Interview with Steve Lundin

If possible – please write ‘the hook’ of your story in 25 words or less.
Master media manipulator Jack Vance receives an unlimited budget to launch the world’s first mobile TV network based around a reality show that guarantees the death of its contestants.
1. You probably get asked this a lot, but for my readers, please tell us…was there a ‘moment’ in your life where you decided ‘I am going to be a writer!’
No. If you are drawn to write it usually comes through reading, then writing – a lot. Your observations are translated into words and one day someone offers to pay you for them. Then you’re a writer.
Was there any one person in your life who inspired you to write?
Not one, many. All the authors on the racks of the bookstores and the stacks in the libraries. If there was ONE person it would probably be Mickey Spillane, someone I read as a child, worked with as an adult and chronicled when I wrote his obituary for the Chicago Sun-Times.
In that same vein, is there any one writer (dead or alive) you would call a mentor because of their style?
Elmore Leonard.
In today's hectic world, it seems like people just don't have enough hours in the day to do the things they want to do because of all the things they need to do. If you had 72 hours of uninterrupted ‘me time' what would you do? Would you write? Wo
I probably would not write – because that’s what I spend my waking hours doing. I would spend the time working on guitar chords and songs, then plowing through Spanish lessons on Rosetta Stone or Pimseluer.
Did you learn anything about yourself (either as a writer or perhaps about yourself, in general) while writing this book?
That I can see the whole thing at once and it takes a lot of coffee to get from A to Z.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
I had the title from the beginning. It was driven by the material.
Thinking of the First 500 words to your book, what was the main idea you wanted your readers to walk away with?
What the book was about, who was driving the action and a gnawing desire to find out what the next 75,0000 words were all about.
Does your book fit into more than one genre? If so, what is the ‘main’ genre?
The Manipulator is the world’s first satirical techno noir business thriller. Take your pick!
If you had to compare your book to another book in the same genre … what would it be and why?
Probably something by Elmore Leonard or Tim Dorsey: humorous thrillers that have a strong, grounded base in the realities where they are set.
If you were to go back and ‘undo’ something in your book what would it be?
Don’t ask a journalist about rewrites – if I opened that can of worms there would be no end to the changes. Think of the butterfly effect – the plot is so tightly interwoven that to begin to pull on a thread would turn a sweater back into a pile of yarn.
What sort of advice would you give someone considering becoming an Indie Author?
Just do it. The timeline of activity is compressed, which makes the process go faster. Know that most publishers have zero budget to market a book, so as a writer you’ll have to do that anyway. They also won’t give you much, if any of an advance and your profits will be much slimmer. SO – if you have the discipline to write something and it’s actually readable for your market and you can get your head around marketing, then it makes perfect sense to do it yourself. And there’s a bigger play at stake. Publishers are in the business of doing one thing: selling books. It’s all about the numbers. If books printed with toothpaste and written by gibbons were popular, that’s what you’d see on the shelves. IF you can demonstrate that you, through your indie efforts with your first book, have generated the kinds of numbers that sell books, you’ll be in a position to get an agent and a deal for your second book. Do the work, market, produce a good product, get followers, sell 10,000 copies and you will realize the value of becoming an indie writer in the first place.
Have you ever experienced ‘Writer’s Block’?
Writer’s block is for people who can afford not to write. If you’re doing this for a living you can’t afford to run out of ideas. A story, an article, a book, if properly grounded in your personal world view, will write itself. You’re just a transcriber.
As for your thought process … Do you brainstorm, outline, storyboard, or write short (meaning write a short story from beginning to end then start filling in where you think it needs more ‘oomph’ until it’s so full it’s done)? Or do you just sit
I am definitely an outliner. I will have a concept, write it down, create a box that requires a solution and let my subconscious figure out the path to daylight. It usually comes to me while I’m exercising. I’ll then add to my outline and start writing. Usually there will be a logical change of course halfway through and the final product will sort of resemble the outline. This whole story s then massaged through the process delineated above in an earlier question.
Published 2015-01-02.
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Books by This Author

The Manipulator: A Private Life in Public Relations
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,340. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
The Manipulator is a satirical techno-noir business thriller about advertising, greed, and the out-of-control edge of a media addicted culture. Set in 2018, this Amazon Top 100 satire follows the self destructive adventures of master media manipulator Jack Vance, who receives an unlimited budget to launch the world's first all mobile TV network. Fans of Elmore Leonard & Carl Hiaasen will love it!