Gary Vanucci

Tanja Segal interviewed Author of the book “Covenant of the Faceless Knights” Gary Vanucci

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Book: Covenant of the Faceless Knights on AMAZON

Websites: http://www.ashenclaw.com/

Member of the Skulldust Circle: http://skulldustcircle.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @AshenclawRealm

TS: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

GV: Truly? Probably 20 years ago. My mother always told me that I had a knack for English and should pursue journalism or something, but I never listened. Mother’s do always know best. I started to pursue it seriously in 2010 when I lost my father to a heart attack. I thought about a legacy and what I would leave behind for my family when I passed and decided to hunker down and give it a serious go.

TS: How long does it take you to write a book?

GV: Months. I am not a fast writer, especially with a day job. I try to crank out something every day—the goal being 1k words, but I fall short quite often. However, if I could make a living writing, then I could certainly give readers quality content at a faster pace.

TS: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

GV: I need to be comfortable and well rested…not sure if that is a quirk, but I find my mind races and it must be clear of stress in order for me to make any progress. I am working on trying to write in the am before work.

TS: What genre you want to choose for your next books?

GV: fantasy—epic, paranormal or otherwise. Maybe…maybe sci-fi, but doubtful.

TS: Where do you get your information or ideas for your book/s?

GV: *points at his head* up here…it’s all up here. Seriously? I don’t have a clue. I am inspired by everything I see, hear, watch, read or think. It comes from many places, I’d say.

TS: You published the book “Covenant of the faceless knights”, what inspired you to this novel?

GV: I was a huge role-playing gamer growing up years ago. I found notes lying around one day about a backstory I was using to run one of my games and decided to use them as a basis for an ongoing series of stories. So, I sat down at my PC one day and started to get the ideas on paper. It has evolved from there.

TS: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

GV: read, eat and sleep. I also watch a few hours of TV during the week—mostly comedies. I love to laugh.

TS: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book/s?

GV: That I could do it at all. It is hard work and takes dedication, but it is doable if you are disciplined and are serious about pushing forward. I am also finding that the quality of my writing is growing with each keystroke, so I hope fans stick around to see not only the progression of my storylines, but also the advancement of my writing style.

TS: Is there anything you can tell me or other writers, how to become a better writer?

GV: Practice and preparation. Read…study your craft and use outlines. Some writers I know do not read and some do not use editors. I would advise the opposite to anyone that wants to write in any capacity.

TS: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

GV: I do sometimes, mostly in reviews. So far, so good. They mostly tell me that they want more! I have had many good reviews back and forth, some from friends, but most from people I don’t know. Those are the good ones to read. I have had very few criticisms, though I do expect to hear some soon enough. I only hope that they are constructive. J

TS: What do you think makes a good story?

GV: A beginning, middle and end. A writer can do just about anything in my opinion to get there, just as long as they are moving the story forward and not going off on tangents. I also would hope to care about the characters that take me along for the ride.

TS: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

GV: I wanted to be a rock star. I took that dream as far as I could too. Unfortunately, all the stars need to align in order for that dream to come true and we were a couple of stars short.

Tanja, thanks for taking the time to interview me and for the readers who take the time to read the Q&A. Much peace & love!

See you in Wothlondia! Cheers!

TS: you are very welcome Gary! It was a pleasure for me to do this interview with you! 🙂 And thank you for taking the time for your answers! I wish you all the best and good luck with your future projects!

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