1. What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? My kindergarten teacher…but really-I’ve always loved writing and reading. There’s something about being able to create a world and escape into it that is both comforting and liberating.
2. What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
I actually hate structure. For work I write grants, proposals, documents and such for a federally funded program. My work is very structured. When I write leisurely it’s anything but. I only write when I’m feeling inspired and can’t wait to get in front of the laptop. I find this keeps me flying through the chapters. I’ll end up writing for eight or nine hours straight.
3. Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?
I stop writing. I can’t force myself to be inspired. There’s a reason it’s not coming to me, and if my creativity needs fed, I’ll go for a run or go to the river. I know the story is there-I just need to find how to get it to the reader without frustrating myself. Writing is my escape-I’ll never put myself in a position where I feel I “have” to write.
4. Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story?
I guess I’m a hybrid of sorts. I know how the beginning and end chapters are going to go usually. The middle of the work, however, is up for grabs. I just sit and write. I think too much planning stifles creativity, or at least it does for me.
5. Are you traditionally or self-published?I tried self-publishing and failed epically at it. I’m incredibly thankful that Limitless Publishing picked me up, dusted me off and got me back in the game.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?
Be persistent. If you’re serious about being an author, know that it isn’t something that comes over night-at least it didn’t for me. I self-published Keeping the Tarnished in December of 2013 after receiving four rejection letters from literary agents and four rejection letters from small publishing houses. I didn’t actually start working with a publisher until 2015. Research your publisher. It’s always exciting to get an offer, especially when there’s been nothing but standardized rejection letters prior to it. Just because they can ‘publish’ you, does not mean they are someone you want to partner with on your project. Don’t allow your hard work to be associated with a poor representation of the industry. A good place to start your research is Google. Be strategic about where you send your material. When I queried Limitless Publishing, I researched their authors and books for days before I even studied the submission guidelines. I had a good feeling about them. When I queried them, I did exactly as instructed. I read and re-read my query letter repeatedly, making sure it was perfect before pushing send. Two days later, my entire manuscript was requested, and literally ten days after my initial query, I inked my first deal with a reputable and established publisher. It all happened so fast that I didn’t really have time to absorb it. I’m still smiling about it. Now when someone asks who I’m signed to, I’m proud to tell them, Limitless Publishing (: (http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/bradon-nave/) If and when you get your work out there for people to read, THANK THEM for reading it. Without demand there can be no supply. Keep in touch with your readers and let them know how much you appreciate them.
7. What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?Nothing beats the feeling of getting that message or comment, usually on social media, from a reader saying how much they enjoyed something. Those few words are priceless.The day Limitless Publishing offered me a contract I walked around my house smiling all day long. I think my wife thought I was on drugs. I had no idea that email was just the start of something so much greater. The authors and the staff at Limitless have been wonderful. I’ve learned so much. For three years I was begging for an editor to just give my work a glance, and now I have the editing manager on my social media, ready to answer any questions I might have. The entire team is outstanding. I hope the relationship is a long and successful one.
8. Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience?Keeping the Tarnished is listed as a Psychological Thriller, but if not for the language and violence, it could definitely go Young Adult. Johnny Tregalis is an eighteen-year-old runaway that happens to luckily end up being taken in by a kind-hearted family. As the story is told, the family bonds with the teen but can’t get past his bizarre and often frightening behaviour. Johnny experiences painful flashbacks, night-terrors and delusions, all of which the reader is privilege to. Eventually the truth comes to the surface and the family must make the ultimate choice. Do they continue to support and love this teen, knowing what he come from and the damage that’s been done, or do they give up on him like everyone else?
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.)Have fun. Write what you’re passionate about. The market is subjective and there’s room for all of us. Be as transparent as possible and write what you want to write. I promise if you write what you love it will come naturally. If you force yourself to write what you think will sell, the reader may pick up on it. And be proud of what your write! Who cares if you get a bad review? That is one person’s opinion. They may not like your genre or writing style but I assure you there are readers out there that will.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book?That depends. It took me nearly four months to write Copper Lilies (I just signed a contract with Limitless on the project), but I’m almost finished with the first book of my series and it hasn’t even been a month. There are so many factors at play when it comes to my writing. I would say anywhere from one to four months or more.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc. Red Bird Designs created the cover for Keeping the Tarnished. I was allowed to offer input…all Limitless Authors are. At the end of the day, I’m not the marketing expert (remember I failed epically at self-publishing) so I’ve put my trust in their expertise and I really like the cover design.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?I love hanging out with my son, Brennon and daughter, Blaike. I’m also a huge fan of my wife, Bethany. We live outside of Oklahoma City where I am free to run 20-40 miles a week on back country roads. I also love fishing, camping and being outdoors in general. I love red dirt; it’s in my carpet and in my blood, so I love to check out small gigs when they play around the metro.