Interview with Tomasz Smykowski

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well, when i was in secondary school i was writing short stories. They was funny but short. I don't remember them good. I remember my first important story to be the one written for a french language contest. It was about a fact-based novel-journey to Montmartre in Paris, France. I didn't know french language so well to use it for writing, so i wrote it in polish language. But the jury decided that stories submited in french was so bad, that they will give me the first price. I was thinking about the story for weeks before i wrote it, imagining the main characters, and place of action, but i didn't know if i win. It was just for fun. But when i won i thought to myself: oh, if i did it for fun and it was ok, maybe i can do it for real and it will be ok also.
What is your writing process?
First i think of what i would like to write about. Then i inspire myself with real information, interesting facts and so on. Than i give myself some time to think and don't write. When i have some idea i try to imagine what it would be like, what is the place where action takes place, who are people interacting in the story. Than i try to imagine what it would be like. After some time i write what i came up with, and see how it could go further. I don't like the idea of scatching point A and B and link it, because if you know what direction story goes, it's hard to make it unclear to reader. So i go to some middle points and leave the clarification for the last part.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember my first story, but i remember some stories that was important for me. One of the authors i had always warm feelings for is Jack London. He has the sence of imagination and beauty in writing i was always impressed of. I don't want to copy him in any way, but his lecture showed me that writing is an art where you can paint in a beautifull way instead of only painting beautifull paintings.
Describe your desk
Well.. i have a fan, empty cup of coffee, a empty glass of water, some CDs with photos and music, and a pen. Nothing out of ordinary.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grow up in a suburb part of middle-sized city in Poland. It's that kind of place where nothing interesting ever happens. The place was surrounded by a forrest, having many streets of houses of middle class people and several blocks of flats. It influenced me to write interesting things that can happen.
When did you first start writing?
I think it was at the end of primary school? I had some pen friends and sometimes i was writing some stories for them. It was fun and they appreciated it. It was a great time. Waiting for a letter from someone who took time what you wrote, and writing his individual long answer, and send it back. You can't copy this with all the e-mails and SMS you have now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is more a technical one. I wrote it as a manual for people willing to enchance their fanpage profiles on Facebook. So its more of a descriptive, guideline book that fiction. But still it was necessary, because people like to learn while they are gone from computer. Even about technical stuff. And i think it is what drives them to buy the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried to publish my books with some publishers in my country, but they didn't feel like my books will sell enought i suppose. So i decided i will publish my books on my own. Maybe it's not an art that will make millions of sales, but if only several people will like it i think it is worth the effort.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Well i love to research information for stories, because i love to learn new things about the world around me. Then is the part where you can add something from yourself and create the story. I like it also. But what i like the most is to imagine the world of the story and what would happen.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spent it reading about the world, finding interesting information, reading what people say about the things i'm interested in, searching for some good music.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have a fanbase as far i i know. Well it would be great to have them, but now i don't have the necessary base of stories that could make me someone worth of being fan for.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

Podręcznik tworzenia stron internetowych na Facebooku
Price: $6.60 USD. Words: 11,000. Language: Polish. Published: January 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Social networking, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing
Wyróżnij się, zdobądź fanów, zwiększ ekspozycję marki, wywinduj sprzedaż i popraw obsługę klienta!
14 tekstów o Internetowych startupach
Price: $6.60 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: Polish. Published: May 30, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » E-commerce / auctions & small business
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