Indie House Books is pleased to present an interview with Eric Fermon. Eric is the author of How to Get Your Dream Car On Less Than .15 Cents a Day. Eric has graciously agreed to let us ask him a few questions that we are sharing with you. We hope you enjoy what Eric has to say
IHB: Briefly describe your journey in writing your book.
Eric: It’s a memoir making it a lifelong journey, but the reason I chose to write a memoir vs. a book of fiction because I wanted to focus on the craft and not the story.
IHB: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Eric: I consider myself a coach first, and I tend to provide advice and guidance with analogies, historical references and story telling. I really can’t say I’ve ever wanted to be a writer per-say, yet I have a strong desire to express my thoughts and ideas and writing is a great vehicle for doing that.
IHB: What inspired you to write your first book?
Eric: I’ve actually been working on writing a book since 1996. I’ve always been a sci-fi enthusiast ever since watching the first episode of Star Trek back in the late sixties. My first book idea was a futuristic social economic sports related theme that I felt I could spin into a great story and eventually into a movie.
IHB: What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
Eric: I hope that readers can find something inspirational in my story which they can relate to some aspect or situation in their life. I also hope readers will come away with a sense that if they have goals and dreams, be it small or lofty, they themselves should pursue them with vigor, earnest effort and the persistence required to accomplish their dreams.
IHB: What is your writing schedule like?
Eric: Schedule? It’s more like just finding quite time wherever it avails itself. I did however do most of my writing for this book during the wee hours of the night because I’m a night owl and that just happened to be the quietest time in my house with the least distractions.
IHB: How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
Eric: Only one to date, but I do have two fictional works in the pipeline that I intend to have completed by the end of 2015.
IHB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Eric: I learned about working with others to refine the voice and structure of my writing. It’s a revealing and humbling experience to receive criticism, take advice on potential changes and enhancements, as well as receiving feedback that what you wrote was perceived totally different than what you had intended for the reader.
IHB: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? What do you do to overcome it?
Eric: Seldom, but yes. I take notes of the idea or segment that is blocked (used like bread crumbs) and move on to other segments or thoughts that are relevant at that point in time. Then circle back at a later time to the idea or segment that was blocked.
IHB: Do you use outlines?
Eric: Yes, yes, and yes!
IHB: What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
Eric: The actual time and tedious effort required to sit at a keyboard and eek out my thoughts and ideas into words and sentences.
IHB: Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
Eric: I’m a tech head and have chosen the following social media platforms as public forums for engagement: Twitter, FlipBoard and to some degree Facebook.
IHB: What is your marketing plan?
Eric: It’s pretty simple… avail myself and my work to the public via social media. Promote my products, ideas and brand. My goals are to be genuine, continue to refine my products and eventually sell my products to the public directly or to a publisher.
IHB: Is your book self-published? What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing?
Eric: I’m a self-published author. My sister is a multi-book published author who has followed a traditional publishing path. I don’t have a pro or con position on publishing because I believe writing like art is about the artist and every artist has a unique destiny and that there is only the effort, skill level and intangibles that define who we are and how we progress through life.
IHB: What are your feelings about ebooks (for Kindle or Nook)?
Eric: eBooks or eAnything is the future of communication and publishing.
IHB: What do you do when you’re not writing?
Eric: I’m a creative type with a competitive (athletic) spirit, so when I’m not writing I find myself engaged with an assortment of activities and/or consumed with ideas of new and exciting projects.
IHB: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Eric: Just read and write about what’s of interest to you. Then write some more. Then read more of what you like. Then write and count your words until you’ve amassed a great deal of words. And lastly, once you have a great deal of words describing something you like, then refine your work until the words and your ideas are crystal clear to anyone who reads your writing.
IHB: What books or authors have most influenced your life or writing?
Eric: Malcolm Gladwell of late.
IHB: Please give us a brief synopsis about your current book and when and where it is available.
Eric: How to Get Your Dream Car On Less Than .15 Cents a Day describes how to pursue your dreams and achieve them on minimal resources by maximizing your ingenuity. It’s a book about life and how to get the most out of the situations you’re faced with. I draw on a number of my experiences as real-life examples to illustrate how to navigate the many twists and turns that we are all faced with daily. This book should be read by the up and coming generation of doers & leaders in addition to any parent, teacher, coach or mentor who are advising the next generation on how to deal with life’s many challenges. After reading How to Get Your Dream Car On Less Than .15 Cents a Day you should come away with an understanding of how to not only achieve your dreams but also how to approach managing personal, career, and fiscal expectations.
Available in Apple’s iBookstore, http://Amazon.com, http://BN.com; Kirkus Indie Review – http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/eric-m-fermon/how-get-your-dream-car/
IHB: If there was one thing you could tell your readers, what would it be?
Eric: Life is about choices… if you’re sincere about your intentions, work hard and make good decisions, no matter what the outcome of your honest efforts, you will sleep well at night and garner the respect of those that you come in close contact with.