About Christopher Cole:
I was born in Seattle, but raised in North Carolina since I was eight. I started work on my first novel when I was nineteen while living in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The novel developed into a series as I continued to develop the plotlines and characters. When not writing, I work as a welder in the Raleigh, NC area. I'm a welder and a writer, because I love working with my hands and creating a story. Writing is a lost art that I enjoy. The ideas I come up with are found when I found myself enjoying the beauty of this world like long walks on the beach or watching the sunset. I'm fairly new to being a published author. I care deeply about plot and characters which I believe are what make a story great.
What inspires you to write?
Usually, it's when I'm in the mood and it the moment of the scene of the chapter I'm writing. What really gets me writing is when I get a good idea for a good scene or dialogue.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Neal Shusterman is what inspired me to write. Before him, I read a lot of Gary Paulsen. I really like his style because it felt like you were there with the characters.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm an outliner writer. I write the major events that I know that I want to happen in the story. Then when I write I transition it from one major event to another. This also helps to decide whether to keep an event or change it. When enough time passes it can help you to improve your writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It comes down to what kind of a person do I want these characters to be. Actions speak louder than words, so what actions and events would define them? No character is perfect, so I brainstorm what are some likable flaws they could have.
What advice would you give other writers?
Make your characters human. Think about how they would react to certain situations because people react differently. Some people freak out while others are calm. Some people get angry easy, others don't. These can help define what kind characters you write and make them three-dimensional. They don't have to show every emotion but having show more than one makes them less boring.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I used query.net which where I found my publisher. There's pros and cons to both traditional publishing and self-publishing. Self-publish you have more control, but less protected from people that steal ebooks. Traditional you are more protected with copy rights, but it's a long process plus you have to get an audience from a company that's willing to accept your book. Research both to decide what you want to go with.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's becoming more and more difficult. So many people have a chance that it's harder to get books in book stores.
What genres do you write?: Science fiction, horror, action adventure, dystopian, thriller
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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