Interview with F. P. Dorchak

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing since I was six years old, had an agent for five years and nothing sold. The manuscripts keep piling up and death keeps getting closer. Time for a workaround!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It allows me to get my words out there. Gets them read--I hope.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creation! The active manipulation of the imagination!
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me! That others like what I write? It's not about *me*...it's about the story...and if others like the story, then that's completion of the process, the writing loop: sure we write cause we have an urge to, but the other part of the process is the reading of what we write. Thank you, all of you, who read our work! It's a team effort!
What are you working on next?
My next manuscript deals with what happens after death. Unless I end up picking a different idea to work....
Who are your favorite authors?
I really like Stephen King. I've also read one work by Kevin Brockmeier I loved and hope to again read more from him. You know another really good author who's transitioned away from words and into music? Marc Schuster. Read his work!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. The open slate of a new day!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a tech writer, so I'm pretty much writing all day. Curiously, just yesterday, I found some juggling pins in the closet. I've been wanting to get back into that for while, so threw them up in the air last night--wow, I've lost it! Can't even do one "jug" anymore! So, might get back into juggling again! Other than that, I work out at a gym, like to walk/hike ("wike"?!, which has gotten harder to do, lately), read, watch movies, travel. Spend time with my wife and family. Think. I find I really like to THINK.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ha, no, I don't, but I remember the first one I wrote that was critically acclaimed--at least in Mr. Spence's Fifth Period, Eleventh-grade English class! That one was "Crypt Of Vampyres." I still have it and one day shall publish it as-is!
What is your writing process?
I vomit out first drafts in about a month or so, then spend 2 - 3 years working the hell out of them! The second draft is the most effort, because that's where I do all the hard work: initial tweaking, fact checking (TONS of fact checking) and research (sometimes also TONS of that, too). Rearranging of content as is necessary. Then, somewhere around the 3rd for 4th draft I read the entire manuscript OUT LOUD. I recommend this to all writers. You catch so many issues--like pacing, word play, word choices, etc. Then somewhere after that I enlist at least one person (the more the merrier) to read it and comment/critique. Since I indie pub, I then get someone(s) to proofread/copyedit it before publishing. I hire a cover artist and content formatter. Then release the book.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire out...but those I work with also work with me. I've used two different people, on two books each. One, Duvall Design (https://duvalldesign.wordpress.com/), actively works with me; we both actively collaborate on the cover. She's quite easy to get along with! The other, Kirschner Caroff (http://kirschnercaroff.com/), essentially does it all on his own--and he (Lon) actually reads the entire book! I typically don't have to say much with his work, but on Voice I did give him some "raw material" to consider; he's also great to work with! I always love to see what someone else comes up without my input!
Published 2015-09-07.
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Books by This Author

Voice
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 118,830. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Erotica » General
With the death of his father, Benjamin Becker inherited a small estate in his hometown in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, which fit in beautifully with his failed marriage and lackluster life. Ben returns home to take stock in his life...to see if there was any way to save it. Was he messing things up...or was someone—something—else? A sexy, emotional thriller!
ERO
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,130. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A stranded astronaut draws upon confused and contradictory memories to recall his involvement in UFO Black Operations—and Humanity’s not-so-pleasant future.