About Ryan Chamberlin:
Dr. Chamberlin is a Professor of Medicine living in Portland Oregon. He teaches a number of subjects including Neuroscience, Genetics, Anatomy and Minor Surgery. He blogs and writes on subjects central to preparedness and disaster management.
What inspires you to write?
Focusing on Survival and Field Medicine, my writing career began with a question: How do you teach preppers to become medics? How do you guide them to where they feel comfortable dealing with medical emergencies? These questions are important, because in an apocalypse – you are the doctor! You’ll be alone or in a small group and have no one to turn for help. The healthcare professionals will have either been killed or drafted by the military, and you’ll be on your own! So what do you do?
After two decades of considering the problem, it seemed to solve itself. The internet made resources available not previously imagined. Training videos and discussion groups sprung up everywhere. But still missing were well-written guides stuffed with usable information. Books that could be digested in one or two sittings and stuck to the formula called “this is what you do.” Preppers don’t want to sit through a physiology class. They want high-yield practical information easy to get through. They’re busy. They have other preps to get to!
One day Dr. Chamberlin wrote that “this is what you do” book. It’s called The Prepper Pages, and it’s guaranteed not to disappoint you!
Tell us about your writing process.
Let the idea for your book find you. Don’t go out looking for it, just start with the intention of writing something great, something that will make people say “wow.”
That book, that great idea, will come to you!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
What advice would you give other writers?
Find a need or problem of humanity that hasn’t been adequately addressed – then solve it. Solve it by identifying the problem and proposing a fix. But when you do, it has to be in a way never before considered. If it’s already been said, don’t waste your time by saying it again. Shoot for the unusual and anomalous. Shoot for fresh thinking!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The most important principle is to avoid the Amazon trap. Amazon has great services, don’t get me wrong. But when you try to leave and diversify into other platforms and vendors, they punish you! And don’t even think about Google AdWords.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
In the next year or two, perhaps three, the self-publishing bubble will crash. There are so many new books, the market is becoming prohibitively competitive. Make your book available everywhere and have a killer cover, otherwise you’re going to be stuck in the information glut.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Preparedness, Survival Medicine, Spirituality
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print