Interview with Tanner Walling

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading that really had an impact on me was Storm Runners by Roland Smith. Up to the time that I read that book, I mostly read nonfiction because I love science, tech, history, etc. Storm Runners was a disaster thriller and connected in with my interest in weather. This book is still my favorite book and it led me to the rest of Roland Smith's work, who is now a major inspiration and influence on my writing style.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I liked the freedom in choice that you get as an indie author. You get to decide what to do and call all the shots on your book's journey from writing to publication and beyond.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a thrilling, entertaining story for the reader.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eleven. That's when I started a science and tech blog and got into writing nonfiction. I started writing fiction seriously when I was twelve.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors and books include Roland Smith (I love everything he ever wrote), Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider), Michael P Spradlin (Killer Species), James Dashner (The Maze Runner, The Mortality Doctrine), Marie Lu (Legend), and Jeff Hirsch (The Darkest Path).
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, it draws on a lot of my interests in weather. I wanted to write a realistic thriller on a topic that I was interested in, and weather was the first thing that came to mind. From then on I started work on Fury of the Storm, my YA disaster thriller.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was a story about an eagle that lived on a mountain and got lost and had to find its way back home. That was in the 2nd grade.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thrillers, Science Fiction, and Nonfiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Currently, the Fire tablet from Amazon.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing endlessly through Amazon and Goodreads...
Published 2016-08-22.
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