About Riley Tune:
A native of Virginia, Riley Tune originally wanted to be an actor. His decision to be an actor would eventually lead him to wanting to learn how to read a script. Shortly after, he had the idea to try and write a screenplay of his own. That single idea, was the spark that would ignite the fire inside him that fueled him to be a writer. In the years that followed he wrote various screenplays, short stories, and novels before publishing his Warper series. He has told many writers, and readers alike, that he just loves to tell a story, and that spelling and grammar aren’t his strong points. This statement is usually followed by a complement to his editor. He is a lover of video games, lifter of weights, and pizza aficionado. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
What inspires you to write?
The random ideas that come to my mind. I also try to write about something that I can’t find on the shelf.
Tell us about your writing process.
I treat my writing like a job. First, I play around with stuff in my head, then I outline, and finally I write. The “in my head development” happens randomly until the outline is done. Then I write every morning for two hours until the first draft is done.
My outline process is intense. I write character bios and hang them up on my board. Then I put my outline into different little plots. After all plots are done, I put them in order and fill in the spaces as I see fit. This all takes about three months.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I always say to myself “What would this character do?” or “Is this really what they would say?”
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write often, and then write a little more. The biggest thing most writers put off is actually writing. It’s truly the easiest part. Also be open to people not liking your work. It’s going to happen so develop thick skin.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
At first I wanted to be traditional. You know, get an agent, then let them shop it around to publishers. Then after research, I realized this process has many flaws. For one, it takes a long time and effort. Time and effort I could be using to write my next project. Then I also found out that you lose a fair amount of developmental power if you sign to a publisher. It stops becoming your book and becomes the book of the company. Companies want to make money first, and your personal interest comes later. So, I decided to enjoy my creative freedom and self-publish. The downside of being self-published is that you have to spend a good amount of your own money up front. Totally worth it though.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is very promising. With eBooks, and audio-books, continuing to gain followers I don’t see it slowing down. Even printed novels continue to have a following. I love audio books, but I also love printed. I usually purchase the same book on both formats. I know I can’t be the only one.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy and Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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