Author name: Berthold Gambrel
Genre: Science-Fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Books: The Directorate, The House of Teufelvelt, 1NG4, Vespasian Moon’s Fabulous Autumn Carnival.
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? When I was in college, I read a lot of horror fiction while hanging out between classes, and at some point I started thinking, I could write something better than this. As it turned out, I really couldn’t—looking back, most of my early horror stories were pretty weak—but I got better at writing in other genres, in particular science fiction. More significantly, I discovered I really enjoyed doing it.
How do you balance your work with other demands? It’s a struggle. Sometimes, when I have an idea I really like, I’ll stay up late at night on weeknights writing to get it all down as fast as I can. Other times, I feel like I can’t write a word even when I have the whole day to myself. The main thing is forcing myself to refrain from time-wasting activities and focusing on writing whenever I have the free time.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: Getting my first job. I was over the moon.
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? Some combination of both. I usually come up with a general outline of points I want to hit, but I take a very loose approach about getting to them. Sometimes as I’m “filling in” my outline, I’ll come up with a new idea that I want to work in to the story that changes the whole thing.
Could you write in a café with people around? The people, I could ignore. The food and the coffee could be harder. 🙂
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? I’ve never written in another language. I have written one (unpublished) novella that features a character who speaks entirely in Shakespearean iambic pentameter. At first, it was brutal and I wondered why I was even doing it. By the end, it felt incredibly natural, and unconsciously / I found my pen did lapse with greatest ease / into that arcane, forbidding style.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? My favorite book! Oh, that’s a hard question. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers is certainly a contender, but it’s a collection of short stories. A Confederacy of Dunces is a great novel, as are most of Wodehouse’s Jeeves novels. Currently, I’m reading Hyperlink from Hell by Lindy Moone. It’s a very unique book; I can’t wait to write a review.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? eReader every day of the week!
Do you think print books will always be around? Probably not—come the year 3000 they’ll likely have been replaced by something else.
Would you ever read a book on your phone? I have a flip-phone, so it would be impractical. That said, if a book somehow could somehow be put on it, and I had nothing else to read, I’d probably try.
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? My ancient iPad 2.
How long could you go without checking your phone? An hour and a half. I know this because I don’t take my phone when I work out, and that’s how long it takes.
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? I love audiobooks. I listen to them sometimes while playing video games or working on mindless computer tasks.
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? I do use it for self-promotion, although I feel dirty whenever I do. More fun is using it to discover and promote other indie authors. I’ve met so many wonderful, talented people this way! Twitter is my favorite platform for discovering other authors, WordPress is my favorite for posting reviews and other writings.
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