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Chalstories Interview

ChalStories Author Bio:

I myself I am 22 years of age, and I hold a Bachelor’s Accreditation in Economics issued by Florida Atlantic University/College of Business. I have several other manuscripts, varied in topic, length, and interest in works in order to expand my writing skills and provide readers with something new and interesting to read in their spare time, on the commute, or on any other occasion. All my IPs can be found under CHALSTORIES Official Account.

Tell us something about your books, including your genre and your characters and/or themes.


In my portfolio of IPs, I have a wide range of genres, ranging from sci-fi to fantasy, each with varied themes and possible messages.

Where are you based?


United States- Florida

Latest releases and upcoming titles?


Speculative Science-Fiction Story named Crusading Angel IP is in the queue, awaiting decisions from several traditional publishing establishments.

What are you currently working on?


I have fantasy story nearing 60% percent of the completion and unique a post-apocalyptic series with first book in the writing stage and the other two in the planning stage.
On top of these, I update monthly my Volume 1.0 of short stories with a recent introduction named Consigliere.

What inspires you to write?


Want to create my own Ips which I hope will become mainstream and are either adapted to TV or videogames.

When and why did you get into writing fantasy?


Five years ago, I decided to take writing a bit more seriously and I decided that fantasy would be a good starting point.

Who are your favourite fantasy writers/ fantasy authors?


Tolkien is definitely up there as I believe that his works are the purest form of fantasy, with defined evil and good entities. A writing from a different era, which doesn’t sit well with the post-modernistic gray creative wasteland.

What is your favourite fantasy series and why?


Lord of the Rings, Witcher.

What are your favourite fantasy genres?


High-fantasy and adventure.

Who are some of your all-time favourite fantasy characters? And why do you think they became your favourites?


I would have to go with Faramir from Lord of the Rings. The man was dealt a bad hand, but he understood the large picture and the consequences, unlike his brother and he survived.

Do you follow any fantasy entertainment outside of books? (Video Games, Boardgames, Comics etc)


Yes, I follow fantasy outside of books, particularly videogames. Dragon Age, Witcher, Fable, Lord of the Rings Conquest. just to name a few.

What kind of books did you read that contributed to your upbringing, as far as fantasy and science-fiction?


Colony Lambda Pi, Star Wars and many others.

Why should anyone read your book?


I believe that one can find interest blend of genres with unique characters and storylines.

The writing process ( Inspiration, discipline, planning, software, editing)


Google Docs for first draft, Word for the final. Trying to write everyday, alternating between two projects to stay in the mood.

Do you have a process, do you plan or do you fly by the seat of your pants?


Fly By is 90% of my craft, 10% is planning.

How has your writing process changed since you first started writing?


I am learning every day, but I noticed that I care more about the time spend writing, making it more effective.

How long does it normally take you to write a fantasy novel, and what proportion of the time is spent doing what?


Depends on the length and the idea, but let’s say six months.

What is your favourite part of the writing process?


Writing itself, but editing is also important.

Have your previous vocations influenced your writing?


No, they haven’t influenced my writing.

Do you involve other people in your writing, as collaborators or editors? How do you make this work?

 

I involve artists and editors on my projects, usually through Instagram or word of mouth.

Do you do a lot of research for each book? If so how do you conduct your research?


Yes, I do a lot of research on selected topics, using Google and encyclopedias.

Do you prefer to write in silence and or have some sort of sound in the background?

 

I prefer a wordless background music, but silence is also important. This depends on the writing subject.

Publishing (formatting, cover design, formats, marketing)


Word Document for formatting, depending on the submission instructions

Describe the road you took to publishing your first novel? And how that has changed.


I am not yet published, getting there.

Will your next book be traditional or indie published?


Traditional Published

Marketing is so important nowadays, what’s your best advice to fellow authors?


Use social media to the fullest

What legal publishing advice can you give?


Read the fine print and keep an eye out for scams

 

Inspire

Advice on making an impact in today busy Scifi and Fantasy markets.
Fantasy and Sci-fi are one of the most saturated markets today, so making a standout is difficult, but I believe that it will be noticed. Also, try to tell a story, don’t push current politics or trendy social messages. We read books to escape this world.

 

Must read non-fantasy novels?


1984, Animal Farm or All Quiet On The Western From

 

Do you read digital, paperback or hardback or do you listen to audiobooks?


Blend of everything

What are some difficulties you’ve experienced in your writing career; how do you handle book critiques/criticism?


I take all the criticism, but I only implement a constructive one, and there are easy to pick apart. Not everyone will like your story.

What are the best experiences in your writing career?


Every day is an exciting day, as I learn new things.

What are some encouraging words you’d give to another author/writer?


Just write, because at the end of the day, is the final story to show for, not your browsing history.

Get in touch

Social Channels?


Instagram: 🇺🇸CHALSTORIES OFFICIAL (@chalstoriesofficial)

I would also like to give a shout out to my illustrator on Instagram:
farhanadiputranto (@hylobates_moloch) • Instagram photos and videos

 

Website?


Amazon.com: Christiaan Lecky: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

 

Any final words for the readers? (Anything, open platform)


Read and write.

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