and do.

Along with Rachel Aaron's 10k-per-day writing strategy... i should wrap up in like 5 days.

We'll see!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Less hassle?

Years ago (before the self-publishing revolution and ebooks and all), when I set out to write my first published book (Secrets of Figure Creation in Poser 5 -- a non-fiction book), my plan had three simple steps:
First, I would shop the idea to any agents that accepted online submissions.
If they didn't want it, I would shop the idea to any publisher that accepted online submissions.
And if they didn't want it either, I would put it out on a CD as a PDF file.

As fate would have it, the same time I was sending agent queries, one agency was asking one of it's authors to write a Poser book. He didn't know Poser, but he mentioned it to a colleague, who knew me from Poserdom, and she asked me and... Well, basically, the whole deal just fell into place the first try. (Why can't all my projects go like that!?)

But really, with ebooks, what's not to be indie about? Compared to the 90's, the world is our oyster. Forget PDF files on a CD. You have blogs, vlogs; produce your own TV show on YouTube; multi-media interactive presentations, and eBooks!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle Paperwhite, with a faux-leather cover by ThinkGeek. The cover has a replica of Auryn on it and the words "The Neverending Story" emblazoned in gilt letters.
Published 2017-10-17.
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Books by This Author

Wyjątkowe Dziecko (wersja dla dorosłych)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 800. Language: Polish. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Gdybyś mógł cofnąć się w czasie, co powiedziałbyś swoim ówczesnym prześladowcom? Przeczytajcie opowieść która ma na celu przyniesienie siły i nadziei wszystkim wyjątkowym dzieciom, niezależnie w jakim wieku są teraz. Jesteście wyjątkowi i wspaniali, nigdy o tym nie zapominajcie. I nie jesteście sami! My tworzymy lepszy śwat!
Wyjątkowe Dziecko (każdego przedziału wiekowego)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 760. Language: Polish. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Gdybyś mógł cofnąć się w czasie, co powiedziałbyś swoim ówczesnym prześladowcom? Przeczytajcie opowieść która ma na celu przyniesienie siły i nadziei wszystkim wyjątkowym dzieciom, niezależnie w jakim wieku są teraz. Jesteście wyjątkowi i wspaniali, nigdy o tym nie zapominajcie. I nie jesteście sami! My tworzymy lepszy śwat!
Wyjątkowe Dziecko (darmowa wersja)
Price: Free! Words: 780. Language: Polish. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Gdybyś mógł cofnąć się w czasie, co powiedziałbyś swoim ówczesnym prześladowcom? Przeczytajcie opowieść która ma na celu przyniesienie siły i nadziei wszystkim wyjątkowym dzieciom, niezależnie w jakim wieku są teraz. Jesteście wyjątkowi i wspaniali, nigdy o tym nie zapominajcie. I nie jesteście sami! My tworzymy lepszy śwat!
Posebno dijete (sve dobne uzraste)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 680. Language: Croatian. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Da možete vratiti vrijeme, što biste rekli onima koji su vas maltretirali? Ovo je priča o pružanju ohrabrenja i nade za svu posebnu djecu, nekadašnju i današnju. Vi ste posebni I dragocjeni, nemojte to nikada zaboraviti, ali niste sami. Bez ljudi poput nas, svijet bi bio grozno mjesto.
Posebno dijete (besplatna)
Price: Free! Words: 720. Language: Croatian. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Da možete vratiti vrijeme, što biste rekli onima koji su vas maltretirali? Ovo je priča o pružanju ohrabrenja i nade za svu posebnu djecu, nekadašnju i današnju. Vi ste posebni I dragocjeni, nemojte to nikada zaboraviti, ali niste sami. Bez ljudi poput nas, svijet bi bio grozno mjesto.
Jedinečné dieťa (všetky vekové)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 720. Language: Slovak. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Ak by ste sa mohli vrátiť v čase, čo by ste povedali tým, čo vás šikanovali? Toto je príbeh o povzbudení a nádeji pre všetky jedinečné deti, minulé aj terajšie. Ste jedineční a vzácni, na to nikdy nezabudnite, ale nie ste sami. Bez ľudí, ako sme my by svet bol hrozné miesto.
Jedinečné dieťa (bezplatná)
Price: Free! Words: 680. Language: Slovak. Published: February 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Ak by ste sa mohli vrátiť v čase, čo by ste povedali tým, čo vás šikanovali? Toto je príbeh o povzbudení a nádeji pre všetky jedinečné deti, minulé aj terajšie. Ste jedineční a vzácni, na to nikdy nezabudnite, ale nie ste sami. Bez ľudí, ako sme my by svet bol hrozné miesto.
The Unique Child (adult)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 800. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
If you could go back in time, what would you say to the bullies who tormented you? This is a story of empowerment and hope for all unique children, past and present. You are unique and precious, never forget that, but you are not alone. Without people like us, the world would be a dreary place indeed. This adult version contains language not suitable for children.
The Unique Child (all ages)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 790. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
If you could go back in time, what would you say to the bullies who tormented you? What message could you give your younger self or a child in the same situation? This is a story of empowerment and hope for all unique children, past and present. You are unique and precious, never forget that, but you are not alone. Without people like us, the world would be a dreary place indeed.
The Unique Child (free)
Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
If you could go back in time, what would you say to the bullies who tormented you? What message could you impart to your past self, or a child in the same situation? This is a story of empowerment and hope for all unique children, past and present. You are unique and precious, never forget that, but you are not alone. Without people like us, the world would be a dreary place indeed.