S Thomas Kaza is a writer of novels, short stories, and poetry. He was born in Michigan, raised in Ohio, and later graduated from St. Louis University. He lived in Japan and China before returning to Michigan where he now lives with his wife, two children, and two pet turtles
What inspires you to write?
Sometimes emotions….. sometimes music….. sometimes I “feel” a dramatic scene that I would like to portray, then I need a story and characters to bring it all to life.
Tell us about your writing process.
For novels I do outline my story usually in Excel. But for short stories I do not use outlines. I find it useful to write out what my characters believe. Everything comes from a character’s beliefs….. their thoughts and words, and their actions.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, but I might talk out the dialog between characters when I am alone. I like to hear dialog and even descriptions spoken. I like to feel the words running off my mouth, but not for everything I write.
What advice would you give other writers?
1. write something
2. get some good criticism (not just “I liked it” or “it was good”.)
3. read something about improving your writing and take it to heart
4. keep repeating steps 1~3 until you have written about a million words
How did you decide how to publish your books?
For my short stories, I decided that I was spending more time sending them out to be rejected rather than writing more. So I created the Good Story to Read.com website. For my books, I did find a small publisher for my first book. But I started to realize I could do most of what my publisher was doing myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is a great time to be a writer. But you not only have to work on your writing crafting. You also have to learn how to market, promote, and sell yourself. It is very challenging.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
medieval adventure, middle-grader fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, realistic fiction, and ghost stories
What formats are your books in?