Welcome to The Mysterious Stranger blog, Timothy C. Ward!
"Indie Author Tuesday" is all about showcasing writing talent beyond the big publishing companies. However, while my identity is clouded in mystery, Ward has already made himself known through his stories and novels. You can read more about Ward's novels here. Additionally, you can purchase signed copies of Ward's novels here.
I don't really read medieval fantasy though (except for Michael J. Sullivan, who is among the best). I am so busy that to try and digest a book like that in a few minutes a day rarely turns out well. I tend to read more horror for that reason, because they are easier to get into and more about the emotion of the moment. Stephen King has had books that went on and on, but for the most part, The Gunslinger and recently, his Mr. Mercedes novel really struck a nerve with me, in a good way. I want to write about weird places and fascinating, emotionally gut wrenching characters like he has.
I can't forget Hugh Howey. He was kind enough to let me write my first novel (Scavenger: Evolution) set in his world of Sand. I wrote the second part of that duology this summer (Scavenger: A.I.), and must credit his generosity to me breaking in to the industry. Plus, he's a heck of a writer.
Many authors approach writing differently. Some plot, some just write, others cobble together fragments over a long period of time. What is your writing process?
One thought at a time. If I could tell a younger aspiring version of myself, I'd calm him down with the advice that every novel is written one thought at a time. There are so many stages and everyone does it differently, but I think that advice is best for everyone as well as best describes my approach. I have tracked word count, or time spent on a clock, but really, just put energy into thoughts, words, lines, problems, characters, etc.
I research a fair amount before I begin writing, but I don't do much at all in terms of plotting how the story will go from page one. I love to find out where to start, and then letting it grow from there. I interviewed Glen Cook once and was really encouraged by his advice that he doesn't know where he's going, but he trusts his subconscious to figure it out by the time he gets there. If someone like him can do that--and that's how I feel my writing is best--than I'm in good company.
A mysterious stranger approaches and offers you one book to read, unpublished in our universe but published in another alternate universe. Which book would you choose and why?
The sequel to Germline by T.C. McCarthy that shows the same hero on his next adventure. That was a great trilogy, but I missed the hero of book one.
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