Monday, April 8, 2013

Interview with Joshua Dyer


Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Hunter Cell is a sci-fi thriller that focuses on an elite group of secretive government assassins. It is the first book in a new series.

Do you have a favorite character?
All of the characters are very unique and powerful. My favorite character from this book would have to be Judge. He's a classic Bogart-style hard-boiled personality. 

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music, or do you prefer silence?
I listen to music. I find that it helps me get into character when I write. I'll buy certain tunes that embody that particular persona and go with it.

Do you outline your story, or do you just go where your muse takes you?
For the most part, I have to outline my work. I only have a limited amount of time to write, so I try to make the most of it when I get it.

What have you learned during your self-publishing journey?
You can only do so much on your own. You have to balance the writing, marketing, sales, artwork, and production of the project. You need an effective team to make it successful.

What types of marketing are you involved with for your books?
I use the social media sites (Twitter, Facebook) as a means of networking within the industry. I utilize blogs (http://www.huntercell.wordpress.com/) to connect with other folks. My promotion comes from local media exposure, blog tours, word of mouth and interviews.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing the next one?
Absolutely. As an indie, you have to wear many hats. I find it helpful to block out my time for each task. This goes back to one of the previous questions. I allocate a couple of hours in the early morning or late evening to write the next work. I might spend an hour a day (on average) marketing the other books. That's about all that I have time to do, as I am a husband, dad and work a full-time job. 

What advice would you give a new self-published author just entering the business?
I'll use a boxing analogy to make the point: Winning isn't a matter of whether or not you get knocked down. We all do. It's a matter of whether or not you're willing to get back up.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Of course. My family comes first. I do all of this for them. I'm an avid reader. We as writers tend to forget that we were all readers long before we were authors. I also love to cook, and play golf. Well, what I do isn't really golf. I go chase a little dimpled ball around a meadow for a couple of hours, more or less.

What's next for you?
There have already been a lot of readers asking when the next Hunter Cell novel will be available. So, I'll give them what they want. The customer is always right.