He graciously sat down to answer my 10 silly questions, allowing us to see more into his life and process. He’s a good natured guy and, well, come on, he humored me…:D . On with the show!
1. What is your writing process?I am currently immersed in Augusts ‘Orpheus Rising‘ and am so not disappointed. If you are a fan of the erotic genre, this is an author you certainly want on your shelves! Click the pics to be taken directly to Amazon!
I plunk down at my laptop and write. I’m not an outliner, but a “pantser” — as I’ve read is the label for those who write by the seat of their pants. I have lots of projects in the works, so I try to focus on the one that I want to finish first. But sometimes, other stories pull me away. Usually, I have a story that I’m editing and another that I’m writing. Since I’m not wild about editing, this works better for me to break it up. But editing is certainly a big part of putting a story together, as I find lots of mistakes in my first drafts.
2. What do you read for pleasure?
Authors such as Stephen King and Donald E. Westlake. Their writing is really accessible — not dense and hard to understand. And they are great at crafting a story that pulls you along, making you want to find out what happens next.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
With blogging, it’s making connections. Having someone read my work and make a connection with it. Same with me reading someone else’s work and connecting with that. With writing, it’s the joy of telling a story. To me, writing is a rush, and it often clicks with me — where I fall into the story and have a wonderful time. That rush is also like a drug that I love getting back to. It’s an addiction. My goal is to make enough from my ebooks to quit my day job, so I can feed that writing addiction and produce more stories.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m just a guy who loves to read books and write stories. If you saw me walking on the sidewalk, I’d blend in with everyone else — there’s just nothing that remarkable about me. I’m an introvert, an observer of people, a lover of good conversation. I hold family and friends close to my heart and will bend over backwards for them.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
A strength is that I’m a hard worker. Early on (many years ago), I wrote when inspiration hit me — which was sporadic. I talked about loving writing more than I actually sat down and wrote. Then I learned from the advice of others that you need to write regularly. Make it a routine, like going to the gym. Now I write my butt off, and I’m writing more than I’ve ever done before. A weakness is keeping focused. I have so many ideas, that I tend to jump from one story or poem to another. I have many drafts in various stages of completion that I need to get back to and just finish the suckers.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Not really. I don’t light candles to the gods of writing, or anything like that. Might be a good thing for me to start doing, though — it might improve sales :)
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Marketing. I love writing, but trying to sell my stories feels cheap. When I tweet about a book, I feel like I’m saying, “Hey everybody, look at this! It’s really great! Promise!” And then tweeting many times a day. I’ve read on several authors’ blogs that this brings them sales, but it hasn’t done wonders for my sales. As cheap as it feels, I know the reality of self publishing is that you have to promote yourself. It’s a business, and not just crafting stories. If you don’t promote yourself, how are people going to discover your books? You certainly can’t just rely on luck and other people spreading the word about you. But a nice thing about social media is when you meet other indie authors out there. I’ve found a supportive community on Twitter — many people retweet my posts, and I retweet theirs.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
This is probably going to sound lame, but my wife makes our bed in the morning.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Islands in the South Pacific. Those beautiful beaches, lush plants, the gorgeous water. Ahhhh….
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Werewolves. They appeal to me because they speak of a wildness inside of us that probably only comes out when we’re drunk — or for some other reason we let our guard down.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Not at all prepared. I don’t own a gun. And I don’t think I’ll be able to bring down a lot of zombies with just my axe.
You can also follow August on his website and twitter @AugustMacGregor! GO! NOW!