Getting into writing – an interview with Brian Converse

Brian Converse

Brian S. Converse is a writer living in Colorado with his wife, four children, two dogs, and an overweight cat. His main genres are science fiction/fantasy, horror, and poetry.

What got you interested in writing?

I was always a reader, and read constantly as a child, and usually above my age. I remember reading The Stand at the age of 8 or 9. I didn’t become seriously interested in writing until I was deployed to Germany during Desert Storm. (I was a combat medic in the US Army.) There was plenty of time to write, followed by brief instances of pure adrenaline-pumping action when there was a training accident or similar event. I always carried around a small notebook in one BDU pocket, and a paperback in another.

Tell us a little about your chosen genre.

I’ve always been interested in what’s “out there.” Science fiction gives me the opportunity to explore my own ideas of what may be, as well as reflecting on the human condition in response to it. The same can be said for fantasy and horror, though the circumstances are a bit different.

What are your happiest memories in your writing career?

Self-publishing my first science fiction novel was a wonderful, physically and mentally exhausting experience.

How do you handle success and failure?

I try to keep an even keel when it comes to success and failure. Can’t let either affect what I’m doing currently. You have to let things wash off so they don’t compromise your creativity. It can be a difficult lesson to learn.

What makes you write when you’re exhausted and your fingers ache?

Knowing that if I don’t, I might just forget what I’m thinking about, which has happened on a few occasions. I keep a notebook and pen on my nightstand for those instances when I’m have asleep and an idea pops into my brain.

What is your advice to young and new writers?

Writers write (and read). You need to do both extensively. You might be writing drivel, but keep at it, and worry about it later in revisions. Read outside your chosen genre(s). You’ll be surprised how they expand your own writing abilities.

Are you a traditionalist or a digital? (paper or eBook) I read books. I’ve never read an ebook.

Do you blog?

No. Too busy with writing stories (and taking care of children!)

Do you self-publish?

Yes, I have a science fiction novel and a book of poetry currently available. The follow-up novel will be out this year. (Second in the trilogy.)

If you have a publication or promotion – tell us.

Easiest way to find them are on my Amazon.com author page, though I do have shortcut links to each:

myBook.to/RajaniChroniclesI is my scifi novel.

myBook.to/IslandDespair is my book of poetry (only available as an ebook on Kindle)

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