Interview with Eric Hines

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Oddly, for an eBook publisher, I still prefer to read hard copy. It remains easier to flip back and forth to check something I've read earlier--because I know by thickness of accumulated pages roughly where that earlier area was. And it's easier to write in the margins.
What is your writing process?
It starts out as a general idea, which I let stew--literally--in the back of my mind for a while--months, years for my first book. As I read and otherwise go about my business, I accumulate notes.

When I sit down to write, the first draft is very much a stream of conscious thing, a need to get the thought onto paper before I lose it in the rush of thoughts that will become my book.

Then it's the grunt work of organizing, editing, getting things into some semblance of order. Then more grunt work for logical consistency and completeness. Then yet more grunt work for grammar, spelling, etc.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a very excellent cover designer, Daniel Rembert.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Too many for five. Five genres, maybe: science fiction, military history, general history, politics, private detective mysteries.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, history, military history, politics, private detective mysteries.

The odd book on cosmology.
Describe your desk
It appears cluttered, but it isn't. Tell me when I stuck something on it, and I can tell you where and how deep in the pile it is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I haven't grown up, and I hope I never do. I approach each thing with new eyes.
What are you working on next?
My blog and a couple of books: one on National Policy, the unity of foreign and defense policy (Clausewitz was only half right), and my own version of Just War theory.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert Parker, Ross MacDonald, CJ Cherryh, David Brin. David Weber.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Researching, playing Civilization.
Published 2014-05-07.
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Books by This Author

A Conservative's View of American Domestic Policy: Some Thoughts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,230. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Government
Our nation's Domestic Policy is absolutely required both for the health of our nation within our borders and to enable any form of outward-facing policy at the national level. A complete Domestic Policy consists of both social and economic policies. Of course, these two divisions are not truly separate from each other; I'm merely separating them to facilitate inquiry and discussion.
A 21st Century American Crisis
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A call to arms for all American citizens to get active and to rescue our Republic from its dangerous drift away from our founding principles of small, limited government; individual liberties; personal responsibilities. "The blows we struck in 2010 were a worthy start, but they were only a start. The progress we added in 2012 has been inadequate to our cause. But we are not finished."
A Conservative's Thoughts on Rights and Duties, their Duality, and some Implications
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,130. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Government
An understanding of individual rights and individual duties, especially their nature as individual endowments rather than as attributes of groups of men or as grants from some men acting in a "government's" name, forms a critical part of Conservative thought. With Americans broadly divided on what rights and duties really are, now is the time to lay out the Conservative's view of these concepts.