About John Gorman:
John’s stories have appeared in over 50 journals worldwide. He mostly writes Sci-Fi/Fantasy Adventure. He is the creator and author of the Coming of Age Epic Fantasy Books the Nebilon Series. He is the author of the novels The Acolyte And The Amulet, Quest For The Hope Box, Beyond The Vicious Vortex, Shades of Luz, and Disposable Heroes. Currently, he is working on the 4th book of his Nebilon Series. John lives in Astoria, NY with his wife and daughter. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
What inspires you to write?
From a very young age, I always wanted to tell stories. I guess that hasn't changed. Somebody much wiser than me once said that it has something to do with keeping the kid alive inside you. That makes sense to me. I just like to tell stories.
Now I write them. Sometimes I'm reading a story or walking down the street, and then an idea bubbles up inside me. Then it's a race to the laptop or a napkin and a pen, whatever I grab at the moment.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Kurt Vonnegut, Terry Pratchett, Terry Brooks, J.L. Borges, and Bernard Malamud.
Tell us about your writing process.
Every morning I get up, and I write for an hour. I used to write about pretty much anything, but now that I've been writing my Nebilon Series, I try to stick to my characters. All of my scenes and situations will not make it into the books. I know that, and I am okay with it. Some of these deleted scenes I consider putting into short stories.
My main concern is to keep busy writing. You can never rest on your laurels. It's all about character development.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't listen to or talk to my characters per se, but I do like to start off my scenes with dialogue. In a way, I guess that is talking to your characters, but it's more like letting them talk with each other. Some writers are not so comfy with dialogue. I, actually prefer it, and will go to it if I feel stuck in a scene.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Keep a journal and keep reading. Reading informs writing and vice versa.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to take complete charge of the process, set my price and distribution channels. Because of this, I decided to self-publish. Self-publishing is not for everybody. It takes a lot of hard work, but if you are truly dedicated, and treat it like a business, then the sky is the limit.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The sky is the limit for the future of publishing. I think the landscape has become highly democratized, but it also means that aspiring authors will need to work diligently to get their name and work out.
What genres do you write?: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Literary
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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