Hello hello! Recently, I've had the chance to interview an amazing author, Dane Cobain! Check out his work here on his website. I've always loved being a blogger, mostly because of the amazing authors I get to work with, and Dane was an amazing person to collaborate with. He has a multitude of works published, including poetry AND fiction! Naturally, I had a lot of questions to ask an author who writes a variety of works. Here were his answers!
1) Where did you get the inspiration for the characters in your story?
Most of my characters are a sort of gestalt of traits from people I know, outlooks on life that are determined by their backstory, and a little pinch of myself thrown in for good measure.
2) Who is your favorite character in your book(s) and why?
I have a number of them out, but in Former.ly, which is my most recent fiction release, I think it would have to be Flick. She has her flaws but she rises above them, and she’s just a little bit of a badass. She was also the most fun to write!
3) How do you deal with writer’s block?
I don’t get it. I write every day and make the most of any time that I’m able to find. I work on so many different projects that there’s always something that needs doing, so if I get temporarily stuck on one then I just move on to another.
4) Is it hard to come up with something original nowadays?
I don’t think so. It’s a little bit like writing music – whilst there are only so many different notes, there are almost infinite permutations. There’s always a gap for something new; besides, everything is influenced by everything that came before it to a certain extent to begin with.
5) What is the best and worst part of being a writer?
I guess the best part is being able to turn ideas into reality; it’s always good to hold a physical copy of one of your books in your hands. The worst part is probably the amount of time that it takes – you need to put in a lot of time, and it can lead to you missing out on chances to socialize.
6) Do you let your relatives/friends proofread you? How do you deal with criticism?
I work with an editor called Pam Harris, and so between the two of us we’re able to put together a professional quality release. My relatives and friends read my work, though – I encourage everyone to always be honest with their thoughts, and so when I do get criticism (from my friends as well as from readers that I’ve never met), I try to learn from it. People are usually right.
7) Do you like eating while writing? What is your favorite snack to eat while working?
I’ve never been asked this one before – good question! I like food, but not specifically when writing – if I’m peckish, I’ll grab a snack. I do have a fondness for strawberry fizzy laces. You know, if you fancy sending me some.
8) Are you currently working on anything new? Can you tell us?
I’m always working on something new! There are three main projects going on at the moment:
9) What are your favorite books? Writers?
I always say that Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy is my favourite series and that Northern Lights is my favourite book. But other writers I like include Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski and Terry Pratchett, amongst others.
10) What are your tips for aspiring writers and bloggers?
Just stick at it – you need to put a lot of time and energy into it, but it’s rewarding. You’ll need a little bit of luck, a little bit of talent, and a whole lot of hard work. That’s it!
And voila! I hope you enjoyed reading this interview, and I hope it helped you if you are an aspiring writer or blogger, as I try to focus my questions mostly on the process of book writing.
Have a great day,