About Dayne Edmondson:
Dayne Edmondson is a self-published author of fantasy, science fiction and non-fiction. He lives in southeastern Michigan with his wife and two young children. He works a day-job as a United States Customs Broker and writes in his spare time. He has been daydreaming of his book universe for a decade and a half and in 2013 finally achieved his dream of becoming an author.
Dayne enjoys reading, writing, watching television, walking, listening to podcasts (while walking or driving), bike riding and spending time with his family.
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is the feeling I have a story to tell. I have daydreamed and written snippets and notes about these characters for more than half my life now and I see them as a part of me. I am inspired to write not for fame or money but because the stories must come out of me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I was once a seat of the pants writer and to some extent still am. I do outline now, though, at least broadly. Then I follow the outline but often seat of the pants each “section” of the outline, so that I’m following the outline but still discovering the story of that particular “beat.” Sometimes this changes the outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely talk to them and envision scenarios in my mind during quiet moments in my day. Even if the scenarios don’t make it into a story, it helps ME to know my characters inside and out.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t stop writing. Don’t get discouraged. Keep writing. Most successful self-published authors didn’t become successful until they had MULTIPLE books out. Just because your first book doesn’t sell that great doesn’t mean you suck at being an author. Just forge on ahead.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I submitted to one big publisher, got a rejection 6 months later and decided submitting to traditional publishers was for the birds. I learned about self-publishing (in the spring/summer of 2013) and never looked back. I wasn’t patient enough to just keep submitting and submitting ad nausea.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishers will continue to decline in sales. More disenfranchised traditional authors will shift toward self-publishing. The self-publishing market will even itself out, with the poor quality crap sinking to the bottom and the good stuff rising to the top as one-book authors drop away. The determined self-published authors will be the ones to finish the race.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Non-Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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