Interview with William Gensburger

Who are your favorite authors?
The range of authors I have read and admire is quite extensive. On the fiction side, I have always sided with James Clavell (no longer with us), John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Ted Bell, Steve Berry, to name a few. Science Fiction, Philip K Dick was my first inspiration to write, and still influences much of my thoughts. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle (Jerry recently passed) were also an excellent team, Frank Herbert's "Dune" trilogy got me hooked on reading, and John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series reaffirmed my faith that the genre is very much alive.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm always happy to hear from readers who like my work. I write to express ideas, to discover truths about myself and the world around me, and in the process, hopefully, to tell a good tale. Hearing from fans is always a good thing, even if they were not thrilled with the story they read. It's a way to get feedback, and hopefully to grow further.
What are you working on next?
I have two novels that are in progress, one titled: Damaged Goods and the other titled: The Girl With No Name. The former is a science fiction adventure that puts a twist on what we've come to expect of science fiction, while the second is a mystery that should keep you page turning until the end.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's a revelation to open your eyes and realize that you have another chance to do something useful, or to muck it up. Waking up is, in itself, inspiration to move on; not so much that it is a surprise, but that it is always suprising what the day will bring.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family. But, I'm always writing, note taking, observing. Too many notes, all over the place. I enjoy reading, music, film, enjoying home and the surrounding greenery.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I scan Amazon, or get leads from Twitter from other authors, or readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was 18. It was about a man standing on a cliff about to dive off to his death. After much waffling, he swan dives into the ocean below, only to emerge in his home swimming pool, his family, who had all died, still there. It was not very good. It was influenced by Philip K Dick's reality turns, the question "What is real?"
How do you approach cover design?
I am fortunate enough to be fluent with photoshop and have had years of graphic design experience, and so I design my own covers. If I cannot shoot a picture that I wish, I might use stock imagery and blend, merge, erase, add to... Often it takes several phases until I find what I want.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use Kindle on my smartphone or iPad.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Coming back to a story after it is done, or midway, and seeing it fresh and thinking that it is not as bad as I had imagined it to be. That's a nice surprise. Finishing is the other joy.
Published 2017-10-13.
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Books by This Author

Signs You May NOT Be An Idiot
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,310. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
There are many signs in life that clue us in to how we live and what we are doing. This book is a collection of thoughts about life in general, education, family, philosophy, parenthood and everything that you might not discuss at a cocktail party. The book focuses on the sheer stupidity that pervades so much of contemporary life. It is a testament to this generation.