Interview with Weoulf Dietrich

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember, as clichéd as that is. I don't think I started to take it very seriously until I was thirteen or fourteen, though. I read a novel by Markus Zusak one day and everything just seemed to click into place. I knew that there was nothing else in this world I wanted to do.
What do you read for pleasure?
Well. Now that depends on what you mean by pleasure.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
While I was born in the Philippines, I grew up in Australia. I like to think I'd still enjoy the same themes and genres I currently write even if my family never moved overseas, but growing up in Sydney has definitely affected characterisation. Plots too. People vary from place to place and the culture here is very different to the culture in the Philippines.

Australia is a great place to live. There are so many places to visit - beautiful beaches, rainforests, bustling cities, zoos, and stretches of bush and desert. You get to meet all sorts of folks, see bizarre animals, and wake up to fuck-knows-what screaming outside your window. Living here is a hell of an experience. One that I can couple with my imagination and bring into my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's gotta be the storytelling. I think everyone has a story to tell and I think everyone has a story they need to hear. Stories change lives, shift worlds, and open eyes. I can't say that what I write now is particularly poignant, but what I write now is still meant to be read. For enjoyment, if nothing else.

When you put a love for storytelling together with a love for writing, people can tell. I think the greatest joy of writing for me is that somewhere out there, someone is willing to read my story. That's what keeps me going.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I really have fans, haha. But folks who read my stuff (and actually like the stuff I spew out) mean the world to me.

I love my readers. I would totally make out with all my readers. If you're not into that, I would totally hang out and watch a movie with you. Maybe cuddle. Maybe all of the above if that's more your deal.
Who are your favorite authors?
Markus Zusak, hands down. Then there's John Connolly, Madeline Miller, Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Thomas Harris, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and H.P Lovecraft.

There are plenty more but damn if I'm gonna sit here all day and type 'em up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and drawing. Playing video games. Studying, when I have to. I play with my dog, try and keep my one house plant alive, and play more video games. Sometimes, I even try to make them, albeit terribly. I also sleep excessively. Once in a while, I like wandering around the city pretending that I'm actually cool and not lost.
What is your writing process?
My routine for short stories is usually: get coffee, scribble an idea on a piece of paper, plot a scene out in five or ten minutes (by hand), then type until I have nothing left to write. Rinse, and repeat.

For longer works, I really lay it all out in notebooks. Plots first, usually. World-building comes after that. Then the characters. It takes days, weeks, months. Sometimes years. The writing part is more or less the same as my routine for short stories, except I'll take around fifteen minutes to a couple of hours for scene planning.

Afterwards, I put everything away for a month or two. Re-read it all, cringe, and then start to edit. I'll print everything out and edit by hand with a red pen. Then, it's back on to the computer to fix up what I need to fix up. A lot of coffee is usually involved.

Otherwise, it goes like this: lean out window, scream, startle birds, take an hour long shower, write five words, give up and go to sleep. Repeat.
How do you approach cover design?
Seriously. I really believe that book covers can make or break your book's success, so while I tend to make my own covers, I'm more than willing to pay someone else. Besides, great covers make a book more fun.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief' and 'The Messenger', 'The Book of Lost Things' by John Connolly, 'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller, and 'Everything is Illuminated' by Jonathan Safran Foer.

These books have either changed my life, set my path to writing, have simply inspired me over the years - or all of the aforementioned. If you haven't read any of them, I absolutely recommend you give them a go.
Describe your desk.
MESSY. Good Lord, it's a miracle I can even find anything.
Is Weoulf Dietrich your real name? Does it mean anything?
It's not the name on my birth certificate, certainly. Weoulf Dietrich is a pseudonym that I've been using online for a while now, and like every single one of my stories, I pretty much just pulled it out of my ass.
Published 2015-02-24.
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The Secret Beneath Engelsburg
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Simon Booker is a young Religious Studies student at the prestigious Engelsburg University; a handsome institute located near the coast. There, he meets the charming Asce Linden and the thoughtful Professor Jules Curwin – and unwittingly discovers an ancient horror lurking under his feet. It looms at the edge of his dreams, its static song calling...For him. (Free gay tentacle erotica.)