Interview with Vincent M. Wales

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Thorough disgust with conventional publishing, really. When I was shopping Wish You Were Here around to agents, I couldn't get any of them to read it. The reason stated (when they bothered to state a reason) was that it was too long. The book is long, I admit. It's over 300,000 words. But it's fantasy. People expect long books in that genre. I was advised to cut it in half. But that wasn't possible to do without eviscerating the story, so I went indie.

In the end, indie publishing suits me more, since I'm pretty much a control freak, anyway.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ever since I was a kid, I've loved comic books. Superhero comics, specifically. But after so many years, I got tired of the "standard" sort of superhero story. I liked reading the stories that were intensely personal, with the emphasis on how the characters are affected by the events, rather than the events themselves. These stories certainly exist out there in comic book world, but they're the exception.

Reckoning is the first volume of a trilogy titled The Many Deaths of Dynamistress, and it's a deeply personal story of a woman who manipulates her own DNA to gain superhuman abilities. But it's not a story about being a super-powered character. It's the story of the woman who just happens to be that person. There's enough action to satisfy the more conventional superhero fan, but that's not its focus.
What are you working on next?
As of this moment (September 2013), I'm working on the sequel to Reckoning, titled Redemption. Following that will be the finale of the trilogy, Renaissance. Following that, I've promised my fans that I'll finally do the sequel to Wish You Were Here (which I've always envisioned as a trilogy, also).
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is really important to me and I'm very fortunate to have a talented graphic designer as a close friend. I come up with the concepts and she makes them happen, sometimes adding a twist on my idea that improves it greatly.

Probably the best example is the cover for my 2004 novel, One Nation Under God (which is unfortunately not available via Smashwords). It shows a section of the U.S. flag. One of the stars is missing and in its place a Christian cross is stitched in. The title appears in a font that looks like police "do not cross" tape. My artist's choice of font really brings it all together.

I have no fondness for covers that don't reflect something about the story, and I see an awful lot of those from conventional publishers. What a waste.
What do your fans mean to you?
I can't even begin to tell you. They mean so, so much. To receive an email from a total stranger telling me how much they loved my book... that's an amazing feeling. One of the reviewers of my second novel, I swear, reads a book a day. And she said mine was the best book she read in 2006. To this day, she's a huge promoter of my work.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of science fiction and some fantasy. Not exclusively, but primarily.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Well, I have to confess... I don't read ebooks. I still like my dead tree editions. I publish ebooks because so many people want them. But I can't imagine ever doing ebooks exclusively. I'll always do print editions.
Describe your desk
My desk is cluttered with all kinds of stuff... books, office supplies, pictures, and so on. But the desk itself is awesome. It's from a company called Legare. Made of bamboo. And it's all interlocking pieces, no tools required for assembly. Once clear of clutter, I can take the desk and hutch apart and put them back together in under five minutes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The urge to pee, generally.
Published 2013-09-24.
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Books by This Author

Series: The Many Deaths of Dynamistress. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,500. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Redemption is the second book in the superhero memoir trilogy, The Many Deaths of Dynamistress.
Series: The Many Deaths of Dynamistress, Book One. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,950. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The only thing young Dinah Geof-Craigs wanted to be when she grew up was a famous, super-powered metahuman. But puberty came and went without the genetic gift she felt she deserved. So she determined to correct Mother Nature's "oversight." Even if it killed her. Reckoning is the first book in the superhero trilogy, The Many Deaths of Dynamistress.
Wish You Were Here
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 303,460. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When a teenage boy from modern Earth is mysteriously transported to an alien world, his contemporary attitudes and beliefs are taken to task. This is the story of his coming-of-age in a world of magic and monsters, facing adventure, tragedy, fame, fortune, romance... and a search for a way home.