Interview with Frederick Channell

What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on a book about the early history of Vermont. It begins with a native raid on a family in 1704 and continues through Vermont statehood.
Who are your favorite authors?
For a historian they may be surprising. Lately my favorite has been John Grisham and Dan Brown. Maybe Dan Brown is not so surprising...... In the case of John Grisham I like the way his story takes off and flows. Dan brown is actually very similar.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
College bills! Also, the 100 middle schoolers waiting to hear some history that I teach.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Training in martial arts and naturally reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually search for old history books through Google books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Horror story in elementary school. I wish I could still write horror. Someday again maybe.
What is your writing process?
I usually start with a timeline and fill in the space in time with research. As I run out of primary facts I pull back the lens and see the big picture of history and wonder how it impacted my characters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories were probably The Hardy Boys. I loved those books and I got in trouble for reading them after my bedtime.
How do you approach cover design?
I start with a really great image and take it from there. On my first book I got really lucky.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I suppose growing up without a lot of children my age forced me to be a voracious reader. Eventually I had my own stories to tell. Without my experience reading, I don't think I could write that effectively.
Published 2013-12-25.
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