This week, I interviewed Hayden D. Linder, author of The Hand of Death, using the questions you sent in! If you have any further questions, leave them below for a chance to win a sneak peek into the next book…
How long did it take from the time you thought of the idea to having the book published?
About TEN years. Although to be fair, 8 of those years were spent on me telling myself I can’t do it. So, it was actually closer to two and half.
More specifically, how long did you spend writing and how long editing (especially for such a long book)?
Writing it took about a year and a half. It went through a lot of changes in that time.
I have a wonderful editor named, Tasha Vice. She is my super-fan and a heck of a grammar nazi. Thankfully she was excited about editing it once it was done and with her help it ONLY took us a year.
Do you have any tips on promotion or how to get your book noticed?
But if you’re looking for real info then first stop Twitter. Get an account and start grabbing all the followers you can get.
Start a blog, I know you won’t have many followers but it gives your fans a place to go to stay in touch with you.
How do you keep track of your characters’ details eg. Background, history, relationships etc?
I have a cheat sheet with everything on it. Characters, who they are married to, what cities they live, Military rank, money, what the name of the fire department is in Japanese and so on.
Do you write the book chronologically or do you skip around to different places, filling in pieces as you go?
I started writing it long hand in a journal I had laying around. And what I wrote down were various scenes from the book in no particular order, just as they came to me. When I got to the end of one scene I would put huge squiggly marks across the page to tell me the scene ended because I had no idea what would come to me next.
Did you outsource aspects of the book (editing, cover design etc)?
I can’t afford to outsource anything. The only reason I have an editor is because I lent my book to a coworker and he never got around to reading it but Tasha, his mother, did and she fell in love with the story. She said I write strong female characters.
Do you think you’d like to try writing in another genre, or is fantasy where your heart lies?
Actually this story just happens to be fantasy, as well as a few others in my head. I have two more books of this series to do and then the fourth book will be a Sc-Fi. For me the genre is just a factor of the story.
How much research did you do into feudal Japan to get your inspiration for ‘Giapan’, the land in which the book is set?
TONS. The research was actually fun. I grew up on Kung-Fu Theater and Ninja flicks so I thought I knew something about the setting, but boy was I surprised.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I try to keep my four children, or as I like to call them, “Those who could break an anvil with a hammer” from destroying the house.
Where can readers find you?
(Make the subject of the email, “attn: Hayden”)
Are you interested in reading ‘The Hand of Death’? Comment below with any questions and I’ll send you a free copy!