Interview with Roman Koidl

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly surf the web and just keep my eye open for new releases. The titel and cover page have to catch my attention.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a poem. We had to do it as an exercise for school and I wrote in within 5 minutes in the train going to school. It was about love and I liked it. (laughs)
What is your writing process?
I know a lot of writers say you have to force yourself to write a minimum of 2,000 words a day or seven pages a day or write for the trash can, etc. I don;t believe in that. I write in waves whenever I feel inspired. It is true that I mostly get new ideas as I am writing but I don;t have a schedule to write. Write whenever you feel like it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"The Chess Story" by Stefan Zweig, a German author. I had to read it in school and I still think about it today, 15 years later. I was astonished how a writer could create and keep the excitement going by writing about a man who is on his own with a chess book. Incredible.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm hoepless and have someone do it for me. (laughs)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don;t really have favorite books. In like non-fiction a lot and books that take you into the life of people living in small villages. It gives me a sense of security.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm more of a TV documentry person. (laughs)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Advertising on boards promoting free books.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I write mostly in coffee shops
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Frankfurt, Germany but becasue my mother is from Ireland and my dad from Austria I was raised very international traveling to many countries visiting relatives. Therefore I like to create pictures and make the book like watching a movie - short sentences.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's basically a story about my life. Nearly everything in that book happend to me. I was always looking for the right job and only got internships. At the same time I was trying to make my girlfriend proud of what I am doing. I believe many people out there are encountering the same.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Freedom to write and do what you really desire.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being your own boss and creating a world based on your fantasy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them I wouldn't be where I am.
What are you working on next?
A mystery thriller involving the devil.
Published 2014-04-18.
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