About Bart Hopkins:
Bart Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has called an eclectic mix of places home, such as Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Korea, and Germany. He was born in the middle of the 1970s.
He has served in the US Air Force for 20 years as a meteorologist. His passions include reading, traveling, photography, writing, and sharing time with his beautiful wife and three awesome children.
Bart feels that his background as a weatherman bridged naturally into the world of fiction—he’s seen fire, and rain, and sunny days that he thought would never end. He hopes to one day achieve global peace through his writing—one individual at a time—one book or article or post at a time. For now, and possibly forever, he writes across multiple genres.
Bart has written three novels—Like, Texas Jack, and Fluke—and has a book of short stories, Dead Ends. He blogs. He’s on a permanent quest to find the time to be lazy.
What inspires you to write?
The world around me, combined with my overactive imagination, lead naturally to writing. Every day I see at least 50 things I want to write about. I began reading when I was in the single digits and being a reader and an author is a dream come true.
Tell us about your writing process.
The first 25-50% of my books have been written without any planning. An interesting situation, or a character flaw, or some other minor but colorful thing serves as the kindling that starts the fire. Once I get about halfway, I outline a little bit, but not much, unless I need to remember a sequence of events, or facts. I have a horrible memory!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes I imagine I’m one of my characters during everyday life, just to see how they’d react to random situations. They talk to me more than I talk to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. Revise. Hire an editor and listen to them and revise again. Get proofreaders, hear them out, and revise again. If you hit a block, jump to a new story, and go back to the other when the flow returns.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I unsuccessfully tried the agent querying process. So, I jumped right over to self-publishing. I think new authors should do the research and then follow their heart. There are advantages and disadvantages to all publishing methods.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that both eBooks and print books have a cherished place in this world.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Thriller, Horror, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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