Chris M. Hibbard was born in the suburbs of New Jersey, the second of three brothers. His family soon moved to Alaska, where he grew up scrambling over the mountains and beaches of a remote village wedged between thickly wooded peaks and deep fjords. His childhood shaped in him an early love for family and the outdoors, and inspired such hobbies as wildlife photography, grafting fruit trees, and horticulture.
His first novel began as a collection of stories he invented to entertain his children. He, his wife and four children make their home in the Piney Woods of South Texas.
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What inspires you to write?
A great outlet for the sea of ideas stewing in my mind
Tell us about your writing process.
I place diverse characters into a rough framework of a plot , and observe what the characters tell me: how they react, interact, then alter and contribute to the plot.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Definitely listen–they have a lot to say.
What advice would you give other writers?
NSE: Never Stop Editing. The flood of indie fiction today is full of under-edited books. Competition is fierce. Your book needs to stand out for the right reasons to gain exposure. Pay for a professional content-editor, and line-editor.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was inspired by a article I read some years ago in Newsweek, on indie publishing, called, “Who Needs a Publisher?” I was shocked by the stories in Noah Lukeman’s book, ‘The First Five Pages” detailing the huge failure rate of authors with their first book, authors who became award-winning, bestselling authors after many, many rejections–the rejection process seems nearly random. These two influences lead to my decision not to try traditional big-house publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of publishing is definitely in eBooks. Classroom textbooks will be the last to go, but they are expensive, and education budgets will eventually win. We are in a transition for publishing–this is not the final state.
The great maelstrom of under-edited, under-read, under-sold eBooks will one day shrink, and the giant print-media publishers will either join the game of ePuplishing, or dwindle to a single corporation through buy-outs, mergers, and death spirals. This one corporation will then become reliant on the federal government to remain viable, then remain in control of the niche market for “historic books”.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Christian Short Fiction, Epic Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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