May has been officially declared as the “Interviewing the Indies” month. As such, all month there will be posts containing interviews with indie authors. Today’s guest is Chaunce Stanton, author of Luano’s Luckiest Day.
What do you have published?
Luano’s Luckiest Day – a coming-of-age, magical realism story about a boy in an isolated desert town who was abandoned by his mother. He lives with his alcoholic uncle and works in his uncle’s grocery store. The boy (Luano) begins misbehaving under the influence of venom from a spider infestation in his room. He believes his mother will return, but when she does, the town turns against her.
What are you currently working on?
The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives: A Tale of Magic, Manners, and Scandal combines magical realism with a re-imagined history.
Perjos, the world’s greatest magician, is returning to settle old scores with Houdini and the Society of American Magicians. He uses mind manipulation to control and, when necessary, destroy the people around him.
Emily Turner is a young woman who recently began work at the Blank Slate Boarding House. Little does she know the danger awaiting her and the other guests when Perjos returns. After Emily’s only friend disappears from the house, Emily must face the magician’s deception and power alone, unless the wild man in the woods can help her with his natural magic.
The story is set in 1922 – an important year in the history of magic – when spiritualist fraud was being exposed by the likes of skilled practitioners like Houdini and Perjos – and yet many still believed. Perception and faith collide in an era when the logical materialism of the age encounters Perjos’ mind manipulation.
How do you stay motivated?
The list of projects is long, and I’m excited about each one. To make it to the next book, I work every day to complete the current one. There isn’t enough life left to finish the list of books on my to-write list!
On the technical level, it’s important to me to have a writing plan – an outline – that helps me keep the story on track and guides me toward completion. Finishing is a lot more difficult than beginning.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
Learning the ropes.
There are many ways to approach self-publishing. I had to decide what I expected from the process.
The first time around with Luano’s Luckiest Day, I launched it with no plan, no support, and no expectations. It was a good lesson in the “nuts and bolts,” sausage-making process in terms of uploading files and understanding author profiles on Amazon, etc.
Now with an “older and wiser” perspective, I am forging relationships early on, developing promotional strategies, hiring professionals to take care of book cover design, copy editing, and publicity.
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
Patience! I could write with the pen-and-journal approach or on a laptop; but without patience, I would neither finish the story nor put in the time necessary in rewriting and editing to ensure that I have a well written, well constructed book that people years from now will enjoy reading.
Coffee is good, too.
You can purchase any of the Indie Adult Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!