Author Interview: Gene Stiles

Gene Stiles

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The Gods Of Atlantis Had Been Awakened They were to usher in a time of peace and plenty for the Izon – those who had raised the Gods from eons of slumber. Instead, the Clan found themselves enslaved and tormented, treated as filthy, stupid animals. Now they must fight their own Gods to survive. But what good were knives and spears against beings who could melt mountains? They had to find a way or face complete annihilation. Cronus, Lord Father of the Atlanteans, knew the soul-numbing truth of the Izon and hated them for their ancestry and for their prophecy of doom for all of Atlantis. Yet Cronus must not only fight the Izon and those within the Titans who would usurp him, but his own growing madness. Colony – Bloodkin, The Continuing Saga of Earth’s First Civilization!

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
    • Colony – Atlantean, Book One in the Saga of Earth’s First Civilization
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • I wake early in the morning before the sun arises and the cool air of night blows in from the window. My head is swirling with ideas to write today so I drink my coffee, say good morning to my dogs and walk them through the crisp air. My computer is ready and my hands itch to touch the keyboard. I begin to write and the worlds flow from my fingertips like sweet, heady wine from a glass bottle. I am near finishing another novel and excited to start the next. Life is good.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Coffee. A day without coffee is like sex without a partner. You can get through it, but it is not nearly as satisfying.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Primarily ‘Historical Science Fiction’, but also biographical fiction
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • Which ever one suits my story at the time.
  • Do you read your book reviews? How do you process them, good vs. bad. Do you give some more weight than others? Like Amazon vs. Goodreads reviews.
    • I love reading my reviews! They show my that people not only read my books, but had an opinion strong enough to write about it. Bad reviews are hard to take and bruise the ego, but it is from them, just like our mistakes in life, that we learn the most and improve ourselves.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Yes. My loving, departed wife, Dianne, pushed me to publish my first novel and to keep on writing. She believed in me and inspired me in countless way. My nephew, David, and his wife, Burgendee, helped me to start writing again after her passing and act as my sounding board for ideas.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • I do not have a favorite. Each character I write is unique and exciting. I love it when they come to life and take over my story, which has happened often, taking me in a direction I had never thought of.
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • I published my first poem when I was 11 years old. I’ve written and researched my entire life. I retired at 55 and write near daily at home.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • Having people buy my books all over the world, which they do now. But, most importantly, finding my work intriguing and exciting, commenting on it, reviewing it and biting at the bit for the next novel.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • I have six published books currently and am near finished with number seven. I also have one other book started, but currently unfinished.
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Set up a Facebook Page for your work and comb the internet for free ideas and services to help you. Also look for professional services that you can afford. Marketing is hard. Put as much work into it as you did in your writing.
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • Indie The traditional publishing world became corporations only open to big names and a rare few. Indie publishing is open to everyone with a vast array of helpful advice, publishing services, marketing services and much more, allowing new and creative ideas to flourish.

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