Interview with John Wegener

When did you first start writing?
I started writing creatively in 2015. Before that my writing centred on engineering reports, proposals and project management plans.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in the Adelaide Hills, east of Adelaide, South Australia, although I spent a lot of time on farms both the one my father was managing and my Grandmothers farm further east in the Murray Mallee. I think that my childhood have provided many practical country living experiences that I have drawn on in some of my writing material.
What is your writing process?
Once I have an idea for a story and have conducted any needed research, I develop what I call a plot bubble diagram, which is an A3 sheet of paper where I draw bubbles that have the main events of the story and draw lines between them to show the interactions between them. This helps me nut out the main storyline that I want to follow. I then write. Once the story is written, it's time for the review process and eventually the story is ready to publish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book I have published tries to explore prejudice and the fact that it is not one sided. Those being prejudiced against often are just as prejudiced towards others as I have observed first hand in my dealings with people from many countries. Apart from that it involves a murder mystery involving a conspiratorial organisation called Scorpius at the blind objective of the leader to destroy the Cetusians and subjugate them under human control as payback for bullying him when he was a child.
Describe your desk
I do my writing in my study mostly in peace quiet where I can concentrate. There is a view of the mountains out side of my window when I want to think. Books and other documents clutter my desk but they mostly have something to do with my writing.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on my fifth book that explores what the world might be like if we suddenly lost all electricity, how we would survive and what things we would have to relearn and change to live in a pre-electricity world again.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read just about anything but I read mainly science fiction for pleasure. I enjoy reading good general fiction books as well and also general science books about the frontiers of physics. Ancient and medieval history are also good reads for me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to get my material out into the reading domain and not have to wait for some mainstream publisher to 'discover' me. The idea of global coverage was also a reason.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I wouldn't say I am successful yet but I chose to get on board with Smashwords because it was an easy and straightforward process to publish with them and they have a distribution system to the other mainstream on-line book sellers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is where I am weak at present. I do not have much of a marketing strategy at the moment except to announce a new book or short story on my blog and in the social media.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I would say that my greatest joy is exploring where my story goes as I write it. I plan out the outline of the story before I start writing but I find that I often diverge from the plan into directions that are more interesting than the original plot.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans, the author has no audience to entertain. I first and foremost want to entertain with my writing. If I achieve that I have succeeded. My feedback is the acknowledgement and reviews of people who take the time to read my material.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors of all time are Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and J. R. R. Tolkien.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am an Apple freak so my e-reading device of choice is the iPad. I actually started reading eBooks on a palm PDA many years ago when I was working overseas. It was great while being driven back from the site I worked at to the hotel in the evening when reading books was impossible because it was dark. I graduated to the iPad when technology developed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I also dabble with developing apps for tablets and still do some engineering part time. I also do some woodcarving and play my guitar and of course I read.
Published 2017-09-25.
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Books by This Author

Centauri
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,090. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The next instalment of the 'Reach for the Stars' Trilogy. Ethan takes a team to Centauri star system and discover habitable planets. Hu takes a Chinese wormhole portal with. A virus starts killing people on Chariclo, who have been infected. Jade is one of them. Can a cure be produced before Jade dies and devastate Ethan forever. What is the mystery behind the virus?
Beggar Woman
Price: Free! Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mashups
Margaret is horrified by the bag lady sitting in front of the most prestigious store in town. She avoids the woman and goes about her extravagant shopping activities inside the store. But is she who she pretends to be, or is she hiding her true self?
Scorpius
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,320. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A murder with mysterious symbols left as a clue. Alex Warner is assigned to investigate it but quickly becomes embroiled in a conspiracy of galactic proportions. A Cetusian woman enchants him. Can he solve the murders and uncover the conspiracy in time? Can he find a true meaningful relationship again? Will the Cetusians overcome their prejudice as he must overcome his?
Holiday On Grandma's Farm
Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Biography
Experience the awe and wonder of a child who lives in a town in the early 1960's and has a holiday on his Grandma's farm way out in the bush. What strange things will he see? What things will he do that are just not done in town? Milking cows, making butter, emptying the toilet and more. Maybe you will reflect on some of your childhood experiences as you read this story.
The Love Particle
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Rorkon is obsessed with discovering the Emoton, a fundamental particle that is the source of human emotions, much to Scythia's annoyance, especially when he is using up their life savings in search of it. After much heartache and many failed attempts, he finally detects it…but at what cost?
Ulysses' Great Adventure
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Read of one of Ulysses' adventures as he struggles with the elements, his emotions and the gods to complete his king's commission.
Ftl
Series: Reach For The Stars. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,390. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Ethan Richards develops a warp bubble drive to travel faster than light (ftl). He builds a spaceship because he needs to go to Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, to get the element Astatine for the drive to work. Loki, a business mogul, finds out about the deposit and wants to own it himself. He builds a ship also. Ethan and Loki are in a race to Iapetus. Who will get there first?