Interview with Charlie Schick

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Somewhere, triggered by something, a storyline comes into being, sometimes as just a word, then bringing along with itself a whole world, emotions, ideas, until, lo!, words become like spells to recreate the ideas, emotions, world, and word in another's heart and head.

How can being a part of that not be thrilling?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That storyline of life!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When not physically putting words down, I am observing the world, wondering or inventing storylines of the people or things I see. Even watching a sunset, I am spinning stories, playing with styles, looking for inspiration.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I wrote all sorts of snippets and stories as a kid. But I remember the first story I finished and realized, "Oh, my, I am a writer." The story was "Nob and the Fish" and I wrote it one summer in college. It, interestingly, was the story of a man who had big dreams, but realized he could not eat dreams, so had to be content being a fisherman. Like most of my stories, it started with a single sentence that sprung into my head, begging me to write the second and subsequent sentences: "Nob was a small man, the kind you never hear about."
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to prefer science fiction and fantasy (though, this can cover magical realism), hence my writing is usually magical in some way.
What do your fans mean to you?
I want my readers to feel what I felt when the storyline came to being and unfolded its wonder to me.
What is your writing process?
Think. Think. Think.
Write. Write. Write.
Think. Think. Think.
Revise. Revise. Revise.
STOP!
What are you working on next?
I have a few other completed works I want to get into Smashwords - a novel about a psychic and a eclectic collection of short stories.

I also have a few storylines banging around my head, begging to come to life. Will the next be about travel to Mars, the nature of entertainment, and brilliance; or will it be exploring aging, family, heartbreak; or will it be about angels, religion, and divinity? Yes, those are begging for birth. Just not sure which of them to bring to completion.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Ebooks do not fall out of the sky - read lists, read book reviews, ask your friends what they like to read, find authors similar to the one who wrote you last favorite book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is "Storylines." I was inspired to write it as part of NaNoWriMo 2012. I initially had a whole slew of short stories I was going to write until I saw that short story anthologies were not part of NaNoWriMo, so I instead merged all the ideas. No, it's not a hodgepodge story, but a strong cerebral storyline, with supporting interludes weaving into the narrative. Hence the title.

I hope you like it.
Published 2014-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Storylines
Price: Free! Words: 50,800. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
In a time when fisheries management is in the pockets of commercial interests, who will tend the fish? Schoolers. Set in the near future and interwoven with short stories of love, death, and the nature of the universe, the main storyline follows a small group of schoolers as they navigate a challenging world.