Interview with Max Brinkman

When did you first start writing?
Unlike many authors, writing came to me rather late. After serving in the US Army, I studied music at the University of Tulsa where I enrolled in a creative writing course as an elective. The professor was inspiring and the course work proved interesting and fun -- and I have been writing ever since.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that a published book, however successful, lives beyond my reach and my tenure. It's a way of touching the future like none other.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Total frustration with the gatekeepers in traditional publishing. Indie publishing provides authors the positive experience of seeing their works published and distributed without interference from what some describe as the hopeless myopia of literary agents and traditional publishing houses.

It is truly a grand feeling to publish a book and indie publishing has provided satisfaction to countless authors across the globe. Indeed, it was an idea whose time had come and I, among others, am extremely appreciative of the opportunities indie publishing has given me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is "Simply Trigger", the first in a series about an Army infantryman whose fighting skills led him into the shadowy underworld where he kills on assignment.

I served in the US Army as a Captain in the infantry, and the story, although not based on any skills I attained during my service, nonetheless provided me the background and the idea for the series.
What is your writing process?
The genre comes first, a thriller or a Western or a coming-of-age story, as examples. Then comes a working title followed by writing the first few chapters. Later, when the story has found its legs and ambles along on its own, I outline the story to a fitting end and write to completion.

Then the real writing begins -- editing, revising, trimming, embellishing and polishing. I estimate that at least 70% of my time is spent on this phase.

A first draft is nothing beyond clay and water. The editing phase is everything else it takes to sculpt a wondrous (hopefully) statue.
What are you working on next?
As much as he hates to admit it, my latest hero, Trigger, lives to kill -- and fortunate he is to find himself in an environment where his skills can shine indefinitely.

And in a world gone to decay, Trigger takes out more than his share of the garbage. Thus, his next thrilling adventure is on the outer edge of my thinking and tingling at my fingertips to burst forth alive and yearning.
What do your fans mean to you?
Readers are everything. They speak to my spirit when I write. They dictate the style of my story. They engage my imagination. And their dedication demands that I produce my best.

For me, nothing is more boring than reading my own stuff. But knowing that a reader has given it a spin is nothing short of sublime.

Some authors say that writing is its own reward, and to a point, I must agree. However, readers are the true substantiates for me. Without them, my books are listless wanderers devoid of any real purpose.

My most heartfelt thanks go out to all of my readers. Their attentions both gratify and humble me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As a professional musician, I practice guitar and drums. One day without practice on either shows me depreciated skill. Two days without practice shows everybody else.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving me a path to publication. Nothing is more satisfying to an author than seeing a work find a life beyond his or her sphere. As such, I commend Smashwords for its foresight and diligence. And I'm certain I'm not alone in my feelings.
Published 2013-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Simply Trigger
Price: Free! Words: 51,240. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Trigger is a natural-born killer, who slays quick, mean and clean. Combat honed him and disgust cloned him and now he lives to kill. The shadows supply him his targets. The Underworld equips him his gear. His instincts protect him from danger. His street-smarts bequeath him his edge. In a world gone to garbage, join Trigger as he fights to clean up criminal scum. Adult language. Sexual content.