Interview with Chris Baca

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "Day In & Day Out," really started with me wondering what would happen if a disgruntled call center customer service representative got a call from another universe. I was trying to think how I might react in that situation. The idea itself came over a year before I actually put words on a page. I'd been enthralled with this idea the whole time and it kept coming back to me over and over again until I finally cut out every distraction (for the most part) that kept me from getting down to writing it anyway. I got rid of all of these different things that had recently clouded my vision like cable television, or online multi-player games. After that it was just a matter of time before my thoughts about this one guy, so pent up with frustration, so completely uncaring of his job or if he keeps it, found their way onto (virtual) paper.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been very D.I.Y. and motivated to tackle problems myself. I've dabbled in scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, generally every other aspect of "Guerilla" filmmaking. The entire time, if we had to solve a problem we built something, or moved something, or taught ourselves how to use various programs from the ground up. I think this stems from my relative lack of patience. I've never wanted to wait for someone else to help me, or to wait for someone to approve of what I was doing, and independent publishing is another extension of how I want to express myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was great to me even before I knew I wanted to publish an eBook. The Smashwords Marketing Guide provides valuable information for anyone wanting to promote anything, not just a book or story! They strive to make themselves truly accessible to indie authors with their Style Guide as well. I was truly surprised to see that there was somewhere that offered this much support for an aspiring author instead of just wanting to use you to promote themselves.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is probably the mixture of relief and accomplishment that I feel whenever I step back after a long writing session and admire what I've written/edited. Relief for having gotten mostly what I wanted to say or express out, and accomplishment because every little step forward is new ground and I feel proud of myself for having gotten something done.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'd have to say I've always definitely loved Chuck Palanhiuk and his way of writing. I love his very stream-of-consciousness style that, to me, has always had that abrasive, dormant rage. I also have recently gotten into reading Cory Doctorow as well, and I absolutely love Little Brother! I also love sword and sorcery, particularly that of Robert E. Howard. I love anything that has Conan or Solomon Kane, I enjoyed the Kull stories mostly and I even enjoyed some of his more ethereal and superstitious works involving past lives and so forth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not 100% certain that it's my first story ever, but I was real young, around six or seven. I wrote a short story for school which was supposed to be a Christmas story and I ended up turning it into a survival/horror featuring myself having to stave off an invasion of demoniacal snowmen with nothing bet a tree limb!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I choose to use Aldiko for Android. It works well for pdf files and for epub files and I use it to read everything from magazine articles to full-length novels etc. It also features quite a few public domain books, which I enjoy, and several short stories by authors I love, like Philip K. Dick (I forgot to mention him earlier!).
What are you working on next?
I have a longer story/novella that I'm currently working on titled, "A Bridge Once Stood Here." It's about a small group of soldiers tasked with covering the retreat of the 501st company and a large contingent of refugees from a nearby Axis holding area. Simple villagers, the Nazis wanted to eliminate them to ensure their secrets wouldn't escape. The Allies are trying to bring them to a safe and secure area so they can be treated and debriefed. I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of it!
Published 2014-05-27.
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Books by This Author

Day In & Day Out
Price: Free! Words: 5,300. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Our would be hero is off to a terrible start. Waking up hung over, heading to work like a zombie, and talking to people he doesn't like; a call center customer service rep. Usually, he deals with upset customers, taking insults and angry outbursts with an almost stoic attitude. Until one day, he gets a call from a strange woman claiming to be from another world, and that his world will soon end!