About Wayne Meyers:
Wayne discovered his love for writing at ten years old when he wrote a story about the flowers from his bed sheets coming to life. With a voracious appetite for science-fiction and fantasy, it was only natural he turned his pen toward these genres, creating bold new worlds filled with exciting, interesting characters doing incredible things.
In addition to reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, Wayne enjoys spending time with his incredible family, walking, helping other aspiring authors, and remaining active in his community. His latest favourite TV show is Grimm, and if you play one of the latest Marvel Universe movies there’s a good chance he’ll stop what he’s doing to watch.
A Brooklyn native, Wayne currently lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his family and five cats, realizing his dreams one story at a time. He’d love to hear from you.
What inspires you to write?
VISITOR was inspired by a vivid dream, but the urge to write itself comes somewhere from within. I have a need to create something that did not exist anywhere other than within my imagination.
Tell us about your writing process.
I started as a pantster, but realized how much time it took in the edits to bring the story into line. Now I outline the high level points to make sure everything lines up, then fill in the missing pieces with more of a pantster approach.
I use Excel to outline, and Word to maintain character/places/things lists/notes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I never related to this analogy, but if it works, go for it. For me, everything is within my head, and I control what the characters say and do based on the personality I set forth, and the needs of the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up! It takes a lot of work to write a story, then edit, then write, then edit…you learn by doing, reading, and critiquing other writers. Take criticism, because a thin skin is your worst enemy.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published after failing to land an agent or editor. I don’t feel any shame in stating this, because I tried my best. The bottom line is, having another person relate to your story enough to want to pitch or publish it comes down to subjective taste. A lot of great stories were rejected many times before they saw the light of day. How many more were never seen? Fortunately, in today’s world, we have other options.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think its more robust and exciting than ever. Digital publishing only ehances the industry, it doe not divert or diminsh. I believe more people are reading than ever. Print will never go away, but its great there are mobile options for today’s busy readers. I’m not implying that paperbacks aren’t portable, but a kindle can hold a library in the same size.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science fiction, fantasy,speculative
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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