Author Interview: Garon Whited

Garon Whited

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Sunset brought a hangover, a beautiful woman, and the thirst for… blood?
Eric didn’t ask to be a vampire.
In fact, he didn’t even believe in them. Then he meets a beautiful woman, wakes up with a hangover, and bites his tongue with his own fangs.

Which pretty much settles the question.

Now he’s trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the Undead — the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts are a real bitch.
Upside; Eric has the beautiful Sasha to teach him the ropes, including the magic he’ll need to survive.
Downside; it turns out being a vampire is the least of his problems.

When Sasha is killed, Eric is thrust into an alternate world in his quest to avenge her death. There he becomes a Nightlord, fights a dragon with the help of his magical steed, Bronze, and upchucks a sword named Firebrand.

But things get really interesting when Eric finally finds Tobias, head of the Church of Light. Soon Eric finds himself at the center of an epic battle at the literal edge of the world in a fight to keep a terrible darkness at bay.

  • Which book of yours should someone reading this buy first?
    • Probably “Nightlord: Sunset.” It starts the major series. “LUNA” is a stand-alone sci-fi novel, and “Dragonhunters” has a callback to the “Nightlord” series in it.
  • Describe your perfect day.
    • Waking up and feeling rested. Having a light breakfast. Spending the day writing without worrying about mundane things, like laundry, mowing the yard, and so forth. Too often the little things of the world distract and detract from the sweeping vistas in my mind. Give me a library over a hiking trail, or a reading nook over a plane ticket!
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Tea. Two sugars, no milk.
  • Describe your writing routine.
    • Wake up, make the grueling ten or twelve-step commute to my office. Collapse into my chair. Read what a wrote yesterday, trying not to make scowly faces at it. Pick up where I left off. Ignore my email and social media until after my eyes are so tired I have to take a brak. Realize I’ve been at this for hours. Go to bed.
      Somewhere in there I’ve manage to eat, drink, and shower, but those are questionable.
  • Name 5 books that aren’t yours but people should read.
  • How many books do you try and read a year?
    • All of them, but I have to find time to write!
  • What genre do you write in?
    • Fantasy, (Urban, High, Dark, and Epic), Sci-Fi, Humor, Adventure, Magical Realism, Contemporary, and Alternate History. Sometimes all at once.
  • What genre would you like to write in one day?
    • I already write in a lot of genres. I couldn’t make up my mind so I write in several at once. I suppose if I had to pick one, I might like to try my hand a noir detective.
  • 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.
    • Nope. By the time someone has had a chance to read and review a book, I’m done with it and have moved on to the next one. Besides, given the high ratings–I can’t help but see those–any negative reviews are probably not helpful ones. i.e., “I don’t like this type of book,” or “This isn’t what I thought it would be.”
  • Does your family support your career as a writer?
    • They don’t actively support it–nobody said, “Sure, be a writer. I’ll keep food on your table.” They acknowledge I am a writer and it is my job. They don’t go, “Oh, a writer! How nice! And do you have any prospects on finding a job?”
  • What is your favorite Character you’ve written?
    • I do like Max, from “Luna,” but I think my actual favorite is Diogenes, from “Nightlord.”
  • How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
    • I’ve been a part-time writer all my life. I finally became a full-time writer about four years ago.
  • What does literary success look like to you?
    • People enjoy my work. Financial success is something else again. But If people enjoy my work enough to pay for it, that’s a bonus. From a literary standpoint, if people enjoy it enough to read it and recommend it to others, it’s a success.
  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
    • One
  • What is your patronus / Howarts House / Ilvermorny House?
    • Patronus: Thoth
    • Hogwarts: Slytherclaw
    • Ilvermorny: Horned Wudgie
  • Advice for new Authors: What’s the best way to market your books?
    • Go to writer conferences. Meet authors and book marketers who specialize in the field. Talk to them, take their recommendations, read their books on marketing. Peel away the useless, folksy “Hi! Have you ever been so darn frustrated with Internet marketing” crap and make an outline of your own. (These are supposed to be reference books, not cheery self-help stories.)
      Once you have YOUR outline, you have YOUR marketing plan!
  • If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
    • Thaumaturgical Engineer.
  • Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like.
    • Indie. I could go fight through the press of people desperately querying agents, but I figure if my stuff sells well enough, someone will eventually notice me. In the meantime, if it’s selling well enough to make a living, am I in a hurry? Not at all.

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