Author Interview: F. P. Spirit

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What do you get when you mix an elf, a gnome, a halfling, and a warrior? Magic, mayhem, and loads of sarcasm.

Glolindir thought he knew all about magic until he came face to face with his very first monster. He only survived thanks to:

Lloyd, the gallant spiritblade as talented as he is reckless.
Seth, the mysterious halfling whose knives are nearly as sharp as his tongue.
Aksel, the quiet gnome whose very touch can heal.

Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of their troubles. The little town of Ravenford is in desperate need of heroes. Before Glo and his friends know it, they are up to their necks in monsters and worse.

It all comes to a disastrous head when they confront a dark force in the ruins outside of town. Outclassed and overpowered, the only thing that can save them now is their wits and a bit of luck.

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • Sleep late. 80 degrees and sunny. No humidity. Spend the day with family, outdoors. Soak up the sun and surf. Good meal and movie at night. Maybe roast some smores over a fire.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Both. Decaff in the morning, and tea in the afternoon, and evening.
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • I’m an outliner. I use spreadsheets to summarize the story before I delve into the details. I sketch the characters out before I write, but the often change as I go along. Well developed characters tend to have a mind of their own and tend to disrupt your plans as your writing. I’ve often hit a road block where a character will tell me “no way am I doing that!” It’s just not in their nature. I have to then learn to write around it or change the plot point to fit the character. The outline itself will probably go through multiple iterations before I start writing. Crucial plot points can change previous scenes and the flow is also important. If things are moving too slow or too fast, I try to even it out (for my sake and the reader’s.) Once the outline is done, I dive into the full blow story. I tend to break it up into scenes like a movie and strive to finish a chapter at a time. After I finish a scene, I will review it for grammar and cohesiveness one or more times. When I finish a chapter, I’ll review it in its entirety.
  • Name 5 books that aren’t yours but people should read.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • Try? That’s tough. Between work, family, and writing, I’ve got little time to read. When I do, it’s usually to review fellow author’s unwritten works.
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Fantasy, Young Adult
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • Sci Fi.
  • 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, I read them, both good and bad. It’s great to know what people like and even what they don’t like, as long as it’s constructive criticism. I weight them equally, unless it’s a bad review and there is no supporting description for their opinion. I probably tend to read Amazon review more, but both are absolutely worthwhile.
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • Yes. It’s actually a hobby since I’m still a full time software developer.
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • It’s a toss up between Lloyd and Seth. Lloyd is the most genuine character you will ever meet. In some ways, he is the archetypical hero – athletic, good looking, always doing what’s right. However, he is also quite modest and shy. Seth, on the contrary, is an extremely sarcastic character. His shady past makes him distrustful of everyone. He is also inclined to say whatever he is thinking without holding back. He’s that voice in everyone’s head that never gets expressed in real life.
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • I am still a part time writer. Hopefully I can retire in a few years and then go full-time.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • Having a dedicated following of readers. Making enough off my books to support writing and publishing new ones, although a small profit wouldn’t hurt. Overall, being able to entertain folks with my stories and have them want me to write more.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • One book I just finished writing and is with my editor. Though I have ideas for about 3 more books.
  • What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
    • Dragon, Gryffindor, Horned Serpent
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Try to cover as many mediums as possible: eBook, print, and audio. KDP Select is a good way to go to start out since it promotes page reads. Stay away from Amazon Marketing Services, or use sparingly at best – it can be super costly. Try and build up a newsletter base. I like to use C. L. Cannon and AXP Authors for that.
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • When I started out, I had a friend who already published a number of books with Amazon. It seemed like a fairly easy process, so I started with KDP. I still work full time as a software developer, so being an indie author works well for me. I recommend that if you already have a job and can’t commit to a publishing schedule.

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