Know your author – Interview with Smashwords

Here are a few excerpts from my recently concluded interview with Smashwords. Read the full interview here.

What is your writing process?

I don’t follow a rigid writing process, especially since I prefer to write on an ad hoc basis whenever inspiration strikes. I start with a main character, and add characters as and when they make sense to the plot. The main plot itself begins at the end (of what the main character needs to achieve or prevent), and then I begin to build up a story around the main plot to a point that actually makes sense. It’s harder writing it this way but it works since the finished product is extremely focused and does not contain too many flowery details.

I constantly edit my stories, or chapters, so what my story ends up like is never same (not even close!) as the one I wrote to begin with. I go for at least four editing rounds on each chapter myself, before I get another pair of eyes on the story.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I lead an extremely mundane life outside of writing! I keep a day job that helps pay the bills and prefer to stay in bed or spend time with family when I’m not writing. That being said, writing is probably what keeps me going and helps keep the passion alive.

Who are your favorite authors?

I’ve been fascinated by edge-of-your-seat thrillers, and the first name that comes to my mind is Frederick Forsyth. If you look at my personal collection, I own and have read most of the titles the man has written. I’m currently re-reading “The Devil’s Alternative”, which is by far my most favorite novel. In the same genre, I’ve read and enjoyed works of Dan Brown, Will Adams, Scott Mariani and the occasional novel from Matthew Reilly.

The Harry Potter series, by J K Rowling, is also something I’ve read and re-read, and is specially close to my heart.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

The time factor. Since I keep a day job that’s extremely challenging and demanding, I initially aimed to de-stress by writing few words a day, everyday, only to keep my mind fresh. I was able to write for one straight year before the book took form and another few months went by polishing it to make it publish-worthy. I had a good reader base for my blog so I decided I would publish and market the book myself, and in doing so would: 1) Understand the book publishing business and what the function of each process is, and 2) Find out what works and what does not in the self-publishing process and seek professional help in areas that don’t.

Also, being an Indie author helps me get honest reviews regarding my work that may not have been possible if the book was mass published and marketed (although I could do with the jump in sales!).

What do your fans mean to you?

Everything. There are no words to describe what my readers mean to me; you are the reason I get out of bed every day and put pen to paper. I’m extremely thankful to all of you for the support and encouragement and I sincerely hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy bringing it out for you.