Exclusive Interview with
Christian Warren Freed
When did you start writing?
I didn't take it seriously until I got ready to retire from the Army about 10 yrs ago. Before that it was a book here and there, but work and war keep me busy. When my time in uniform wound down I started thinking of how to make a real go at it.
What makes writing your passion?
It gets the voices out of my head?
How long have you been writing?
Since I can remember. I started with goofy comic books, short stories, won an award in 10th grade for a terrible novel. The rest just snowballed.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Elation mixed with being incomplete. I hadn't found and agent so I self-published. This was before it was considered legitimate. I felt like I wanted more, needed more. A decade later and here we are.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I love writing military fantasy and scifi. My characters reflect what servicemembers go through, shadowy politics, and all the good things we love about the genres.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
Never had it.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN THE BUSINESS!!!!! You are the CEO of your own brand. If you don't put max effort into it who else will?
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Nothing. I've been following the plan since the first time I jumped out of an airplane with a full combat load.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I skim them. Bad ones motivate me. I see their comments and go back through that book to see what I can fiddle with to improve the situation.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
The one thing every author needs to remember is reviews are for the other readers, not us. Like it or don't...either way, thanks for taking the time to write back.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
All the time. I fought in 3 wars. How can I ignore that?
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Absolutely. Editing and a great cover- that follows current genre trends- are imperative to success.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I love it when people reach out to me. Social media is bs- who really needs it, right? but it gives me the best opportunity to speak with readers and see what's on their minds. At the end of the day, I'm trying to sell them on me. The books will follow.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Its the best feeling. The money is cool, but I really want people to enjoy my books and share how they feel with oth