MOTH: 1. What inspired you to become a writer?
AW: 1. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. Even when I was a kid it was something I wanted to do. I guess I just have a really active imagination and a desire for an audience.
MOTH: 2. The title of your last book?
AW: 2. The most recent book that is currently available is “Artemis”. However, my next book, “Project Hail Mary” will be coming out soon.
MOTH: 3. Ebook – for or against?
AW: 3. I personally read physical books. But I think ebooks are great for readers and writers alike. They give new authors a way to break into the industry without any financial risk.
MOTH: 4. How do you deal with bad reviews?
AW: 4. I try to read between the lines. Reviewers (who aren’t professional reviewers) often say one thing but really mean something else. Not because they’re dishonest – but because they didn’t put a lot of thought into what rubbed them the wrong way. So here’s a helpful tip:
“The characters lack depth” really means: The characters were boring. 99.9% of readers don’t care about character depth. They just don’t want to be bored.
“The main character was an unrealistic woman/minority/religion/etc.” really means: The reader is that demographic and disliked the main character on a personal level. You need to make your main character more likeable.
“The story was unrealistic” really means: The story was boring. And probably it was unrealistic, too.
And so on. You have to figure out what they’re really thinking. From that, you can work to become better.
MOTH: 5. Is it better to promote yourself online or in other media?
AW: 5. Online. Anything else costs a lot of money.
MOTH: 6. Which writers had the most influence on your writing style?
AW: 6. Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke
MOTH: 7. What success do you expect from your work?
AW: 7. I don’t know how to answer that question. I really didn’t expect success at all. It was quite a surprise.
MOTH: 8. What is your target audience?
AW: 8. Anyone with an interest in space or science.
MOTH: 9. Describe your last work in 12 words.
AW: 9. A man wakes up with amnesia and he has to save Earth.
MOTH: 10. Advice for future writers?
AW: 10. 1) You have to actually write. Daydreaming about the book you’re going to write someday isn’t writing. It’s daydreaming. Open your word processor and start writing.
2) Resist the urge to tell friends and family your story. I know it’s hard because you want to talk about it and they’re (sometimes) interested in hearing about it. But it satisfies your need for an audience, which diminishes your motivation to actually write it. Make a rule: The only way for anyone to ever hear about your stories is to read them.
3) This is the best time in history to self-publish. There’s no old-boy network between you and your readers. You can self-publish an ebook to major distributors (Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, etc.) without any financial risk on your part.
MOTH: 11. Where would you like your writing to take you as a guest?
AW: 11. I don’t understand this question.
MOTH: 12. Holding your next book promotion?
AW: 12. I also don’t understand this question.
Interviwed by Snezana Kanachki