May has been officially declared as the “Interviewing the Indies” month. As such, all month there will be posts containing interviews with indie authors. Today’s guest is Daniel Koeker, author of Guardians and Dark Beginnings, Petals of Intrigue, and The Dream Sanctum.
What do you have published?
At the moment I have three books published: Guardians and Dark Beginnings, Petals of Intrigue and The Dream Sanctum. They’re primarily young adult fantasy, though sometimes I’ll stray into the realm of science fiction. Eventually I’d like to be a little more diverse, but for now this is just way too much fun.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m working on no fewer than four different books. I’m putting most of my attention towards the other two books in The Dream Sanctum trilogy; the second one has entered the editing process, and the third is under way. I’ve fallen too far in love with this series to put it on the back burner. With my others I’m experimenting with things I haven’t done before. Steampunk, time travel, ghosts and more. It’s exciting. (Especially when they’re all combined!)
How do you stay motivated?
Sometimes all I have to do is look at what I’ve already written to get myself in the mood to write more, but that really depends on how attached I am to the world. Other times I’ll try my hand at writing short stories or random things I’ll trash later, just to get my brain in character. Music is also a huge help, and I love going through my music library picking out different tracks for each piece I’m working on. Every book ends up having its own distinctive sound.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being an indie author?
This may be a common answer, but the hardest thing is simply attention. With as easy as it is to publish these days, writing a book is no longer the incredible, one-of-a-kind achievement it once was. It’s more of a, “Oh, look, another guy who wrote a book” thing. Now, this says nothing about quality necessarily, but it’s still hard to get people interested. Why should they read my work over anyone else’s? Why should they read it to begin with even if no one else was involved? It’s trying to get people interested that is the most difficult. Once they read, they appear to like, but it’s that first step that’s the hardest.
As a writer, what is the one thing you cannot live without? Why?
Chocolate. Other assorted snacks are a must on occasion, but chocolate is what keeps me going, and I would be an extremely sad person if I no longer had chocolate.
You can purchase any of the Indie YA Books from amazon. Stay tuned for more Interviewing the Indies, happening all May long!