When will your book be published?

The book is out in paperback now at Amazon.com. You can also buy a copy a PDF version from sweatshoppepublications.com. And the eBook version is forthcoming.

Where can I buy the book?

The book will be available on Amazon.com as a Kindle eBook as well as in paperback.

Do you have advice for aspiring novelists?

1. Don’t get stuck writing or reading one specific genre.  Branch out.  You can learn something from everything you read – good or bad.

2. Expand your writing scope.  Dabble in poetry, flash fiction, short stories, screen writing, etc.  Trying different writing forms will improve your writing as a whole.  Poetry will help improve your word choice; Flash fiction will improve your paragraphs and sentences; Short stories will improve your pacing and overall story structure; Screenwriting will improve your dialogue and character actions.

3. You have to tell yourself the book is good, even if you aren’t sure it is.  Just keep going until you are done writing.  Pretend there’s nothing wrong with your book until you are in the revision process because that will keep you writing until you complete the novel.  Then you can go back and make any adjustments or corrections.

4. Show your work to people that you know will give you honest and constructive opinions.

What is your writing process?

I like to lock myself away from everything.  I do nothing but write and eat and maybe exercise for about a month.  I also listen to music to keep my adrenaline high so I can write for long periods of time.  I don’t really sleep much and write at least 15 hours a day.  The break consists of making lunch or making dinner.  This process doesn’t work for everyone, but there are other writing processes you can try.  I like to take advantage of vacations, holidays, and even illnesses and use those times to write.

How did you come up with the idea for The Land Without Footprints: Shadows Amongst Shadows?

The idea is seven years in the making.  I came up with the idea for my senior project in high school.  Of course, what I wrote then was miserable, and since then I’ve revised the idea about four or five times.  There are about 150,000 words I wrote for this book that I had to trash.

It started out as an intensely dark fantasy novel, but it quickly turned more satirical as I realized that many fantasy novels use the same ideas and plots.  It’s supposed to be a fantasy novel, and I enjoy reading fantasy novels, but at the same time I’m exaggerating the expectations associated with the genre of fantasy.  For example, the evil king, the handsome knight, the wicked bastard, the beautiful princess, kind virgin, the witty lover, the ugly villain, etc.

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