Zachary A. Pieper
Romelia: WHICH OF YOUR CHARACTERS ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE AN ACTIVIST, AND WHAT KIND?
Zachary A. Pieper: Probably angel, if she was the spunk to rebel against an empire with military force, I’d say she has the spunk to yell about stuff.
Romelia: DO YOU PLAY MUSIC WHILE YOU WRITE – AND, IF SO, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE?
Zachary A. Pieper: I play instrumentals on Pandora radio, lots of variety on my station, but “this will destroy you” is a personal favorite.
Romelia: HAVE PETS EVER GOTTEN IN THE WAY OF YOUR WRITING?
Zachary A. Pieper: No.
Romelia: IF YOUR BOOK WERE MADE INTO A MOVIE, WHICH ACTORS WOULD PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS?
Zachary A. Pieper: I want to play the lead. And the rest I would like to cast some talent that is looking for there breakout film.
Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER KILLED OFF A CHARACTER YOUR READERS LOVED?
Zachary A. Pieper: Not yet…
Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN ABOUT WRITING?
Zachary A. Pieper: “Don’t accept criticism from them if you wouldn’t ask them for advice.”
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS?
Zachary A. Pieper: To study the art of story telling and writing. Read books. Listen to music with well written lyrics. Watch well written movies and shows.
Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO HELP OTHERS CREATE PLOTLINES?
Zachary A. Pieper: A plotline needs a few things to be any good. It needs stakes, consequences, failures, and triumphs. If your plot is missing any of those. I suggest you workshop it.
Plot holes are the devils playground. Check your story for them with a fine tooth comb, then a microscope. You can have a great plot totally ruined by a bad plot hole. So use beta readers and critique partners.
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I have an entire playlist called writing 101.
Romelia: WHAT HAS HELPED OR HINDERED YOU MOST WHEN WRITING A BOOK?
Zachary A. Pieper: Helped? Sleep deprivation and emotional turmoil (not joking). Hindered? Needing to have a job.
Romelia: DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU? OR BOTH?
Zachary A. Pieper: Energize. I get hyped as fuck when I write something good. And I always write something good.
Romelia: WHAT IS THE BEST MONEY YOU’VE EVER SPENT WITH REGARD TO YOUR WRITING?
Zachary A. Pieper: Probably my editor, closely followed by my PR guy.
Romelia: WHAT ARE COMMON TRAPS FOR NEW AUTHORS?
Zachary A. Pieper: “I want to be traditionally published”.
Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
Zachary A. Pieper: Sometimes zero. Sometimes ten. Depends on the day.
Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS OR WEBSITES FOR WRITERS?
Zachary A. Pieper: Jenna Moreci’s Youtube channel.
Romelia: AT WHAT TIME OF THE DAY DO YOU DO MOST OF YOUR WRITING?
Zachary A. Pieper: The witching hour.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH CHARACTER NAMES FOR YOUR STORIES?
Zachary A. Pieper: I like to invent names. I literally just dream them up from no where. Sometimes I want to make a name mean something, then I use latin or other languages to inspire a name.
Romelia: DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN WRITING CHALLENGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA? DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY?
Zachary A. Pieper: I do not, not because I am opposed or anything, just haven’t come across one that took my fancy.
Romelia: IF YOU HAD THE POWER TO CURE A DISEASE OF YOUR CHOOSING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Zachary A. Pieper: Obesity.
Romelia: WHEN YOU’RE WRITING AN EMOTIONAL OR DIFFICULT SCENE, HOW DO YOU SET THE MOOD?
Zachary A. Pieper: I use imagery and emotional language. I talk about this on my youtube channel.
Romelia: WHOM DO YOU TRUST FOR OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF YOUR WORK?
Zachary A. Pieper: My dad, my mom, my sister, Caitlyn Richardson of ‘writer uninterrupted’ on youtube.
Romelia: WHAT BOOKS DO YOU ENJOY READING?
Zachary A. Pieper: Fantasy and sci-fi books. The red rising series and the Dresden series are all time faves.
Romelia: ARE THERE ANY BOOKS OR AUTHORS THAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A WRITER?
Zachary A. Pieper: Book: Eragon.
Romelia: NAME AN UNDERAPPRECIATED NOVEL THAT YOU LOVE.
Zachary A. Pieper: Lives of the monster dogs.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Zachary A. Pieper: I am a personal trainer. I yell at my clients in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.
Romelia: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.
Zachary A. Pieper: I am an eccentric hopeless romantic with eclectic tastes. I look for beauty in everything, and sadly find it in so little these days.
Something I hate about the world? Its run by idiots, cowards, and evil people.
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