About Frank Tayell:
I’m just an ordinary guy. Seriously. I write. First books published on September 27th, 2013, my sixth book just under a year later. I don’t have much time to do anything but write. Sure, I’ve had some jobs before, some good, some bad, none that interesting, and certainly none as great as this.
What inspires you to write?
These days? The bank manager. What inspired me in the first place was frustration that my favourite authors weren’t publishing enough books frequently enough.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with a rough map, where the characters begin, and where I want them to go. Then I write the ending. Then I write the first chapter. I take a look at the journey they’ll have to take to get from one to another (figuratively speaking), then decide on what key events would cause them to evolve. I write down the key scenes and then work out how to bridge from one to the next.
At that point I usually scrap everything I’ve done and start again, but still…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I imagine the scene, playing it out as if i were watching it from on high. Then I just describe what I see.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Always keep writing. Start with a series, but don’t expect many sales until you’ve got at least the first two out. In fact, don’t worry about promoting until you’ve got at least two out. Keep writing. And when you’ve released the second book, write some more. And when you’re not writing, think about writing. Carry a notebook with you and jot down any good idea. In fact, write down any half good idea, and even the ones that are mostly bad, but which might turn into a gem when worked on. Keep writing. Never stop. (except maybe to sleep.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to publish my own works after taking a look at how long the traditional route would take. I published my first two titles a year ago. I’d still be waiting to hear back from a publisher if I’d sent them to an agent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s changing, and it’s going to change more. But there are always going to be readers, and there are always going to be writers, how one group gets books to the other, that’ll change, but it will be the companies that remember that this is all about reading books that will come out on top.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Crime, Political
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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