How excited are you for another Author Interview? Today I have Ben, who released his debut earlier this year and I can't wait to share his insider information with you.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I hope that I can leave some kind of positive impact on reader’s lives. When I was growing up I would always love reading, and no matter how good or bad my life was at the time I could always pick up a book and go on an adventure.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Robert Michals is actually a pretty plain person. He doesn’t have any crazy powers or the like. He is pretty smart, but that actually gets in his was now and again. He also thinks that he has to try and fix everything, which makes him a little misguided at times. More than anything, Robert is just a run of the mill kind of person, who wants to try and do some good in the world.
Would you mind sharing a favourite quote from your book?
“Shh. . . it’s life in a cup.” Robert is speaking about coffee with a co-worker after having just finished a long night shift when he says this.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? (* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
Sadly no, I don’t have a trailer and don’t have any plans for one in the works. Perhaps with one of my later works I can put one together.
Where do your ideas come from?
I’ve always had a bit of an active imagination, so some ideas just pop in my head and never leave me alone. Other times I pick up a random factoid and run with that as the center of the story. More than anything I try and pull from my own experiences, or the experiences of those around me, to try and make my writing as relatable as possible. One example is a number of questions I’ve asked females friends of mine about the female perspective, which can lead to some pretty comical conversations.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Every project is different. For Robert Michals: The Demon In The Trees I mostly took an idea and ran with it. That meant I had to research while trying to hit the word count of NaNoWriMo at the same time, so that was a fun experience. And for a few of my other ideas, I’ve started some researching and outlining to see how that works out for me.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
Some weeks I write daily, others I’m luck to write for an hour. However, I do have weekly goals. They will be either word count or scene goals depending on the situation, and I make my best effort to hit that milestone every week.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
When I do write, I try to put two thousand words to the page. That doesn’t always work out, but no one’s perfect.
How much research do you do?
That all depends on the topic. For my first book I did about sixty hours of research into Wendigo mythology alone, not to mention other pieces that I was clueless about at the time. For my current Work In Progress I’ve done about the same amount of research into the various medical procedures as well as coming up with the various fantasy aspects I’ll need.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
I have writers block as a default. It’s always a pain to deal with, but you can’t let the lack of ideas/motivation stop you from moving things forward. Especially in the first draft.
What book/s are you reading at present?
Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, and The Architects Of The Gifted: The Whisper War by Cameron C. Cross.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I can’t really be sure about that. In theory, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Give a book away and the person who reads it enjoys it enough to recommend it to friends and family, and boom more publicity. If they don’t like it, I find it hard to believe they would go out of their way to slander the book if they most they have to say is “Meh, it just wasn’t for me.”
Did you format your own book?
I did. It took a bit of research and enough facepalms that I thought I was going to leave a dent in my forehead, but I finally managed to put it together in a way that I liked.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I was in the Navy for four years as an IT, and am currently in school to get my degree in Computer Science so I would likely go into some kind of programming field. Either testing and debugging games, or software engineering to make apps and the like.
Are there any more ideas for future books on the cards?
There are plenty of ideas rolling around my head, each one fighting to be worked on first.
Advice to aspiring writers?
Finish the first draft. It’s going to look like a heaping pile of garbage, but that’s okay. After that you get to revise and edit. You can’t edit a blank page. While you’re going through and making changes you’re going to think “This is so bad!” But that’s okay too, because that means you’ve improved as a writer since you started this project.