"Inspiration is a bit of a tricky term. When most people (sometimes even those who aren’t involved in creative ventures) speak of inspiration, it has the undertone of something almost mystical, as though the artist’s mind were touched by some sort of divine potency. I disagree with this point of view, so I avoid the term.
To me, creativity boils down to having good ideas and then working hard to bring them to fruition. That’s all. There’s nothing mystical or magical about it. It’s work. I love what I do so I dedicate a lot of my cognitive activity to it. When you dedicate a lot of your time and energy to something you’re bound to have some good ideas. But there are good ideas in any line of work and we don’t tend to think of them as “inspiration”. Creative professions are no different than any other type of work in this respect."
Many Books (June 2017)
"Telling someone you want to become an author is like saying you want to be a superhero and it’s likely to elicit the same reaction."
This Is Writing (June 2017)
“It’s an incredible honor for me as a debuting author to receive such validation for my work. You know, as an author, how difficult it is to stand out in this market. There’s an enormous number of new books being put out every year and many of them are very good. Having my novel chosen Book of the Year 2014 means I have something to help me stand out from the rest, which is immensely important from a marketing stand point. Psychologically, it was even more important. It gave me renewed hope and energy for the future.”
A Night in the Cells with... (January 2015)
"In as far as I’m qualified to offer any advice, I’d tell any indie authors to try and not second-guess themselves. I know it’s hard but always try to own up to what you’re doing 100%. Don’t look back. Be very aware of what you’re looking to achieve. If you like writing as a hobby, that’s fantastic, you can have a lot of fun and it’s really one of the cheapest hobbies you can have (I should know, I’m a hobby photographer and it’s expensive as hell). But if you want to make it a career you have to treat it that way. You have to treat it like work, not like a hobby.
Also, try to compartmentalize your brain. Keep the part of your mind that handles the marketing aspect away from the creative part. Write without thinking about selling. Then sell without thinking of writing. Trust me on that one!"
The Independent Author (January 2015)
"I think the future of art in general is an open environment with a lot of diversity. The Internet and self-made artists are making sure that new stories are being told all the time, whether it’s in music or film or writing. I think the advent of self-publishing is the best thing that ever happened to the writing industry. It’s certainly the best thing that ever happened to me. My name is Andrei Cherascu, I live in Timisoara, Romania and I’ve never traveled to an English-speaking country. Who was going to publish me? The big five? I doubt it. Mindguard could be the best science fiction novel ever written (it’s not) and no publishing house would ever take a chance on it because the story doesn’t seem to fit into a traditional mold. The author sure as hell doesn’t.
I don’t understand the people who are devotedly opposed to self-publishing. You get a greater diversity of stories and styles and narrative identities at a lower price. The public gets to decide what they want to read, and they have a greater selection of literature than ever to choose from. Some say that self-publishing has lead to an increase of “bad books”. I disagree. I think it’s very hard to say what constitutes a “good book”, since tastes can vary so wildly. Some will accept the occasional typo if it means getting to read a truly original story that differs from the “market-approved” books we seem to read over and over again. It’s not like self-published books are taking “space” from traditionally published books or each other. I don’t know, I’m just not a big fan of a small group of people getting to decide what everyone else is allowed to read."
Interviewswithwriters.com (November 2014)
"That’s one really important thing I wanted to do: create a narrative where you have no clear hero and villain, just two characters with different motivations. This way, when they do eventually come into conflict you have reason enough to root for both of them, though you know they can’t possibly both succeed. I think this creates a certain type of suspense that you don’t find in regular hero-villain confrontation where there’s almost always a foregone conclusion who will come out on top."
Readingscifi.com (November 2014)
"Mindguard is the literary manifestation of my mind in all its raw, tortured, passionate, curious, bipolar clusterf**kedness (hey, if bootylicious is a word, then this one is too!) Really, it’s the novel I wanted to write all of my life. I wrote it with the pressing obsession that I might never get a crack at another one, so it contains parts of everything I care about and everything I ever wanted to say to the world hidden within an intricate maze of fiction."
Book Reader Magazine (November 2014)
"Don't let it be just a dream. Make it a goal! Then work your ass off to attain it. Treat it like a career, not a hobby. Be in love with your characters, they are your story. Talk to them. More importantly: listen to them. They are smarter than you."
Awesome Gang (October 2014)
"I remember reading an interview with Dean Koontz a few years ago, where he said that the Odd Thomas character, along with the opening line of the novel, came to him while working on another book. He said he had to stop and just start typing the first chapter of Odd Thomas, as if the character and the story existed as separate, individual identities somewhere outside the realm of his mind.
I thought that’s a load of s**t, just something a writer would say because it sounded better than admitting he toyed around for hours with names like Buff Longhorn, Billy Cardinal White or Jim Bolia."
The Speculative Fiction Showcase (October 2014)