About Florin Marksteiner:
Originally from Romania and growing up under tough conditions in communism, Florin can say that he lived on both sides of the wall. After the Revolution in 1989 he, and the entire Romanian people, had to adapt to capitalism and find a career. Because of his personality, Florin was attracted by the entertainment industry and in particular by acting and film making.
Today, after 20 years in the industry, Florin is continuing his career on the other side of the planet, on the North American continent, precisely in Canada and extended his writing skills from film scripts and commercial copy-writing to becoming a published author.
What inspires you to write?
The inspiration came from a simple thought that zoomed in my mind while I was attending a men’s meeting in a church: “I can’t wait to become a father so I can understand God”. I shared my epiphany with the group and they laughed at me. I kept it in my mind and God gave me two beautiful daughters that made me write the book in a way better way then I ever expected.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process is simple. I am the guy that has the gift of gabbing, as my wife says. So, I am recording my thoughts and then I get to the computer and transcribe them. In the same time I come up with revisions and other ideas and in this way the book starts to take shape.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Being an actor I think it’s an advantage too and that’s because I learned to walk in the character’s shoes and not just on the dialogues side, but on the feelings one and the behavioral one.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think the best advice, from a guy that is not so famous, is to write something that you’d like to buy. Just like when you’re making a movie: would you buy a ticket to watch the film you just finish? No? Than… why would you think that others would do that? So, if you identify with your audience and you’re writing like you’re the reader, you’ll have everyone reading your book in one breath. I tend to write in a conversational way and that involves the readers in the process by putting them in the passenger seat.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was simple: I decided to self-publish because I wanted to not have the book edited at all. Reasons? I wanted for everyone to get to know me how I am and with my weird grammar, with my mistakes and my way of thinking and talking. You know those moments when you have a friend that talks normal with you and once you enter a certain environment he ends up talking and changing his persona that you don’t recognize him any more… fake. So, I decided to be me with my mistakes and my original thinking with no “firewall”. Until now… everyone loves it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Like anything else: it’s evolving rapidly towards personal customization and segmentation just like with any other industry in this digital era.
What do you use?: Dictated and got transcribed
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, Fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit, to allow you, the reader, to hear the author in their own voice.