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 Eric Garrison, author of Reality Check.
What do you have published?
After previously self-publishing several novels, my latest novel is a science fiction adventure called Reality Check. It was published by Hydra Publications in February 2013.
In the short story realm, Strange, Weird and Wonderful ran my story, “Drag Show” in both the ezine and anthology. My story, “Dark Reflection” appeared in the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology.
What are you currently working on?
I am working with Seventh Star Press to rewrite, edit, and polish my Road Ghosts series of novels. The first book in the series, Four ’til Late, is due to be out in late spring or early summer of 2013. There will be two trilogies set in that urban fantasy universe, and I’m excited to be working with SSP!
I am also working on a Pathfinder role-playing adventure for Hydra Games’ Andronia shared world. The working title for the module is “Secrets of Ogre Gulch,” which is a wild-west-flavored fantasy adventure.
How do you stay motivated?
Writing is a much-needed creative outlet for me. It is work, of course, but the process of creating characters and worlds and stories is engrossing and energizing. I also hang out with a couple of different writer groups. I help organize the Indianapolis area National Novel Writing Month group, whether I participate or not. I’m an active member of the Indiana Horror Writers (which encompasses much of speculative fiction as well). My critique group helps keep my morale up, and swapping work with others in that group is excellent motivation.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
I’m in the process of learning to market my work effectively. It’s tough… indie authors have so much competition for attention in the entertainment realm. Many readers simply read those authors they know and are comfortable with. Getting the word out effectively isn’t easy, and I’ve discovered that I have a LOT to learn.
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
There are many things that help me in my writing… a fast-paced soundtrack, my trusty netbook, and a careful balance of caffeine and alcohol. However, I couldn’t do my writing without my family and friends understanding that I need space and time to do it in, I wouldn’t have anything written at all without their love and support.
You can purchase any of the Indie Adult Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!