About Raanan Geberer:
Raanan Geberer is a journalist who lives in New York City with his wife, Rhea, and his cat, Bonnie. His hobbies include playing rock music with friends, writing fiction, working out at the gym, vegetable gardening, photography, and anything involving trains. He also reads endlessly about history, politics, and religion. He is also the author of two other books, “The Diner Under the El” and “Song of the Conquerors.”
What inspires you to write?
Often, any unusual situations that I come across on a day-to-day basis. That’s true for a lot of my journalistic work. As far as fiction is concerned, I don’t really know–it’s the great mystery. Something just pops into my head, and I spin it out. Sometimes my stories are based on incidents that have happened in my own life; sometimes, on things other people have told me about or that I’ve read about; and sometime, even on dreams.
Tell us about your writing process.
I rarely write a lot in any given day. I have an idea for a story, so I write an outline. Then, I may write 15-20 minutes a day. When I’m finished, I look it over two or three times, then look it over again for spelling, grammar and so forth, and finally do some fact-checking–even for fiction. Often, along the way I’ll make changes and that will add even more time to the writing process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I don’t listen to, or talk to, my characters. But I often imagine what they’d say or do in a particular situation.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep plugging away.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Of course, I’d rather publish with a big-time publisher, but those opportunities are few and far between. My first book, I published with Xlibris because at the time (2001), that was about the only self-publishing company going. The second, I published with BookLocker because it came up high on a survey of self-publishing venues. I was also impressed by the fact that they didn’t publish every book they are given. The third, I was about to look into alternatives when a friend of mine, who has the “Chris Six” imprint, saw my short story “Moish” and suggested that I expand it into a book, which I did. It was also this friend’s idea to put other short stories at the end, since “Moish,” even after I expanded it, is still short. I would like to re-do my second book, “Song of the Conquerors, a science fiction book, as a graphic novel, but that would entail me finding and paying a comic-book artists, and since the book didn’t do well in the first place, I don’t think it’s going to happen.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it will continue as it has, with more and more people buying digital copies to download. It would be much better, in my opinion, if people could download these books to their PCs, rather than having to buy a Kindle or other similar device.
What genres do you write?: Realistic fiction, historical fiction, short stories
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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