Interview with G. R. Fillinger

What inspired you to write Iron Inheritance?
My wife and I were standing in line for the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, and I was trying to brainstorm some ideas for my next novel. My wife, being both brilliant and an avid reader, came up with the idea. I was hooked, and I still am today.
Who are your favorite authors?
J. K. Rowling and Patrick Rothfuss, hands down. I grew up with Harry Potter (who didn’t these days?) and Rothfuss is a masterful writer. His prose are something for me to aspire to. Most of the time, if I can’t learn something about the craft when I read another author’s work, I put it down. Times too valuable.
What is your writing process?
I stew on the ideas for way too long, then I write a draft, then I revise for forever and a day. Each phase has its ups and downs. The main thing is just getting my butt in the chair even when I don’t feel like it. As long as I can do that, I think I’m doing just fine.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the second book in the Blood Artifacts series, Stone Legacy. I don’t want to give too much away right now, but suffice to say that Eve will be kickin’ some butt.
What’s your favorite dessert?
First of all, thank you for asking that question. I don’t get it enough. I’ll take pie over cake any day. I love chocolate chip cookies and these buttery, sugary bars that my neighbor makes. She calls them Chesspie Cookies, but to me they’re love, plain and simple.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I’ve been following the self-publishing industry for almost as long as I’ve been writing. J.A. Konrath, The Passive Voice, Hugh Howey, Joanna Penn—these people speak the self-publishing gospel, and I’m certainly a disciple. These days, for most authors, it doesn’t make sense to take the measly advance you’d get from a traditional publisher. A couple grand for almost all your rights, and you give up control over your cover, price, and a bunch of other things? I don’t think so. It’s a steep learning curve to self-publish right, but I was willing to learn, and I’m still learning.
What happens to people who are given too much power?
Maybe by book five of the Blood Artifacts series I’ll be able to answer that.
Published 2016-03-11.
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