About Brian Kindall:
Brian Kindall writes books – some for kids, some for grown-ups – brimming with the absurdity, beauty, and mystery of life. He crafts his stories to join the finest qualities of literature with large doses of adventure, peopling them with one-of-a-kind characters you won’t soon forget. He is a master at playing humor against pathos, and fairytales against reality, all for the sake of a good (and sometimes quirky) read. He loves mountain climbing and free-diving and his wife and three kids. He lives with them on the shores of a pristine mountain lake, somewhere in the middle of Idaho.
Brian is the author of adult fiction novels DELIVERING VIRTUE and FORTUNA AND THE SCAPEGRACE (out summer of 2018), and middle-grade fiction novels BLUE SKY and PEARL.
What inspires you to write?
I want to create stories that have the quality of writing you'd find in classic literature but are engaging and entertaining, with characters that are unusual but relatable. I find much about the human condition absurd and mysterious and I like to have fun with getting that into my books – I reference a lot of myth and fairytale to that end.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a seat of the pants writer in that my stories just come to me, usually while I'm on long hikes or runs. I begin writing them, but then after a while I feel the need to outline just to be sure everything comes together in the end. I write on a computer, but just use paper and pen for outlining.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh sure, I'm completely involved with them while I'm writing the book. Didier Rain is definitely, unfortunately, a part of me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep going. Write more books. You'll get better and better, and you'll find your audience. Write to a specific person – if you try to appeal to everyone, your writing won't be as effective. Trust that that person will find your book and being specific about what your writing is will help others decide if it's for them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish so I could be involved with every part of the process. Granted, I didn't know how hard it would be, but I still think it was the best way to go. Ultimately, an author just wants his stories out there, so both routes accomplish the same objective, there's just a much steeper learning curve on the self-published side.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I definately think the line is going to fade between self and trad publishing. The quality of self-published stuff is going to get better and better. I think readers appreciate being able to find unique writing – books whose value isn't determined by lowest common denominator market testing. If, as an author, your first goal is high quality then you will find your way to success.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Literary fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, middle-grade fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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