About Cathbad Maponus:
With an Associates degree in Literature, Cathbad has published several short stories, the novel “Flight of the Elves”, the short story collection “Stories of the Elves of Kali”, and their companion, “The Shen (Elven) Language Guide”. Upcoming books include “Stories of the Mountain Elves of Kali Volume 2”, “Relics of Kali”, the second novel in the “Mountain Elves of Kali” series, and the 2nd Edition of the Language Guide,
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been an enthusiastic reader since grade school. In college, I discovered roleplaying games, I have been a Game Master for 35 years, and I discovered I wanted to share my stories!
Tell us about your writing process.
A story idea pops in my head – usually around three in the morning – and my mind won’t rest until I at least get an outline written! I procrastinate a lot, but eventually get that first draft done… then I throw it out and start over. I’m usually happy by the 4th or 5th draft. Then comes the (ugh!) editing – and more procrastination!
It took me 5 years to write “Flight of the Elves. Fortunately, it’s taking me half that time to finish my 2nd novel, “Relics of Kali”.
Even though I write Fantasy, I do a lot of research, to make sure I don’t write something that makes me look like a fool. I also proofread continuously, to ensure consistency!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are mean to me – even the ones you think are nice! I try to write an event in two or three paragraphs, and they keep making me add more! They let me know when I write something they feel is “out of character” for them, and they laugh at my typographical errors!
Talk to my characters? Naaahhh. 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
Write and rewrite until you are satisfied with what you’ve written Then stop. There’s a danger in overthinking your writing!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was always fearful of being rejected by the Big Publishers, So self-publishing was a no-brainer for me!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope the trend in self-publishing (Createspace, Kindle, etc.) continues. What a plethora of great stories! And if it were up to the Big Publishers, we’d never see them!
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I mostly write Fantasy, bt also short stories in Sci-Fi, Horror and Mystery. Oh, and sume poetry too, 🙂
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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