Interview with Paul Andrulis

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The answer is twofold. For fiction, I enjoy writing to unleash my imagination and share a world with others full of action and excitement. For my non-fiction works, I love to help and teach others.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the reason I took up professional writing in the first place. I wrote as an amateur for awhile and thousand of people read my stories and enjoyed them. My fans ultimately convinced me to try self-publishing, and become a professional writer. They have pushed me to excel as a writer, and I am grateful for all of them.
What are you working on next?
I have two more novels in the 'A Joe Anderson Novel' series started. I have two more stand-alone novels that are about a fifth completed, and a ton of how-to non-fiction books slated on the schedule. I will be rapidly increasing the 'A Wilderness Survival Topic' series as I find time.

I will also be including more of my current books here at Smashwords as their contractual obligations elsewhere which prevent me from publishing them here expire.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always been partial to science fiction. Such names as Heinlein, Asimov, Niven, Pohl, Frank, and Norton have held a place in both my heart and my personal collection. I have read multiple thousands of titles from hundreds of authors, but I think Heinlein rates as number one on the list.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love the outdoors. I like to spend my free time there when possible, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, practicing wilderness survival skills, and of all things stargazing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I find them using a search function, or by browsing through the categories that interest me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in high school. It was atrocious even by my standards.
What is your writing process?
I have experimented with several techniques, but finally had to develop a hybrid that works for me. Ultimately, I think that is true for most every author. I set down and combine free writing with continual editing. My first book was written using the standard model, and I found that the errors are so voluminous afterwards that they are almost impossible to weed out completely.

I let the story write itself and I keep that mental garden weeded as I go. Using this process, few weeds need removal at the end.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I have read so many books and novels over time that they have become a blur in my memory. I do remember ONE of the early books that still stands out, and that was "Farmer in the Sky" by Heinlein. It made me want to visit another world, and fired my imagination, further fueling my need to read.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is a serious issue. It is the first thing a prospective customer sees, and it has as much importance as the blurb in book sales. I use a program called ChasysDraw IES, which is as powerful as photoshop to create covers. Occasionally, I buy artwork to use for my covers. I am after the perfect cover for a given story. I want the cover to catch the eye and hold the attention, as well as make the person viewing it curious.

Each book, series, and genre has it's own look which has to be appropriate. For a newbie wanting to publish, I cannot stress enough that a cover must be at least equal in quality as the story and writing inside the book.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing novels almost by accident. I had read numerous high quality amateur works published on a fiction forum to which I belonged, and one day I thought "maybe I could do this." I wanted to share if possible, so I tried my hand at writing a story.

Surprising to me, the story didn't suck.

People read and loved my stories, the first of which is now available here as "Surviving in America: Under Siege." When I finished writing the story, I had not realized at the time that I had written a full-fledged novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest story is Meet Bill, which is a short story based upon a classic sci-fi theme -- mankind goes out to the stars, meets hostile aliens, and war ensues. Can mankind prevail?

I have always wanted to write a classic space opera, and now I have started the process with the first book in an action-packed serial. I hired out the artwork for the cover, and aim to please my fans with many new books as exciting as this one was. A serial of short stories is perfect for those times when my brain needs a break from writing novels or how-to informative books.
Published 2014-06-13.
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Books by This Author

Surviving With Joe
Series: A Joe Anderson Novel. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,780. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
"Fire streaked out into the air, a brilliant white star in the fading light, trailing a column of white smoke. The rocket accelerated towards the plane and then ended its short life with a fiery blast. " Joe Anderson must survive the threats of both man and nature in this thrilling dystopian novel, sequel to Surviving In America: Under Siege.
Reprisal
Series: Meet Bill. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,150. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The battle has raged for years, with each side gaining in both strength and potency. Bill must fight the alien humans on the battlefield and win, or die trying. Former allies have turned enemies, and trust is lost. When even deadlier threats emerge than ever before, can Bill hope to prevail, or will humanity lose the war.
Water 4 Survival
Series: A Wilderness Survival Topic. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 8,500. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Outdoor Skills, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Reference
Loaded with illustrations and information, Water 4 Survival aims to provide a complete toolkit of knowledge and information to provide the reader with a host of options for procuring water that is safe to drink in a wilderness survival situation using bushcraft techniques. It is designed around the wilderness survival concept, requiring a minimum of tools, supplies, and construction abilities.
Meet Bill
Series: Meet Bill, Book 1. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 15,230. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Humanity has reached for the stars and has gained complete domination. The human empire has remain unchallenged... until now. A new alien race is discovered and they are as human as we are. However, they are far more technologically advanced, smarter, and are just as aggressive as Earth humans. Can a hero, a newly trained Combat Marine stop the alien menace?
Surviving In America: Under Siege
Series: A Joe Anderson Novel, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,010. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Welcome to America as you have never known it, where your worst fears and concerns are not conspiracy theories. They are real. Join Joe Anderson in this epic battle to Survive in an America that is -- Under Siege.
Is Wilderness Survival 4 Me?
Series: A Wilderness Survival Topic, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Outdoor Skills, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Backpacking
The title says it all. It is a good question which sometimes has an unpopular answer. "Is Wilderness Survival 4 Me?" is designed to help the reader determine whether wilderness survival knowledge is something that is necessary or even desirable for them to learn, using a no-nonsense and unbiased approach. This book is controversial, as many survivalists may not like the answers provided inside.
The Basics 4 Survival
Series: A Wilderness Survival Topic, Book 2. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 10,580. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Outdoor Skills, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Reference
“The Basics 4 Survival” provides an overview of the basics of wilderness survival, including the concepts, attitudes, mindset, and gear necessary for the beginning survivalist and provides a rock solid basis of understanding of wilderness survival basics to the reader, granting a stable knowledge platform and allowing for further focused research on the topic.