What Makes an Author a Breakout Author?

AISFP_300x300My two part interview series with Zachary Jernigan is now up at Adventures in SciFi Publishing (Part one; Part two).

I recently complimented Zachary Jernigan, debut author of No Return from Night Shade Books, as being a breakout author. He was shocked by this, because he’s humble at times, but also because he doesn’t think he has sold that many books. I told him I don’t see a breakout author as having to have sold a ton of books, but who has leaped ahead of the pack, or at least my expectations. His book is shockingly well written, for a debut novel, and immediately places him among the top tier of the genre.

Whom would you say deserves to be called a breakout author, and why?

My book review of No Return

About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former Executive Producer for the Hugo Nominated podcast, Adventures in SciFi Publishing. His debut novel, Scavenger: Evolution, takes sand divers to a buried military base to discover the technology responsible for the apocalypse. Scavenger: Evolution is available in print and ebook and will be available in audiobook, Nov. 30. His next novel, a magical thriller set in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss, will release next spring through Evolved Publishing. His latest short story is in the time travel anthology, Masters of Time.

One Response to What Makes an Author a Breakout Author?

  1. My goodness, Tim! I didn’t see this until now. (Thank Google!) This was so kind of you to write.

    My answer? I read Brent Hayward’s two books for ChiZine a couple years ago, and they blew me away. He has such a fertile imagination, and he writes like no one I’ve ever read before. Plus, he’s a really, really nice guy.

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