Today I’m speaking with author Zachary Paul Chopchinski. How are you Zach and what made you decide to become a writer?
As long as I can remember, it has been a dream of mine to be a writer. There wasn’t a specific moment exactly that defined this dream for me.
Did it take long to get published the first time? How did it happen?
The first time I was published, I self published. I wrote my first novel, “The Curious Tale of Gabrielle” for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) so it took me roughly a month to write it. I really rushed through the publication process because I was so excited to get my first book out. I think I spent all of a month or two getting it edited and published.
That was fast! Would you do anything differently the next time?
Research! I really didn’t spend enough time learning about the publishing process. If I could go back, I would really do more research into formatting, cover design, editing and general publishing. Because of my hasty decisions on publishing, I have four editions of my first book out and I am only now, almost two years later, happy with the edition that is currently being sold.
I have heard a similar story from other authors. I think the hardest part is getting the books into “brick and mortar” stores. Based on what you’ve learned and experienced, what advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Never give up. I know it sounds corny, but it’s true. It’s going to look daunting and people are going to critique your work (which is going to bring up a whole lot of emotions you didn’t even know you had), but know that these are all bricks in the foundation that is you as a writer.
Very well said, Zach. What or who inspires you as a writer?
My wife. She is the driving force behind everything that I am as a writer. Not only did she encourage me to do NaNoWriMo, but she created my first website, content edits my books, does all my formatting, helps with marketing and sets up interviews for me.
That is awesome! There are authors I know who are looking for virtual assistants that don’t even do half of what your wife does. Can you tell us about your latest releases?
“Curiosity and The Hounds of Arawn” was released in August of 2016. It’s the second book in the Gabrielle Series. You can find it on my website www.zachchop.com/store (free personalization with purchase) as well as Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Nobel. The universal link to all locations is books2read.com/u/mK9DBv. Book 3 in the series will hopefully be out in February or early March of 2017.
Were you traditionally published at all?
Self Published. The reason that I am self published is because I wanted to be in control of what I make. I am very happy with my decisions to self publish and although I am still learning a lot about the process, I believe this is the best option for me. I also own my own publishing company, Putrescent Oak Press, which licensed in Florida this year.
Good for you. That can be a hard decision to make. How long have you been writing professionally and do you write full-time or part-time?
I have been writing professionally for about two years now. It is every bit of a full time job but I do have a day job so I get my writing in when I can.
I know that’s hard. I tried writing full-time without a day job but I had too many distractions, especially worrying about income and how to pay the bills. So what do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
Hang out with my wife, watch movies, play video games, all the fun stuff kids are doing these days.
Where do you reside, Zach?
My kind of place! Do you have any appearances or book signing scheduled this year?
Yes, I will be appearing at Utopia Con in Nashville, TN (June 22-25) and Ozarks in Springfield, MO (October 19-22). I am also in the process of setting up some appearances locally at several middle schools in the area.
That sounds like fun. You never know what kids will ask you. Do you write under any other name besides your given name?
Presently, I only write under my name but I do have some projects going that will be done under a pen name.
Thank you Zach! Zachary is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer. He spends his days working, writing, procrastinating and sweating off extremities he swore he would need in life ’cause it’s HOT in Florida.
Zach has multiple college degrees in the field of criminology and criminal justice…because he wanted to catch ALL the bad guys. Now, coupled with being an author of young adult fiction, he spends his days yelling at people for breaking regulatory laws.
The Gabrielle series is a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time-traveling twist (try saying that five times fast) Zach’s book links:
“The Curious Tale of Gabrielle” Amazon: http://bit.ly/The_Curious_Tale_of_Gabrielle
Universal link to all locations: https://books2read.com
“Curiosity and The Hounds of Arawn” Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bDkFnr
Universal link to all locations: books2read.com/u/mK9DBv
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