Interview with edwin layarda

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
passion and ambition
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
doing sports like martial arts and basketball...and drawing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I knew it from my wife.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
hmm...I actually made a comic when I was around 14 years old...it was about a superhero named
Pumpkin-Man. the character was like a superman but had a jack o'lantern like mask. But I didn't finish it
because too many schools homeworks and course that took most of my free time.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is kinda technical...
1. I made up the main Idea and set the purpose of my story genre...whether it is comedy, action or sci-fi or the combiation of them.
2. Then I made the rough story by imaging it with random ideas that I can think of from the begining of the story till it ends. This part include...characters, spesial scenes, catchphrases..etc.
3. and finally...after I have decided the best rough story from the 2nd step...I start writing...or drawing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Robert Lawrence Steine's Goosebumps series and it really made me felt that
it is fun to make a story. I also read so many Spider-man's comic...and was a big fan
of the superhero...until today. I started imaging story and drawing since then. but of course...
not a book...just a simple story. I was too busy with my school activity.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to design it by my self with my own style. I don't like using already made covers.
I like a simple but cool cover..especialy those ones that show the beautitul drawing
of a character.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Goosebumps, Spiderman, detective Conan,...I think I can only put these three.
Why?? because It was fun to read these them. not boring and there is always something new from
the story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Indonesia. But this had nothing to do with my hobby and talent.
When did you first start writing?
age 14.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
hmm....maybe the sense of doing adventure that I want to put it in my book or comic and share it with people. and I wanna use my talent to express my hobby into an art work so that people can enjoy.
and last motivation...to make some bucks out of it. hahaha.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
the greatest joy is to be able to make our own imaginary story and entertain
people with it.
What do your fans mean to you?
means so much. The more number of fans means that the better my art creation is and the more happy I am because the more people can enjoy or maybe be inspred by my story.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a comic about superheroes. with the comedy action style.
Published 2014-05-18.
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