Todd Cheney grew up in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, and has lived in the southeastern Wisconsin area all his life. He has always been fascinated with art and different forms of self-expression. Writing, in his opinion, is one of the best forms of self-expression.
Cheney wrote his first novel, The Seventh Circle, when he was twenty-two years old. He has gone on to complete The Seventh Circle fantasy series consisting of four books: The Seventh Circle, The Rhythm of Nature, Emperors of Darkness and The Soulstone. He is also the author of a science fiction novel titled The Risen and a contemporary fantasy called The Bracelet.
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write by the many people and places and situations that run through my head at various times. Some might say I have a wild imagination, and it’s true. I believe that my inspiration can also inspire others in that it can capture their dreams and enrich their lives.
Tell us about your writing process.
First, I need to have an idea. Without a good idea I might as well do something just to get the words on the page, but I feel like it won’t be as fresh, new and alive as if I had a great idea to begin with.
Next, I plan. Plan, plan, plan. Flesh out characters. ‘Decorate’ locales, if you will. Some might think this boring, but I really enjoy planning.
Then, I write. It takes a long time, because I believe that the more you just sit and type, the more risk you run of not getting it right. So I try to keep it down to less than three pages a day.
Finally, and most importantly, I edit. It’s surprising to me how many people want to skip this step. Editing makes your writing better! Who would not want to be better. I give the books a couple passes, at the very least.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Well, I guess I could be talking to them, but I prefer not to think I have such a loose hold on my sanity already. Of course, if they insist, there’s nothing I can do.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t expect to get rich right away. It may happen sometime, or, it may never happen. Just do the best you can and keep your day job if you have one.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish because I felt my books were not right for a publisher. I wanted total control and to have something that I felt was mine alone.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is online, free or low cost e-books, and authors speaking stories directly to their readers without having to grind their gears and frustrate themselves to get a book out, to get noticed.
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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