IndieView with Brian Corley, author of Ghost Bully

Those three weeks I had in May were amazing because I spent five hours or so writing and was able to knock out a first draft, but I have a job again now, so my creative process is to write every morning for an hour and a half or so. It took me about three weeks to write the first draft (it wasn’t very good), but it took an additional six months of revision to get it into the shape that it’s in today. End of Interview:
For more from Brian, visit his website, follow him on Twitter, and like his Facebook page. I think I listened to Miles Davis a couple of nights when I was revising. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Oh yeah. I came up with the idea a few years ago and wrote the initial story question, character sketches, and chapter outlines while taking some time off in Portland, OR. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? It feels like I’m winging it since it’s my first time, but I’m getting a lot of advice from other authors, and I’ve read a few books on indie marketing. Jonah Preston thought he knew what he was getting into after signing the paperwork to buy his new home: yardwork, a leaky pipe here and there, maybe the occasional squirrel in the attic. Definitely. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) When Jonah wakes up dead, he knows exactly who’s behind it. Sanderson too, though he’s a professor at BYU and puts his classes up for free (or someone does). Do you listen to music while you write? It’s kind of a coming of age story, set in the paranormal backdrop of Austin, TX. Guy unwittingly buys a haunted house and has to deal with whatever comes next. I’m about 50,000 words into another book I’d like to launch about this time next year. All of it. I thought I did and it turned out that I was wrong. About the book
What is the book about? Get your copy of   Ghost Bully from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Unhappy with his new roommates, the resident ghost quickly makes his presence known. Good thing I focused more on getting an honest story out of myself rather than please an invisible reader. Do you have a target reader? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? From the first revision where I was missing several words per sentence, to finding that the jokes weren’t working. Willard. When did you start writing the book? From Willie Nelson to Rick Linklater and Robert Rodriguez, we just go and make the thing ourselves. I’m an Austinite, it’s what we do. I know I want to start at point A and end at point B, but I may take some scenic routes along the way, or decide to take a short cut regardless of what I’ve laid out. We all know how important it is for writers to read. I think I took three years worth of his classes in 2017. There’s a little Labyrinthian David Bowie in one of the characters, but sadly, I never met Bowie. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Jessica Reed (https://designbyreed.com/) out of Portland, OR did the cover, and I couldn’t be happier. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Before all the boxes are unpacked, Jonah learns the previous owner, Willard Hensch, committed suicide in one of the bedrooms. Funny over scary. You thought you were annoyed at the few hours they made noise during the night? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Hensch. Not often, I get distracted by it. For the newly deceased Jonah, that’s where his new chapter truly begins. Just one actually. All over Texas: Dallas, Waco, Houston, College Station. I needed all the help I could get. Brian Corley – 18 March 2018
The Back Flap
Roommates can be hell. If so can you please describe it? I tend to read the chapter or chapters I wrote the day before to get me back into the story and make some small edits along the way. Now you have to deal with this guy forever, and he’s stronger than you. The trick is the part above and knowing where the story is going next to make sure they’re moving the plot or revealing who they are to the reader rather than just popping off one-liners. I made the comment that ghosts never really think about what would happen if they ended up killing the person they were haunting. Effing. Unfortunately, it’s an incredibly short chapter. Where did you get the idea from? How long did it take you to write it? From Willie Nelson to Rick Linklater and Robert Rodriguez, we just go and make the thing ourselves. Austin, TX. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I’ve found I can revise at almost any time of day, though. She’s awesome. From looking at a blank screen and typing the first words, to struggling through the   big middle. I’m an Austinite, it’s what we do. What came easily? What are you working on now? Do you outline? Hands down Jim Butcher and Brandon Sanderson. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? To steal a line from Chris Hardwick, “Go make your thing!”
About You
Where did you grow up? Butcher blogged about it for years, and there is a lot of stuff from panels he’s done on YouTube. A couple of years later I had a few weeks between jobs in May of 2017 and decided to finally start writing the book. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I want to know where the story is going before I start. Crystal Watanabe and her team at Pikko’s House did the proof for the book. Where do you live now? I was having drinks with a friend named Jonathan Isaacs who was writing his book The House That Jack Built about a guy who renovates a haunted house. Yes. He will befriend angels, fight demons, and take on a ghostly army in this comic-paranormal thrill ride through the freakish underworld of Austin, Texas. Both authors have a ton of material out there about their process, and I’ve soaked up as much as I can. Like what happened if they inadvertently created the Michael Jordan of ghosts? We’ll see how it goes. He just didn’t expect to share that new home with a ghost. I did a quick pass at Ghost Bully after I’d finished to try and catch as many errors as I could before setting it aside for a few weeks to go over it again with fresh eyes. Like, really known. Did you hire a professional editor? They’re all fictitious with pieces borrowed from the real world. Like when they’re late with the rent, late on bills, or constantly trying to kill you. Not really. He thought it was a good idea, and told me to write a book about it, so I did. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Once I know their motivations and goals, I can pretty much just sit back and let them talk through the keyboard. It’s bad news, but Jonah and his (corporeal) roommate, Max, take it in stride. Jonah’s just happy to own a home and begin this new chapter in his adult life. Once I started on the story, I knew I had to get it out there. From sending out the manuscript for critical feedback, to receiving the critical feedback and working to make scenes, sections, and characters better. Michael Rowley did a few passes as a developmental editor, and Sharon Honeycutt did the copy edit. I write every day. I have a lot of fun with dialogue after I’ve figured out who the characters are. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? It ends up being a rough map though.