About DC AKERS:
Like many who enjoy the fantasy genre, I started reading it as an adolescent. I was fascinated with Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I currently enjoy reading works by Dean Koontz, Heather Brewer, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy creating a fantasy world with compelling storylines, while injecting humor and a touch of drama into the action as I did with his first book Terra Vonnel and the Skulls of Aries, which has received rave reviews.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, after I have written the outline and have some general direction I stick to a very strict writing schedule. I write six days a week for about four to five hours straight until the novel is finished. I never set a word count for myself; I write until I think I’m done for the day. Most of my writing is done at night, in the dark. Just the light from the monitor is all I need. I love to write when it’s raining, too. I can get really creative then!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
That’s a good one! Well, it’s like Franklin P. Jones said, “One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.” So yeah, I talk to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
I believe if you want to be great, you surround yourself with great people. I understood early on that I’m a storyteller and nothing more. I’m not an editor or graphic artist. It’s important to understand what your strengths are and to get help with your weaknesses.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
At first it was a lot of research—learning what I would need to do, and who I should choose as my main distributor. Then it was about building my team, which included my editors, graphic artist, and someone to format my manuscript. Then I began to build my author platform. I knew taking the self-published route with Haven was going to be a challenge, but I love the control it offers. I think of it as a business, and in reality that is exactly what it is. I know that as the CEO of my company, I cannot and should not try to do everything myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is audiobooks, without a doubt.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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