Author Interview: Carl Hackman

Carl Hackman

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Life as a Royal Equine Poop Coordinator isn’t the life for Gerald. His family business revolves around the rear end of horses and, as far as he is concerned, that is something he is not destined for. The life of a great wizard is on the horizon and Gerald is sure that when he reaches four feet eight his wizarding gene will kick in, and he will become what he has always dreamed of. Of course the fact that no-one in his family tree, as far as anyone can remember, has ever been a wizard could put a kink in Gerald’s plans, but we’ll see what happens.

This is a short story which takes a little peek at the year before Gerald’s dream come true. The journey and actual achievement of his dream was not a smooth ride.

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
    • Gerald becomes a wizard, because it is free and short enough to allow a reader to be able to see the writing style and the main character before they actually buy the first in the series.
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • Reading and writing, with plenty of coffee and furry friends wrapped around my feet.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Coffee, gallons of it.
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • I set myself a daily word count and work until it is reached. There are days when I go over very easily and days when I find it hard, but as long as I get a minimum of 1000 words down I am happy. I usually write in the mornings and read in the afternoons and when I’m writing I always have plenty of coffee on hand.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • Several per week. I’m a voracious reader and when I’m not writing my nose is stuck in a book. I also reader a lot of different genres, not just those I write in.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Humorous Fantasy
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • I am happy with the genres I have chosen as they are the ones I love to read the most. Fantasy and Historical fiction.
  • 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.
    • Yes, but never interact. I do see what readers have said and if anything is consistent then I will look at it when writing my next novel. I don’t give more weight to either Amazon or Goodreads when it comes to absorbing what my readers say.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Yes, 100%.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • Sorry, I can’t nail one down. It usually depends on what I’m writing at the time and it is that character I am excited about. I do know that each character I have written has some part of me in them 😉
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • 10 years
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • Having plenty of readers to chat to. I love talking about my work and discussing where my writing is going with the people who read my work. I have done school visits and there is a class in Canada at the moment who is doing a book report on my debut novel. To me, that is amazing, and I can’t wait to read what the students have written.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • two with a publisher at the moment waiting for an answer and one that I am half way through writing.
  • What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
    • A jaguar/Gryffindor/Wampus
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • I am not much of a marketing guru when it comes to building my platform, but I will say that you need to be able to connect to people–potential readers–by talking about more than just your book(s). Spamming your social media account with links to your novels is the best way to turn off potential readers. I love animals and art and talk about my rescues and latest paintings as well as discussing my books.
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • Artist, but not being an author would be something I wouldn’t like to think about. Now that I have the time to write full time I couldn’t be anything else.
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • My debut novel is traditionally published, but I self published the prequel short story to give my readers something for free. Two of my novels are with another publisher at the moment. I take each novel as it comes and then decide which will be the best approach. If it is too much of a niche then I’ll self publish. I have no fixed ideas about traditional publishing versus self publishing. Each one has its own pluses and minuses.

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