About Dane Cramer:
Dane Cramer has worked professionally as an investigator for nearly thirty years. He served as a pastor for eleven years and is currently involved in jail and prison ministry. He is an experienced backpacker who also enjoys jogging and bicycling. Dane began writing in his youth, and he published Romancing the Trail, his first work in 2006. This introspective backpacking journal reflects his love for the outdoors. Dane’s short theological essays, reflecting his studies while serving as a pastor, are available at his website.
What inspires you to write?
Most of my writing was inspired during my many backpacking trips. I often retreat to the woods and mountains to get away. During these “off the grid” trips my mind is refreshed and my pen becomes more active.
Tell us about your writing process.
I began writing as a young child and still have a copy of my first rejection letter from the 3rd grade! My writing began to really blossom as I began to journal my backpacking trips on my web blog. Then, I began to add inspirational and theological blogs. As an indie author, I released my first, introspective backpacking journal in 2006. My second book, a Christian-fiction piece was released in July 2014.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I’ve never listened or talked to them. However, I do try to get in their minds.
What advice would you give other writers?
Go to workshops. Get professional insights. Get feedback from readers as you write a few chapters. Be prepared to hear criticism, but never take it personally.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My writing began as a blog on my personal web page. The next natural step just seemed to be a book.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe indie publishing is changing the game. Many good – very good – books are being self published, and authors who would never have been picked up by publishers are making a name for themselves. I see this trend continuing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Christian Fiction, theological
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print