Interview with Erik Schubach

Published 2019-03-08.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in March of 2013 when I wrote my debut lesbian romance book, Music of the Soul.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My nieces are lesbian and couldn't find any mainstream books with characters they could relate with. And when they did find books with LGBT characters, they were the stereotypical quirky gay best friend, and even then, not a main character. So I decided I was going to write books with characters they could identify with, and being gay would not be the focus of the books since sexuality doesn't define a person. Rather it is just one aspect of who they are, like being right handed, or a redhead.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it is getting feedback from people all around the world telling me that they were able to connect with my characters and they enjoy my writing style.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything to me. Without them, I wouldn't have a reason to write anymore. I love getting feedback from them that lets me know I am on the right track, which encourages me to write the next books.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm an eclectic reader, and I'm a huge fan of strong female characters. So I'd have to say David Weber's Honor Harrington series, Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series, Seanan McGuire's October Daye series, heck I could go on and on.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch movies, build wooden sleds and toys in my wood-shop, collect vintage electronics, and run triathlons with my team named Please Resuscitate.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vividly. I keep going back to it as it started my most successful series, and I cringe at my writing. My style and skill has increased tenfold from those days and I wish I could re-write the first few books I released, even though my fans loved them.
What is your writing process?
I write 1,000 words an hour and I put in 2 hour days, or 2,000 words a day. This way in 25 days I can put out a 50,000 word book and have time for editing so that I release a novel once a month.
How do you approach cover design?
I think cover design is an important first step, and I always build my covers before I write the book if I plan on having a person on the cover. This way, my character descriptions will match what the readers see on the cover, it makes them feel more real to my readers and gives a more professional feel to the books. I license stock photos for my covers then do a little digital editing (some more heavily than others) and add the titles and author name.
How do you connect with your readers online to share the experince of your books?
I mostly use social media to connect with my readers, and I have an imaginary pet platypus, Frank, who interacts with them as well. He is a troublemaker, always giving away books or giving sneak peeks of my covers before I am ready. Not to mention he likes to steal my chocolate eclairs.
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