About Adam C. Veile:
I was born in Jefferson City, Missouri to a family of all twins (a brother and two younger sisters). I’ve been told that I liked to write at a young age, but I don’t remember that at all. I first remember really getting into writing during a creative writing class at Helias High School. After high school, I studied at Lindenwood University. I thought business was a more practical field than writing, but that only lasted for one boring class. Instead, I earned my degree in English and communications.
I’m a big fan of wandering around–usually a walk around the neighborhood will keep me happy–but after college I took it to a new level. Despite aiming for film school in Los Angeles, I ended up working at a casino on the Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico. It was a life changing experience in many ways, but that episode first got me interested in Western themes in my work.
After a little more wandering, and graduate school at Missouri State University, I moved back to Jefferson City, where I currently live with my wife and daughter. I teach online writing courses for Columbia College, and I also work at Communiqué, Inc., a communications firm my dad founded just months before I was born.
I don’t have much free time, but when I do I still like to write and wander, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
What inspires you to write?
I feel like there should be a flowery answer to this, but writing is simply what I enjoy doing with my time. I’ve worked on my writing my whole adult life, and it’s become a part of me.
Tell us about your writing process.
The most difficult (but probably most important) part is coming up with a great idea. I’ll sit around and kick around ideas for what seems like a lot of wasted time. Then, I’ll scribble down some notes. Some of those notes will look like character sketches and outlines, but in a very informal way. Then, I tend to write a brief draft. This draft will be about 30-40 pages. It’s a way to get my ideas on paper and see how they look. Finally, I’ll rewrite it 20-30 times. I think I need to get that number down. I’ll always have beta readers, but I don’t use any special software.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes I feel like I’m watching my characters, and other times I feel like I’m in one of the character’s shoes, seeing the world from his or her perspective. I thought I was depressed for about a month one time, but then I realized it was just a character I was writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Try to get a little better every day. When you look at the big picture, things can look hopeless, but when you look at just the next step, things look very manageable.
Always look for people who will tell you what’s wrong with your work. It isn’t any fun, but those are the people who will make your work better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I thought I had the skills to publish my own book. I have a big writing background, and I do layout and marketing for my day job. I wanted to just jump in, instead of wait around for a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think reading will decline some, and I think that it will become more difficult to reach a wide audience. Books will attract small pocket of followers, though there will still be some blockbusters.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Action-adventure, children’s
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print