This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Tony Brady, author of the Thousand Scars series. Enjoy!
01 – Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’m not going to say that I’ve always wanted to be a writer in particular, but I have always loved to write and it doesn’t surprise me that my writing has been getting all the attention lately.
I have always wanted to make the world a better place. That is my goal, that is my purpose. That is what I shall be.
02 – What inspires your writing?
A lot of things affect my writing and there are sometimes the occasional happenings that inspire it as well. The greater accomplishments of man, both wretched and divine, push me to write when I see or hear of them.
Those potent influences affect all of my art. I paint, draw, write poems and tattoo as well as write novels and short stories.
03 – How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, all of the books that I have written so far have been done exclusively by longhand. I’ve fully completed four novels to date, but only two of which are published and the others are in the process of being converted over.
I was writing really hard for a while and banged out four novels in four years.
04 – What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as a writer?
As far as direct criticism goes, I haven’t really had any negative feedback. Most people that read my work tend to really like it and if anything they wish there was more of it for them to read.
One thing that does get old is people’s constant lack of belief. People think it’s awesome that I’m a published author, but they tend to look at it as a ‘no big deal’ situation.
I’m going to be a New York Times best selling author. I realized about five years ago that I have the capability to be on that list.
That I possess the skills required to achieve such a feat and all I have to do is push myself until I’ve reached that goal.
So, I decided that I was going to do just that, and I will. I will be a New York Times bestselling author. People kind of take that as a joke. I can’t blame them. That’s a hell of a boast to make, but as of late, their attitudes have been starting to change.
05 – What is the title (or working title) of your current manuscript and can you tell us a little bit about it?
The next novel that I’m releasing is book three of the ‘Thousand Scars’ series. The novel contains both part four and part five of the series and shit hits the fan in that book.
It is all the way rated ‘R’ due to the graphic violence and detailed sex scenes along with foul language and drug consumption.
Plus there’s the plague and the influences of both good and evil. Angels and Demons. It gets pretty intense. I love it!
06 – What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Actually writing, of course! I am a true believer in forced art. Some people say that great art cannot be forced and I completely disagree with that.
Whether I am drawing, editing, writing, painting, making music, tattooing or doing anything at all that has something to do with art, I feel that I have to force that start.
Not always, but usually. I have to force myself to start working on that project and continue working on it until the magic sets in.
Eventually, I’ll reach a point where time gets away from me and whatever I’m doing begins to truly take life and grow into something exceptional. It almost always starts the same though. I have to force it out.
07 – What is your process for writing? (eg linear, by scenes, by random chapters, do you plan/are you a pantser etc)
I don’t really have too much of a set plan when it comes to my writing process. It’s incredible how the stories and characters can come to life and take things in a direction that I could have never foreseen before writing it at that exact moment.
It gets a little creepy sometimes because as the creator of the universe that my stories take place in, it’s weird to not be in total control of what happens.
The characters do that on their own. Some stronger than others and some can be late bloomers while others may die off. It’s crazy and it’s the realest magic that I’ve ever encountered in my life.
I have encountered more than a bit of magic as well. With the stories… with Shane, for example, he is alive now. He may arguably have always been, but he has more power than he had before.
To sum it all up, when it comes to my writing process, I have a general idea of where I want to go and how I’m going to get there, but I can only control so much of how that comes to be.
08 – How do you make time to write?
It’s not always the easiest thing in the world to make time for writing, but it’s a necessity and we tend to actually have a lot more time than we think. If I’m not working or sleeping then time can be made, if need be.
I just have to push myself to use my time writing instead of say… watching another movie, playing more video games or getting on social media.
09 – Would you ever want to see your book as a movie?
My books will be made into films for sure. It’s just a matter of time. I’d love to play Shane, he was made in my image!
10 – How do you market yourself and your brand?
I haven’t had incredible success yet. I haven’t had a #1 bestseller or even close. The market these days for ebooks is absolutely huge and I myself am still an indie author trying to make it in the world. I have the usual social media pages and my own websites.
I also run promotional campaigns and reach out to my friends and fans. I’m having a Halloween special and giving book two of my ‘Thousand Scars’ series away for free from Oct. 27th to the 31st. The first couple of chapters give a recap on book one, so it’s not 100% necessary to read book one first.
I plan on running a Kickstarter campaign by April 2018 to get a bunch of copies of book one in print. I’ll be donating the books from the campaign to libraries all across the country and maybe even overseas.
I’m focused more on getting my current work in it’s highest quality and published than I am on marketing and making a ton of sales. That point will come, I just want more of my work out there before it does.
11 – Tell us something you do to get the creativity flowing
I watch a lot of movies and smoke a lot of bud. Life is good.
12 – What advice would you give to new writers?
The most important thing when it comes to being an author is to write. Write, write, WRITE!!! It’s that easy. Force it at first until that magical thing called talent kicks in.
You must also remain optimistic and be grateful for the things that you do have. Don’t be afraid of failure, for failure is but a step on the latter to greatness. Never give up.
The Thousand Scars series by Tony Brady
Annabella is the worst plague that humanity has ever seen. An estimated 85% of the Earth’s population is already dead.
The world that has been left behind in the wake of her devastation is an unholy and evil one. Some good people still remain, though they are few and far in between.
It is the predators of humankind, the vile and the wretched which have thrived on the remains.
Shane is struggling to keep it all together as his family slowly dies off around him.
The realities of life have become that of a more sinister degree and he knows he cannot give in to the darkness. His wife and daughter are depending on it.
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Big thanks to Tony for joining me and doing this interview.
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