Interview with Thom Gabrukiewicz

What motivated you to become an indie author?
There's nothing I've ever wanted to do, or wanted to be, than be a writer. I chose the life of a journalist, but always continued to writer short fiction. As my body of works grew, I decided to put the Troublemaker collection together.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it easy to publish an ebook across several platforms. Also, there is real marketing help, which can only make you more successful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Adding something to the world that is creative. If we spent more time creating rather than destroying, just think of how much better the world would be. And it's an easy thing. Write. Bake a loaf of bread from scratch. Teach your child to finger paint. that's the joy - at the end of a daily writing session, I've added something to the world.
What are you working on next?
So many of my friends and fans have asked when my first novel is coming out. It's a work in progress. Right now, I'm working toward adding to my collection of writing by branching out past flash fiction into some longer pieces, short stories, if you will.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot, because I think it makes you a better writer. Certainly, JD Salinger was an early influence, as well as Flannery O'Connor, Dorothy Parker and James Thurber. Stephen King, just for the body of his work. Chuck Palahniuk isn't afraid of anything, and I really dig that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live at the base of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, so I tend to spend a lot fo time outdoors, hiking, hunting and fishing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Certainly Smashwords, although Goodkindles also is a great site to discover new authors.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My parents actually kept it. I was very young. The story (and artwork that went with it) was about a boy who has all sorts of crazy adventures.
What is your writing process?
I tend to write fast, keeping up with the idea, yet sort of letting the story go where it wants to go. Then I edit slowly. Very slowly. And I can tweak a story for years.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"To Build A Fire" by jack London. I like to write with a lot of description, and London's tale is so stark, but so descriptive. You feel a chill as you read it.
How do you approach cover design?
I have to agree with most ebook authors that the cover art is the most important part of the ebook process. I works with a very talented graphic artist, Peter Radcliffe, on the design of "Troublemaker." I shared several short stories with Peter, and asked him to see which one spoke to him. He said "Troublemaker" reminded him of Palahniuk. When he delivered the cover with the pigeons that also reminds people of a human heart, I was hooked. Funny thing is, the flash piece "Troublemaker" almost didn't make the collection, since I worried it was a bit too dark for readers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Catcher in the Rye," JD Salinger: It was the first book that really spoke to me as a person, and as a writer.
"The Time Traveler's Wife," Audrey Niffenegger: I am amazed at how flawed Henry DeTamble is, yet you still care about him; that taught me a lot about character building.
"To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee: Because of its wisdom, as seen from the eyes of a little girl.
"The Stand," Stephen KIng: It's a huge work, but it works.
"Straight Man," Richard Russo: It's the funniest serious novel I've ever read. It takes a lot of talent to straddle that edge.
Published 2013-09-28.
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Books by This Author

Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,260. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Troublemaker is a collection of 30 flash fiction pieces that move from light and whimsical to maliciously dark. These pieces clock in at 300 to 2,000 words, move along pretty quick, yet are rich and detailed. Got a few minutes? Go ahead, be a Troublemaker.