Brandon Zenner was born and raised in New Jersey, only a stones throw away from the shore. When not writing, Brandon keeps himself occupied working at a busy Irish bar. His newborn daughter, wife, and two dogs keep him constantly entertained.
What inspires you to write?
Daily life, and a good imagination.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to let the story come to life, almost surprising me, as the story continues. I don’t start writing until I have a good base for an idea, but the rest seems to happen on its own.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Ha! Well, only in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
When starting your fist project, it might seem impossible to get the ball rolling. I procrastinated for months, feeling the time just wasn’t right, or that I wasn’t 100% positive how the first line was going to begin. You have to make yourself sit and write, even if it starts off bumpy—even if what you’re putting on paper isn’t starting out any good. Then sit the next day and write more, and more. If you enjoy the craft, your writing will naturally progress, and you can go back later and edit anything that might need it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried sending out several queries, and spent months researching agents and how to craft the perfect query letter. But lets face it, without prior publication history, a degree, or knowing the right people, it is very hard to get picked up. For me, I had a specific time frame(when my daughter was born), that I would self publish on kindle. I am very happy with my choice, because of the control Amazon gives it’s authors, as well as the fact that I retain all rights and royalties—forever.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think paper books will go away completely, not any time soon, but electronic devices will grow and change, and become even more commonplace than they already are. Anyone and everyone can now publish a book, and if it’s good it will succeed, if it is not, it’s still an accomplishment for the author. Trial by peers(reviewers, bloggers, customers) seems to be the way people choose their next book.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fiction: literary, thriller, historical
What formats are your books in?