22 March 2020 - GARRIS L. R. COLEMAN - GUEST AUTHOR
GARRIS L. R. COLEMAN
- GUEST AUTHOR -
Today, I interview an aspiring author fom Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Welcome, Garris ...
1.TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR WRITING JOURNEY.
is Garris Lee Reid Coleman, I’m the author of
the original series Curse of Crowns. I enjoy art of all forms such as books,
music, and painting. I play several musical instruments and have been writing
song lyrics since I was fourteen.
2.WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
I originally started off with wanting to make a video game.
So, I came up with a design concept that was a rough idea but eventually it
developed into a novel as I kept writing.
3.WHAT TYPE OF PREPARATION DO YOU DO FOR A MANUSCRIPT? DO YOU PLAN
EVERYTHING FIRST OR JUST SHOOT FROM THE HIP?
I do like
to make preparations.
I look up names, I
research different topics so that I can get all of the technical terminology
5.WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
and getting in front of the right audience.
6.WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
In my past life I most definitely was a pirate.
7.WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WRITING ACHIEVEMENT?
My novel series Curse of Crowns.
8.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I am working on finishing the second volume of Curse of
Crowns series, which is titled, Blood You Will Taste.
9.WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I love to see when people set out to do something and finish
it. It doesn’t matter what it is. I love to see others reach their goals.
10.WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
I write in fantasy fiction.
11.DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
Don’t listen to others who would try to discourage you from
finishing your work. Do what you love and love what you do, then it won’t feel
like a job.
12.DO YOU SUFFER FROM WRITER’S BLOCK?
No, I have learned how to tap into my creative side. I just
need a pair of headphones and some soft music and I’m off to my imagination.
13.DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED WRITING SCHEDULE?
I prefer to write and create most of the day. I’m always
trying to come up with new ideas.
14.DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
I love to kick back in my bed and use my laptop.
15.WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
When I finish adding another page.
16.WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR AND WHY?
I don’t have a favourite author, I just like to see what
others create. My favourite screenwriters are John Logan, Andrew Hinderaker,
and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Together they wrote the show Penny dreadful. The
dialog between the characters and the narration is brilliant.
17.WHAT’S THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU EVER RECEIVED FROM A READER?
That they could not put my novel down and that they dream
18.WHAT WAS THE WORST COMMENT FROM A READER?
It’s not something I focus on. I have not received any
negative comments, but I’m sure they are coming.
19.WRITERS ARE SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THEIR OWN
LIVES. ARE YOU?
Sometimes I have a moment where I’m influenced by a
situation and I will change the names, alter the events and add it into the
20.OTHER THAN WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
I love to play music.
Drums, Guitar, Cello, whatever I can get my hands on.
21.DID YOU HAVE YOUR BOOK / BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY EDITED BEFORE
have the books edited several times before
22.DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY.
A perfect day would be to sleep without having an alarm.
23.IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT
I would love to be stuck on a desert island. I would most
definitely choose my beautiful wife.
24.WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO WORLD LEADERS?
You should work on helping your people be free and cut down
on all the conflict. People want to live peacefully and prosper.
25.WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
To become a full-time writer.
26.WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON BOOK
TRAILERS? DO THEY SELL BOOKS?
I love book trailers. I have two for my first novel and
working on a trailer for the second one. I think they do help sell books. They
also help set the mood and can get others interested and talking about your
27.DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN ANY OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
I have one character that always finds himself getting into
a not so good situation. I would say that happens to me sometimes.
28.DOES THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY FRUSTRATE YOU?
Yes, the traditional publishing industry can frustrate
me.I’m glad that the author can choose
to self-publish. There are a lot of talented writers that have worked hard on
their stories and now they can be available to readers.
29.DID YOU EVER THINK OF QUITTING?
Never. I have come too far to give up now.
30.WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE MANUSCRIPT TO WRITE? WHY?
My favourite manuscript to write was the third novel in the
Curse of Crowns series.
The characters are
fun to write. They have so much going on in their worlds and I love the
31.HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE
‘SUCCESS’ AS A WRITER?
If you have pushed through the toughness, not given up, and
have published your work whether it be traditionally or self-published, you are
already a successful writer. If you make money along the way with it, then
that’s just icing on the cake.
32.WHAT SHOULD READERS WALK AWAY FROM YOUR BOOKS KNOWING? HOW SHOULD
After reading my books, I want readers to know that original
ideas still exist.
My hope is that they
could relate to any of the characters.
33.WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR BOOKS MADE INTO MOVIES? EVER WRITTEN A
If that were to ever happen, I would rather it be made into
a TV series. Movies are so rushed and with a TV series the characters can have
a little more time to be developed.
I have never written a screenplay.
34.HOW MUCH THOUGHT GOES INTO DESIGNING A BOOK COVER?
With my Curse of Crowns series, I tried to put certain
things that are in the books onto the covers. The cover is telling its own sort
I also think about
the art that goes inside the novel. For example, the chapter headings, the maps,
and the previews to the next series. Having it all helps to tell a story and
bring the reader on a journey.
35.WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM?
To have millions of books sold.
36.WRITING IS ONE
THING. WHAT ABOUT MARKETING YOU, YOUR BOOKS AND YOUR BRAND? ANY THOUGHTS?
For me creating stories for my series is easy. Marketing and
building a platform is hard. If you have the money and can afford it, I would
suggest hiring a marketing team.
37.ARE YOUR BOOKS
Yes.I chose that route after doing research and
learning about how the traditional publishing industry works.
38.DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS.
Creative, witty, artistic, inquisitive, and rebellious.
39.WHAT PISSES YOU OFF MOST?
Being told I am not capable of something.
40.WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? GOOD ONE?
Chinese Myths & Tales by Davide Latini. Yes, I enjoyed it.
41.WHAT WOULD BE THE VERY LAST
SENTENCE YOU’D WRITE?
Take your shoes off and stay as long as you like.
42.WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU HAPPIER
THAN YOU ARE NOW? CARE TO SHARE?