Anthony W. Eichenlaub was born in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1975 and got his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the faraway Iowa State. He since collected a Masters of Agriculture in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. He spends the bulk of his free time brewing beer, painting models, running, and writing. For nearly a decade he has been writing on his blog, which was originally started to record his experiences as a new father. Ever since, he has written science fiction and fantasy as well as for freelance roleplaying game magazine Kobold Quarterly.
What inspires you to write?
As a kid I was always great at enduring great lengths of boredom. I was a smart kid, so school was a long stretch of uselessness to me, but somehow I managed to get through it without ever getting in trouble. I did that by retreating into my imagination. I’d tell stories in my head that rivaled anything I could see on television. Writing allows me to capture a little bit of that magic. Maybe if I work hard at it I can help somebody else fight back boredom.
Tell us about your writing process.
I keep a busy schedule, so I tend to write in small chunks. I have an iPad with a bluetooth keyboard that I keep with me most of the time. Over lunch or during breaks I crank out a few hundred words. Since I keep a loose outline I am usually able to pick up and start working without much delay. Some parts of the story demand a more dedicated writing session, but usually I can get away with just fifteen minutes to an hour at a time.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t hear voices, but I do read all of my dialog aloud. Usually I wait until the family is out of the house. I might be a little crazy, but I don’t like to look it.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is art. Don’t compromise your values just for the sake of a better selling book. You’ll probably just end up with a boring book that doesn’t sell.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self publish for the simple reason that I am unwilling to give up ownership of my book. As soon as I sign with a traditional publisher they own the rights to that book. I want the power to change, move, or republish whenever I like. It’s very hard to get noticed as a self-published author, but I can deal with that. I have a day job.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishing is here to stay, but I think it’ll undergo some changes to adapt to the marketplace. I think self-pub will continue to increase as it figures out how to weed out the garbage. Right now it is very hard for readers find the books that they will like, but that gets easier as the tools evolve.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
science fiction, fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print