About Chris Stoesen:
Chris is an amateur author with interests in both historical and fictional subjects. He was born in 1970 and raised by fantastic parents in Tampa, Florida. So all of his shortcomings are of his own making and not their fault. His single greatest achievement is being married to the same wonderful woman for over 23 years. He and his family, live in the Atlanta area.
What inspires you to write?
I love to write about history or semi-historical items. Mostly, I like to put myself into a historical situation and figure out how I would handle things differently. I find it great fun to just let my imagination to roam free and see what i come up with. Honestly, it has resulted in numerous partially written manuscripts that are destined for the rubbish bin.
Tell us about your writing process.
For me, the writing process is coming up with the basic framework of the world that I am writing in. This is usually notes sketched out on a notepad. Then I put together the main ideas of what the book will be about. On to this, I begin to write. So the outline is very loose and most of the chapters organically come out of that framework.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Talking to my characters has proven a great way to get ideas. It really is a great tool to let your imagination go places that it would not necessarily go otherwise. When the character is fleshed out enough to “talk back”, it makes writing what they are doing so much easier. Unfortunately, they sometimes disagree with what I am doing with them.
What advice would you give other writers?
I really only have two pieces of advice. First is spend money on editing. It is worth it. Second is to go ahead and write. You won’t know how it turns out if you don’t try it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish after being convinced by a friend that it was a good thing to do. Phil McClimon had written several books at the time he talked me into it. His zombie stories were doing well and he convinced me to give it a try. With Amazon, Google and other eBook portals open to authors, it is so simple to get published that there was no reason not to.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishing will probably shift further and further into electronic format. With self publishing so easy now and cost effective for the author, I can only see this becoming more prevalent. What will happen is the vendors (Amazon, Google, B&N, KOBO, iTunes) will in effect become the defacto publisher. More and more authors will crowd the space and having independent books “found” by readers will get harder instead of easier.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Alternative History, Action, Adventure, Military, History
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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