About Anthony Caplan:
Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer, (the last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.)
Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150-year-old farmstead where he and his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have a small apple orchard.
His road novels, BIRDMAN and FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the last century. LATITUDES – A Story of Coming Home, released in the summer of 2012, is a young boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction, dislocation and distance. SAVIOR, a dystopian thriller, published by Harvard Square Editions in April 2014, reached the top spot on the Amazon list of psychological suspense books. And his latest, THE VICTOR’S HERITAGE, features a teenaged heroine in a dystopian thriller one reviewer called “a definite must-read, no matter your age!”
What inspires you to write?
I write because it’s the best drug in the world, a total immersion in a fantasy world that comes alive every time I set to work.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a hybrid writer. I started out as a seat of the pants sort, but have evolved in my approach over the years. Now I start out by doing lots of research on my subject area: time period, technology, etc. and at the same time am developing major plot outlines and character sketches. But once I get started I let the process take over and continue to evolve the plot and characters right through the first draft.
I generally make notes to myself on the document as I am writing whenever I think of something that might impact the story development.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters come alive as i write. They are alive on the page. In my head they are like puppets, dormant, perhaps with an interior life of their own, but I only hear them once I begin writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep reading. Keep writing. Refine your niche. Define your markets. Network with other writers. Travel.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
By a process of elimination. I always start out looking for a publisher to take on my books as I prefer to write rather than market my books, but fortunately or unfortunately, the publishing world has evolved so that self-publishing is an increasingly viable, though crowded, option.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future is wide open. We are not going back to the days of a few major publishers having the exclusive filter on what the reading public has access to. The freedom of readers and writers will only increase as technology continues to open up new opportunities.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: literary, contemporary, science fiction, thriller, dystopian.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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