It’s Alvin Atwater on the blog today. He is the author of the fantasy novel Fragment, with others soon coming. You can visit his website at http://www.atwaterwriting.com/
1) Tell us about yourself a bit.
I’m Alvin Atwater, 25 years old, Florida-born, Florida-reared, serviceman. I generally love to write fantasy (normally first person), humor, supernaturalism, and so on.
2) Tell us about ‘Fragment’.
Fragment is about a village boy, Jonas Ariel’s impossible quest to dominate the Gods using the Holy Sword and win Zeus’ powers. He’d use the power to prevent a realm-destroying calamity. The competition however proves to be a lot more complex than Jonas thought. The gods and he will be split into four different teams in which will suffer individual elimination. This will lead to the most backstabbing competition yet! Not to mention, Jonas somehow got himself too close to Athena and Medusa, goddesses who are sworn enemies.
3) Why did you choose to write in the fantasy genre?
I chose fantasy because it’s what I like to read. My writing and reading typically hug each other. Fantasy is the least restricted of all the genres available. My personal favorite is 1st person Urban fantasy.
4) When did you first begin writing? As a child?
I’ve written as a child but I grew serious about it back 8 years ago, in the 11th grade.
5) How did you prepare your book for publication? Any online tools that you found helpful?
I typically find the forums from Absolute Write very helpful. There is a lot of information there –usually when I’m skeptical about something, I search for my honest answers there. I used CreateSpace as a template but ultimately had to get others to help out with formatting things like the ebook.
6) You are a new author. At the moment, what are you mostly doing to get your name out to more and more readers?
At this moment, while stuck on deployment, I’m utilizing social media such as Facebook and Youtube to get the word out there.
7) Did you submit to trad publishers or were you determined to indie publish from the start?
I did submit to them in my earlier years. But these days, I have little time and so indie is the most convenient. Being a completely different writer than years ago, I do plan to eventually have at it again with literary agent submissions.
8) Which authors have most influenced you?
Kevin Hearne (author of the awesome Iron Druid Chronicles), Brandon Sanderson, James Patterson.
9) Who is your favourite character in fiction?
My favorite character is Oberon the hound (with Atticus) from the Iron Druid Chronicles.
10) Where do you see indie publishing headed?
Indie publishing may not look much but I can see a great uprising. Even for unpolished books, their authors can be contacted, those books can be transformed. Indie publishing should be given more credit. Authors put a lot of work into their craft. I can only hope that one day, Indie will get equal attention as its sister Mainstream.
11) Anything you would like to add?
I’d like to thank you for having me. For all the authors out there, continue to work hard. Hybrid Writer/Readers like me are always reading and listening to audiobooks
A. J. Chaudhury is a young author from India writing mostly in the fantasy genre. His historical low fantasy short “A Song of Blood” releases shortly. Click here to download his fantasy novella “The Drabird” for free.