IndieView with Brian W. Peterson, author of Wager of Death

The Kansas City, Missouri, area. Definitely. Fourth, mailing list. March 2018. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? She’s been awesome for me. Intense, but not scary. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I find myself debating quietly about inserting a comma or not, and I have to remind myself to not lose the creative flow. Unlike my first two novels, this story has a mystery element, and there were moments when I had to work out how I was going to have a matter resolved—get a character out of a jam—while keeping the sub-plot intact. A government audit adds to the angst. Do you listen to music while you write? Peterson 8 March 2020
The Back Flap
Triumvirate Technologies is under attack. I don’t just come up with good ideas—I know how to execute a great story, escorting it from brain to book. If you told me Hemingway drank heavily because he constantly argued with himself while writing, I’d believe you. For my second (Dead Dreams), an author friend hooked me up with a small publisher. Obviously having a sci-fi narrows the audience for that particular novel, but with my thrillers, I’m able to get a much wider audience. ​I was trained in both screenwriting and literary writing. I love the whole concept of messing with people’s minds, which is a big part of this story, and that opens up avenues you can take in order to allow a character to create mayhem. ​ 6 months. I have a plan, but it’s a really, really loose plan. I am writing a “creative nonfiction” novel—or what I know as simply a “nonfiction novel”—about my grandfather and his brothers coming of age during the Depression and World War II. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Get your copy of   Wager of Death from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Do you outline? I struggle a tad with convincing some people that my thrillers are not scary. Brian W. I realize some thrillers are, but mine aren’t. Okay, a little narrower: people who enjoy a good story. How long did it take you to write it? When I believe I have a genuinely appealing story, I’ll sit down and record all my thoughts about the story, from beginning to end. ​If I think of a great idea today, I’ll think about it until I like it enough to write down notes. I do a lot of thinking when I drive, so I like to use time alone in the car to work through sticking points. I’m sure it sounds weird to non-writers. As the business crumbles, the police reach their own stunning conclusion about the identity and motive of the murderer. To increase the pressure, the junior executive changes the parameters and tells the owner that the loser must commit suicide. Someone is tearing the business apart through arson and murder. Our main character is busy trying to keep his beloved company running and trying to stay alive. I don’t recall. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Did you hire a professional editor? End of Interview:
For more from Brian visit his website, like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter. A stodgy character or a good guy has a lot of limits; a wild character or a bad guy has fewer limits and they are more fun to write. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? A professional-looking cover says a lot about you, even though you may not have designed it. In the meantime, a new junior executive moves to fill the void and take control of the company. But when I’m at comicons, I see people react to my pitches and the covers. I don’t want to “over” outline and inadvertently squash creativity. I edit as I go and I think that’s a mistake (for me, anyway). My friends call me “Walt.” I am a go-getter. It is part family history, part historical drama. I know how the story will progress within each book and the arc for all three novels. Then, after that novel, I will start on a sci-fi trilogy. It’s fun, and I will get on a roll in those situations. When did you start writing the book? He concocts a phony bet that, if he succeeds, he claims it would give him control of the company. Do you have a target reader? Professional. For the third (Wager of Death), I decided to self-publish, for which I was wholly unprepared, but fortunately, my cover artist knew what she was doing and worked like mad to make it work through Amazon/KDP. Murder and arson keep the business owners on edge. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? I have a sci-fi trilogy I’m going to write, beginning probably next year. My “plan” is loose and not worth emulating, but before publishing a novel, “market” was synonymous with “grocery store,” so I’m still learning. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? It’s fun, and I will get on a roll in those situations. What are you working on now? I’m kinda winging my plan. Overall, it’s all fiction with a touch of people I’ve known. There were a lot of interesting things that happened that makes the story compelling. Lots of marketing to do (and Twitter and Facebook don’t count as good marketing because they’re not). I need to quit editing and just write… but I’m not good at letting it go. Where did you get the idea from? Just outside the same metro area, but now on the Kansas side of the border. 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) If you’re “only” a writer, then the starting gate isn’t even going to open for you. For my first book, I “met” a micro-press publisher on Twitter; a few months later, I was published. People. I’ve known some entertaining people (in good and bad ways), and I’ve recorded notes on a lot of personalities. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Where do you live now? Wager of Death is a psychological thriller about a business owner whose company is under attack. I’m not the brightest guy – I was only in the top half of my graduating class – but I work hard, learn as much as I can, and I am relentless…”)
I also keep a description list of every single character in the story, and I have my prep documents opened when I write. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Both in my computer and in a paper folder I have lots of ideas, and at some point, I liked the idea enough to work on it and flesh out the intricacies of the plot and characters. I wrote it as a screenplay several years ago, when I lived in southern California, and when I moved back to the Midwest I decided to turn it into a novel. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Proper training is vital for learning what you need to do (and not do) to develop an effective, engaging, and entertaining story and believable, deep characters. (“I am Walter Musgrave. Somehow, I’ve remained a teetotaler. Forget the odds; work your butt off, anyway. Certain characters. I rarely struggle with the story flow because of the way I outline and define story parameters and character descriptions before I start writing. I did not for my first novel (Children of the Sun), and it turned out well, but it could have been grammatically tighter had I hired an editor. About You
Where did you grow up? I’m trying to occasionally put the novels on-sale online, push for more reviews, and pursue interviews. I have heavily outlined the first novel, moderately so for the second, and just a few paragraphs for the third and final story. About the book
What is the book about? The odds are, you won’t do well as an author. My cover artist is my wife’s cousin and she is a professional painter and graphic artist. My outline consists of every scene and the necessary actions in order to move the plot in the right direction, but loose enough to allow myself room for those creative epiphanies which take place when writing. The better the idea, the longer it will take me to write (or type) notes because I’ll play with it in my head for days, weeks, even months. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Third, never consider the odds. Second, your cover is unbelievably important—in fact, more important than it probably should be. It was in my stack of stuff. What would you like readers to know about you? Someone is waging death and destruction against Triumvirate Technologies. They’re fictitious, but for some characters I will tap into my character profiles I’ve kept over the years. The over/under on survival is not favorable.Wager of Death, a psychological thriller from the mind of Brian W. I also use the “I Am” technique so that I have defined main characters who do not blend together with others. First, be prepared to market. If so can you please describe it? Further turmoil weighs down the business leaders when a junior executive proposes an absurd – and illegal – bet: he will get rid of the auditors within two weeks in exchange for leadership of the business. Yes, and it was like spitting into a deep, dark well. Classical music. What came easily? Fifth, subscribe to various writing/author sites so you can get their emails, which often have articles of advice more detailed than what I’m giving you. Peterson. Additionally, I love the whole concept of messing with people’s minds, which is a big part of this story, and that opens up avenues you can take in order to allow a character to create mayhem.