IndieView with Chris Hoffman, author of Beginnings

Still in Berlin, Germany. We all know how important it is for writers to read. It was a week after the release of my e-book, and nobody had bought a single copy yet, when I realized that I have to come up with some marketing ideas. Due to mild sexual innuendo I would like readers to be at least 16 years old. At first, I found it difficult to write from the perspective of a person with character traits very different from mine and from the opposite gender. Will they combine sword and sorcery, or try to succeed alone? It is a short read (58 pages), without long descriptions of every boring detail. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Did you hire a professional editor? In Berlin, Germany. About the book
What is the book about? This could be on a train, a forest clearing, or while lying in bed shortly before I fall asleep. What would you like readers to know about you? With an earsplitting noise, the bolt singed the shield.”
Mysterious flying orbs have appeared everywhere. Once I had developed a feeling for the protagonists’ quirks, dialogues almost evolved on their own. Get your copy of   Beginnings from Amazon US or Amazon UK. If you like it and want more – this is just the beginning! Afterwards, I wait with editing until the story is finished. What are you working on now? If so can you please describe it? Then I select a couple of ideas from my map for the next chapter and start to write. Skipping the whole traditional process with agents and publishing houses is part of my love for the indie way. How long did it take you to write it? This is why I am very thankful to TheIndieView for the opportunity to tell people about my book. When I compared my own cover attempt to book covers of professionals, I decided to hire a cover designer. Follow them on their first fantasy adventure from a dark cave to a pristine city, and through a lush rain forest. The journal articles I write there must focus on facts – therefore I enjoy being creative in my free time by inventing fantasy stories. Anybody who likes sword & sorcery fantasy stories. A few of them really helped to improve manuscripts or project plans, but often enough it seemed like a lottery if I hit a reviewer who liked what I wrote or not. I rather invested my limited budget into a professional cover design. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Accompany the thrill-seeking Batseba, “bookworm” Asha, the sword fighter Gideon, and Samyaza the mage on their search for the orbs’ origin. ‘Process’ sounds too orderly. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? But during the writing process, the protagonists grew out of these drafts and became unique personalities. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? I could not bear the thought that my novels would suffer the same fate. What came easily? When I thought up the first traits of my characters, I borrowed behavioral patterns from myself and people I have encountered throughout my life. In my day job I am a biochemist working in medical research. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I had the impression that Gideon, Asha, Batseba, and Samyaza debated, cursed, and joked in my mind without any effort from me. Maybe it was their band of unexpected heroes who made me send my own group of unequals on an adventure. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Gideon grabbed Asha’s shoulder and pulled her behind his back, raising his wooden buckler mere seconds before lightning shot forth from the orb. The basic idea originates from my experiences with online and offline (pen & paper) role-playing games. I love the Dragonlance fantasy novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I am currently writing the next book in the MUNDIVIDERI series, Part 2: Earth. Nope. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? It was a black orb. Next up is a giveaway of 100 e-books on Goodreads. In my day job I am a biochemist working in medical research. Where did you get the idea from? The journal articles I write there must focus on facts – therefore I enjoy being creative in my free time by inventing fantasy stories. No. It took four years of occasional writing to finish Beginnings, and another year went into editing. Where do you live now? I write whenever and wherever I find the time. End of Interview:
For more from Chris, visit his website and like his Facebook page. Asha wanted to protest, but he pointed at something moving among the trees. I did not want a single person to decide what is worth to be read, rather let the people decide for themselves. The appearance of strange flying orbs brings together a shy book lover, a reckless thrill seeker, a cynical loner, and a handsome wannabe leader. Do you outline? Their best chance to survive and discover what is behind this would be teamwork. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I write many passages on paper sheets and do some quick editing when I transcribe the text with my computer. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? About You
Where did you grow up? Asha turned around to have a closer look. I arrange all the ideas for my story with the mind map function of my favorite writing software. Do you have a target reader? In the past I thought up fantasy adventures for my friends, now my creativity finds its way into written form. Do you listen to music while you write? Who created them, and for which purpose? The sphere lowered its flight altitude, passed between the trunks, and approached them. Throughout my career as a scientist, I published research results in different journals and submitted proposals for new research projects, thereby encountering many scientific reviewers. So far, I have offered the book for free on Amazon for one day (7 people grabbed a copy). I still feel like a newbie, so no wise words yet. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? I prefer silence to fully concentrate. This gives me an overview of the rough direction into which the plot will develop. 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) Chris Hoffman – 12 March 2018
The Back Flap
“Gideon interrupted Asha by pressing his hand on her mouth. I started to write down ideas and create the setting in 2012. When did you start writing the book? Gideon let go of her.