Interview with Gabriel Janas

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I ever wrote, but I do remember the first memorable story I ever wrote. The story was for a grade 7 English assignment that was suppose to be 2 pages long. The story ended up being 10-12 pages. It was called The Case of the Haunted Viper. The teacher found it so good that she gave me 100 % and then made me stand up and read it to the class. That was probably one of the most embarrassing things I ever had to do around that age.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is wacky, or normal depending on how you see it. It consists of a whole lot of pacing and staring at nothing. I usually move on to doing something else when the ideas aren't flowing. When they do come I try to write down a coherent step by step outline in bullet points to get it all out. Once it comes down to writing the actual dialogue of the story I either stay on the path I outlined for myself or get hit with another flash of inspiration that alters the course of my tale. If that flash happens then it is back to the pacing and the outline until the need to get the story out of my system becomes so strong that I have to sit down and write, even if it requires me to go without sleep.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1.The Hobbit
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

These two go hand in hand. Who honestly doesn't love the world of Tolkien? The rich characters and detailed environments and interactions just suck me into the pages and the outside world, the real world, ceases to exist.

3. The Wheel of Time Series

What Tolkien started to do with The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings, Robert Jordan perfected in his Wheel of Time Series. The lengthy and rich details of the journey of Rand Al'Thor have provided me with hours of fun and entertainment. I one day hope to write a series of the same magnitude.

4. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

The moment that Dumbledore died really tugs at the heart strings. Reading it the first time was just a tear fest.

5. Angels and Demons

This was the first book that showed me that history is full of mystery and can produce wonderfully suspenseful tales that hook you and don't let you go until the last page.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read a lot of the Star Wars Expanded Universe books for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Ipad Mini
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media like facebook and instagram
What motivated you to become an indie author?
One day I ran out of books to read. I went into my local bookstore and couldn't get hooked on any of the titles that I picked up. I was so frustrated by that that I decided to start writing my own stories and my love for writing grew by the day.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the opportunity to create a piece of work that is marketable and distributable. Prior to my first ebook I was posting everything on my blog and trying to drive traffic to there. With an actual product to distribute I feel as if Smashwords has given me the ability to give people something more permanent and real.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing for me is to see my readers actively engage in the reading the form of reviews and criticism. I don't care whether the information they share with me is positive or negative, just as long at they are sharing their opinion. By choosing to share their thoughts I know I have been able to reach the reader and nudge them into a course of action.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything. They are often my inspiration for plot lines and my reason to bring my best work to the table every time. If the work isn't good then they will feel cheated and will hesitate to give up their time to my future creations.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on a novel called "All In Good Time". Some sample chapters can be found in the back of my e-book "The Initiation of Men: Poetry and Tales of Discovery."
Published 2014-01-17.
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Books by This Author

The Initiation of Men: Poetry and Tales of Discovery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,650. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Manhood is not what it once was. From the time of the Industrial Revolution to the economic recession of recent years the role and understanding of masculinity and manhood has been scrutinized and changed as men struggle to find their place in an ever-evolving world. Subjects like love, life and death,relationships and loneliness are explored through poetry and stories.