This Sunday while cooking breakfast, I turned on the 30 Minute Author Interviews podcast hosted by Preston Leigh of the website, www.leighgendarium.com, and listened to his Episode 43 interview with Michael Bunker and Forbes West. They are hosting a giveaway for signed copies of Brother, Frank by Michael Bunker and Nighthawks at the Mission by Forbes West. To enter, you just comment on the episode post with your favorite part.
I’ll copy in my comment about what I loved about this interview, then add a little more about my thoughts on this community of writers and readers, and how this episode shows exactly what I love to experience within our community.
…my favorite part about this interview is the way Michael Bunker, Forbes West and Preston represent the fun, good guys of indie publishing. It’s refreshing, and it makes me want to support all of you as much as I’m able. This is my community, and I want more of my experience here to be like this. I want to have fun, make friendships, and tell stories that matter–with or without the Fenton Cooper humor doesn’t matter. I’m glad to have their style of input and color.
For those who don’t know this about me, I used to run podcasts, first with AudioTim, and then Adventures in SciFi Publishing. That was a kind of golden years for me. I was early into my writing career–and by “early” I mean the first six years…ugh–and in this time I soaked up many inspiring conversations with authors about the joy of crossing from story idea to published book. I listened to these podcasts on my way to my day job and day dreamed about a day when I too could…
I need to pause for a moment on that. What exactly was I daydreaming about? Was it ego, that I couldn’t wait for someone to interview me about my books, or that I couldn’t wait to go on book tours, have thousands of fans and an active community dialoguing with me about my books, etc? My intended ending to that line was day dreaming about writing full time, but is that really what I wanted? In part, sure, of course, who wouldn’t want every day to be Saturday with a cup of coffee and many writing sessions to build that word count?
What’s my dream now, and was I really basing my happiness on the future? I ask because writing full time is just as far away now as it was six to ten years ago. The industry has changed, and it seems more likely I’ll get to the point where I have to pick between family vacation and producing a book. (Not writing, that’s fine, but editing/cover/marketing is about a 2k endeavor).
Back to the interview and how it refreshed me about this community. This conversation had its inspiring, this can happen to you moments, as Michael discussed the film project surrounding his landmark work, Pennsylvania, and how he and his good friend Forbes West had so much fun writing their humorous time travel story, Time Looter. These encouraged me that hard work can pay off, which is something I need to hear, but more than that, I loved seeing friends getting together around a common interest. I am blessed many times a day through the friends I have in this community. I am blessed by God to have time to write, and whatever combination of imagination and self discipline leads to conquering story progressions. Yesterday was a good day wrapping up one of my new book’s last chapters. I need to take joy in that and not get wrapped up in the woes of failed marketing. I know Michael has had his hit and misses, but you didn’t hear about that in this interview (at least not to the point I made it before having to stop and begin my day). What you heard was celebration and friendship. I’m taking a moment to reflect on that and enjoy my day not worrying about the rest of it.