Interview with Brendden Sigler

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks I read? Well, that's often just through searching. I'm an avid, or well, some might say rabid, reader. I go through books pretty quickly and I am constantly looking for new things to read. I'll read about anything, from romance to action novels it's all in my library. Granted I'll admit that my big library is my kindle but I have a few books elsewhere. I often just search a term or genre or even hit the genre go to the newest sections and go from there, clicking book titles and opening new tabs of them left and right to find one, or several, I'll want to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well my very first story? No, can't say that I do honestly. However the first honest attempt at a really good one? That was in middle school, I tried making a world based off of things I'd made up and the like, had several countries and kingdoms, some based off of real world cultures some completely made up. I remember the main character was Elgrath The Deathless or some such, having been the first and only "vampire" like creature in existence due to a bit of a pact with the goddess of death in the story and he was the main character. In it the gods had walked the earth when they made it, which is what had to lead to such diverse races and cultures, and some stayed behind, being the "God Born" physical vessels of a god left to roam as they will on the face of the world.
What is your writing process?
Writing process? Eh, a bit sloppy honestly, I'll see something or hear something and think "Oh that would be great here!" and go and end up adding or making a story and background just off of that. I've had this happen from random conversations with friends and co workers and even just things I've seen in games. That idea sparks off, if it remains just an idea, several short stories which can lead into longer things depending on which one I like, or the next one might not even use one of those, just taking key concepts I came up with and blending them together into something new.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read? Well, that's a hard one, if you mean novel, then that was actually an R,A Salvatore book, "The Demon Awakens" I read this in around, fourth grade, and the whole concept of good and evil, being personified and visible was something of a new idea to me, even if it was often done in the shows I watched then. The book, with the start of an epic quest and good characters drew me in and I started to wonder "What if" about the characters and the story line. Now for me this lead to me making my own small things, little stories and the such, which has grown into something much more. Anymore I often take what appears to be evil and make it something not quite that bad, where as true evil is often something that should seem good, but I feel that good is not as beautiful as people make it out to be and that all started with those "What If" writings when I was younger.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure? Anything, if it holds my attention and makes me feel for the characters and situation I'll read it. I have everything from paranormal romance to high fantasy in my library, though I'll admit I have a soft spot for Jim Butcher and Mercedes Lackey the same can be said for Erik Schubach and the "Music of The Soul" series which has been something I've been rather eating up lately.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Hands down my laptop honestly, it's screen isn't quite as big as my pc which is something I enjoy about it but it's not as small as my phone which has a tendency to make the reading material feel scrunched up to me.
Describe your desk
My desk? Wood, rather cheap but effective. I've got drawers filled with head phones and PC accessories, some drawing paper and another drawer with books I didn't have room for on my shelves. My screen, keyboard, and modem take up a lot of it, it's rather small, but I've got enough room for the customary coffee mug which makes it all right for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Millersburg, which honestly, might of influenced me in a moral way but actually it was the house I first lived in that has the most lasting effect. You see this house was just downright creepy, I would hear footsteps on the stairs, the murmurs of voices coming from the kitchen when no one was awake to be down there even and, whether it was due to an over active imagination or something more, otherworldly, I couldn't sleep without some sort of light on for fear of what lay in the darkness. I'll admit that I'm still not comfortable in the dark and most of my stories take on a rather dark twist, some of my old nightmares seeming to come out to play on the pages of my writing since they no longer get to feature in my dreams.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book? Well it's more a short story, and I've got several of them, a few satisfyingly complete. However, the primary one, the one that has the most meat to it would be "Pandora's Temple". It's a bit of an anthology really, with several characters stories within it though it's not anywhere I would consider done yet. The primary thing is the world, as we know it, has ended. You see in it the earthquake, the big one, everyone says or has heard something about going along the San Andreas fault line happens, but what really happens is a bit of a surprise. The quake opens a large canyon, a valley in a way, with in it holding a temple. The walls of the temple are covered in a strange language, seeming a mix of a lot of the more ancient ones, but seeming unique, a language all it's own. The only word able to be translated correctly is "Pandora's" however, in a hurry to see what it holds, they open it, the finders of this temple, letting loose all the things that once walked the earth with us. From demons to angels, to even The Four Horseman and the Wild Hunt, it's all back again. Actually the first story, the introduction of this world is the story of the new Huntsman, called The Huntsman and His Hounds. I'll likely have that one up here some time soon for anyone interested, if it's not up already.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt, and feel still, that the ideas and story lines I pursue would not be something publishers would be, agreeable, with. I feel that many publishers are heavily biased and don't even realize it, looking at new best sellers and only willing to go with things that are at the very least, similar, to those books doing well currently. Feeling that any idea I gave them would likely be shot down due to this, and the fact that I see many people doing well with do it yourself approaches, from kick-starters to blogs and even simply people asking for donations, it just made me thing if someone else can do something as amazing as that, it's doable. It might not be easy, but at the end, I feel that would lead to a more worthwhile experience then sending it to the publishers and perhaps being denied or even accepted and told to gut and change my work so it will sell to less of a niche audience.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans? Well, let me explain a bit real quick about how, I think, a writer learns to write first. I'll admit this came to me from someone else though I can't for the life of me remember where it was I read it. When I first started writing, I wrote things I thought where cool, or amazing, or even sad, things that evoked emotion in me. Now that's the first step, writing for yourself, however I'm on step two as it where. It's not me I'm trying to entertain or amuse, it's not me I'm trying to evoke emotions in with my words, it's the people reading this. It's the people out there who might not even know who am, those are the people I write for. So, when they decide they like my writings, my books and my work enough to be a fan? It means a lot, it means I'm, for at least one person, doing what I set out to do, and in all honesty knowing that is enough to make writing, regardless of whatever else I get out of it, more than worth it.
What are you working on next?
Currently? Setting up more stories in "The Temple of Pandora" world and timeline, and fixing up some of my older poetry words to make a poetry book as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
This one is easy and hard all at once. I have so many but my top three picks would likely be Mercedes Lackey, Piers Anthony, and Tamora Pierce. I've grown out of other authors and books, but those three write things to this day that I keep up with or pick up and read again. I especially enjoy Tamora Pierce books as audio, they have wonderful narrators, and even full casts at times.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's a new day, which means new things and this leads to new ideas. This is what gets me up, well, inspires me to get up, it's my alarm clock that actually gets me up and out of bed. I'm surprised the noise from that thing doesn't strip the paint from the walls in all honesty.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing games, working or doing college work. Reading is a big part of it as well, and I am known to watch anime from time to time. Through out all this I often try to find time for a walk or two to collect my thoughts, be it for writing or something else it often helps me at least.
Published 2014-07-09.
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