About Jon Cronshaw:
Jon Cronshaw is a full-time fantasy and speculative fiction author based in Morecambe, England.
Born in Wolverhampton, he has a PhD in the history of art and has written for local and national newspapers across the UK.
He's an avid reader, podcaster, and history geek.
What inspires you to write?
If I don't write, the demons get me. It's that simple.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Robin Hobb, Terry Pratchett, Gene Wolfe, Michael J. Sullivan, Scott Lynch.
Tell us about your writing process.
I only write characters and ideas I can't shake. If they nag at me long enough, I'll brainstorm the idea on paper and let them shape into a story.
I write the scenes on index cards, lay them out, then call myself a hack and throw them in the recycling.
Then I re-write them, pin them to a board, stare at the board, and start to write.
By the end of the first scene, my carefully crafted outline is out of the window.
It's a frustrating process…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try not to, but they don't shut up.
If they chatter too much I try to bribe them with promises of a side-story. If that doesn't work, I bring up Ned Stark and that usually does the trick.
What advice would you give other writers?
Story is king. You can be a mediocre writer with a great story and readers will love your work. You can be a great writer with a mediocre and readers won't care.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I've never sought a corporate publisher. I'm indie through-and-through.
I've always like the DIY punk ethic of creating something and putting it out to the world. We're in an age where we don't need permission to share our stories, we can reach readers directly.
The gatekeepers still stand at the gates, but the walls have already been toppled.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think authors are a key part of the creator economy. The more we see ourselves as storytellers with our own characters and worlds to share, we can look beyond mere books and find new ways to share what we do.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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