Ian Schrauth is the bestselling author of “The American Way” and the young author of many other books. He lives with his mother in St. Louis, MO where he enjoys talking to his friends on Facebook, going to the library, blogging, and working as a Software/Web Developer. He was born on 3/19/1997.
What inspires you to write?
The main things that inspire me to write are music and real-life events. A lot of events in my books are based on things that happened in my life, without revealing who it actualy was. For example, my debut novel, POWERS IN A TEENAGE WITCH, has scenes of Selena (The main character) in lower-level classes when she didn't need them. In my novella VACILLATING BROWN AND BLACK: VOL. 2, the main character is bullied by her coworker, who is also teaching her stuff, which also happened to me at Taco Bell.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process starts out by getting all my ideas out on a word document. I write each chapter out, then translate it to a first draft. From there, I edit, as well as remove scenes that don't make sense in the book. When I am satisfied with the book, I send it off to my editor, send an idea to my graphic designer for a book cover, and make the book available for pre-order at least five months in advance.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are H. M. Ward, Hannah Hoffmeister, Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, James Patterson, Bella Forrest, and Gabriella Francis.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my book under my own LLC, because of multiple reasons. the first reason is that I have the freedom to write what I want. I can write books to fit my style and not the editor's style at some big publishing house. My most recent pre-order, SAVED THROUGH FAITH, is PLANNED to be about a liberal atheist who falls in love with a conservative Christian. The book is based on one of my unpublished titles, DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE, and has a lot of offensive scenes in it. If I was with one of the big publishing houses, they probably would have said no to publishing it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
In my opinion, I think that the major publishing houses aren't going to catch up to new genres, new publishing standards, and new publishing trends. Smaller publishing houses utilizing Print-on-demand (POD), Amazon KDP/IngramSpark, and don't have many authors singed on are going to be the rockstars in this game, with self-published authors that know their ways around the publishing industry will be the megastars.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult Romance, New Adult Romance, Young Adult Si-Fi/Fantasy,
What formats are your books in?
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