Interview with Carl Spencer Krendel

What is your writing process?
My writing process involves perspective followed by isolation. I try to first isolate what I'm writing about. I write it down. After I write the topic, I plan the content. Each character in fiction requires a special place in my mind. Those places are created by imagining a few human traits and how they fit together. This part is very time consuming. It takes longer than the actual writing of the stories. People and the dialogue which they create can be the most complex part of any writing. Writing happens after the characters, setting and plot are formulated. I outline extensively, for weeks to months, before writing. I typically spend the first four to eight hours of my days either completing outlines, character descriptions, or writing the dialogue, but the stages keep the product coherent.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The impact of the first story I read was that I didn't want to read. I stopped reading for years. Then, my friends, in 5th grade, told me about a few action, horror, and science fiction books they had read. After that point, I couldn't stop reading, but I also knew that I wanted to make something so entertaining one day. I was paid to write in high school, secretly, and in cash, by other students. Later, in college, I eventually found an employing newspaper that wouldn't get me beat up by government goons or their contractors. Newspaper assignments are dangerous when news is actually produced. I kept writing, for academic pay, which is always light, and now I teach English as a lecturer at a university. My light schedule (and light pay) keeps me writing during the mornings, and advertising during the afternoons. So, I guess that the first story I read helped me to delay the inevitable beginning of a career I know and love today.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is about mood and color. I chose the light pink marble statues in a loving, almost rescuing embrace for a few reasons. Firstly, it reminded me of the statue from The Exorcist because I hope that this book turns some heads. Secondly, I chose this cover design because the light pink marble brings symbols of domestic protection, and the importance of family, tradition, and the values of societal cohesion that are often overlooked in today's writing, particularly romantic writing. This book has no heroes or villains. Everyone is a protagonist, flawed but beautiful, a precious part of society.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are always the books I just read, unless I had to read them. Charlotte Bronte's The Secret is now at number one. I love the savage nobility and gentle greed of the harmonious creatures called humans in this novel. A few Carl Hiaasen books are next, or maybe before the generic Harlequin romance books I found lying around.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a lecturer at a University. I try to spend time with my students, playing sports, video games, and going to the mall. Right now, my students' neighbors just broke my right foot and I am playing video games instead of sports. I'm foreign in South Thailand, so rules somehow don't apply to people who are kicking me on the soccer field. I enjoy futsal, soccer, badminton, swimming, running, sailing small craft, reading, planning my next tailored suit (because I live in the native country of the silk worm), finding food that is healthy and safe to eat.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like The Kindle, because it is well known. I also don't believe that the other devices followed the correct copyright laws when they copied The Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm working on a way to bring my writing to the classroom.
Describe your desk
N/A. My desk is not mine. I have one at a University, and at a ciber cafe. I also write in bed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. It has broken my wrists for writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing professionally in High School.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, the one I'm writing now, is about the story of my neighbor, Geddy Kramer, who shot a few people then supposedly killed himself. I haven't seen his body, so I don't believe that he is dead. This book will explore how he felt before he shot people. It will also attempt to sympathize with the victims. Because the book is being written from the perspective of a madman, it could be maddening.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing professionally, and now I want to facilitate the publication of my work so that I can sell it.
Published 2015-03-28.
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Books by This Author

Red Chrystals
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 9,820. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Screenplays » Romance, Plays » Religious & Liturgical
Marriage could happen, but it will not be easy. A young couple, comprised of a single parent and a wealthy refugee from African conflict, come together against the hilarious backdrop of international intrigue. A coffee shop's patrons conspire in the background (or perhaps the foreground) while the marriage progresses and their efforts at societal supremacy clash hilariously with moral pretension.