About Bryan DeMinico:
Bryan DeMinico is an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate who served two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A born Floridian, he played trumpet in the Broward Community College jazz band and was a P’an Ku literary arts magazine staff member, beginning catalysts for his creative side. After nearly 10 years in the United States Army as an Armor Officer, he transitioned into civilian life. Continuing his love for writing and creativity, he set forth a personal journey to complete his first novel.
What inspires you to write?
From such a young age I loved creating. I think it comes from such a vivid imagination and all these stories that can bounce around one's head, growing and changing. And feeling the need to express it, write it, form it, mold it, give it to readers to experience another world. It is a humbling and awesome experience to know readers will escape reality while they read my words.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do not go overboard on pre-writing exercises, but they are incorporated. They begin and end on a legal pad of paper. I start with a story that has been forming around my brain and imagination. The scenes play over and over. There are always a few wonderful and critical scenes that I know must present themselves in the finished product. I treat the entire novel, short story, poem, whatever I write, as a group of scenes, like a movie. I will pre-write the scenes, basically the chapters, to get an idea the direction of plot and story line. Have to know your characters as well. I do basic character bios, names, who they are, personalities. And then you take the basic structure and start typing. Let the voice and the scenes act out for the first draft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I will talk, to include some dramatic hand motions as if I am in the room and part of the dialogue. I then read back internally and listen. So, I would say, it's a two way street of interaction. The moral of the story, have fun and don't be shy.
What advice would you give other writers?
I self-published my first novel recently. It does take a lot of work, especially when you work full time. Have to just sit down and dedicate a portion of your life to it. Critique is good but beware of too much of it. Did the great classic writers/artists change themselves due to constant critique? At the end of the day, or night, it's your finished product. And lessons learned, as tough as it is, read your finished book at least twice, even if you think it is done. Make believe you are the reader and simply start your book/story as if you pulled it off the shelf and have no idea who wrote it. If the flow is there, success.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish, an endeavor that seemingly may be more difficult than mainstream. Why? I think the self-published author is truly on their own, alone and unafraid in outer space. I set forth on my first self-publishing adventure to get my name out there, to offer a finalized product for the reader to enjoy and take it from there.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Ultimately, in the far off future, when a robot can make my peanut butter and jelly sandwich, paper may become obsolete.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Science-Fiction, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy, General Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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