Interview with F. B. Hayduk

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Having been born and raised in Hawaii, storytelling has always been a part of my life. My grandmother would tell me legends and stories of her childhood. On Halloween, my grandfather would gather us kids up and we had to tell the most spookiest story we could make up! Then my grandfather would judge who the winner was. I remember many sleepless nights after that! So when I married and had children, I told them the same stories and legends from my grandmother and although our storytelling games have changed, we still keep that custom alive.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I first came up with the concept in 1985. I started writing these chronicles for my own enjoyment actually. One day when I came home completely frustrated from a particularly hard day at work I sat at the keyboard of my old IBM 5150 and wrote my day out, but with my character - Karin - at the helm. Needless to say, she handled the day quite different that I did!
What do your fans mean to you?
My goodness, fans are the lifeblood of any author. I love it when they write and encourage me to continue Karin's adventures. As an author, it's wonderful to know that your fans, laugh, cry and share all the emotions that you - as the author - felt when you wrote your story! For instance I had a someone email me recently that she could definitely relate to Karin's coffee cravings and became a fan just because of that!
What are you working on next?
Well, I'm continuing the chronicles. Actually I already have five of the chronicle books written, now it's just a matter of editing it and having my artist do the covers of course. Funny, when I read these books again after all these years, I find myself asking "Now why did I write that?" - but I guess that's what editing is all about.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors? Hm..I would have to say Edgar Allen Poe, Ed McBain, James Patterson, and Robert McCammon to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and my pets. Well, to be honest, I don't have a choice because when a 95 pound German Shepherd say good morning to you in bed, you have no choice but to wake up!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend my time working in my flower garden, playing my native american flutes, or singing with while playing my ukulele. And of course spending time with my husband talking and laughing about silly things. When my daughter comes over we spend time together as well. So yes, my days can be pretty full.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
OMG yes! I was in the 5th grade and wrote a story about a tree living in the forest and the things he saw, and heard until one day he got cut down and what became of him after that. I got an A for that one! Funny, I didn't remember that story until just now. Sheesh that was a long time ago!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes! The first story I ever read was Fun With Dick And Jane. I loved that book! My teacher gave us all a copy to take home and read. I don't know what impact it had on me as an author, but as a child, I was always looking forward to what they were going to get into next!
How do you approach cover design?
I'm lucky enough to have a very talented artist to do my covers for me. From concept to finish, our collaborations are always fun. Even when I have a particular in my mind and tell it to him, he'll immediately tell me if it would or wouldn't work and explain why by offering me a very clear visual as to how bad it would look. Crowded, obscure, etc. but then he would take that idea and expound upon it to make it exactly what I was looking for - only much, much better. His patience throughout this collaborations have been incredible. I do have a stubborn streak can work against me at times, so I'm glad that he's there to guide me in the right direction artistically!
Is Scifi going to be your only genre? Or will you expand into others.
For now, I think I'll stick with the chronicles since I have quite a bit to handle. But who knows? Maybe one day I'll publish the horror stories that I've written. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Published 2016-05-30.
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Books by This Author

Coffee Please
Series: The SlicerDragon Chronicles. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 15,780. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Karin had finally gotten a day off and all she wanted was to spend a relaxing day with a hot cup of coffee. After finding the coffee maker broken, her day spirals into a series of events that leads her on a journey to find that elusive cup of hot coffee.