About Brian Guthrie:
Based out of Germany with his wife, daughter, and two cats, Brian Guthrie is a serial author of science fiction and fantasy. He is currently writing and publishing his Future Worlds series on JukePop Serials and will begin publishing that series digitally in 2015. He also plans on writing another science fiction novel, a bit of historical fiction, and many short stories set in the Future Worlds universe. He holds a Bachelor’s in History and a Masters in History with honors, as well as degrees in Arabic and Intelligence Technology. He enjoys cosplay, volunteering, video games, all things geek, and can be found at many fan conventions across Europe and the US.
What inspires you to write?
To tell stories that can both entertain and help people.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline initially (and can get bogged down) once I get to the serious part of writing. Prior to that I try to imagine the major scenes to music like I would see them on the screen. Then I just start writing, usually playing a turn based game in the background to help me stay focused.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, particularly as my first series is a series of interviews.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write using your own experience to inform but don’t just copy. Autobiographies are NOT interesting.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I learned of online serial publishing in a writers course offered by Tracy Hickman. When I finished writing my first draft, I began exploring the idea and stumbled upon JukePop serials. I joined the site and my novel proved very popular during its six month run. Because of that and my participation in the community, the founder approached me with a proposal for them to provide me a unique approach to crowdfunding and in turn they would help with the nitty gritty work of distribution to the e-vendors. The project worked so well that I funded the first two novels in the series and am now publishing the series in novella form (one novel = three novellas) worldwide.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The era of big publishers dominating and controlling the market is ending. Digital is the way to go and more control for authors is the future. That said, authors need to be mindful of how much they flood the social media spectrum with their works. It’s to the point where most people just tune them out.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science-fiction, Fantasy, historical fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook