VINCENT LOWRY: LIFE IS MORE ABOUT GIVING THAN RECEIVING
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Vincent Lowry wrote three books. All of them are in different genres. We’ve got a chance to speak with him for his entire literature career.
Vince is also a moderator in one of the biggest Goodreads groups. He has a great insight view into the most popular community for authors and readers on the planet. It’s time for our next special Q&A.
– What is your last book Surfing the Seconds about?
– Surfing the Seconds is collection of poetry about mortality, parenting, love, heartbreak, and forgiveness.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I had a sizable collection of poems on Goodreads after several years of writing, and I decided to put them all within a single book for readers to enjoy.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Dedication and persistence is the biggest challenge. You have to devote your time to writing day in and out, even on the days where it’s the last thing you want to do.
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– Because this is a poem collection, I don’t have a main character. Most of my verses are about a different person or event. My son appears in a few poems, and that’s because I wanted to write about my experiences in parenting (the joy that it brings).
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– The poems took a couple of years to write. Publishing the book took about six months.
– The cover of Dreams Reign Supreme is awesome. Why you selected it and what the readers would find inside the book?
– Thank you! It’s funny you say that because I’ve never been happy with the Dreams Reign Supreme cover, to be honest. I spend a great deal of time working with artists on my books. I loved the covers for Constellation Chronicles and Surfing the Seconds; I felt I could have done a better job with Dreams Reign Supreme. But art is in the eye of the beholder, so it’s great to know you enjoyed it. DRS is a collection of short stories and poetry.
– Constellation Chronicles – The Lost Civilization of Aries is your debuting novel. How different is that book from the other two published by you?
– Constellation Chronicles is a full length sci-fi novel. It’s a saga that will require many volumes to fully explore the themes and plots brought forth in that first book. I intended it to follow the signs of the Zodiac.
– Who are you?
– The author of these books, I hope. Only kidding. I am an author, poet, and landscape photographer. I’m an adult who never really grew up, I guess you could say.
– What are your writing habits?
– I write a lot on the weekends and holidays. It’s much harder during the weekdays, as I work fulltime and have a young son.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book?
– I define success as having at least 1 reader enjoy the book. I don’t look at the money/sales. I never started writing for the bread, and I never will change in that regard. In fact, I’d probably pay someone to do this job.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I do a bit of posting on Goodreads and Facebook. If the book is good, readers will find it by word of mouth.
– When we will see your next novel?
– I plan having one in 2015.
– You switched very much between the kinds of books – full novel, short stories and poetry. It’s something very rare among authors. Why you didn’t concentrate on one type of literary work?
– You are the first interviewer to point this out, and thank you very much for bringing it up. Because I never cared about sales from the start, I didn’t worry about needing to follow one type of genre path to build a larger audience. I simply wanted to follow the muse where she led me. That’s not to say I won’t stick to one genre a little more than the others (I do have a large sci-fi story to complete), but it does mean always looking to what brings me inspiration/motivation. It’s what keeps the work fun. I think authors should try it out every once in awhile; they might find themselves with a book that explores a beautiful, undiscovered part of their creative talent.
– Tell us more about Rate My Book Video blog?
– This is a blog that encourages authors to post their book video trailers so people can give them feedback. I set it up to span all genres, fiction and non-fiction.
– You are a moderator in one of the most popular groups in Goodreads. What is your opinion on the positive impact of the best book community for authors and readers?
– I created the Goodreads Authors/Readers group back in 2009. At time, it was just me and a handful of friends in the group. Over the course of several years, it has grown to 19,000 members—authors and readers from all over the world. I think there have been three large positive impacts: readers finding new books; authors finding new readers and reviewers; and authors finding resources to create their next novel. I’ve personally seen all three of these impacts on the authors and readers in the group. I’m very proud of this achievement…more so than even the books I’ve written.
– Speaking of Goodreads, do you have some ideas how may be improved even better the favorite place of thousand authors and readers?
– The only ideas I have are just technical ones from a moderator standpoint that I won’t get into here. I think Goodreads is doing just fine so far, and all I ask is that it sticks around for many years to come. It would be a shame to see it go away.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be? (Don’t forget to answer)
– What advice do you have for follow authors? Help each other. Remember that life is more about giving than receiving, so take the time to see what other authors need—whether it be in the form of reviews, feedback, advice, etc. You will find the benefits from helping that author far exceed your expectations. (I’ve seen this myself.) With peace and love, Vincent Lowry
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About Ognian GeorgievOgnian Georgiev is a sport journalist, who is working as an editor at the "Bulgaria Today" daily newspaper. He covered the Summer Olympics in Beijing 2008 and in London 2012. The author specializes in sports politics, investigations and coverage of Olympic sports events. Ognian Georgiev works as a TV broadcaster for Eurosport Bulgaria, Nova Broadcasting group, TV+, F+ and TV7. He is a commentator for fight sports events such as boxing/kickboxing and MMA. In May 2014 Ognian Georgiev released the English version of his book The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski's secret story.
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