Here at Olympia we love hearing from our authors, getting an insight into lives in writing and asking them what their advice would be to future authors. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Holbert about his book!
What has been the biggest highlight in this journey so far?
I think it’s the excitement of seeing your work really come into view in print. Once you get the book in your hands, the sense of accomplishment multiplies.
How much research did you do on this book?
I did research on a number of things for the book. I looked for factual information about places and events as was things related to WW2 that are included. I like to write from a realistic, factual platform even though the book is fiction. I want to write believable fiction.
How many hours a day or week did you write?
Since writing is not my full-time job, I write whenever I can. I spent about ten hours a week writing this book.
Did you edit anything out of this book?
My writing technique is different than many other writers. I actually type notes at the bottom of the chapter I am currently writing and then add ot the story as I go. Since I don’t know exactly which way my story line is going at the beginning, I do make changes to my notes and ideas as I write. IN short, I make up parts of my story line one chapter ahead and change it as necessary.
What was the first reaction you had when you held your book for the first time?
I felt very prud to have done something many other people would like to do and that maybe my writing would provide some measure of entertainment to those who read it.
What was the hardest part of the book to write?
For me, getting started is the most difficult part. That initial story line that you know will tie into where you want to go can be tricky. Once I get started, I usually write fairly well and the ideas come.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Since I still consider myself an aspiring writer as well, I will say this; don’t give up. If you’re writing is not that great at the start, keep trying. If you enjoy it, the stories and the writing techniques will improve with practice. It’s easy to get discouraged. Don’t.
What is next for you, as an author?
I am currently exploring the re publication of an early book and am working on a sequel to my current book, Term Limits.
What was your experience like with Olympia publishers?
I am still relatively new to Olympia but the publication process went smoothly and they communicate well even though we are oceans apart.