Please welcome fellow Kindle Scout winner Lincoln Cole. He is the award-winning author of multiple books in different genres. His most recent book is Raven’s Peak, a horror/paranormal thriller that was selected by Kindle Press for publication.
What is the background noise when you write and why is it there?
My preferred background noise is music, and it fluctuates depending on the kind of writing I’m doing. When I’m writing action scenes I like something fast-paced and full of energy, and when I’m writing something slower I like for the music to match it.
What is your most recent excellent read (book, short story or essay) and why?
I finished Game of Thrones not long ago, and George R. R. Martin is one of the most incredible authors at world building I’ve ever read. He isn’t as good at character creation as Stephen King, but he’s as good if not better at writing a scene and bringing the audience into his world.
Are you a plotter, pantser or something in between and why?
Something in between. I used to be a complete pantser, but now I’ve gotten a little better at putting the ideas of a story down and following a guide. I usually abandon my outline during the rough draft, but it does help me tie it together and save time in rewriting.
When you start reading a book do you always finish it? If not, what causes you to permanently put a book down?
I usually can’t ‘stop’ reading a book once I’ve started it no matter how bad it is. However, if it isn’t compelling then sometimes I just never pick it back up again and I find something else to read instead. It’s just a permanent ‘in progress’ read at that point, but I won’t officially say I quit on it.
Do you read reviews of your books? Why or why not?
I try not to. Something I read that makes a lot of sense is that an author can receive dozens of five star reviews and shrug it off, but one two or one-star review can devastate his/her entire day. I think that over time any author has to reach a point that the reviews are meaningless, but it’s nice getting past those first few that show the general reception of a new work.
What do you do that you suspect causes your copyeditor to pull her/his hair out?
I use the word ‘had’ fairly often, which causes a few people (mainly my father) to lose his mind. He’s of the opinion that even if it’s used correctly, it’s still wrong. I’m sure he heard that in a podcast somewhere.
When you compare your first draft to your final draft, do you net add words or subtract words? In general, what is it that you add or subtract between first and final draft?
I add and remove a lot during the rewriting process. My first draft is usually a skeleton of the story where I hit all the high notes of the book, but I skip details if I simply can’t put them together at the moment. Those always come in during the rewrite, so often the first rewrite adds forty percent more to the book, and then the next several passes usually add and remove equally.
How did you develop the idea for your most recent work?
I’ve wanted to write a book like Raven’s Peak for a long time, and I wanted to tell the story with unique and unexpected characters. I like the idea of Novum’s, so I didn’t want to try and make the world so different from what people expected that it would be hard to follow, but I wanted to add new things slowly to develop my own world.
What is a piece of writing advice you think is worth sharing?
The best writing advice I can give is don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you’re self-published then you are the writer, editor, designer, social media expert, and marketer for your brand, and you’re going to make a lot of mistakes learning all of these new careers. Mistakes mean you’re learning, and over time you’ll be amazed at all of the new things you know about, so just keep trying new things.
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Here's the blurb for Raven's Peak:
A quiet little mountain town is hiding a big problem. When the townsfolk of Raven's Peak start acting crazy, Abigail Dressler is called upon to find out what is happening. She uncovers a demonic threat unlike any she's ever faced and finds herself in a fight just to stay alive.
She rescues Haatim Arison from a terrifying fate and discovers that he has a family legacy in the supernatural that he knows nothing about. Now she's forced to protect him, which is easy, and also trust him if she wants to save the townsfolk of Raven's Peak. Trust, however, is considerably more difficult for someone who grew up living on the knife's edge of danger.
Can they discover the cause of the town's insanity and put a stop to it before it is too late?