IndieView with John Coon, author of Pandora Reborn

I enjoy reading fiction produced by John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Jack London, C.S. John Coon – 26 November 2018
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Ron Olson is a reluctant newcomer to Deer Falls. Of course, I’ve also relied on old-fashioned word-of-mouth promotion as well. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Wells. It also needs to feel believable within the context of the situation at hand. I have two scenes in my book that incorporate sports. Honestly, I am someone who strives to be a good person in all that I do. Did you hire a professional editor? My protagonists from the beginning were teenagers. How long did it take you to write it? Pandora Reborn centers on Ron Olson, a teenager who is a reluctant newcomer to Deer Falls. Where did you get the idea from? Get your copy of   Pandora Reborn from Amazon US and Amazon UK. What came easily? I had fun writing those particular scenes because I incorporated knowledge and experience I gained over the years as a sports reporter. End of Interview:
For more from John, visit his website, follow him on Twitter, and like his Facebook page. I always look for ways to help other people. I kept control of all rights and I didn’t have to worry about not getting royalties I was owed from book sales. Submitting to an agent will be a consideration for future works, if I use a traditional publisher. Their deaths led to legends of a lingering curse on the mine. 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) I decided to pass on doing that with my first novel, since I chose the self-publishing route. One thing readers will learn about me, as I publish more works, is that I enjoy writing stories in more than one genre. Carving out time wasn’t a simple task. It offers a nice little template I can use to stave off writer’s block. Ron is forced to move to the rural Colorado town following his parents’ divorce when his mother decides to relocate there. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? No one else was permitted to know the mine’s location and Rhoads was only shown the mine after promising to use the gold exclusively to help temple construction efforts. Deer Falls soon turns out to be anything but a boring farm town where Ron is worried his budding soccer career will die. The new design has drawn a ton of praise from readers across social media. One of his classmates digs up a buried chest and foolishly frees an ancient and powerful witch who had been imprisoned inside for several decades. I still live in Utah. I’m always looking for ways to better myself and also improve the world around me. I work as a sports reporter for a living, so I had to squeeze in time to write whenever my schedule permitted. Make an effort to invest time, money, and resources into how you create your book and how you market it once it is released. I decided self-publishing made more sense as a first-time writer. Do you have a target reader? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? For Pandora Reborn, I geared it toward audiences who like horror and young adult fiction. My audience varies from book to book, depending upon the genre. I’m learning that you have to be creative and also be tenacious to stand out from the crowd. Dick, Ray Bradbury, and H.G. About the book
What is the book about? I’ve got promotions in the works for Halloween and other holidays to reach people who may be looking for a gift to give or something new to read for themselves. I didn’t think it made sense to hire a third party to do a specific task when I had tons of professional experience doing that same task. When you’re marketing as an independent author, the biggest challenge is just getting your name out there in front of enough people and getting enough of those same people to care about your book. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Still, outlining is a useful tool to help keep plot and characters, organized, consistent, and fully developed. I was able to describe everything going on in the fictitious games with realistic accuracy. About You
Where did you grow up? I don’t always stick to it. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Lewis, Madeline L’ Engle, Phillip K. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? If you self-edit while writing a rough draft, you can get bogged down worrying about little details while ignoring the bigger picture. The whole creative process behind Pandora Reborn actually spans many years. It felt fun to do some sports writing without a stringent deadline attached to it. I made the decision over time. No. I always try to get a complete rough draft on paper or on my laptop screen before I set to work editing it. Then I move onto jotting down my settings that frame the story and key plot details. I’m still working on getting reviews from various places. Crafting scenes featuring liberal amounts of dialogue were more challenging to write than other scenes within a story. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I’ve tried to think creatively in my marketing. Aspects of my characters’ personalities draw limited inspiration from people I’ve interacted with over the years as a sports reporter. When did you start writing the book? You need to give people a reason to care. Adjusting to this small Colorado town is tough for Ron, who has been torn away from his father, his friends, and his soccer team. I always had the woman in black, an evil witch, as the main antagonist. They are entirely fictional. I followed the suggestion and they did the redesign for me as part of my marketing package with them. I designed the cover myself when I initially released Pandora Reborn. In July, I ran a Friday the 13th sale during the week of Friday the 13th. Thomas Rhoads, a Mormon pioneer, was supposedly shown a sacred gold mine, located in the Uinta Mountains outside of Kamas, by Ute leader Chief Walkara. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? The publisher also did a poor job of editing and proofreading the story before sending it off to be published. I cover NBA basketball and college basketball for the Associated Press and a couple of other media outlets from October to May. What would you like readers to know about you? They received basically no advance and got cheated out of royalties. Where do you live now? It took me about six months to complete that first draft. With that in mind, indie authors should always put their best foot forward with their work. I always do a chapter by chapter outline for my novels. Ron is soon targeted by the centuries-old malevolent witch as she reigns terror and death upon the town. Many people have reportedly died in the Uinta Mountains over the years while trying to find the lost Rhoads mine. I came up with some backstory and characters for the book while I was a high school student. I lived in Texas and Louisiana for a short time before returning to my home state. What better time to watch a scary movie or read a scary book? Rhoads was allowed to extract gold for the sole purpose of financing construction of the Salt Lake Temple. A large number of my main and secondary characters came to me in a rudimentary form at that time. Not all the information I produce in this process gets used, but it does help frame how to approach a character or setting within my story, once I start writing the rough draft. My day job as a sports reporter, along with helping to care for my father who will turn 80 this year, keeps me in Utah for now. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I write down their names, personality traits, personal history, and any other relevant information that will help me craft a story. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Not really. One thing that steered me toward the indie self-publishing route was seeing what happened to a friend of mine who published their first novel through a small traditional publisher. Do you outline? He’s the typical fish out of water, torn from his friends, his father and his club soccer team back in Denver. This malevolent witch orchestrates several deaths and unexplained disappearances and it soon grows apparent that no one in Deer Falls is safe from her wrath. Finally, I’ll sketch out key scenes and bits of dialogue I intend to insert in my story at some point. I’m not. For example, I used to cover high school sports in my day job and I modeled Ron’s personality after various players I interviewed and interacted with while on the high school soccer beat. I prefer the summer weather and hiking. No one is safe. Learning the story sparked a question in my mind: what could make a mine cursed? I hired beta readers to do story content editing. Their deaths led to legends of a lingering curse on the mine. My friend since spent considerable time trying to secure the rights again, so they can publish a second edition. I’ve promoted it on social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Beyond the horror genre, I have drawn inspiration for my visual writing style from many authors. My goal is to finish the rough draft before the end of 2018 and release it early 2019. If no one is around to hear that tree fall, does it make a sound? I’ve bought ad space and run ads in places like Amazon, Facebook, Bing, Goodreads and Bookbub. What would she do if someone opened it and let her out? What your characters say, how they say it and when they say it can make or break your story. If I listen to music, I’ll start thinking about things other than the story that I’m creating. A cool bit of folklore from my hometown of Kamas helped spark the initial story idea while I was still in high school 20 years ago. Anyone in the town could be next. I looked at how they structured their respective stories, developed characters, described settings, and other pertinent details. One thing I like to do before I begin a story is to sketch out all my main and secondary characters. What are you working on now? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Being an indie author brings to mind the old line about a tree falling in the forest. It falls on their shoulders to uncover a means to uncovering her true identity and stopping her before it grows too late. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? The original chapter outline I used when writing Pandora Reborn, for example, varies substantially from the final version of the novel I published. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Edgar Allan Poe all served as influences while I crafted Pandora Reborn. His situation takes a frightening turn when a mysterious woman in black is released from a chest that imprisoned her. Usually a chapter number and a brief 2-3 sentence summary of key plot points within the chapter. If so can you please describe it? After I hired a marketing service to help promote my book, they suggested I redesign the cover to attract more readers and more sales. My work in progress is a science fiction story (with some horror elements) that follows four college students from Louisiana who become trapped in an isolated Texas town where the residents are being subject to extraterrestrial genetic experimentation. That keeps my schedule pretty full most days and it isn’t easy to drum up extra time and energy to also write fiction. Many people have reportedly died in the Uinta Mountains over the years while trying to find the lost Rhoads mine. Do you listen to music while you write? I didn’t begin writing a complete rough draft, however, until late 2017. Quantity does not equal quality. I try to just focus on writing. The most persistent challenge for any indie author is getting noticed amid a swarm of self-published books. Ron and his new friends quickly become targeted by the witch. Readers will appreciate a well-written novel and embrace it much quicker than something an author threw together on the fly in a transparent effort to boost their Amazon sales ranking. When it comes to marketing Pandora Reborn, I’ve tried to cast a wide net to reach my target audience. Still, no single character is based on a real person living or dead that I know. This formed the basic foundation for Pandora Reborn. Can Ron and his new friends find out the truth about the deaths that have plagued the town and stop the witch before more people die? One is set at a high school football game and the other is set at a high school soccer game. You need to make whatever the characters are saying have purpose and be relevant to the story. It’s more important to focus on producing a complete story in that first draft and save major edits for subsequent drafts. Learning the story sparked a question in my mind: what could make a mine cursed? I see so many so-called indie authors who throw together slapdash stories one after the other with the hope that they’ll make a quick buck. I did the bulk of the editing myself, since I have worked as a professional reporter and editor for 15 years. You have to work hard and work smart to make yourself be seen and heard. At that point, an idea came to me of an ancient chest with an evil witch bound inside. Writing good dialogue is a balancing act. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? At the same time, good dialogue doesn’t veer off into endless exposition for the sake of spoon-feeding information to your audience. This ancient and powerful evil descends upon Deer Falls and a series of unexplained deaths follow. Whenever I tell people my hometown is near Park City, they always assume I’m into skiing and snowboarding. I sketched out a chapter outline and other backstory notes while taking creative writing classes in college. As the idea took shape, I also drew on elements of Pandora’s box in Greek mythology and the Jewish legend of the dybbuk box. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I grew up in Kamas, a rural Utah town near Park City.