Interview with M.C. Chivers

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a incredibly small village called Langley Burrell, located near Chippenham, Wiltshire. It's incredibly peaceful, even though a plastics factory and main road are literally a quarter-mile away - you don't notice it, which is the odd thing. What I would say influenced me most, when I grew up there, was the country lanes just down the road. Very few people walk or drive there. Down there lies a train bridge, which crosses the line that leads between London and Bristol. When I first started writing my first book, I often took a stroll down to this train bridge in the morning. Usually before sunrise, so I could just sit there, think, and watch the clouds change colours as I'm doing so. You know, going over things in your head. Why am I writing. Shall I go back to college. How will I end the book. Stuff like that.
When did you first start writing?
Properly, when I was... nineteen? Maybe twenty. Been a while now! Probably nineteen.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I assume the latest one I've published, as opposed to the one I am currently writing in my series? Well, I don't want to give much away in the term of the story, or it would undermine the series if you haven't read the first volume (or more). So, basically, I spent my time (when I was working full time) during night shifts in writing Echo, Vol. III - but apart from that...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to publish my own books without having to go through the expense of an agent that would promote my books (on top of the costs associated with proofing and editors - which I don't pay for, either). Back when I started writing in 2004, I had no idea how the publishing industry worked, aside from sending off your manuscripts to these big named publishing houses - for that small 0.001% chance that they'd consider your book for publication.

By the time I almost finished by first book (2006), my mother told me of a company called Lulu - a company dedicated to self-publishing. This excited me. However, due to being highly Dyslexic, and due to low funds and knowing I needed my book to be proofed and edited, it took me a further 3 years until I realized my dream. Once the constraints were lifted, that was it, I was on my way. I have only published 3 books in my series (with my 4th coming out very soon), yet it has taken me 8 years to reach this far.

My main motivation above all?

I wanted to share my adventure. I wanted to share a piece of my world, my mind, with others.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Since Lulu, I have learned of many new platforms as time's gone by. Smashwords is an amazing platform, and although it is noway near as huge as Amazon, Mark Coker certainly knows his success and how to share it - which means he and Smashwords has my complete respect. And, unlike some other self-publishing platforms out there, Smashwords really goes all out when trying to help you for free, and to help build your writing up, and your success.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share my thoughts and vision with those who like my series, and are who on the same wave-length.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! When I see a five star review by them, I think to myself "that's amazing, I've really contributed to this person's imagination". I'm feel really, really honored by those that love my works - I write for them, they spur me on with their words of kindness and love.
What are you working on next?
The fourth book in my series! Then the 5th, 6th and 7th (the finale).
Who are your favorite authors?
Funny thing is... and I know many of you won't believe this, but I don't really have any. However, I have complete respect and love for people like Stephen King and Tolkien (both have movies of their books, and all are totally awesome). King is down to earth, and unlike many writers who're totally stuck up their ass and think they know everything about the profession, he is realistic and takes a laid-back approach to writing, and is extremely helpful when doing so (he goes into some length in his book "On Writing") - an extremely rare trait - this man has my undivided respect.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I hate getting out of bed... I inspire to sleep as much as I can now that I'm a father... or take advantage of naps!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Computer gaming, reading friends books, thinking, feeding my beautiful daughter, taking her out for walks, feeding her some more, changing nappies...

How some writers can pump out a book every month... well, they obviously have plenty of time on their hands (such as hiring someone else to clean their home, tend their plants, mow their lawn, etc.).

Seriously though, I am lucky if I have ANY spare time!
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

(Meridian Archives) The Watchman, Vol. VI
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Meridian Archives, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
Those who guard Meridia's high walls are members of a guild, known simply as The Watchman. They follow a strict set of rules, and follow the Free Will Constitution to the final letter. They work well with their sister guild, the Order of Spirit, and work to defend the city-state with both Resonance and sword. However, though it may not seem it at first glance, the guild can be highly political.
(Meridian Archives) The Order of Spirit, Vol. V
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Meridian Archives, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 1,820. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Order of Spirit is a guild dedicated to teaching, healing and spreading the word of the soul. Like many other guilds, they are based in the oceanic city-state known as Meridia. It is an extensive Order, and one which many of the cities inhabitants have been a members of at least once in their lives, for every Meridian can boast casting the easiest of spells. Written by Master Elric Lordante.
(Meridian Archives) Crystal Core Craft, Vol. I
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Meridian Archives, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 10,120. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
Angelite Rose, Priestess of the Order of Spirit, goes into great depth on how Resonance, the science of sound made magic, works in the first volume of this Compendium. Not only that, but she has also supplied great knowledge on how Crystal Cores work alongside Resonance, and how they can be applied in a practical way when working with anything ranging from armour, weapons or magic.
(Meridian Archives) The Tribals, Vol. III
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Meridian Archives, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,520. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Tribals are a descended remnant from when the Dark Age arrived. These are a nomadic, spiritual people that avoids all conflict, if possible. They hunt and scavenge for any materials and food possible throughout the stricken lands, and are led by Tribal Elders that can commune with the spirits, either when they are asleep or awake. Elric Lordante delves into his past experience with them.
(Meridian Archives) Dream-State Drive, Vol. II
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Meridian Archives, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 1,640. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
The Dream-State Drive. Ancient technology left over from when the Creators once graced the earth some 10,000 years ago. Master Elric Lordante of the Order of Spirit has spent some time deciphering and testing this ancient travelling craft, said to be capable of faster than light travel... As brilliant as it may sound, there is an unforgiving darker side to this wondrous machine.
(Meridian Archives) The Packs, Vol. IV
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Meridian Archives, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Fiction
Packs are vicious, ruthless war-bands that plague the Dark Age lands from one end of the continent to the other. Like the Tribals, Packs are the end result of surviving humans since the arrival of the Dark Age, but instead of living in peaceful existence, they rape, steal and butcher their way forwards in order to live. Master Elric Lordante has had unfortunate business with them in the past.
Echo, Vol. III (Approaching the Dark Age Series)
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Approaching the Dark Age, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 121,830. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Category: Fiction
Maledream’s heroic sacrifice has cost him his way home, and now he's stuck within the swirling, chaotic mists of Etherscape's twisted storm. Alone, he's confronted by the sky-scraping Phantom Titans as their dark, bellowing laughs tremble the rocky, forsaken landscape. Trapped, he swings and roars defiantly with his awakened Relic Blades', Aisling and Retrinumun.
Orchestra, Vol. II (Approaching the Dark Age Series)
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Approaching the Dark Age, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 127,040. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Category: Fiction
A month has passed since Maledream and his companions arrived in Meridia. Training has been long and hard. Now, the group must endure a long journey to try and restore a long dead prophecy to satisfy a vain hope. The plan: together, they will locate each of the twelve Skulls of Meridia, unite them, and trigger humanity’s supposed golden age...
Resonance, Vol. I (Approaching the Dark Age Series)
By M.C. Chivers
Series: Approaching the Dark Age, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 100,200. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
No one knows how long it has been since the turn of the Dark Age, though accounts differ from one Tribal leader's story to another. Some legends speak of the earth turning on us for all the wicked we wrought. Some say creatures, monstrous behemoths of the depths, rose and sought our utter annihilation. In others...