About S.M. “Spets”:
S.M. “Spets” is a 17 year old teenager coming from a small village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To be honest, he never thought about writting a book, the idea came all of a sudden more than a year ago. Condemned Universe is his first book, but he plans to write more books and it doesn’t matter to him if they do well or not. His hobbies are: playing video games (preferred genre: RTS, but he likes to play other genres too like FPS, Turn based strategy, RPG and others,), basketball, darts, running, cycling, reading (preferred genre: sci-fi) and serving the Imperium of Mankind and the Emperor.
What inspires you to write?
There is no special inspiraton. I dreamt about being a game developer so I decided to think about some good stories while I’m still learning (this idea came long before I started reading starcraft and warhammer books). I knew that I would need much time to learn everything I need and then came the idea about writting a book. At first I wanted to leave the book only for myself (Condemned Universe wasn’t the first idea) but after I started writting and heard some reviews by my friend I decided to test my luck and publish my book once I’m finished with it. Now I have a big desire to write and have lots of ideas.
Tell us about your writing process.
First thing I do is think of the whole story (it usually comes with random imaginations or sometimes even dreams), and then I start writting. I take great care when writting about the personalities of my characters because, I try to make them as realistic as possible. I don’t plan too much ahead. Sometimes I write about a dream my character had, or some random thought, without thinking about using that later in the book, but then, all of a sudden, BOOM! A great opportunity to use something I wrote earlier. Of course my writtings aren’t all random.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talk to them, I am their teacher, their overlord, their creator and destructor. I give them a chance to reedem themselves, to come to the right path, but I also punish those who are slow, or don’t want to listen. I let some of the bad guys live because can see that I’ll need them in the future. Sometimes I kill innocent and good character because I don’t want to see them suffer, sometimes I let someone suffer, even if he doesn’t deserve it.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t expect too much. Always ask your friends for honest reviews and don’t be sad if you get bad reviews or if you don’t succeed. Nothing is ever perfect, but try to bring it closer to perfection. I always think about my works, be it paintings, writtings, a chess game, a debate or anything and try to find the mistakes I did, find where I could’ve done better, where I’ve exposed too much. The most important and repeated thing is, Never give up, but you always have your priorities set right.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I recommend Createspace for new authors, it’s easy and effective.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We will more ebooks (not that it’s a bad thing, I actually vote for ebooks because they don’t take much space and are more efficient, but it’s always good to have a hardcover). I think it’s going to be much easier for new authors to publish their works.
What genres do you write?: Sci-fi, war
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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