About JR Konkol:
A classical pianist and marginal triathlete, Jeff Konkol is permitted to live in the sprawling home of four very large cats. He published his first tabletop RPG, Of gods and Men, in the early 90s, and has been running games within that setting ever since. He recently returned to writing with the hope of sharing those stories with a wider audience.
What inspires you to write?
The world of Rebirth of the Fallen is built from many of tabletop fantasy role-playing campaigns I ran across the decades.
It's such a rich world, full of fantastic creatures and nuanced personalities. It's something worth sharing with a wider audience, and this seems to be the best way to do it.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher, R.A Salvatore, and James Corey (pen name for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck)
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm writing a long series, told from multiple points of view. I think the only way to effectively do that is to extensively plan.
I generate an outline for each of my books and keep a detailed log for the larger series as a whole.
The outline breaks each chapter down in terms of point of view, character development, storyline, and worldbuilding.
The larger event log is there for me to reference as the series grows. It informs me about what the protagonists found on their journeys, and when. It reminds me about which pieces of worldbuilding have been tackled and how long ago, etc…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I guess I listen to my characters more than I talk to them, especially during longer periods of dialogue. If I can't hear my character delivering their lines, then I need to rewrite that dialogue.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't be so hard on yourself. Writing is a skill that takes time to develop. Things may be rough starting out, but you can always go back and rewrite your earlier chapters later, when your skills are more developed.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I initially started by submitting to agents. When that didn't pan out, I submitted to several publishers. Black Rose Writing offered me a contract, so I decided to work with them.
Initially, the small press relationship wasn't the best for me, but as I've learned more about the process, and built a stronger partnership with my publisher, things have really started to develop.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The publishing industry is in an interesting place. I think the rise of self-publishing, small presses, and hybrid opportunities is changing the industry.
I think there will be some consolidation at the top, and that we'll see some of the successful small presses grow into a new tier.
What genres do you write?: Fantasy and horror
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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