Brian D. Meeks is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Economics. He is the author of the Henry Wood Detective Series and also wrote a book about the 1986-87 Iowa Hawkeyes Men’s basketball team titled Two Decades and Counting: the Streak, the Wins, the Hawkeyes Thru the Eyes of Roy Marble.”
He lives and writes in Eastern Iowa.
What inspires you to write?
I write most, but not all, of my novels as serials on my blog. The readers follow along each night when I put up the new chapter and leave comments. It is a fun way to create, but often they stories head off in directions I didn’t anticipate, because of the comments.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a seat of the pants writer, meaning I don’t plan my novels. Killing Hemingway, which is my current project, is the only one I’ve done any outlining for, and I’ve not found it to be that beneficial.
I have a degree in Economics and am a fan of chess. After a life of thinking strategically, I find that I don’t tend to have problems with plot holes, which is something I know other writers worry about. I have written myself into a corner a time or two, but I always find a way out.
Writing using the same part of the brain as math and since that is my strong suit, it comes fairly easily.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I tend to listen to them. My favorite thing is dialogue. I don’t plan it out. One character says something and then my brain will come up with a snarky response. That is where the best parts come from, the dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t write in a list. Sentence after sentence of description makes me stop reading.
i.e… He walked into the library with all of its Victorian finery and sat down.
I don’t need to describe the chair, you can already see it. Do I need to mention the walls? Probably not, I’m guessing you’ve got that covered, too. What about the floor, the desk, the lamps, nope, you’ve got them in your brain as well.
Don’t worry so much about whether the reader’s library looks the same as your library. It doesn’t matter. The reader will create the world that suits them best and in the end, they’ll give you credit for it.
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How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had only intended to do a Kindle version, but a small publisher of woodworking books (my blog was mostly about woodworking at the time) wanted to publish. I said “no”, but he kept bugging me. I finally let him do the print version and I handled the Kindle.
I really wanted to learn how to publish Kindle books, so I wasn’t willing to give up that opportunity. The back and forth between my tiny publisher and me took six months. In that time I finished the second book, Henry Wood: Time and Again, which is being released April 23, 2013.
I learned a bunch from the process. Now, I do it myself. I love publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I would imagine that there will be new publishing houses, who think like Indie’s, and they will be nimble. These giant killers will publish books in weeks not years. They will NOT have Manhattan office rent for expenses and their employees will live all over the world. They will pay better than Traditional publishers and because they were born of social media, be better able to help with marketing.
In the end, the reader and writer will benefit.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Thriller, Satire, Childrens/YA, Sports Non-Fiction
What formats are your books in?
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