If you are not a full time writer what do you do to pay the bills?
What was your route to Indie authoring?
Any tips for your fellow Indie authors?
What served as your inspiration for Demon Gates?
What other work do you have available?
What sites is your work available on?
Are you currently working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?
Are there any authors that you really look up to?
What do you see the biggest challenge in being an Indie author as?
Have you ever been published in any magazines or any national publication?
Do you have a homepage/blog/twitter/facebook etc... that fans can follow your progress or contact you at?
What is your favorite book/series?
Are there any specific sites that you visit for advice or inspiration?
To be honest, I'm not sure! I guess it just comes natural to me, maybe something to do with the logical manner in which my mind works? Perhaps it is similar to situation awareness, and an ability to picture in my mind what I am writing, and having the foresight to see where it is going, and where I wat it to be.
Most of that information was created before I began work on Demon Gates. I knew I needed a solid basis for my work, which involved detailed information about many things likely to come up during the course of the novel(s). Surprisingly, I don't think it took me all that long to nut out the basics, and I have been adding and fine-tuning as I go along. The coloured map of Kil'Tar on my website was created using Paintshop (or something similar), copying a hand-drawn version I had drawn back when it all started.
Wow... this is like choosing a favourite child. I guess it would have to be Valdieron, although part of my persona probably went into the make-up of every character. Demon Gates came about from having the figure of Valdieron in mind, and forming all of the necessary theme, plots, details etc around him and what I envisioned him to be as a protagonist.
I guess Llewellyn is the token 'mentor', for means of a better word. There came a time in Demon Gates where I knew I had to branch out and make it more entertaining and 'epic', and to do so I needed some diverse characters to give me a means with which to impart information and help not only Valdieron to grow, bu the world of Kil'Tar also.
Not yet. Perhaps a bit of the Robert Jordan fan coming out in me ;) While I do have ideas about how I want the series to end and where I want it to go, the path is ever growing, with many twists, turns and forks. While I do not want to drag it out and wear the story too thin, I take it as a test of my abilities to see if I can make it to the 5 - 7 Book mark. Also, being my 'baby', like most books I read and love and don't want to end, so too am I fearing the day the Nexus Wars Saga comes to an end.
Do you have the outline for the whole series laid out or is it written on the fly? Juggling work and home duties means I do not get as much time as I would like to work on Book 3, which I can reveal will likely be named 'The Last Wind Dancer'. It is slowly coming along, however, although after the lengthy editing of Books 1 & 2, I am finding myself writing slower and being more mindful of style, flow, pace etc. Not sure if this is a good thing or not, as the previous 2 books came about 'on-the-fly', as all the images and ideas in my mind were let loose. Perhaps that is why the editing took so long for both once they were all done :) As I mentioned above, I have a bit of an idea about what I would like to happen, but I tend to go off on tangents as I write, as new ideas form and grow in my mind.
I am always looking to increase my reader base by offering free copies or give-aways. I also plan on giving sneak-peeks in the form of Chapters from Book 3 and beyond in my newsletter, so anybody interested should head over towww.robertdaybooks.com and sign up for the newsletter. The review contest for Book 1 didn't really take off, but perhaps another one in the future will have more success.
Thank you, Scott, and likewise all the best for your blog. Thanks to the passion, dedication and devotion of readers such as yourself, Indie authors will continue to dream.