John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, and a hobo, among other things. He only learns by making mistakes and he views his life through a windshield full of squashed bugs. He makes his home in New Zealand.
What inspires you to write?
Good writers inspire me. I read constantly, and always have. I read fiction, non-fiction, history, science fiction, technical books… all sorts of different things. I enjoy a writer who can make the material compelling, interesting, and funny if need be. Really good writers show me how to set the bar very high, and then I just hope I can reach it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm more of a seat of the pants kind of writer, though I do tend to lay out a general outline of what I want to accomplish, whether it's non-fiction, fiction, blog, or academic papers. I try to draw from writers who inspire me in whatever genre I happen to be writing in.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yep. I wouldn't call it actually having a conversation with them, but I do run the lines through my head, and talk to myself a lot when I'm driving or walking someplace. But then, even when I'm not writing a book I talk to myself…
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many great writers out there that I hesitate to try to list any, but to give you an idea (in no particular order of preference), I like reading stuff by Neal Stephenson, Cory Doctorow, Mark Helprin, Tim Winton. I read everyone from Louis L'Amour to Richard Feynman, from Margaret Atwood to Neil Gaiman.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I spent some time trying to find an agent. Being a musician I can tell you, it's the same… finding an agent is harder than finding a gig. Ultimately, I published it through my own company, via Amazon and Createspace. It was a learning experience.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I'm a babe in the woods, so I'm just happy to be thrown into the deep end with everyone else. My book is being very well received, with dozens of 5-star reviews by readers, so I'm pretty happy with that. As for the future, I think it'll be in the hands of the indivual, much like the rest of the world of intellectual property.
What genres do you write?
Biography, Memoir, Non-fiction, fiction, blog
What formats are your books in?
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