Landon Porter is a proud geek who enjoys comic books, roleplaying, and gaming. He knows a d20 from 2d10, the Konami Code and why Pi Day is March 14. A fan of all things Fantasy and Sci-Fi, he’s been writing about them on the web since 2002 and has been telling stories since before he could write
He lives in Northern Virginia where he has a day job teaching and troubleshooting computers. His best known works are the superhero web fiction series, ‘The Descendants’ and the dungeonpunk fantasy Rune Breaker.
An avid fan of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Roleplaying Games and Superhero comics, his works tend to mix and blend tropes from each into new an original creations.
His writing philosophy heavily emphasizes themes of family, hope and redemption, rejecting the idea that works must be bleak and dark to be realistic and meaningful.
What inspires you to write?
Everything. I really can’t name one thing because practically anything can spark off an idea for a story or a character and it snowballs from there.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely a seat of the pants writer. No outlines, not conceptualization. I just fire up Open Office Writer and get started once I have the seed of a story in my mind.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They tend to push and pull the story their own way, so I guess you could say I listen to them. Writing an ensemble is a special challenge, as some of them tend to remove themselves from the story or crowd others out.
I do however tend to try and act scenes out, which is probably more hilarious.
What advice would you give other writers?
That’s the big thing. Care about what you’re writing. Care about the characters, the stories, and the world. It’s care that makes the right words flow out and make it ring true to the reader. If you don’t care, it will show.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had been writing my free webserial for five years, wondering if I could ever get exposure for it when I noticed that several writers on Cracked.com were publishing ebooks and realized that it might be a good idea.
I would tell others not to hesitate. Jump right in and sent up some trial balloons. There is literally nothing to lose and lots to gain.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s bright once writers learn to band together and work toward promoting each other using the power of the group. The technology is going to take books to a whole other place as the EPUB standard evolves.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Speculative Fiction, Fantasy, Superhero
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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