I have been in the writing game for only two years, writing at times a story a day for months on end. There’s no better feeling than getting feedback from across the globe, knowing you made a stranger laugh, or snort their morning coffee. Nor is it more stressful knowing those same people are looking out for a new story every day! My name is Adam Carter, originally from the U.K. and now a U.S. Citizen, with two munchkins under my roof and a wonderful wife. In putting together my current book I’ve picked out the stories that were favorites of my own, and my readers. I have no idea why it is every story has to have a strange ending! Only therapy can probably answer that one!
What inspires you to write?
The ideas that come to me through the day. It may be a situation or a title, and I just have to turn that into something. For some reason the ‘odd meter’ in my head is most active first thing in the morning.
Tell us about your writing process.
As a short story writer I’m either writing from a title already outlines the idea, or it might be a twist on an existing story (fairy tales and bible stories are easily my favorite to mess around with). I will tend to craft the skeleton of the story, then work around that adding new ideas and layering the piece. Other times I can sit down and start writing without a clue as to how a story ends. Those are the times when the story writes itself, in an near ‘eureka’ moment.
What advice would you give other writers?
These days, start a blog. Get comfortable with proof reading, dealing with readers, posting, editing and everything that comes with the territory. You’re writing skills will improve, and you’ll feel more comfortable with your work. It’s a bit like muscle memory for the brain. After a while things fall into place, and you also get a good idea from your readership whether or not your actually writing something the public values. That’s the point where you want to think about a book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I finally felt I had enough quality material that I knew had already won over my readers at my blog. Publishing the book was simply the next step in the process, and turned out to be surprisingly easy to do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s really hard to say. The printed book still has a good life ahead of it, but like music media it’s days are clearly numbered. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. It’s wonderful to be able to publish as an Indie, but at the same time a flooded market means you have to work hard to self publicize to get heard above the noise.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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