About Zach T. Smith:
Zach T. Smith is your typical nerd who has a love for stories. Whenever he is not working he is writing stories, reading stories, or playing through stories in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia. He also enjoys music and spending time with family and friends.
What inspires you to write?
I have always had a love for stories. I love seeing characters mold and found that i liked molding them myself. I then began writing ideas I had from growing up on some stories and everything just started falling into place. Deep stories and their writers were a big inspiration for me. The more connected and attached i can get to a story, the better.
Tell us about your writing process.
I just start with the general idea. I get my idea down on paper, then I write a sample mini chapter or segment and see how I feel about it. If i like it i will start contemplated where i can start with that idea and where i can go from there. Then i start planning a synopsis for the story at large. Mostly where i want the story to be at when it reaches the middle and where i want it to generally end. Once i have that down, I will then start working chapter by chapter. Each chapter I begin, I plan a synopsis for that chapter. That way I do not find myself writing random things that do not fit.
Once those chapters are done and the first draft is finished, I have already had a couple people reading the story just to make sure it is flowing well. Once the first draft is finished, I then focus on the editing. That way I don’t kill myself editing while I write. I then finish a second draft (and sometimes a third depending on how much is done on the second draft). This helps to do this so that when you have someone else edit it, they have less work to do. Therefore, saving you precious money.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters. I ask myself, “What would someone in this setting and situation be like” or “What would this be like if these scenarios were in play.” This helps me almost take on my characters thoughts as I mold their story/ parts.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you have something in your head, write it. Never let an idea go to waste. Put it on paper. It does not need to be very long, but you never know what idea will become your next book/ story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I looked at my options and i found self-publishing to be the best route for me. I just want to write and get something out there with my name on it. I am not seeking fame or money, nor do I expect it. This format also helps me have more say-so in my books and marketing and so for.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
If it be by my hand alone, then print shall not die!
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Psychological Thriller
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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